Is NoSQL The SQL Sequel?

Lou Mauget Databases, Opinion, Technology Snapshot 8 Comments

“Can’t we all just get along?”  I assert that the explosion of so-called NoSQL database management systems (DBMS) is not displacing the well-known relational DBMS (RDBMS) that we love and admire. There is room for each, sometimes within one application. Why? Visits by three spirits could enlighten us … 1. Spirit of DBMS Past The DBMS was invented before the …



Programmers and the Amazon Have This in Common

Tim Broyles Other, Programming 1 Comment

Have you ever been stuck on a problem, some seemingly un-explainable production malfunction in the code? You’ve stepped though it with the debugger, run enumerable test scenarios trying to simulate what the user is doing, but still the issue remains? Likely so. What can you do? My suggestion: take a walk! Like a silver bullet in the heart of a werewolf (okay, …



Lessons From The Weight Room

Robert Rice Programming 1 Comment

A friend of my wife’s (an artist and librarian) has recently started “learning programming” through a free online course that rations its information out via short lessons on Monday of every week. My jibbing to her about “Yeah, that’s all it really takes!” aside, I admire her open-mindedness as everyone can benefit from some level of computer literacy. I have …



The Programmer’s Utility Belt

David Kieras Programming 4 Comments

The other day I was reading about the Batmobile…the car from the 1960’s television show. The Batmobile, regardless of whether you prefer George Barris’ campy custom rod or any of the others, probably is one of the coolest superhero accessories. But what is the second coolest accessory? I suppose Batman wins again…with his utility belt. It seems that, no matter what …