Posts Categorized: Technical Blog

Exadata Technology Blogs

I hear lots of feedback on Exadata front asking for more and more technical information and I often refer them to some material online. I think I should reference couple credible resources for the readers of our blog in addition to our own Exadata content and Oracle’s own Exadata Technology section.

Using Test::* modules outside of a TAP context

I was happily minding my business today, until I got sight of Tim’s tweet bemoaning the fact that Test::Difference tests can’t easily be used outside of a test harness. Darn him, that’s exactly the kind of happy little puzzle I can’t resist. So I began to think about it. Of course, the Right Solution is probably to add alternative non-TAP-tied functions to the test modules themselves. But what if you just want to quickly leverage the module’s functionality without having to re-arrange its innards? Well, most test modules use Test::Builder, so there’s surely ways to twist that to our advantage. After a hour or two of hacking, I think I got one.

Partial to a picture of your posse in your POD?

If you are, you might like the little greasemonkey script (available on and github) that I churned. The script finds the AUTHORS/CONTRIBUTORS section of POD pages on and add Gravatar pictures where it finds author email addresses. The picture on the right is an example of what it does to the main Catalyst CONTRIBUTORS section.

XPathScript Reborn

A little hacking happened to decouple the core engine from its Apache roots, and XML::XPathScript was born. That module served me quite well throughout the years, but for some time now I’ve had this plan of doing a clean rewrite patiently sitting on my back-burner. This week I had a smashing staycation, and thanks to a very understanding wife, I was able to indulge in the necessary hacking sessions to get the ground work done. The result is not on CPAN yet, but can be perused on GitHub. As an example is worth a thousand pages of documentation, let’s say that you want to turn the piece of docbook-ish xml

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (NoSQL Edition)

I think Michael Stonebraker overshot the target In a 2007 paper titled, “The End of an Architectural Era”. Why is this The End? According to Michael Stonebraker “current RDBMS code lines, while attempting to be ‘one size fits all’ solution, in face, excel at nothing. Hence, they are 25 years old legacy code lines that should be retired in favor of a collection of ‘from scratch’ specialized engined”.

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