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Alec Noller12/01/13
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The Best of the Week (Nov. 22): NoSQL Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the NoSQL Zone. This week's best include more details on DB-Engines list of the top 10 most popular DB engines, Vlad Mihalcea on why he never blames open source projects, notes on the release of Redis 2.8.0, and more.

Mitch Pronschinske11/30/13
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ZeroMQ at Spotify

This article from PyCon was titled "How we use Python at Spotify" but I wanted to focus on the fact that they also use ZeroMQ. It's a little difficult to find a list of the big-name companies that use ZeroMQ, but now you can rest assured that one of the biggest fish in the IT pond use it.

Christopher Taylor11/29/13
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Curing Cancer with Data Visualization

Everyone thought that The Netherlands Cancer Institute’s 12-year-old dataset on breast cancer was old news. That was until a researcher, Pek Lum, analyzed and visualized the dataset using topological data analysis (TDA) and advanced machine learning technology.

Alec Noller11/29/13
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6 jQuery Mobile Layout Examples and Plugins

A recent post from ScratchingInfo provides a useful set of jQuery Mobile layout examples and plugins. Some stand-outs include a multi-page template that pre-fetches pages before they are needed, speeding up response time, and a multiview plugin that allows the creation of unlimited panels and pages.

Daniel Doubrovkine11/29/13
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Grape Mounted behind Goliath

Got a chance to play with Goliath for a bit. You don’t need to do much work to mount Grape behind it. Grape figures out content-negotiation and formatting for you, so just stream the response through Goliath.

Christopher Taylor11/28/13
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Big Data, Bigfoot, UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster

When’s the last time you saw a photo of Nessie, Sasquatch, or a Martian ship? When few carried cameras, the rare photo of the unexplained (a grainy image in a Scottish lake, or a flash of light in the sky that seemed to hover) was enough to create a broadly spread story. No longer.

Alec Noller11/28/13
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It's All About Perception: How to Make Mobile Sites Feel Faster

This article from Mobify takes an interesting look at the importance of mobile site performance - not in terms of actual, measurable speed, but in terms of its perception by users - and offers a number of tips on how to increase perceived performance.

Mikio Braun11/28/13
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Designing Machine Learning Frameworks: Flexibility and Sound Design

Implementing basic learning algorithms is an important step, but in a way, it's also the simple step. The hard part is integrating all these learning methods into a whole.

Carlo Scarioni11/28/13
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A Simple Setup for Testing MongoDB MapReduce with Ruby

Sometimes it is more convenient to use a Ruby script than deal with the MongoDB JSON shell interface. This is a superquick tutorial to running Mongo MapReduce aggregations from Ruby.

Alec Noller11/28/13
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8 Tips for Making Sure Your App Works Offline

A recent post from Touchlab provides eight tips to help mobile developers make sure that their apps are as effective as they can be while offline. The post is the third part of three and the tips it offers provide a number of options for offline functionality, as well as the caveats that go along with each suggestion.

Mitch Pronschinske11/27/13
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Nanomsg: The Last Few Months in Review

Nanomsg, a fork of the ZeroMQ broker, is moving along smoothly this year. It recently reached version 0.3.3, which I didn't find much information on, but I thought I'd get you caught up if you're not aware of this interesting project.

Arthur Charpentier11/27/13
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Data News: Why Python is Eating Other Languages, and More

In this installment of Arthur Charpentier's data science-related links, you'll find a visualization of Waldo's locations on the page, the reason "why Python is steadily eating other languages," the first in a series of posts on "recommendations engine," and more.

Alec Noller11/27/13
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Hadoop, MapReduce and Hive: How to Use Non-Java Languages, Such as R

This recent tutorial demonstrates how to use non-Java languages - R, in particular - to work with Hadoop data through MapReduce and Hive. Though the tutorial focuses on R, it is also meant to open doors for users working with other languages, such as Python, Ruby, and Linux commands or Shell scripts.

Alec Noller11/27/13
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How to Migrate Magento to MongoDB

This set of slides discusses how to migrate Magento - a popular open-source eCommerce platform that works with mySQL by default - to MongoDB.

T Dampier11/27/13
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MongoLab Now Supports Two-Factor Authentication

You’ve probably been advised more than once to use longer passwords, perhaps required to include numbers and exotic characters — are “words” still okay? But even when such measures are used, passwords still fall victim to attacks. This is where multi-factor authentication comes in.