wo 16 mei 2018
Why was CockroachDB designed to be compatible with PostgreSQL?
Perhaps surprisingly, the answer to this question is currently (as of early May 2018) not documented publicly …Read More
di 08 mei 2018
When I started contributing to CockroachDB, I was foremost excited to contribute to an open source project with a strong “free as in freedom” component, which makes CockroachDB agreeably FOSS in my eyes.
FOSS has a social purpose, one that supports giving others both the tools to progress forward and …Read More
wo 02 mei 2018
A few months ago, I was invited to present CockroachDB to a tech consulting office in Amsterdam. The audience was welcoming and receptive. They understood, appreciated, and lauded the “flagship” features of CockroachDB: distribution, scalability, high availability, operating simplicity.
Yet a question came up which I had not heard before …Read More
di 14 juni 2016
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di 07 oktober 2014
Every now and then a scientist should step back from his specialization and reflect in the entire research domain around him/her. What are the big, hard problems in my general area of research? I can see a couple:
- Privacy and data retention: we must discover and learn how to …
zo 14 september 2014
For the last 4 years I have been growing dissatisfied with the quality and contents of the BSc programs in informatics in the Netherlands. So as the engineer inside me requires, I have also thought hard to find a (putative) solution. This is the result.
Two components: Foundations of …
zo 10 november 2013
Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.—-Agent Smith, The Matrix
One morning I woke up suddenly at 4am. A dream brought me An Idea, and I could not shake it away. As the hours went by, I became convinced it would make a crazy yet quite …Read More
vr 18 oktober 2013
I need to pick a programming language to prototype some initial ideas for my next research project, an interactive shell to program and control lightweight process networks. I initially started with Python, but I stumbled into the need for efficient and concise pattern matching on tree-like data structures, which Python …Read More
wo 04 september 2013
Here are some resources I found useful on the topics of teaching, writing and presenting.
- David R. MacIver. Warning: This blog has secret mind control powers. September 2013.
- Steve Losh. Teach, Don’t Tell. September 2013.
- Jacob Kaplan-Moss. Writing great documentation. November 2009. (Part 1: What to write; Part 2 …