Are You Agile Enough for Polyglot Programming?

In Europe many people are polyglots—people who speak multiple languages. In America? Not so much. One day I was reviewing a resume of a job candidate that said he was fluent in six languages. When he came in for his interview, I asked what languages he spoke. “Speak?” he said, no way, I program in […]

The Big Data Tidal Wave

Tony Agresta just published a piece titled “The Big Data Tidal Wave” in the World Financial Review. In it he makes some compelling points for change in the financial industry. He lists four common strategic initiatives related to Big Data in the finance world in 2013: Infrastructure Improvements – Current IT infrastructure needs an overhaul if […]

MongoDB (10gen): Offers production support, training, and consulting for MongoDB

MongoDB (once named 10gen) provides a comprehensive range of services to enable you to get the most out of commercial-grade deployments of MongoDB. They develop MongoDB, and offers production support, training, and consulting for the open source database. MongoDB was founded by former DoubleClick Founder and CTO Dwight Merriman and former DoubleClick engineer and ShopWiki […]

An Analysis of A NASA Dbase Hack-and-Dump

[Editor’s note: this analysis predates any official announcements by NASA] Recently, some news of a NASA hack-and-dump passed my twitter deck.  I decided after watching a few of my friends re-tweet the news that it might be worth checking out.  At least I’d see if I could perform some password analysis on any dumped credentials, […]

VoltDB for faster, scalable relational databases

VoltDB is a blazingly fast relational database system. It is specifically designed for modern software applications that are pushed beyond their limits by high velocity data sources. This new generation of systems – real-time feeds, machine-generated data, micro-transactions, high performance content serving – requires database throughput that can reach millions of operations per second. What’s […]

When do you pick HBase instead of MySQL?

Facebook works its data magic at scales others only dream of. And they do this for over 600,000,000 people, in real time!  (see: Facebook’s New Real-Time Messaging System: HBase To Store 135+ Billion Messages A Month). Cade Metz just wrote a piece diving deeper into this at The Register. His article is titled “HBase: Shops […]