Databases

Why DBAs Need to Evolve or Get Pushed Aside

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Database administrators have always had to keep up with fast and myriad changes in their line of work. But now the underlying structures of their jobs are shifting, and those looking to move up had better embrace those changes or run the risk of getting pushed aside. That means understanding the concepts of virtualization and Database as a Service – DBaaS — says Thomas LaRock, author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA and head geek at SolarWinds, an… continue…

A NoSQL Alternative: Disk Folders

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One of the joys of programming is that there are often many different ways to accomplish the same goal. That comes in handy when you’re not feeling too confident about a given solution. Consider this problem I recently faced. I was choosing between a relational database or NoSQL for a game server I was working on. Whichever I chose would contain a couple dozen tables and would need to support up to 100,000 users. My real-time needs were very modest,… continue…

Yes, In-Memory Tech Is a Lot of Hype. But You Can Profit From It.

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A few years ago, executives at SAP AG decided to make a very big bet on in-memory technology as a competitive differentiator. The logic went something like this: customers want faster applications, and a data-management system that leverages main memory for storage (rather than a “traditional” database system, which stores data on persistent media) is more than capable of delivering that necessary speed. Driven by that thinking, SAP has integrated its proprietary in-memory technology (known as HANA, which stands for… continue…

How to Get Hired by E-Commerce Leader Wayfair

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Founded in 2002, Wayfair is a Boston-headquartered, multinational e-commerce company that sells everything from home furnishings to luggage, toys and pet items from over 11,000 brands. It currently employs more than 1,500 people in eight global locations including New York, London, Berlin and Sydney. Wayfair has nearly 300 employees working across its technology organization, and is hiring across the board for software engineering and systems. Kevin Murray, the company’s director of talent acquisition, says his most critical needs are for… continue…

Five Best Practices for Programmers

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Is it hard for you to focus while you’re trying to write code? Do you and your team struggle with deciphering what went wrong when you’re debugging? Have you ever been embarrassed by a program that hangs during a demo? Dice News C++/C# and Java Talent Community Guide David Bolton takes you through five best practices for programmers that will not only make your life easier – but could also help you do your job better.  

Increasing Demand for Oracle DBAs

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Employment for DBAs is projected to grow 15 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While that’s a slightly slower gain than is anticipated for some other areas of technology, it’s still significant enough to get attention. Among those DBAs, industry watchers say, many positions will go to those with Oracle DBA experience. John Reed, a Colorado-based senior executive director at Robert Half Technologies, is bullish on Oracle DBA hiring trends. “Oracle is positioned really,… continue…

Interview Questions for Data Warehouse Developers

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Data warehouse developers are highly visible professionals who earn solid annual salaries – around $96,000 — because they’re responsible for using state-of-the-art development tools and technology to successfully deliver business intelligence information across the enterprise. Most candidates are screened over the phone or Internet by recruiters like Vince Brown, director of healthcare IT informatics and IT recruitment at ICON Staffing Network. “Candidates need to be truthful about what they know from the outset,” Brown says. “Otherwise, they’ll be hard-pressed to… continue…

How Reactive Can Beat Conventional Procedural Programming

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In a post on Slashdot, Val Huber, CTO at Espresso Logic in Santa Clara, Calif., did a comparison of Reactive Programming to Java with Hibernate and MySQL triggers using a real-life business example. In the test, Reactive Programming surpassed conventional procedural programming models with a faster time to market, reduced maintenance, better quality and a higher level of transparency. Using a simple scenario involving customers with purchase orders consisting of line items, Huber compared what it takes to implement business… continue…

Three Obscure ‘Sort Of’ Mobile Technologies

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Early in the year, I outlined trends on the mobile frontier of machine-to-machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Developments in new microcontrollers, digital radios, “everywhere” connectivity and cloud-based applications are sweeping through the consumer markets, at incredible speed. Obscure new technologies that work in concert with mobile devices are also just begging to be (re)discovered and applied by the inquisitive developer. Here are some worth noting. RDBS On M2M Devices Recently, I talked to Bellevue, Wash.-based ITTIA about its… continue…

Crowdsourcing, Facial Recognition Failed in Boston Bombing Aftermath

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Crowdsourcing and biometrics—two much-hyped aspects of Big Data—didn’t prove effective in the investigation. continue…