IBM's Watson natural language Question & Answer system made headlines recently with its primetime debut on Jeopardy. Despite a few embarassing answers, Watson trounced top Jeopardy players Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. Watson is built from 90 IBM Power 750 IBM Linux servers with 16 terabytes of memory providing 80 Teraflops of processing power. Watson is perhaps the most famous "Big Data" systems out there. Watson's knowledge base consists of 200 million pages of text data that is pre-processed using …[Read more]
I have just returned from holiday and while it’s not normal reading during some of my spare time I managed to read a couple of books on IPv6 I’d recently bought to get me up to scratch and refresh my memory on the topic.
These books are:
The first book is quite good, and while a little old provided a good solid background for me on the subject. A lot of the information was not relevant to my interest in setting up a networked SOHO network but that’s not really a problem. The background was interesting.
The second book was a bit of a mistake. I’d ordered it as it was a …[Read more]
In case you haven't figured it out, I'm a fan of Guy Kawasaki and his "How to Change the World " blog. If you like his blog, you should check out his book "Reality Check." Yes, you can read most of the content for free on the web, but sometimes a printed copy is more convenient. Like if you're on an airplane. Or on the toilet. Or if you want to underline it. Or if you want to underline it while you're on the toilet on an airplane. Ok, you get the idea.
The book covers some of the best items from his blog, categorized into themes like starting a company, raising money, business planning, innovation, marketing, schmoozing, management, hiring and firing and more. It's not a bunch of high-falutin' theories either. It's hard …[Read more]
Here I listed some programming and web related books those I found important for knowledge/skills/career whatever you said. Some of the books I read completely and some books partially. But all of these books I found very helpful to increase knowledge.
|Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL If you’re beginner and want to learn from the start then you should read this book. You’ll find lot of examples of php, mysql in this book.|
|PHP Cookbook If you like problem/solution based study then this is one …|
Here's another interesting session from the South by Southwest Interactive conference a few weeks ago... Dharmesh Shah, co-author of the Inbound Marketing book, gave a concise, high-speed presentation on some of the best practices in social media marketing. Here are a couple of video clips from his session:
A lot of the startups I work with, both open source companies and SaaS, are now taking Inbound Marketing more seriously as a way to grow their business, whether it's an open source business, cloud, SaaS or some combination. The reality is it's just not good enough to have a killer product. You need to have a dialog with prospects and make sure …[Read more]
For once, an “Expert” book where you not only can, but must take the title seriously. This book is choke-full of information, examples and best practices written by some of the foremost experts in their respective fields. All of the authors clearly have …[Read more]
I'm an advisor, investor and board member to several startup software companies including Revolution Computing, Pentaho and most recently Erply a new Software as a Service (SaaS) company. One of the common threads I look for is the opportunity to disrupt a large market.
One of the things that made MySQL successful was its use of open source technology to disrupt the multi-billion dollar database market. In Silicon …[Read more]
When I started looking into managing hierarchical data I found a lot of short articles that provided bits and pieces of the big picture, but nothing gave a good in-depth review of everything I needed to know to handle hierarchies.
One trend that began to develop was that the best information on the subject was coming from Joe Celko, a rather prolific author/speaker on all things SQL.
Joe Celko has a book in publication called SQL For Smarties, and this book had some basic information on handling hierarchies, which he followed up with Trees and Hierarchies in SQL for Smarties, a truly excellent book on the subject.
This book is not for the faint of heart, but it really is a must-read for those who are looking to handle hierarchies in SQL.
The book only addresses MySQL once, and while in that section it repeats Joe's opinion of MySQL not being a real database, users of MySQL 5 can rest assured that the stored …[Read more]
I also wish to note performance issues with the two suggested solutions, and offer improvements.
While the problem is interesting, I just want to note that it is relevant in very specific database dimensions. Too small – and it doesn’t matter how you solve it (e.g. just open vi/emacs and copy+paste). Too big – and it would not be worthwhile to restore from mysqldump anyway. I would suggest that the problem is interesting in the whereabouts of a few dozen GB worth of data.
Given a dump …[Read more]
I first read High Performance MySQL, 2nd edition about a year ago, when it first came out. I since re-read a few pages on occasion.
In my previous posts I’ve suggested ways to improve upon the common ranking solution. Very innovative stuff! Or… so I thought.
I happened to browse through the book today, and a section on User Variables caught my eye. “Let’s see if I get get some insight“, I thought to myself. Imagine my surprise when I realized almost everything I’ve suggested is discussed in this modest section, black on white, sitting on my bookshelf for over a year!
I have read it a year back, have forgotten all about it, have re-invented stuff already solved and discussed… Oh, for more brain capacity…
To be honest, this has happened to me more than once in the past few …[Read more]