RevSys Blog

January 24th, 2008

EveryBlock.com is now launched

My friend and former co-worker Adrian Holovaty and his team just launched their new project EveryBlock.com. EveryBlock takes the term hyperlocal to a whole new level.  They aggregate tons of public data sources by geo location so you can for example find all of the recent crime around a particular address, neighborhood, zip code, etc.  Or maybe you might be interested in the building code violations of where you live or work ...

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January 18th, 2008

Some interesting links

Hope all of my readers have recovered from the holiday season.  Here are a couple links I've come across recently, but neglected to write about during the holidays.

Zed Shaw, author of mongrel which is used by many Ruby on Rails applications, posted an interesting rant about the state of Rails development and the personalities of some of the major players. 

I've never been a huge fan of Rails because I ...

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January 17th, 2008

Making the software written in any language more readable

There are two very simple ways to improve the readability and maintenance of the software you write. They are so simple they are often ignored in favor of more complicated tools and the various programming methodologies people blather on about.  This comes from our human nature to think our own problems are more special and complicated than they really are and from not following the KISS principle.

So how do you improve your software ...

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October 5th, 2007

Log Buffer #65: a Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Welcome to the 65th edition of Log Buffer, the weekly survey of database related blogs.

First let's start with some miscellaneous entries that could be of interest to any DBA.  Crazy DBA has an interesting post about how attending conferences helped to grow his professional network, which in turn has made him a better DBA.  And Thomas Kyte has a great post about why it's the data, not the application itself ...

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