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  How I explained MapReduce to my Wife?


Yesterday I gave a presentation at Xebia India office on MapReduce. It really went well and audience was able to understand the concept of MapReduce (as per their feedback). So, I was happy that I did a good job in explaining MapReduce concept to a technical audience (mainly Java programmer, some Flex programmer and few testers). After all the hard work and a great dinner at Xebia India office I reached back my home. My wife (Supriya) asked me “How was your session on …” , I repl...

   Java,MapReduce,Java Flex     2011-08-28 04:22:53


  Can Your Programming Language Do This?


One day, you're browsing through your code, and you notice two big blocks that look almost exactly the same. In fact, they're exactly the same, except that one block refers to "Spaghetti" and one block refers to "Chocolate Moose." // A trivial example: alert("I'd like some Spaghetti!"); alert("I'd like some Chocolate Moose!"); These examples happen to be in JavaScript, but even if you don't know JavaScript, you should be able to follow along. The repeated code looks wrong, ...

   Programming,Maintainability,Reusable     2011-05-31 07:42:41


  Difference between ConcurrentHashMap and Hashtable


Both ConcurrentHashMap and Hashtable are Collection classes for storing key value pairs and they both provide fast element search with a supplied key. They have much in common. However, we will not discuss the similarities between them here, instead we will focus on the differences between them. ConcurrentHashMap and Hashtable are both thread safe. But the mechanism for thread safe is different between them. Hashtable is synchronized, it utilizes the synchronization mechanism; while ConcurrentHa...

   ConcurrentHashMap,Hashtable     2013-11-18 08:06:54


  Top 5 Reasons Not to Use Hadoop for Analytics


As a former diehard fan of Hadoop, I LOVED the fact that you can work on up to Petabytes of data.  I loved the ability to scale to thousands of nodes to process a large computation job.  I loved the ability to store and load data in a very flexible format.  In many ways, I loved Hadoop, until I tried to deploy it for analytics.   That’s when I became disillusioned with Hadoop (it just "ain't all that"). At Quantivo, we’ve explored many ways to deploy Hadoop to a...

   Cloud computing,Hadoop,Analytics     2012-04-17 13:43:26


  Focus of Baidu in the future


In addition to the new generation "Baidu ladies", The biggest highlight of the annual meeting of Baidu is undoubtedly the passionate speech delivered by CEO Yanhong Li with a "Zoro" suite. He emphasized four business focus of Baidu in the future, i.e the traditional search, mobile cloud, LBS and international strategy. Although the strategy is clear, but what's more important is that there must be some corresponding products to align with these focus. How will Baidu carry out four key business?...

   Baidu, Anuual meeting, LBS,Baidu Cloud     2013-01-23 03:51:09


  Cool HTML5 matrix effect


Do you still remember the movie The Matrix? Do you still remember the cool matrix effect in that movie? How is that effect achieved? Shaun Dunne shared a piece of HTML5 code which displays a cool matrix effect. The matrix demo can be found here. Below is the code which he achieves this effect: with var s = window.screen; var width = q.width = s.width; var height = q.height = s.height; var letters = Array(256).join(1).split(''); var draw = function () { q.getContext('2d').fillStyle='rgba(0,0,...

   Matrix,HTML5     2013-08-14 08:03:34


  Python Patterns - An Optimization Anecdote


The other day, a friend asked me a seemingly simple question: what's the best way to convert a list of integers into a string, presuming that the integers are ASCII values. For instance, the list [97, 98, 99] should be converted to the string 'abc'. Let's assume we want to write a function to do this. The first version I came up with was totally straightforward: def f1(list): string = "" for item in list: string = string + chr(item) return string ...

   Python,Optimization,Anecdote,Loopup,ASCII     2011-12-18 10:52:49


  iPhone 5 first weekend sales over 5 million


Within 24 hours openning for pre-order, 2 million iPhone 5 have been ordered, Apple announces that  sales of iPhone 5 are over 5 million in 3 days on sale., in addition, iOS devices upgraded to iOS6 are around 100 million. Apple CEO Tim Cook says : Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments ...

   iPhone5,,iOS6,sale,pre-order     2012-09-24 10:55:12


  Cool things you can do with iPhone


Nowadays smart phones have plenty of cool features you can get to know without reading the manuals. But do you know there are some useful but less well known features which can ease our life? In this post, we will share with you some cool features on iPhone. If you have an iPhone with, go and get a try. 1. Use Google Map as free GPS While traveling abroad, you can use Google Maps as a free GPS without an international data plan by making use of it's hidden offline maps feature.You can use this f...

   iPhone,Feature     2013-10-05 07:28:07


  Macro vs. Micro Optimisation


So there's recently been a bit of hype about another Colebourne article: http://blog.joda.org/2011/11/real-life-scala-feedback-from-yammer.html I'd like to respond to a few points he makes. First - You should evaluate Scala and pay attention to its benefits and flaws before adopting it.  Yes, there are flaws to Scala.   Working at typesafe makes you more aware of some of them.  We're actively working to reduce/minimize/get rid of these.   In my opinion, the negat...

   Optimization,Performance,Micro,Macro,Software     2011-11-30 12:04:25