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Lisp: Tears of Joy, Part 1

Lisp has been hailed as the world's most powerful programming language. But only a few programmers use it because of its cryptic syntax and...

Databases in the Era of Cloud Computing and Big Data

We take a look at the directions in which databases are evolving, driven by the twin factors of the "Cloud" and "Big Data". Let's...

Exploring Software: ZODB, a NoSQL Database

Let's explore how to use ZODB, a NoSQL database, from Python, with an example that stores and retrieves 'album' and 'track' data from the database. Most...

(Hadoop) MapReduce: More Power, Less Code

This is an introduction to MapReduce as a framework for beginners in distributed computing, and a short tutorial on Hadoop, an open source MapReduce...