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My Activity Report For 2018

The 2018 year is winding down so it is time to reflect on some of the things that have happened in terms of The Polyglot Developer and all of its channels.

Let this be a statistics report for everything that has happened on the blog, YouTube channel, and podcast. If you’re interested in adventuring into the world of technical content production, this will give you some perspective into what to expect.

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The Community Contributions Of 2018

With the 2018 year coming to an end, I wanted to take a moment to appreciate the guest content that was submitted and published on The Polyglot Developer this year. While I love sharing technical content with everyone, I love it even more when the community gets involved and does the same.

Let’s take a look at the guest tutorials that appeared on the blog and the guest authors that wrote them.

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Manage Passwords With GPG, The Command Line, And Pass

There are a lot of password managers on the market, some in the cloud, some local, all with features that may or may not be useful in all circumstances. I’m personally an advocate of being in control of your secure information and shedding reliance on closed source or cloud alternatives. This is why I use pass, the standard unix password manager.

The pass application is Mac and Linux compatible, but Windows support probably isn’t impossible. The application works by maintaining a list of password files that have been encrypted using GPG, a widely used cryptography software. Decrypting the files will result in access to your password information.

We’re going to take a look at using pass and see why it is a convenient option for password management.

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Moving From Couchbase To HERE, The Adventure Continues

Back in 2015, I shared my story about becoming a Developer Advocate at Couchbase in an article titled, Ending My Adventure at UC Merced and Starting Fresh.

In the three years that I’ve been at Couchbase, I’ve had a positive impact towards spreading awareness, getting product adoption, and making developers successful. I’ve also grown as a developer as well as an evangelist in the process.

This is where my story at Couchbase ends and my new adventure with HERE begins!

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Resolve Google AdSense Publisher Violations For Valuable Inventory Problems

I don’t typically write about these topics since they aren’t on the subject of development and operations, but this week Google AdSense put my account on restricted probation for violating its policies, something I hadn’t intentionally planned on doing.

After receiving an email from Google and visiting the policy area of the Google AdSense dashboard, I learned that I had a Valuable Inventory: No Content violation for a domain that wasn’t mine and I hadn’t even heard of.

So what do you do when you’re in violation for something you do and don’t have control over?

We’re going to see some of the things that you can do to keep your account in good standing, beyond the obvious things such as being annoying.

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Use Sendy To Build And Maintain An Email List For Cheap

When you’re building a business, the experts all say that you should make your list building strategy a priority. Using social networks like Twitter and Facebook for your marketing is great, but those might not be around forever. Email has been around for a long time and it will likely exist a long time into the future as well.

I’ve briefly mentioned this before, but I’m currently using Sendy to manage my email subscribers and send out my monthly newsletter. However, I wasn’t always using Sendy to accomplish this task. For around a year, I was using Mailchimp, a similar product.

We’re going to see what Sendy is, how to use it, and why I’m using it over the various alternatives that exist.

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Tracy Developer Meetup in California

After having thought about it for quite some time, I’ve finally decided to start a developer user group in my home town of Tracy, California. This group titled, The Tracy Developer Meetup, was started to give developers living outside of the Bay Area, a chance to collaborate with other developers in the same position.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tracy, it is a town about 1.5 hours from San Francisco and Mountain View, but significantly more affordable and home to many engineers that commute to the Bay Area for work.

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