Archive for 2012

Cassandra Summit 2012 Highlights

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to speak at the Cassandra World Summit 2012 on August 8 in Santa Clara. It was an amazing opportunity to share with the community the types of things that SimpleReach does with Cassandra. Not only that, I learned a lot about the roadmap and got to put a bunch of faces with the names behind the project.
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What’s So Great About Cassandra’s Composite Columns?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

There are a lot of things I really like about Cassandra. But one thing in particular I like in creating a schema is having access to composite columns (read about composite columns and their origins here on Datastax’s blog). Let’s start simple with explaining a composite columns and then we can dive right into why they are so much fun to work with. (more…)

Pros and Cons of Redis-Resque and SQS

Monday, July 30th, 2012

As with any system or application, there are upsides and downsides to using them. The two queueing systems that I want to explore are Resque and Amazon’s Simple Queuing Service. Resque is essentially a set of queuing APIs that run on Redis. Redis is an in-memory data store and is what actually handles the queues. It’s capable of handling complex data structures like lists (what Resque queues use), sets or sorted sets. Amazon’s SQS is an eventually consistent sharded messaging/queueing system.
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Continuous Learning in Teams

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

One of the most important things in a startup is having a great culture. More often than not, the team will spend more time working and talking with each other than with their family or significant others (scary thought, but yes, it’s probably true). And I don’t want to harp on the importance of culture in a startup because people write tons of posts every day about it. What I do want to write about is what we do at SimpleReach to encourage culture.
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