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Four short links: 24 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 24, 2014

Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things. First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist — …

Four short links: 24 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 24, 2014

Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things. First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist — …

Four short links: 24 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 24, 2014

Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things. First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist — …

Four short links: 10 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2014

Trusting Browser Code (Tim Bray) — on the fundamental weakness of the ‘net as manifest in the browser. Deep Learning in the Raspberry Pi (Pete Warden) — $30 now gets you a computer you can run deep learning algorithms on. …

Four short links: 10 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2014

Trusting Browser Code (Tim Bray) — on the fundamental weakness of the ‘net as manifest in the browser. Deep Learning in the Raspberry Pi (Pete Warden) — $30 now gets you a computer you can run deep learning algorithms on. …

More Than Enough Arel

By Samuel Mullen
May 15, 2014

In Just Enough Arel, we explored a bit into how the Arel library transforms our Ruby code into SQL to be executed by the database. To do so, we discovered that Arel abstracts database tables and the fields therein as objects, …

Using Big Data and Game Play to Improve Mental Fitness

By Bonnie Feldman
January 29, 2014

This article was written together with Ellen M. Martin and Melinda Speckmann. Games have been part of human culture for millennia. It is no surprise that elements of play can be powerful digital tools to grab our attention and keep …

Restructuring the Web with Git

By Simon St. Laurent
November 6, 2013

Web designers? Git? Github? Aren’t those for programmers? At Artifact, Christopher Schmitt showed designers how much their peers are already doing with Github, and what more they can do. Github (and the underlying Git toolset) changes the way that all …

Dealing with Data in the Hadoop Ecosystem

By Rachel Roumeliotis
October 24, 2013

Kathleen Ting (@kate_ting), Technical Account Manager at Cloudera, and our own Andy Oram (@praxagora) sat down to discuss how to work with structured and unstructured data as well as how to keep a system up and running that is crunching …

NoSQL Choices: To Misfit or Cargo Cult?

By Eric Redmond
July 29, 2013

Retreading old topics can be a powerful source of epiphany, sometimes more so than simple extra-box thinking. I was a computer science student, of course I knew statistics. But my recent years as a NoSQL (or better stated: distributed systems) …

Augmenting Unstructured Data

By Jesse Anderson
July 17, 2013

Our world is filled with unstructured data. By some estimates, it’s as high as 80% of all data. Unstructured data is data that isn’t in a specific format. It isn’t separated by a delimiter that you could split on and …

Four short links: 5 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 5, 2013

Quantitative Analysis of the Full Bitcoin Transaction Graph (PDF) — We analyzed all these large transactions by following in detail the way these sums were accumulated and the way they were dispersed, and realized that almost all these large transactions …

Four short links: 19 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 19, 2013

Bruce Sterling on Disruption — If more computation, and more networking, was going to make the world prosperous, we’d be living in a prosperous world. And we’re not. Obviously we’re living in a Depression. Slow first 25% but then it …

Four short links: 23 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 23, 2012

Trap Island — island on most maps doesn’t exist. Why I Work on Non-Partisan Tech (MySociety) — excellent essay. Obama won using big technology, but imagine if that effort, money, and technique were used to make things that were useful …

Four short links: 12 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2012

Seriesly — time-series database written in go. Tablets and TV (Luke Wroblewski) — In August 2012, 77% of TV viewers used another device at the same time in a typical day. 81% used a smartphone and TV at the same …

Heavy data and architectural convergence

By Jim Stogdill
July 9, 2012

Imagine a future where large clusters of like machines dynamically adapt between programming paradigms depending on a combination of the resident data and the required processing.

Heavy data and architectural convergence

By Jim Stogdill
July 9, 2012

Imagine a future where large clusters of like machines dynamically adapt between programming paradigms depending on a combination of the resident data and the required processing.

MySQL in 2012: Report from Percona Live

By Andy Oram
April 14, 2012

Contrasting deployments at craigslit and Pinterest, trends, commercial offerings, and more

Four short links: 15 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2012

atomize.js -- a distributed Software Transactional Memory implementation in Javascript. mari0 -- not only a great demonstration of what's possible in web games, but also a clever mashup of Mario and Portal. Lessons From BerkeleyDB -- chapter on BerkeleyDB's design, architecture, and development philosophy from Architecture of Open Source Applications. (via Pete Warden) An API Ontology -- I currently...

Top stories: February 6-10, 2012

Top stories: February 6-10, 2012
By Mac Slocum
February 10, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides surveyed the NoSQL database landscape, the open web scored an important victory in court, and Joe Wikert said it's time to embrace a unified ebook format and abandon DRM.

The NoSQL movement

By Mike Loukides
February 8, 2012

A relational database is no longer the default choice. Mike Loukides charts the rise of the NoSQL movement and explains how to choose the right database for your application.

The NoSQL movement

The NoSQL movement
By Mike Loukides
February 8, 2012

A relational database is no longer the default choice. Mike Loukides charts the rise of the NoSQL movement and explains how to choose the right database for your application.

Helping educators find the right stuff

By Marie Bjerede
November 15, 2011

There are countless repositories of high-quality content available to teachers, but it is still nearly impossible to find content to use with a particular lesson plan for a particular grade aligned to particular standards. That's where the Department of Education's new Learning Registry comes in.

Helping educators find the right stuff

Helping educators find the right stuff
By Marie Bjerede
November 15, 2011

There are countless repositories of high-quality content available to teachers, but it is still nearly impossible to find content to use with a particular lesson plan for a particular grade aligned to particular standards. That's where the Department of Education's new Learning Registry comes in.

Oracle's NoSQL

By Mike Loukides
October 6, 2011

Oracle's announcement of a NoSQL product isn't just a validation of key-value stores, but of the entire discussion of database architecture.

Oracle's NoSQL

By Mike Loukides
October 6, 2011

Oracle's announcement of a NoSQL product isn't just a validation of key-value stores, but of the entire discussion of database architecture.

Strata Week: How much of the web is archived?

By Audrey Watters
July 7, 2011

In the latest Strata Week: Researchers are trying to figure out how much of the web has been archived, the Department of Health and Human Services looks to improve healthcare data collection, and Twitter acquires Backtype.

Strata Week: How much of the web is archived?

Strata Week: How much of the web is archived?
By Audrey Watters
July 7, 2011

In the latest Strata Week: Researchers are trying to figure out how much of the web has been archived, the Department of Health and Human Services looks to improve healthcare data collection, and Twitter acquires Backtype.

What CouchDB can do for HTML5, web development and mobile

What CouchDB can do for HTML5, web development and mobile
By Audrey Watters
June 29, 2011

OSCON speaker Bradley Holt talks about what CouchDB offers web developers, how the database works with HTML5, and why CouchApps could catch on.

Wrap-up of 2011 MySQL Conference

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2011

Two themes: mix your relational database with less formal solutions and move to the cloud. This may actually be the best environment MySQL has ever enjoyed.

Four short links: 14 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 14, 2011

A History of the Future in 100 Objects (Kickstarter) -- blog+podcast+video+book project, to have future historians tell the story of our century in 100 objects. The BBC show that inspired it was brilliant, and I rather suspect this will be too. It's a clever way to tell a story of the future (his hardest problem will be creating a...

Hadoop: What it is, how it works, and what it can do

Hadoop: What it is, how it works, and what it can do
By James Turner
January 12, 2011

Hadoop gets a lot of buzz in database circles, but some folks are still hazy about what it is and how it works. In this interview, Cloudera CEO and Strata speaker Mike Olson discusses Hadoop's background and its current utility.

Big data faster: A conversation with Bradford Stephens

Big data faster: A conversation with Bradford Stephens
By David Sims
January 6, 2011

Bradford Stephens, founder of of Drawn to Scale, discusses big data systems that work in "user time."

The growing importance of data journalism

By Alex Howard
December 21, 2010

Data journalists now have huge volumes of accessible government data, but a recent panel discussion reveals that cultural roadblocks and "dirty" data still need to be addressed.

Strata Gems: Turn MySQL into blazing fast NoSQL

By Edd Dumbill
December 20, 2010

The HandlerSocket plugin for MySQL bypasses the query parser to deliver excellent NoSQL performance, rivaling that of memcache.

Strata Gems: Who needs disks anyway?

By Edd Dumbill
December 16, 2010

Today's databases are designed for the spinning platter of the hard disk. As SSDs begin to enter data centers, it's time for a database that takes advantage of the new technology.

Four short links: 15 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 15, 2010

Dremel (PDF) -- paper on the Dremel distributed nested column-store database developed at Google. Interesting beyond the technology is the list of uses, which includes tracking install data for applications on Android Market; crash reporting from Google products; OCR results from Google Books; spam analysis; debugging map tiles. (via Greg Linden) Conversational UI: A Short Reading List -- it...

Big data, but with a familiar face

By David Sims
December 14, 2010

You don't have to throw away existing investments in skills and tools to use Hadoop for big data, as Karmasphere's Martin Hall explains.

Four short links: 21 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2010

Using MysQL as NoSQL -- 750,000+ qps on a commodity MySQL/InnoDB 5.1 server from remote web clients. Making an SLR Camera from Scratch -- amazing piece of hardware devotion. (via hackaday.com) Mac App Store Guidelines -- Apple announce an app store for the Macintosh, similar to its app store for iPhones and iPads. "Mac App" no longer means generic...

Oracle Essentials OpenWorld 2010 Update

By Robert Stackowiak
October 10, 2010

Oracle OpenWorld 2010 provided a series of significant announcements. We'll briefly highlight a few of them here as a further update to the 4th Edition of the book and our subsequent blogs.

Four short links: 24 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2010

Making Ajax Applications Crawlable (Google) -- Google's system for allowing Ajax applications to provide HTML snapshots for search engines. (via alexdong on twitter) Security Lessons Learned from the Diaspora Launch -- great explanation of the programming mistakes that were in the Diaspora code, and the security risks that resulted. Again, I recommend the OWASP site if you aren't aware...

Mongo Boston: fast progress, with hitches in the cloud, Map/Reduce

By Andy Oram
September 21, 2010

Microsoft's Azure design interfere with running multiple MongoDB servers. Map/Reduce works, but not as fast as it should. MongoDB continues to grow in features and popularity.

With good database marketing you can turn your big company into an around-the-corner diner

By Emerson Niide
September 9, 2010

With a simple CRM system, a hotel made me feel a very well cared "house guest".

Four short links: 20 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 20, 2010

Dangerous Prototypes -- "a new open source hardware project every month". Sample project: Flash Destroyer, which writes and verifies EEPROM chips until they blow out. Wabit -- GPLv3 reporting tool. Because No Respectable MBA Programme Would Admit Me (Mike Shaver) -- excellent book recommendations. The Most Prescient Footnote Ever (David Pennock) -- In footnote 14 of Chapter 5 (p....

MySQL highlighted at Oracle user group conference

By Andy Oram
June 16, 2010

A special MySQL track at Kaleidoscope, the upcoming Oracle Developer Tools User Group conference, should give MySQL a nice bounce.

MySQL conference 2010: thriving as one of many

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2010

The future course of MySQL in an environment with many new and intriguing alternatives to relational databases, and multiple versions of MySQL itself.

MySQL conference begins in the midst of industry shifts

By Andy Oram
April 13, 2010

The conference comes at a time of unusual uncertainty and change for MySQL--and I'm not talking about the Oracle acquisition, which the community dealt with last year.

MongoDB experts model the move from a relational database to MongoDB

By Andy Oram
April 8, 2010

Because the MySQL conference starts next week and O'Reilly just released a pre-publication version of MongoDB: The Definitive Guide, I decided to spice up discussion a bit by asking the authors about a common question: how to move from MySQL to MongoDB.

MySQL migration and risk management

By Mac Slocum
March 5, 2010

Ronald Bradford has been guiding DBAs through key aspects of database integration for years. In this Q&A, he discusses the pros and cons of migrating from Oracle to MySQL (hint: it's not just about cost savings). He also weighs in on how Oracle's acquisition of Sun will shape the future of MySQL and its community.

Mixed Consolidated Workloads and the Sun Oracle Database Machine

By Robert Stackowiak
February 6, 2010

This blog takes a quick look at the capabilities in Oracle Database 11g Release 2 that can enable database consolidation to take place on the Sun Oracle Database Machine.


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