RDBMS Genealogy Poster

The Hasso-Plattner-Institut has the following poster available here.


The Technical Interview Is Dead

The Technical Interview Is Dead (And No One Should Mourn) | TechCrunch http://ow.ly/miJas

Just say no to skeuomorphism

Apple iCal

What next, wood panelling?

From Fast Company:

Will Apple’s Tacky Software-Design Philosophy Cause A Revolt?

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 programming paradigm for large-scale data instensive applications."

The debate continued with many thoughtful comments added to the original post.

On January 25th, David and Michael responded to many of the comments with another post.

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 of people have asked for recommendations, here are some of my favourites:

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Paper accepted at VLDB 2007

A paper I co-authored was accepted into the 33rd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2007).  The conference will be held at the University of Vienna, Austria

The paper is titled “Efficient Bulk Deletes for Multi Dimensionally Clustered Tables in DB2“.

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Linux 0.01: “porting is impossible”

Linus TorvaldsLoyal reader, Jeff, shared this article from the Kernel Trap

It’s a historical summary of the release of Linux 0.01.  The article contains the original release notes and early exchanges from the comp.os.minix newsgroup.

When one considers how successful Linux has become and the wide variety of platforms that Linux runs on, I thought theses quotes from Linus were particularly funny:

“Simply, I’d say that porting is impossible.  It’s mostly in C, but most people wouldn’t call what I write C.”

“…just a hobby, won’t be big and professional…”

Odd, there is no mention of penguins 🙂