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November 12, 2010

Use cases are driving the divergence, and the convergence, of NoSQL solutions

This morning, Matt Aslett of The 451 blogged on The beginning of the end of NoSQL in which he highlighted the uselessness of the NoSQL category name. Good post, as usual. But this isn't new news. People have been griping about the term since the day it was coined.

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November 10, 2010

Membase Hits the Big Apple and Beantown

It’s been a busy week with our inaugural meetups in New York City and Boston.

We've enjoyed meeting Membase users, and interacting with those interested in trying out the software for the first time. The feedback on the meetups and the content has been overwhelmingly positive, with great suggestions for future gatherings. In particular, attendees liked our content on how to program with key-value stores – we’ll make sure to cover that in more depth in upcoming meetups.

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November 9, 2010

Membase for Dummies: Creating a Multi-Node Membase Cluster

Hello again and welcome to the second installment of the "Membase for Dummies" video blog series. (The first one, on Membase install and config, is available here)

In this quick (3.5 minute) video, I walk you through adding multiple nodes to your Membase cluster. There are two ways of doing this and both are demonstrated in the video below.  I then take you through the rebalancing process to make my one-node cluster a three-node cluster.

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November 2, 2010

First Ever Membase Meetup @Zynga San Francisco

Along with our Membase project co-founders at Zynga, we held our first ever Meetup at Zynga's facilities in San Francisco.

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November 1, 2010

Membase for Dummies: Getting Started in Five Minutes or Less

This is the inaugural post in my "Membase for Dummies" series. The goal of this series is to provide users with quick (5 minutes or less) tutorials on various aspects of Membase functionality.

This first entry is focused on getting your first node of Membase up and running. In this two-minute video, I walk you through the process of downloading, installing and setting up Membase.

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October 30, 2010

Running Moxi on Solaris

I have been working on getting Membase up'n'running on OpenSolaris as a side project. Most of it is already in place, but there are still some Makefile issues to sort out. I thought that while we're waiting to complete that task, I could show you how to easily run moxi as a service controlled by SMF.

I've created some scripts to make it easier for you to build and install everything, so the first we need to do is to check out (or update your clone) of my tools repository:

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October 29, 2010

SD Forum Membase Talk Slides

On Tuesday the 26th, I had the opportunity to get in front of the SD Forum Cloud Services SIG.  I talked about Membase and how it fits in to cloud services and cloud platforms from an integration standpoint.  Slides are posted on slideshare.

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October 28, 2010

How to Test Everything

[This post also appears on Dustin's github blog].

I recently had a Membase user point out a sequence of operations that led to an undesirable state. I’ve got a lot of really good engine tests I’ve written, but not this case:

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October 28, 2010

Installing Python scripts from automake...

I've been working on making it easier for developers to compile and install Membase, and today I learned some more automake magic. I'm one of those developers who don't want to spend a lot of time working on the build system, I want to spend my time working on the code. At the same time I don't want to do unnecessary boring manual work that the build system should do for me.

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October 26, 2010

Why Membase Uses Erlang

Less and less often (because Erlang is becoming more popular), I’m asked why Membase chose to use Erlang for our cluster management and process supervision component. Common alternatives people suggest are Java, C++, Python, Ruby, and, more recently, node.js and Clojure (which would be my top choice if Erlang were off limits to me).

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