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THE HEAT IS ON! A Simple Guide to Creating Heatmaps

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Heatmaps and choropleths can give your data a sizzling new look with easy-to-understand visualizations. Here’s how. Never before has the world been flooded with so much data. Everyone is collecting, analyzing, and mashing up Big Data, from the federal government to the … [Read more...]

Confused about Cloud Confusion

I am forever running into people who are confused about what “the cloud” is. Sadly, some of these are the same people who are promoting and using “the cloud” or “cloud-based services”. What has always confused me is the fact that people who work in IT are confused about the … [Read more...]

Data Scientists are Sexy, and 7 More Surprises from the Rockstars Of Big Data

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When an engineering organization like the IEEE gathers some of the leading lights of big data for a day-long symposium at Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum, you might expect the topics to be deeply technical. To be sure, Rock Stars of Big Data featured plenty of that, … [Read more...]

What Good are Terabytes? Because Data Sets are Not Information.

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We keep on amassing more and more data. And we're told frequently about the uses to which this data can be put. But data is not information and information is hard to glean from terabytes of stuff. There are, however, needles in those haystacks. At the same time, some … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Entity Framework Workflow

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Many organizations use the .NET Entity Framework to create database applications because of the automation it provides and because developers can create a model that everyone can understand using tools provided as part of Visual Studio. However, some overlook the fact that … [Read more...]

Drilling into Big Data with Apache Drill

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Apache's Drill goal is striving to do nothing less than answer queries from petabytes of data and trillions of records in less than a second. You can't claim that the Apache Drill programmers think small. Their design goal is for Drill to scale to 10,000 servers or more … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Stick with MySQL

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MySQL's founder is encouraging people to steer away from his creation. Here's why he's wrong. Schism between the worlds of open source and proprietary software is never going to go away as long as open source remains viable and competitive. Eventually, you have a meeting … [Read more...]

5 Reasons It’s Time to Ditch MySQL

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MySQL is still the most popular open-source database, but it has been losing fans over the years – for good reason. We look at five practical motivations to dump the MySQL database. Back in 2008, MySQL was rapidly growing in popularity when Sun Microsystems bought MySQL … [Read more...]

Using the JDBC TestStep in SoapUI

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Check out this video where Robert Schneider, from WiseClouds, shows us how to use the JDBC TestStep inside SoapUI. This allows you to easily work with databases that use the JDBC protocol. By using this TestStep in SoapUI you can inspect the contents of any JDBC database, so … [Read more...]

What Peer Review Metrics are Worth Collecting and Calculating?

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The first article of this three-part series, adapted from my book Peer Reviews in Software, provided some basic concepts and principles about measuring aspects of your peer review program. This article recommends several base metrics to count or measure directly, as well as … [Read more...]