Big Data

Symfony: useful PHP library for your web project

Over 30 independent components, long-term support for four years, and over 500 million downloads: the PHP framework Symfony is undoubtedly one of the most successful component collections of this popular script language. But what exactly is this project created by the French company SensioLabs? And which types of web applications can benefit from using this web application framework?   

E-books part one: how to create an e-book

The interest in e-books has largely increased in previous years, and modern reading devices with energy-saving ‘e-ink’ display technology have now made the once niche product a mainstream contender. In our multi-part series, we give you tips on creating your own e-book. Welcome to part one: things to consider regarding planning, structure, and publishing.   

Ruby on Rails: creating your own with less code

Frameworks tremendously simplify web application development. Fundamental architectures, predefined paradigms, and integrated libraries create the perfect platform on which your planned app can be built. One name that’s often mentioned hand-in-hand with web applications frameworks is Ruby on Rails. Based on the script language Ruby, this web framework has attracted many fans through its clean, and [...]   

Deleting a Google result and protecting personal data

The internet never forgets – is it always true? In some cases, search engines are obliged to grant users permission to delete defamatory search results. If Google displays personal data that is outdated or of no interest to the public, users can request the search engine to delete links to that data from the results pages permanently. But what exactly is the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ act, and when [...]   

Display advertising vs. real-time advertising (RTA)

Banner ads and other forms of display marketing have been proven to be effective marketing strategies for products and services online. The new practice in this field is real-time advertising (RTA) and its real-time bidding (RTB) approach. This new strategy carries out an automated bidding war in milliseconds to decide which ad will be displayed. But how does it differ from traditional display [...]   

Apache Hadoop: the framework for Big Data

Are you looking to execute complicated computing processes with large amounts of data? This is exactly what the Big Data framework, Hadoop, focuses on. The open source Apache software offers a Java based frame with which various Big Data applications on computer clusters can be parallelized. Hadoop’s modular expandability, which offers users an enormous range of functions, is a particularly [...]   

Buyer personas for optimal targeting

In online marketing today, one thing matters most: data, data, data. But what use is all this diverse information that you have been collecting and evaluating if you only use it to address a vague group of people? A better way is to identify the individuals behind the data and put the focus on them. Creating concrete buyer personas helps to ensure that your carefully planned-out marketing measures [...]   

Log files: recording computer processes

Log files contain a range of information on system processes, programs, and services. Whether it’s an operating system, database, or antivirus software: all of this information on relevant processes is stored in each respective log file. This enables extensive data recovery and allows users to find a quick solution when faced with troubleshooting tasks; it also helps with software adjustments. [...]   

Web Page tagging—a tried and true web analysis method

Those who use Google Analytics know how valuable the data is that this web service is able to deliver. In order to hold your own against the likes of your competition, monitoring your website visitors is an indispensable task. But which techniques make these data gathering tools so useful? We’ll introduce the concept of web page tagging and let you know how it works.   

What are web analytics?

Which parts of my site are the most effective? How do my customers navigate from A to B? How do visitors find my site, and what makes them leave again? For all these questions and more, web analytics can provide the answers. Web analysis tools such as Google Analytics use sophisticated technology to track all actions on your website and allow you to draw insightful conclusions about your target [...]