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  Why are column oriented databases so much faster than row oriented databases?


I have been playing around with Hybrid Word Aligned Bitmaps for a few weeks now, and they turn out to be a rather remarkable data structure.  I believe that they are utilized extensively in modern column oriented databases such as Vertica and MonetDB. Essentially HWABs are a data structure that allows you to represent a sparse bitmap (series of 0's and 1's) really efficiently in memory.  The key trick here is the use of run length encoding to compress the bitmap into fe...

   Database,Column oriented,Speed analysis,Vertica     2012-01-29 04:27:05


  A list of different CAPTCHA designs


Here is a list of website CAPTCHA designs which demonstrate all kinds of weird verification methods. By looking at these designs, as a website designer, you should distinguish which design is accessible and which is not.Is this human readable?What characters are in the picture?One moreWe will be crazy if we see theseOMG,What's the answer?IQ Test?Are you a normal person?You know how blind people read?ASCII PictureAre you an adult?3D verification codereCaptchaIt increase a new feature recently. It...

   CAPTCHA,Website design     2012-07-19 11:51:06


  Tom Uglow from Google : 5 steps to innovation


Google has been known for its innovation In Google there is a "welfare": each employee can spare 20% of his/her time to do what he/she likes to do so that any idea has a chance to be turned into reality. Perhaps this freedom makes Google capable of introducing new products and new ideas continuously. Google China held a small discussion session in its office in Tsinghua Science Park recently, Google Creative Director Tom Uglow shared some experience and cases of Google in production and innovat...

   Innovation,Technology,Google     2012-10-10 20:00:47


  Functional Programming Is Hard, That's Why It's Good


Odds are, you don’t use a functional programming language every day. You probably aren’t getting paid to write code in Scala, Haskell, Erlang, F#, or a Lisp Dialect. The vast majority of people in the industry use OO languages like Python, Ruby, Java or C#–and they’re happy with them. Sure, they might occasionally use a “functional feature” like “blocks” now and then, but they aren’t writing functional code.And yet, for years we’ve been told that functional languages are awes...

   Functional Programming,Hard,Difficult,Reason to learn,Good     2011-10-18 02:55:38


  Want to be a Java developer?


Java is one of the top 3 programming languages in the world. It can be used to develop both web applications and desktop applications and more importantly it is cross platform--write once, run everywhere. Also, it's easy to pick up. If you want to be a Java developer, please get to ask yourself whether you know below listed topics. This list is summarized by Vivek Vermani, a Senior Java Developer: For a Core Java Developer , Ffollowing topics should be good. OOPs Concepts Abstract Classes and I...

   Java,developer,resource     2014-06-19 06:18:47


  Rebirth of Microsoft?


Only from the point of view of design and products, Microsoft may seem like an ongoing decline of the old giant: IE browser market share continues to drop, PC market continues to shrink where Windows depends on and tablet PC market gets rapid expansion, Windows Mobile, Windows phone perform not so well, even CEO Steve Ballmer is often ridiculed and accused. All these seem to indicate that Microsoft's golden era is over. But on the other hand, while its net profit for the past two years has ...

   Microsoft,Rebirth,change     2012-10-05 20:09:15


  CASSANDRA data model


Cassandra is an open source distributed database, it combines dynamic key/value and column oriented feature of Bigtable. Features of Cassandra are: Flexible schema, no need to design schema first, it's very convenient to add or delete strings Support range search on keys High usability, extensible. The single node error will not affect the cluster. We can think Cassandra's data model as a 4 or 5 dimensional Hash. COLUMN Columns is the smallest data unit in Cassandra, it is a 3 dimensional data...

   Cassandra,database,sort     2013-06-08 22:07:40


  Web programs written in C++ are no big deal


I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day. She wanted to try putting together a weekend "hackathon" just to see what we could build. It would be one of those fun things where we just start tinkering and see what comes out of it. Somehow, this conversation got to the topic of libraries, programming languages, and frameworks. Then it got a little weird. I guess the current "shiny" thing is still more-or-less Ruby, and particularly when used with Rails. Oh, I suppo...

   C++,Web design,Library,Web app     2012-01-11 11:57:26


  Learn Vim Progressively


tl;dr: Want to learn vim (the best text editor known to human kind) the fastest way possible. I suggest you a way. Start by learning the minimal to survive, then integrate slowly all tricks.Vim the Six Billion Dollar editorBetter, Stronger, Faster.Learn vim and it will be your last text editor. There isn’t any better text editor I know. Hard to learn, but incredible to use.I suggest you to learn it in 4 steps:SurviveFeel comfortableFeel Better, Stronger, FasterUse vim super...

   Vim,Learning,Skills,Tips,Steps,Progressi     2011-09-08 10:44:06


  Performance is a Feature


We've always put a heavy emphasis on performance at Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange. Not just because we're performance wonks (guilty!), but because we think speed is a competitive advantage. There's plenty of experimental data proving that the slower your website loads and displays, the less people will use it. [Google found that] the page with 10 results took 0.4 seconds to generate. The page with 30 results took 0.9 seconds. Half a second delay caused a 20% drop in traffic. Half a seco...

   Website,Perfomance,Optimization     2011-07-02 01:52:12