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July 01 2011

Radar's top stories: June 27-July 1, 2011

Here's a look at the top stories published on Radar this week.


Get started with Hadoop
Focusing on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and MapReduce, this in-depth piece offers tips for organizations that are looking to evaluate Hadoop and deploy an initial cluster.
Clojure: Lisp meets Java, with a side of Erlang
Stuart Sierra digs into Clojure: what it is, how it works, and why it's attracting Java developers.
Two lessons from Pottermore: Direct sales and no DRM
It's not surprising that J.K. Rowing is forging ahead with a well thought-out direct sales plan for Harry Potter ebooks, but it's a shock that publishers aren't doing the same things for their titles.
What CouchDB can do for HTML5, web apps and mobile
Bradley Holt talks about what CouchDB offers web developers, how the database works with HTML5, and why CouchApps could catch on.
How Netflix handles all those devices
Matt McCarthy explains how WebKit and A/B testing play important roles on Netflix's many apps. Plus: Platform lessons Netflix has learned that apply to other developers and companies.




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June 24 2011

Radar's top stories: June 20-24, 2011

Here's a look at the top stories published on Radar this week.


How is HTML 5 changing web development?
Remy Sharp discusses HTML5's current usage and how it could influence the future of web apps and browsers (hint: in time, we may not notice browsers at all.)
Big data and open source unlock genetic secrets
Genomics scientist Charlie Quinn is combining experimental data with publicly available information to advance the life sciences.


Scale your JavaScript, scale your team
"High Performance JavaScript" author Nicholas Zakas discusses the issues that pop up when you build big JavaScript apps with big teams.

The smart grid data deluge
The smart grid is an information revolution for utilities, and the first line of the information the grid uses will come from smart meters. EMeter's Aaron DeYonker discusses meter use and data applications in this interview.
9 digital book-making tools
As a preview for his upcoming free webcast, Pete Meyers offers a quick overview of digital tools used for app and ebook creation.




OSCON Java 2011, being held July 25-27 in Portland, Ore., is focused on open source technologies that make up the Java ecosystem. Save 20% on registration with the code OS11RAD


June 17 2011

Radar's top stories: June 13-17, 2011

Here's a look at the top stories published on Radar this week.



Big data and the semantic web

Big data is poised to light the fire beneath the long-held dreams of the semantic web, and the semantic web will enable data scientists to describe, organize and reason about their results.

Choosing the right license for open data
OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast explains the long and tricky shift from a Creative Commons license to the more data-friendly Open Database License.
3 ideas you should steal from HubSpot
HubSpot's location (near Boston) and its target market (small businesses) may keep it under the radar of Silicon Valley, but the company's approach to data products and customer empowerment are worthy of attention.
The blurring line between speech and text
A third category of speech has emerged: Internet-based updates that marry the ephemeral nature of the spoken word and the archival permanance of text.
A fresh look at your business connections
With its InMaps tool, LinkedIn is using social data and visualizations to reveal connections, clusters and outliers. LinkedIn senior data scientist Ali Imam discusses the nuts and bolts of InMaps in this interview.





OSCON Java 2011, being held July 25-27 in Portland, Ore., is focused on open source technologies that make up the Java ecosystem. Save 20% on registration with the code OS11RAD


June 10 2011

Radar's top stories: June 6-10, 2011

Here's a look at the top stories published on Radar this week.


Facebook's face recognition strategy may be just the ticket
Facebook's face recognition may provide a great strategy for cutting the Gordian Knot on this thorny privacy problem.
Why a JavaScript hater thinks everyone needs to learn JavaScript in the next year
If you've avoided JavaScript, this is the year to learn it. And if you don't, you risk being left behind.
The secrets of Node's success
What is it about Node.js that makes it interesting to developers? The key factors are performance, timing, and focusing on a real problem that wasn't easily solved with other server-side dynamic languages.
Algorithms are the new medical tests
Predictive Medical Technologies' system uses real-time, intensive care unit monitoring data to predict cardiac arrest and other health events. CEO Bryan Hughes discusses the system and the application of diagnostic data.
Google Correlate: Your data, Google's computing power
Google Correlate is a new tool in Google Labs that lets you upload state- or time-based data to see what search trends most correlate with that information. Here's a look at how it works and what you can do with it.





OSCON Java 2011, being held July 25-27 in Portland, Ore., is focused on open source technologies that make up the Java ecosystem. Save 20% on registration with the code OS11RAD


June 03 2011

Radar's top stories: May 30-June 3, 2011

Here's a look at the top stories published on Radar this week.


How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive
One year after Twitter donated its archives, the Library of Congress is still building the infrastructure to make the data accessible to researchers.
10 ways to botch a mobile app
With the aim of injecting reason and business know-how into the app development process, "App Savvy" author Ken Yarmosh outlines the top 10 reasons why apps often falter or fail.
The story behind Velocity 2011
As we approach the fourth Velocity conference, here's a look at how the web performance and operations communities came together, what they've done to improve the web experience, and the work that lies ahead.
The state of speed and the quirks of mobile optimization
Google performance evangelist and Velocity co-chair Steve Souders discusses browser competition, the differences between mobile and desktop optimization, and his hopes for the HTTP Archive.
Open Question: Would you fund your favorite author?
With the launch of the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform, readers can fund the books they want to read. If given the chance, would you fund the next book from your favorite author?





OSCON Java 2011, being held July 25-27 in Portland, Ore., is focused on open source technologies that make up the Java ecosystem. Save 20% on registration with the code OS11RAD


May 27 2011

Radar's top stories: May 23-27, 2011

Here's a look at the top stories published on Radar this week.

Mobile apps and the quiet handling of data
PC-based applications often have to get clearance from users before they can gather and transmit data. Mobile apps, however, follow a different path. Peter Bennett takes an in-depth look at the differences.

Want to know where to build a new store? Check your human density data
During a recent interview, Skyhook co-founder and CEO Ted Morgan discussed "human density data." Learn what that is and how Skyhook's SpotRank product harnesses it.

Lessons of the Victorian data revolution
Transaction costs. Crowdsourcing. The politics of data. You might think these are modern concepts, but Pete Warden traces all of them back to the Victorian age.

At the eG8, 20th century ideas clashed with the 21st century economy
While the first eG8 Forum in Paris featured hundreds of business and digital luminaries, some of the policies discussed should be of serious concern to citizens around the world.

Google opens its Wallet
Dave Sims digs into Google's new Wallet to see if this latest combination of mobile devices and a payment system is ready for mainstream adoption.


Velocity 2011, being held June 14-16 in Santa Clara, Calif., offers the skills and tools you need to master web performance and operations.



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