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The Life(Cycles) of UX/UI Development

It recently occurred to me that not one of the dozens and dozens of user interfaces I’ve worked on over the years, had the same methodology/lifecycle.  Many of those were results ...
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Applied Big Data : The Freakonomics of Healthcare

I went with a less provocative title this time because my last blog post (http://brianoneill.blogspot.com/2014/04/big-data-fixes-obamacare.html) evidently incited political flame wars. ...
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Looking for your aaS? (IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS vs. BaaS)

Our API is getting a lot of traction these days.  We enable our customers to perform lookups against our masterfile via a REST API.  Recently, we’ve also started exposing our ...
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WTF is an architect anyway?

In full disclosure, I’m writing this as a “Chief” Architect (I can’t help but picture a big headdress), and I’ve spent the majority of my career as an ...
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Crawling the Web with Cassandra and Nutch

So, you want to harvest a massive amount of data from the internet?  What better storage mechanism than Cassandra?  This is easy to do with Nutch. Often people use Hbase behind Nutch. ...
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The Economics of Open Source : Seek Free Code. Find Innovation.

In the past, many technologists had to evangelize open source within the enterprise. We had to justify its use, reassure executives about security, ability to support, etc.  Recently, ...
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Broken Glass : Diagnosing Production Cassandra Issues

I just past my second year anniversary at Health Market Science (HMS), and we’ve been working with Cassandra for almost the entirety of my career here.   In that time, we have ...
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Zen and the Art of Collaborative Software Development

Conway’s law suggests that designs are constrained by organizational communication structures.  I’ve seen that law manifest itself over and over again and I’d assert ...
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