Don Pinto's blog

November 15, 2012

Fun with Couchbase and Markov Chains

I’ve been hearing about Markov chains for long enough – it was time that I learned more about them and develop a simple fun markov chain application. I’m sure that you don’t want to get bogged down by the mathematical details of Markov Chains - learning by building an application is where all the fun is!

Read more »

October 9, 2012

Lost your files from rm -rf * ? No problem, you have a backup

I recently came across video that describes how someone had accidentally typed the ‘rm *’ linux command during production of the Toy Story 2 movie and all the graphics, the art work, the scripts “vanished”. Luckily, they had a backup of the data and the files were restored back. If you watch the video below, you’ll find a few takeaways from this story (which happens to be real). But the most important one that I want to talk about is “TAKE BACKUPS of your data”. 

Read more »

October 5, 2012

Need database metrics? Using the Couchbase Admin Console

No matter what we work on and what system we are operating, we always need to have the right set of tools to get the job done. Airplane pilots need to have the right set of visual metrics in the cockpit - displays for altitude, direction heading, speed, fuel flow, etc to monitor and control the aircraft.

Read more »

September 29, 2012

Pop-It - A Social Kinect Game Powered by Couchbase Server

What’s more fun than popping balloons? Last week at CouchConf SF, we demo’ed an experimental social game app (Pop-it) powered by Couchbase Server 2.0 (Beta). It is a HTML5 browser app with a C#.Net game server. If you didn’t get a chance to play it, you might want to check out this video and watch the fun:

Read more »

September 7, 2012

Working with social game entities in Couchbase

What’s in a new social game? Fundamentally, a game is an “experience” built around a series of interactions between the player, the content, and other players.

Read more »