Wild at heart

Tonight introduces the speedy category, not just10things, but just1thing.  As with life, things grow and mature, and while just10things will remain, there is a need to slightly expand on the genre. I presume, sometime in the next year, that I will repeat this post with a need for just100things, or just25things.  I'm starting to wonder if the original quantity was just a quasi-achievable number at a point in life.  Can the momentum continue without adhering to said number?

"Yeah, we owned the night"

I had a win today, something I've been working on for, well, since June.  Something I'm ecstatically petrified of.  My `Golden Egg` my fluglebinder.  And my just1thing will change those involved, bringing a smarter workforce, a more efficient daily task, and a more normalized structure to a growing business.  But, there's always just10things.  I remain true. 1. "I finally asked you to dance on that last slow song" 2. boolean isAchievable = true; 3. if (!isAchievable) tryHarder();

"This world keeps spinning faster Into a new disaster so I run to you I run to you baby And when it all starts coming undone Baby you're the only one I run to I run to you"

4. "You've got to know when to hold 'em"

"Anything else is always something better."

5. New York is beautiful 6. Chicago is beautiful 7. Balance balance balance 8. I `sawr` a shark in the `requarium` this weekend 9. Life, what you make of it 10. Life... is more than just1thing

Un-relationships

It's Friday and I had to, I just had to cut off the world of WebSphere and DB2 to take a break for awhile.  Not exactly knowing what to do with my time, I thought it would be nice to find something new to learn.  Enter unrelational databases, noSQL, super speedy throughput monsters.  That sounds like fun.
  1. Fire up a CentOS 5.5 VM
  2. Install Apache Cassandra
  3. Install Thrift
  4. Fight to get Thrift to compile, oh, need to have PHP 5.2 +
  5. Install PHP 5.2.10
  6. Thrift compiles
  7. Download phpcassa and stare at the screen
  8. Dig up a basic MySql login module to modify
  9. Try to understand the non relationship model of Cassandra
  10. Continue to try to understand the non relationship model of Cassandra
Well, in my list of 10, it didn't stop there.  I started to get lost in a world of Column Families that store a set of columns and Super Columns store a set of Column Families and rows that don't have to adhere to their Column Family schema (oh wait, there's not really a schema) and attributes on Column Families and attributes on Row Keys and I got lost in an unorganized place; or so I thought. Ten years of relationships (relational databases, that is) including Oracle, MsSQL, MySql, DB2 and it becomes hard to think of data in a non relational fashion.  After fighting with a high level client (think phpcassa -> Thrift -> Cassandra) I was able to modify a simple PHP/MySql login script to authenticate to Cassandra.  Now, it still has some bugs; you can log in with a bad password :) but I'm working on that. Behind this all is a little pet project that smacked me in the head last night, you will have to wait to hear about it for now. This weeks tunage:
  1. The Cars - Just What I Needed
  2. Sting - I Hung My Head
This weeks wine:
  1. Courtney Benham Petite Sirah