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  Do we need other languages other than C and C++?


There were hundreds of or thousands of programming languages created since the invention of computer. All these languages have the same target which is to make the computer do what we want it do. So we may find that many languages have the same functions, i.e, one task can be completed by one language can be completed by another language as well. Now we may wonder why we need so many different languages. Can we just have C or C++ since they provide the best performance we need. The answer obviou...

   programming language,C,Erlang     2014-06-14 19:39:40


  Statistics on StackExchange


StackExchange is the most popular and professional IT Q&A site, Under StackExchange, there is StackOverflow and other sub sites. Many of us may wonder how this mega site is maintained and what its performance is. A performance page has been released by StackExchange recently. Below is some statistic about this mega site. 560 million page views per month, i.e around 1.9 million PVs per day. For such as big site, it has only 9 web servers and 4 SQL servers(while two of them are in backup mode...

   Stackoverflow,statistic     2015-01-05 02:47:01


  AOL is the biggest winner of Internet Stocks in 2012


At the beginning of 2012, not many people would think that the best Internet stock is AOL(American Online) in 2012. But now there are only four trading days left in 2012, AOL leads the mainstream technology companies with a 99.8% increase in its share price and firmly sits on the throne of the Year Internet Stock. AllthingsD chooses ten technology companies and their stock market performance in 2012 to do a comparison and gets the above figure. AOL has a 99.8% increase in share price which is a...

   AOL,Stock market     2012-12-27 11:29:17


  Will PHP __autoload() function really affect performance?


IntroductionRegarding to PHP performance, the most frequently discussed is the __autoload() function. Many people say that this function will affect the performance very much, some other people say that opcode will affect __autoload() as well. So we will have some tests on these two.EnvironmentPHP 5.3.9 -- Launch under fastcgi modeNginx 1.1.12eAccelerator 0.9.6.1ScreenshotsLaunch pageeAccelerator(In php.ini) configurationFile structure(each Test file has over 6000 lines of code)Testing With e...

   PHP,__autoload(),opcode,performance     2012-05-09 11:25:26


  20 Database Design Best Practices


Use well defined and consistent names for tables and columns (e.g. School, StudentCourse, CourseID ...).Use singular for table names (i.e. use StudentCourse instead of StudentCourses). Table represents a collection of entities, there is no need for plural names.Don’t use spaces for table names. Otherwise you will have to use ‘{‘, ‘[‘, ‘“’ etc. characters to define tables (i.e. for accesing table Student Course you'll write “Student Course”. StudentCourse is much better)....

   Database design,20 tips,Well defined name,Design pattern     2012-02-07 12:10:48


  the Performance Golden Rule


Yesterday I did a workshop at Google Ventures for some of their portfolio companies. I didn’t know how much performance background the audience would have, so I did an overview of everything performance-related starting with my first presentations back in 2007. It was very nostalgic. It has been years since I talked about the best practices from High Performance Web Sites. I reviewed some of those early tips, like Make Fewer HTTP Requests, Add an Expires Header, and Gzip Components. But I...

   Web design,Golden rule,Performance     2012-02-17 07:51:09


  Why should we keep column as NOT NULL instead of NULL in MySQL?


Keep table column as NOT NULL instead of NULL except in some special cases. This statement is cited by many articles of MySQL optimization, but they don't say why we should do this. Here we discuss about this. First why are there many people using NULL when defining table? The reasons may be: NULL the the default when defining table, the rookies or people who don't want to have much troubles will keep this default setting Many people think NOT NULL will require more space Many people don't want...

   MySQL,NULL,reason     2012-10-27 03:21:27


  Solve Hibernate "Too many connections" issue in MySQL


When working with Hibernate and MySQL, sometimes some exceptions will be thrown after sometime. The exception may seem like : java.sql.SQLException: Data source rejected establishment of connection, message from server: "Too many connections" This means there are too many active connections on the MySQL, you can use SHOW STATUS LIKE '%Threads_connected%'; to check the active connections to MySQL. If you want to change the maximum connections allowed to MySQL. You can execute: set global max_co...

   MySQL,Hibernate,Clos     2013-09-04 22:20:49


  Facebook open sources its C++ library named Folly


Recently, Facebook open sourced its low level C++ function library for its internal use named Folly. Folly is an open sourced C++11 component library, it provides functions similar to what boost and std libraries provide, including string, vector and memory allocation, bit operation etc, to fulfill large scale high performance requirements.Currently Folly is tested with gcc4.6 on some 64 bit systems such as Fedora 17, Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian wheezy, it may also be OK on other 64 bit platforms wi...

   Facebook,Folly,C++,open source     2012-06-05 08:31:12


  HeartBleed: Should C be blamed for the HeartBleed bug?


There is a discussion about the security of applications written in C on Hacker News recently after the report of HeartBleed bug in OpenSSL. In this discussion, some people are saying that the applications written in C are unsafe. It seems all or most of the faults should be laid on C. I think this is biased. The language itself should not be blamed.Safety is a relative term for programming languages. No language is absolutely safe. We claim some languages like Java and C# are safer than C/C++ b...

   C,HeartBleed,Analysis,Code review     2014-04-14 03:52:55