A First Foray Into Hadoop Territory

Before I dig into the mechanics under the hood of the Hadoop beastie (which is the part, I assume, that is going to be heady as hell), I thought it would be a good idea to play a little bit with some of its applications to give me a feel for the lay of the land.

Building Web Service APIs

A couple of years back, I created WWW::Ohloh::API because it seemed to be a fun thing to do. And trust me, it was. But now, since I’m not using that module personally, I thought it would be a good idea to see if anyone would be willing to co-maintain it. Before I could do that, though, I had to deal with two little problems.

Help Wanted – A Proposal

What if we added a new field in the META.json — let’s call it x_help_wanted — that would contains all the different types of help a module maintainer could require? Positions like maintainer, co-maintainer, coder, translator, documentation, and tester. We could even have a Dist::Zilla plugin to populate that field for us.

Shaving the White Whale (DBIx::NoSQL + MooseX::Storage)

I played with Mongo and looked at Mongoose, which are nifty, but holy schmolee are Mongo databases huge. And then I re-discovered DBIx::NoSQL, which was pretty much smack what I wanted. But I needed a way to easily serialize my objects for it. So I dragged in MooseX::Storage to the mix. And then I had fun with helper classes and roles to make the interfacing between the two systems as smooth and slick as a buttered piglet.

DBD::Oracle v1.45_00 on Its Way to CPAN

A new trial version of DBD::Oracle has been churned out. This release is mostly about Martin J. Evans going all ninjawesome on minor bug fixes as well as paving the way for an upcoming refactoring/speed boost of ora_verbose. As usual, the new version will be soaked for at least 2 weeks before it will turn into its fit-for-general-consumption v1.46 incarnation. Testers, please give this baby a whirl. The full changelog follows for the curious-minded.

NoCOUG Contest: a Gentler, Saner Solution

The actual challenge calls for a more generic solution than originally described in the magazine. Because there is no glory in half-solving a problem, I had to come back to it. And because the Great Karmic Balance could probably use it, I thought I could take advantage of the broader scope to produce a solution more geared toward elegance and modernism.

New and Improved: Here Comes the Flood

In the last few weeks, I launched quite a few small releases to CPAN. Taken separately, they are hardly worth a full blog entry, but taken together, they’ll make for a lovely N&I entry. So if you have been wondering what I’ve been up recently, read more!

Test-Driving Reflex

At work, we have a need for a little job daemon that would poll jobs and process them. But there is more than one type of job, so the solution that we need will have to be a little more complex. To get to my goal, I decided that I would have a generic Poller class. For each type of job to monitor and run, I will create a different object with parameters to tell it how often to poll, how to poll, and what to do with the stuff it polls. Sounds good? Perfect, then let’s go.

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