Keeping track of technical issues, bugs and tasks between companies can be a real hassle. In my current job we switched from emailing Excel spreadsheets to hosted JIRA (OnDemand) which costs only $10/month for up to 10 users.
Curl is a very handy tool for downloading pretty much anything from a URL, and should be in every web developer’s toolkit. However, the sheer number of Curl options can be overwhelming. Here I give a quick summary of the most common options and a few typical examples.
Splunk is an enterprise-grade software tool for collecting and analyzing log files and other data. They have a free version which is great for personal projects or smaller websites. In this blog post I explain how to use Splunk on standard Apache logs to explore your data, and an example of a misbehaving bot that I identified and was able to block.