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Monthly Writers' Recap: November 2017

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Monthly Writers' Recap: November 2017

This month, we welcomed a new Zone Leader, published some awesome article series, released the 2017 Guide to Web Development, and more. Oh, and had a great Thanksgiving.

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We can't believe there's just one more month to go in 2017! We're ending the year strong with yet another month of fantastic content. Read on for our November recap. 

Top Contributors by Pageviews for November 2017

Rank Username Real Name Pageviews
1st johnjvester                         John Vester (ZL)                              135,369
2nd starbuxman Joshua Long (MVB) 121,452
3rd kinlane Kin Lane (MVB) 110,361
4th yegor256 Yegor Bugayenko (MVB)                                    98,190
5th albanoj2 Justin Albano (MVB) 76,349
6th adigaskell Adi Gaskell (MVB) 64,342
7th daedtech Erik Dietrich (MVB) 59,186
8th Daniel Stori Daniel Stori (ZL) 54,473
9th thjanssen Thorben Janssen (MVB) 52,758
10th farrelmr Martin Farrell (MVB) 38,790

Top Contributors by Articles for November 2017

Rank Username Real Name # of Articles
1st kinlane                                            Kin Lane (MVB) 24
2nd adigaskell Adi Gaskell (MVB) 23
3rd daedtech Erik Dietrich (MVB) 11
4th starbuxman Joshua Long (MVB) 10
5th khooke Kevin Hooke (MVB)                                                     9
6th ayende Oren Eini (MVB) 9
7th johnjvester John Vester (ZL) 6
8th java_dm Dustin Marx (MVB) 6
9th techniquesofdesign David Bernstein (MVB)                          6
10th michaelcgood Michael Good (MVB) 6

Top Articles for November 2017

Rank Headline Author Pageviews
1st Constructors or Static Factory Methods                                                     Yegor Bugayenko (MVB)                 53,524
2nd Live PD and Living in IT  John Vester (ZL) 40,120
3rd What is Project Valhalla? Justin Albano (MVB) 25,369
4th 11 Simple Java Performance Tuning Tips Thorben Janssen (MVB) 24,577
5th GitLab Moves to DCO, Stands to Gain Debian and GNOME John Vester (ZL) 24,535
6th 5 Features to Make Java Great Again Yegor Bugayenko (MVB) 22,848
7th Evolution of Programming Languages [Comic] Daniel Stori (ZL) 20,995
8th Is There a Place for Personal Expression on Your Team? John Vester (ZL) 20,307
9th Lambda Expressions in Java 8 Shivshankar Pal  19,760
10th When Will 100% Remote Be an Accepted Norm? John Vester (ZL) 18,893

November's Publications

On November 20th, we released the DZone Guide to Web Development: Frameworks and Responsive Design. This Guide exceeded our already-high expectatons, both in terms of quality and in terms of reader response. So far, the Web Dev Guide has been downloaded nearly 17,000 times! 

In addition, we published the following Refcardz: Introduction to TensorFlow and Microservices in Java

Introducing Lisa Smith

We're very pleased to welcome Lisa Smith to the Zone Leader team. We met Lisa at the All Things Open conference in Raleigh and were immediately impressed. Lisa, who is currently a web developer at New Media Campaigns in nearby Carrboro, NC, will be responsible for managing the Web Dev Zone. She's also the director of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of Women Who Code. Welcome, Lisa! 

Series You Should Read

MVB Gabriele Tomassetti has had a great month. His five-part comprehensive guide to natural language processing in the AI Zone received 22K+ pageviews collectively, along with tons of likes and positive comments. Check out the first post in the series. Oh, and he also wrote the checklist for the highly successful Web Dev Guide. Awesome job, Gabriele!

Concerned about net neutrality? Zone Leader Chris Lamb is writing an ongoing series on the subject, starting with "The End of Net Neutrality, but Maybe Not the World." The series currently includes three articles, with more to come. 

Editors' Picks: Tasos Martidis, Simon Wirtz, Liam Crilly, and Nikhil Wanpal

If you're enthused about encryption, we highly recommend Tasos Martidis' awesome Security Zone post, "In Encryption We Trust: A Tutorial." It's an article suited even for beginners, as it includes a great explanation of encryption basics. 

We'd like to give a big thank-you to Simon Wirtz, who has not only been writing some great articles, but has also tweeted every one of them and gotten some nice social media interaction. His Web Dev Guide article, "Using Kotlin With Ktor to Create Web Apps," was spotlighted on the DZone homepage, and his post, "Kotlin Features I Miss in Java," was one of our Java editor's favorite articles of the month. 

Liam Crilly, Director of Product Management at NGINX, was kind enough to post his extremely informative 30-minute talk on IoT, NGINX, MQTT, load balancing, and more. His article, "NGINX and IoT: Adding Protocol Awareness for MQTT," includes not only the video of his presentation, but a text and image version for those who prefer to read along. 

Finally, we'd like to thank Nikhil Wanpal for his awesome Bounty Board-inspired post, "We Need to Talk, Says One Microservice to Another," which explains microservices in a fun and understandable way. 

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