Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Q&A Webinar

Today I will be debating Oracle 12c’s In-Memory option with Maria Colgan of Oracle (aka optimizer lady, now In-Memory lady). This will be in a debate form with lots of Q&A from the audience. Come ask the questions you always wanted to ask. Link to register and attend: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7874819190629618178 Starts at 12:00pm EDT.

Free Apache Cassandra Training Event in Cambridge, MA March 23


I’ll be speaking, along with DataStax and Microsoft representatives, at Cassandra Essentials Day this coming Monday (March 23) in Cambridge. MA. This free training event will cover the basics of Apache Cassandra, and show you how to try it out quickly, easily, and free of charge on the Azure cloud. Expect to learn about the unique aspects of Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise, and to dive into real-world use cases.

My Co-op Experience at Pythian

Unlike most other engineering physics students at Carleton who prefer to remain within the limits of engineering, I had chosen to apply for a software developer co-op position at Pythian in 2014. For those of you who do not know much about the engineering physics program (I get that a lot and so I will save you the…

Using strace to debug application errors in linux

strace is a very useful tool which traces system calls and signals for a running process. This helps a lot while debugging application level performance issues and bugs. Aim of this post is to demonstrate the power of strace in pinning down an application bug. I came across an issue in which nagios was sending…

MySQL Sounds Like Fun

I love finding out new things about MySQL. Last week, I stumbled on a query that had the phrase “SOUNDS LIKE” in it. Sounds made-up, right? Turns out MySQL is using a known “soundex” algorithm common to most databases, and popular in use cases in geneaology. The basic idea is that words are encoded according…

Monitoring Cassandra with Grafana and Influx DB


Hello, In this post I will explain how to set up Cassandra monitoring with influxDB and Grafana. This can also be used to connect to other monitoring systems (Graphite, Collectd, etc…) but since both influxDB and Grafana are hot topics at the moment I decided to follow the trend! I was asked why I was…

Cassandra 101 : Understanding What Cassandra Is


As some of you may know, in my current role at Pythian, I am tackling OSDB and currently Cassandra is on my radar. So one of the things I have been trying to do is learn what Cassandra is, so in this series, I’m going to share a bit of what I have been able…

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