Top 5 articles of the week: September 30

Top 5: 10 tips for IoT home automation, Configuration management tools, and more

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In this week's Top 5, we highlight tips for home-IoT projects, a deep dive into configuration management, tips for getting started with Wordpress development, a successful middle school Linux program, and a brief introduction to animation with CSS and JavaScript.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. Web animation using CSS and JavaScript

To achieve animation on a website, we can use open source technologies like CSS and JavaScript. Get a brief introduction from two DrupalCon Dublin speakers.

4. Asian Penguins turn program into a Linux success

A failed Windows laptop program was turned into a Linux success by middle schoolers called the Asian Penguins at The Community School of Excellence in Minnesota.

3. 7 things you need to know for WordPress development

Besides its popularity, WordPress is also known for usability and an easy-to-develop environment. For developers looking to get started, check out these seven tips.

2. What are configuration management tools?

Whether you maintain 5,000 machines or five, configuration management tools make the job easier. Our deep dive into configuration management covers proto-configuration management, features, tools, and why you should use them.

1. 10 tips for DIY IoT home automation

There are hundreds of projects that beginner IoT makers can implement to make their homes run better. Dan Thyer will tell us about his projects with some critical tips—like beware of pets and fire. Plus, he's got some great ideas for Halloween. And if you're thinking about attending All Things Open in Raleigh in a couple of weeks, you can hear him talk in more depth about his projects there.

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