Last month, ZDNet published an interview with MongoDB CEO Max Schireson which took the position that the document databases, such as MongoDB, are better-suited to today's applications than traditional relational databases; the title of the article implies that the days of relational databases are numbered. But it is not, as Schireson would have us believe, that the relational database community is ignorant of or has not tried the design paradigms which he advocates, but that they have been tried and found, in many cases, to be anti-patterns. Certainly, there are some cases in which the schemaless design pattern that is perhaps MongoDB's most distinctive feature is just the right tool for the job, but it is also misleading to think that such designs must use a document store. Relational databases can also handle such workloads, and their capabilities in this area are improving rapidly. Read more...
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Last week, Microsoft open sourced Roslyn, the .NET Compiler Platform for C# and VB. Roslyn is an effort to create a new generation of compilers written in managed code. In addition to the standard batch compiler, it contains a compiler API that can be used by all kinds of tools that want to understand and manipulate C# source code. Roslyn is the foundation that powers the new smarts in Visual Studio and can also be used for static analysis, code refactoring or even to smartly navigate your source code. It is a great foundation that tool developers will be able to build on. I had the honor of sharing the stage with Anders Hejlsberg when he published the source code, and showed both Roslyn working on a Mac with Mono, as well as showing the very same patch that he demoed on stage running on Mono. Read more...
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Mozilla and the Rust community are pleased to announce version 0.10 of the Rust compiler and tools. Rust is a systems programming language with a focus on safety, performance and concurrency. This was an exciting release cycle where we broke apart the libextra library, introduced cross-crate syntax extensions and macros, improved the smart pointer experience with the Deref trait, and improved error handling in I/O. Outside of the compiler, this release has seen the introduction of a new RFC process as well as support for nightly binary installers. Read more...
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") provides open-source C# and Visual Basic compilers with rich code analysis APIs. You can build code analysis tools with the same APIs that Microsoft is using to implement Visual Studio! Read more.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Big news: late last week, generational garbage collection landed. It was backed out at first due to some test failures, but then re-landed and appears to have stuck. This helps with performance. There are certain workloads where generational GC makes the code run much faster, and Firefox hasn’t been able to keep up with Chrome on these. For example, it has made Firefox slightly faster on the Octane benchmark, and there is apparently quite a bit of headroom for additional improvements. Read more...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Be as the reed, not the oak tree. Green threads are just threads.
… that which is hard and stiff is the follower of death that which is soft and yielding is the follower of life … – the Tao Te Ching, chapter 76