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June 21, 2012

Why Database Technology Matters

[This blog was syndicated from http://damienkatz.net/]

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June 19, 2012

Couchbase Server on the New Windows Azure

Microsoft's recent updates to Windows Azure have introduced a variety of new features, ranging from Git deployments to node.js apps to support for running virtual machines (with Linux too!).  These changes couple Azure's existing Platform as a Service model with new Infrastructure as a Service features.  The new Azure is great news for developers, especially .NET developers who would like to deploy a cloud based ASP.NET app with a Couchbase cluster!

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June 13, 2012

Introducing the NHibernate Couchbase 2nd Level Cache Provider

NHibernate has long supported the notion of a 2nd level caches, where query results are saved to an out-of-process cache for faster retrieval.  The NHContrib project owns these caches, which include ASP.NET HttpCache, Velocity (AppFabric) and Memcached.  That last cache - Memcached - is implemented using the Enyim.Caching library upon which the .NET Couchbase Client Library depends.  Given that dependency and the fact that Couchbase is of course Memcached compatible, adding Couchbase to the set of available 2nd level ca

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May 31, 2012

TapMap Part I: Working with a Repository of T with Couchbase Server 2.0 and the .NET Client Library

I’ve been meaning to put together a reference application for using .NET and Couchbase Server.  While traveling to London for the Progressive NoSQL conference at Skills Matter, I passed the hours waiting for my hotel room to be ready by writing some code at a Startbucks for an application I call TapMap.

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May 30, 2012

Stabilizing Couchbase Server 2.0

[This blog was syndicated from http://damienkatz.net/]

I'm glad to report we are now pretty much going into full-on stabilization and resource optimization mode for Couchbase Server 2.0. It’s taken us a lot longer than we planned. Creating a high performance, efficient, reliable, full-featured distributed document database is a non-trivial matter ;)

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April 25, 2012

Introducing the Couchbase ASP.NET SessionState Provider

One question I'll often ask developers on a phone screen for an ASP.NET developer position is to discuss the different options for managing session state in an ASP.NET application.  I like this question because it gives me quick insight into what types of applications that developer has been working on and what role that developer has played on his or her team.

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April 16, 2012

Incremental Mapreduce for Analytics with R

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

I've been wanting to describe some of my work with using R to help me understand data I'm collecting in Couchbase Server because I find it quite interesting, useful and easy. However, it's been difficult for me to figure out a good starting point because I don't know who the audience would be. That is, finding the right set of assumptions to get going has been quite hard.

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April 11, 2012

Preparing for Massive Growth, Revisited.

A couple months back I wrote an article for Mashable entitled How to Prepare Your Social Game for Massive Growth. In that article I argue that games integrated with social media can “go viral” – adding millions of users overnight – with the difference between success and failure turning on whether the game’s infrastructure can support that kind of explosive growth. Within just a month of publication, we gained two very visible data points in support of the argument.

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April 9, 2012

Organizing Document Structure in Document Databases

Couchbase is schema-less. That runs against the grain of traditional, RDBMS history and experience, but it's proven to be one of the most lauded features of NoSQL databases.

Not being required to develop a schema before you build your application is a huge time saver. It enables quick prototyping and lets you mold the structure of your document as you delve into its different uses within your application.

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March 28, 2012

Intro to NoSQL with Couchbase at the Boston Tech Meetup

On Tuesday night, Rags and I had the opportunity to speak at the Boston Tech Meetup.  First, I want to thank Justin, Alex and Matt from the organizing team for setting up this Meetup. 

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