Friday, April 18, 2014

Why The Clock is Ticking for MongoDB (

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...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mono and Roslyn (

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

Quote of The Day (2014-04-04)

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

-Nelson Mandela

Friday, April 4, 2014

Rust 0.10 Released (

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

Welcome to the .NET Compiler Platform: Roslyn (

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.