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Join the Upcoming IBM Big Data Devel...

Following the success of the first Big Data Developer Day back in June, IBM has organized another Big Data Developer Day. This one will take place on October 10, 2012 in Boston. If you’re in the area, I...

Two Big Data Events in Silicon Valle...

Yahoo!, Hortonworks, and IBM are three companies that are heavily invested in Big Data. If you’re in Silicon Valley next week, you should check out a couple of events that they’re a part of. 2012...

New jobs available at IBM in Toronto

My team is making three new programming roles available (specifically in Markham, Ontario, Canada): Two 16-month internships for students A 6-month contract (renewable) Both the internship and the contract...

New Release of the Ruby Driver and R...

The API team at IBM recently released a new update for the ibm_db gem, which includes both the Ruby driver and the Rails adapter for DB2 (and Informix). This coincides with the release of the latest major...

RubyMotion brings serious Ruby devel...

For the past several months I’ve been involved with, but unable to publicly discuss, an exciting project called RubyMotion. My friend┬áLaurent Sansonetti, creator of MacRuby, has now officially launched...

DB2 Express-C 10 is now out

IBM has just released version 10.1 of DB2 Express-C for Linux, Unix, and Windows. This is a major upgrade that boasts a number of additions and improvements. The already excellent performance has been improved...

Discount coupon for the Rails Tutori...

Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, learning Rails from scratch can be challenging. The framework and surrounding ecosystem have evolved so much that the experience of getting started now in...

On the Usability of Codecademy

I asked a friend of mine (who isn’t a coder) if she could try out the amazing Codecademy for me. She is a smart person, but again, she isn’t a programmer. I thought Codecademy would be a great way...

The Strange Case of John Dillinger a...

I suspect someone, somewhere has managed to find a way to create Apple IDs from email IDs they don’t have access to. The following is what leads me to believe this may be the case. This morning I...

A Big List of Interesting Programmin...

The following is a list of 48 interesting programming books that were released in 2011. While technically some of them are only programming-related and not about coding per se, each one is sure to be of...

Download DB2 Express-C 9.7.5

IBM recently released a new edition of DB2 Express-C, the free edition of their powerful commercial database. You can grab DB2 Express-C 9.7.5 for Linux, Unix, and Windows here. This new version includes...

The Real Reason Italy Sucks at the S...

For a long time now Italy has been experiencing political and economical turmoil that would require several drastic changes in order to reboot it. Italy needs a new class of politicians who truly care about...

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