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NoSQL vs. SQL: Choosing a Data Management Solution


Table Of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Distributed systems: the CAP theorem 3. Relational data stores 3.1. MySQL / MariaDB 3.2. PostgreSQL 3.3. Others 4. Why NoSQL? 5. Key/Value data stores 5.1. DynamoDB 5.2. Memcached 5.3. Redis 5.4. Riak 5.5. Aerospike 5.6. FoundationDB 6. Columnar data stores 6.1. Accumulo 6.2. Cassandra 6.3. HBase 7. Graph data stores 7.1. Neo4J 7.2. Titan ...

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Where’s the law?


If you would like to describe Law of Demeter in one sentence, it would go like that: “talk only with your (closest) friends”. In full form it tells that a method of particular object can call only methods that belong to: the same object, any object that is an attribute of this object, any object that was passed as a ...

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Ceylon: Why you might want to choose Ceylon


In a couple of days Ceylon 1.2 will be released, after a year of development. That’s exciting for us, but we think it would be interesting to summarize our thoughts about why you should be excited about Ceylon, and why you might consider it over other programming languages designed to run on the Java and JavaScript virtual machines. Ceylon is ...

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Transcending REST and RPC


It seems that a new paradigm is coming. Facebook and Netflix have come up with different implementations for that idea. Some people are calling it Demand-Driven Architecture, but before I show you some solutions, let’s go over some history to understand the problem. I will use the example that Netflix provides, but I think that most of us will find ...

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How to Find the Closest Subset Sum with SQL


I’ve stumbled upon this very interesting question on Stack Overflow, recently. Its title is: [How to] compare a number with sum of subset of numbers In this article, we’ll compare the user’s imperative approach to the extremely elegant (Oracle) SQL approach. We’ll be making use of any combination of these awesome SQL features:   Window functions FIRST and LAST functions, ...

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WiPy on the home network


Recently there was a Kickstarter about “an Arduino that runs Python”, the WiPy. This is a small IoT board with WiFi on it (which is not available on stock Arduinos) for an attractive price. And being able to use a high level language along with a lot of existing libraries makes it attractive too. A few days ago I got ...

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You Can’t Build An MVP


MVP is an acronym for Minimum Viable Product. Ever since the Lean Startup book and movement appeared, it has become the staple of “successfully building the right product”. It’s pretty clear, right? Minimum – it contains just the needed features that enable us to make money. Viable – people are willing to give us money for it. Product – It’s sort-of-a-tangible thing ...

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Docker Java App Deployment With A Containerized Oracle XE And With An Existing Oracle XE Instance


Background Many enterprises today are extremely excited about the prospects of containerized application stacks to achieve application portability and to speed up application deployment. However we met with many enterprise customers that are still concerned about how this containerization effort would fit into their existing workflows and processes. In almost every large organization we talked to, Oracle database is still ...

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