Cassandra From a Relational World

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Lessons I Learned the First Time Around

On a recent project, we decided that, instead of a standard RDBMS, we would use Cassandra. As a developer who, throughout my career, has made plentiful use of all the standard RDBMSs in use by web applications today, I was excited to learn something new. Not only was Cassandra a new...

Shipping Cisco’s “Shipped”

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Why Shipped is awesome for developers and how Must Win helped ship it

Cisco’s Shipped

Cisco Announced the Alpha Launch of their new service, Shipped, at their yearly Cisco Live event in San Diego this week. Developers can get their application running locally and deployed in production using tools they use...

Your company WILL be a software company

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In short, software is eating the world.
—Marc Andreessen

Industries that don’t adopt software die. They’re overtaken by more efficient organizations or completely displaced by disruptive new technologies.

At this point, there are countless examples:

Media distribution (news, music, movies) was revolutionized by...

Benchmarking Riak

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Performance Under Pressure


We test Riak 2.0 to get an idea of performance characteristics under different workloads and use cases: cluster expansion, cluster contraction, node failure, memory resident, non-memory resident, rate-limited, and with strong consistency enabled. We’ll be at Ricon later this...

Losing Religion

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How MustWin Weighs Our Tech

We like to think of ourselves as “technology agnostic” at Must Win. All too often a programmer’s career is defined by the flavor-of-the-week tools they adopt. Suddenly they are “the Ruby on Rails expert” and in order to preserve and elevate their own position they become evangelists,...