Sunday, March 21, 2010

Best of this Week Summary 15 March - 21 March 2010

  • Twitter and Digg are moving from MySQL to Cassandra (a highly scalable second-generation distributed database, bringing together Dynamo's fully distributed design and Bigtable's ColumnFamily-based data model; a Facebook opensourced project). The reason for Digg for the move "is the increasing difficulty of building a high-performance, write-intensive application on a data set that is growing quickly, with no end in sight. This growth has forced them into horizontal and vertical partitioning strategies that have eliminated most of the value of a relational database, while still incurring all the overhead".
    Twitter has about the same reason: "No single points of failure", "Highly scalable writes (we have highly variable write traffic)", and "A healthy and productive open source community".
    Twitter tried HBase, Voldemort, MongoDB, MemcacheDB, Redis, Cassandra, and HyperTable amongst others before deciding to go with Cassandra. Interesting to read is how they slowly rollout Cassandra to limited sets of users.
    An introduction to Cassandra to get it up and running can be found here.

  • A short post on how to implement Automatic testing Oracle Service Bus using Hudson, Maven and SoapUI.

  • What to expect from HTML5 for webdevelopers.

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