Posts Categorized: Pythian

Log Buffer #282, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Blogging is the way to express an idea in an informal way by a person, who has either worked with it, or planning to work with it, or has seen it at work. In databases, ideas are the foundations of everything, and these Log Buffer Edition is presenting ideas from bloggers in Log Buffer #282.

Pythian Speaking at Insync12 in Melbourne

This Australian conference represents the climax of Technology, Development, and Applications users in one go. As icing on the cake, mobile technology and telecommunications will also feature during this scintillating saga of expertise and sharing of knowledge.

Some Meta Fun with Moose and Avro

I won’t try to bamboozle you: Diving into Moose’s metaclass system is not easy because playing with classes that beget classes is heady, confusing stuff. It often feels like trying to type by looking at the keyboard in a mirror. But once that dragon is tamed, it can do truly wonderful, terrible things…

SQL 2012: Path to Easier Data Cleanup with Try_Convert

A new feature in SQL 2012 that I am very excited about is TRY_CONVERT which makes data conversion much easier. When you pair TRY_CONVERT with some Case statements, you can easily pipe the inconvertible data to other columns, which can then be reviewed and (hopefully) fixed prior to cutting over your data. I’ve mocked up a quick demo so you can see how powerful this new feature is.

Yarnline (a Ravelry Mashup)

A while ago, I spotted TimelineJS, a JavaScript library to create gorgeous timelines, and earmarked it to a future app. Last week, I finally got to play with it by creating Yarnline, an itsy-bitsy mashup app that takes the projects of a Ravelry user and displays them in a chronological manner, like so…

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