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Alec Noller01/15/14
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Hadoop: The NSA-Fueled Privacy Invasion Machine

Hadoop users, or anybody interested in Big Data, may be interested in this recent article from Salon about the nefarious uses of Hadoop. A significant portion of the article is focused on explaining Hadoop, but then there's more: Hadoop as the central tool of Big Brother.

Vlad Mihalcea01/14/14
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MongoDB Time Series: Introducing the Aggregation Framework

In previous posts, the author talked about batch importing and the out-of-the-box MongoDB performance. Recently, though, MongoDB was awarded DBMS of the year, so he therefore decided to offer a more thorough analysis of its real-life usage.

Adam Fowler01/14/14
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How to Interpret NoSQL Funding Rounds

It’s all very tempting to gloat about the amount of money your company has raised in a funding round. Many commentators use the size of an investment to determine the likely value of the company. The author believes that approach is too simplistic, though.

Alex Staveley01/13/14
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Closures in Groovy

The simpliest explanation of a closure in Groovy is that it is anonymous function.

Alec Noller01/13/14
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MongoDB: 5 Syntactic Weirdnesses to Keep in Mind

People like to complain about MongoDB. The debate gets so heated, though, that sometimes valid criticisms - and nothing is above criticism - are dismissed as bandwagon hatred. It's a problem that Slava Kim seems very aware of in this recent blog post on some of the syntactic weirdnesses of MongoDB.

Anders Karlsson01/13/14
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Some Myths of Open Source, the Way I See it

The Open Source movement is full of myths. There are different myths from inside the movement (i.e. those who think it's a good thing) and outside (i.e. those who do not). In this article, you'll find a few of those myths, as well as the author's interpretation and opinion of them.

Alec Noller01/12/14
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The Best of the Week (Jan. 3): NoSQL Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the NoSQL Zone. This week's best include an analysis of Cassandra for ETL, a discussion of the validity of the idea that SQL and NoSQL are two sides of the same coin, the top 10 articles from 2013 in the NoSQL Zone, and more.

Alec Noller01/10/14
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NoSQL Databases Compared: Differences, Strengths, and Examples

There's been a lot of comparison of SQL and NoSQL lately, but what is to be done if you're already sold on NoSQL and just don't know which database is for you, or your project in particular? To meet that need, check out this rather thorough comparison of NoSQL databases.

Ashutosh Sharma01/10/14
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Getting Started with ElasticSearch

ElasticSearch is an open-source, distributed, and very scalable search engine built on top of Lucene. After some struggle setting up ElasticSearch, the author has assembled this tutorial to help save some time for developers interested in getting started and trying it out.

Dustin Marx01/08/14
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Identifying Gradle Conventions

Configuration by convention has many advantages, especially in terms of conciseness because developers do not need to explicitly configure things that are implicitly configured through convention.

Michael Scharhag01/07/14
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Grails: Using Hibernate Filters

The Grails Hibernate Filters plugin makes it possible to use Hibernate Filters with GORM. Hibernate Filters provide additional restriction rules that can be applied to classes and collections.

Alec Noller01/07/14
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What Comes After NoSQL?

According to this recent article, there are changes to come for NoSQL databases. The article looks at the origins of NoSQL - MongoDB in particular - and its reasons for existing, but the central argument is that there is an increasing and still-unmet need for performance to match the scalability of NoSQL databases.

Stefan Armbruster01/06/14
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Indexing in Neo4j: An Overview

Neo4j as a graph database features indexing as the preferred way to find start points for graph traversals. Over the years multiple different indexing approaches have been added. The goal of this article is to give an overview on this to avoid confusion, especially for those who just recently got started with Neo4j.

Lukas Eder01/06/14
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SQL and NoSQL are Really Just Two Sides of the Same Coin

In a recent debate about NoSQL vs. SQL on Hackernews, the author was made aware of an amusing paper by Erik Meijer and Gavin Bierman. What they are claiming in their article is the fact that SQL and NoSQL are duals of each other, i.e. two sides of the same coin.

Alec Noller01/05/14
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The Top 10 Articles of 2013: NoSQL Zone

Rather than the best of the week this week, let's see the most popular articles NoSQL had to offer in 2013. The year's best include 5 things for Java developers to consider, an aptly-titled critique of blogs that attack popular tech simply for the sake of the clicks, Martin Fowler's introduction to NoSQL, and much more.