MapReduce vs RDBMS – Who would win?

There’s been a bit a of brouhaha in the database blogosphere following a comparison that was made between the MapReduce framework and modern relational database management systems. In this post on the Database Column blog, authors David J. DeWitt and Michael Stonebraker argued, among other things, that MapReduce was "a giant step backward in the […]

Keeping your sanity in the car

As much as I love music, I simply can’t deal with morning radio.  There are only so many commercials for alarm systems, vacation getaways, and “once-in-a-lifetime” mattress sales that any man can take.  As a result, I’ve turned to listening to audio books and podcasts to pass the time during the commute. Since a number […]