Posts Tagged ‘Programming’

Ruby and some updates

November 4, 2010 2 comments

So, I’ve been quite busy learning some new things in the last couple of weeks which is why I haven’t been blogging or writing articles.  Amongst the things that I’ve been busy with is writing some articles for Code Project which I’m hoping to publish in the next month or so.  Some of the other things I’ve been busy with is playing with Ruby and the toolkits currently available in that space.  Coming from a Java/C# background it’s been quite an experience jumping into the declarative dynamic world of Ruby and I must say that the more I play with it the more I’m starting to enjoy it.  So, my setup is something like the article that you’ll be able to find on this site here.  In the quest of learning more and more technologies and writing these articles I’ve come to appreciate the ability to slow down (in my private time) and to really think about what I’ve been doing and how all this newly found knowledge will affect my trend of thought and the way that I go forward in development and technology.  As I state somewhere on this site, it’s all about using the right tool for the right job.  Just because I’m a C# developer with a Java background doesn’t mean that those are always the right tools to get things done.  Yes you may be able to do anything in your chosen technology, but does that allow you to really understand the problem you’re trying to solve or does it really make the Technology you use and the constraints it introduces your main focal point.  As I’ve learned, the more you know, the less constrained you are by what you don’t know…  Maybe ignorance is bliss and we should simply continue in the way that we always have, but then where’s the fun in that right?  🙂

MongoDB — Location Based Sharding, Global View of data

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment


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So, in my previous blog I raised a question as follows:

“How do you save your data to the closest data center while still having a global view i.e international customers should have a view of their data no matter where they or their data are and without affecting performance?”

What I should also have noted was that I’ve written the very complex routing code as I’m sure so many out there have as well.  So, why would I raise the question if I’ve done this kind of thing before…  Well, there may just be another solution (simpler solution) out there that doesn’t involve this complexity that we as developers like to create for ourselves.  Now, over the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing some research on MongoDB and have come to like the simplicity that they bring across in their product.  Which is why I’m busy writing all the articles under the MongoDB menu on this blog.  It’s very much a work in progress, so don’t expect much at this stage, but the idea is that as time goes past I’ll have a complete set of articles with code running under all kinds of circumstances as well as in different languages…

Why am I blogging about some articles that will be coming up?  Simple…  I do it because I see it as a promise to myself that I must do something and that no matter what, I’ve made the commitment to myself…

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