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While a majority of Fortune 1000 companies are en-route to understanding Hadoop and adopting it in their technology stack, startups in the bay area and elsewhere have started asking the important and inevitable question: “What’s Next?”. Hadoop for the first time has a...
Thanks to all of you, who were able to join me at the session last evening. Thanks much for the kind remarks some of you left behind on the meetup message board, post the session.  Its very rewarding to know that many of you enjoyed the session and found it very useful. I loved the [.....
Santa Claus is possibly more popular among kids than the Lord on his own birthday. When and how did the American version of Santa Claus originate? The American version of Santa Claus comes from the Dutch legend of Sinterklass. Sinterklass is the dutch version of St. Nicholas, who has t...
Thanks to 10gen for having me over at the last user group meetup in SF to speak on “Geolocation in MongoDB”. I have been leveraging MonogoDB’s geolocation features as a part of the super awesome, yet to be released app: doaround. I shared some of the essentials of geo...
I just finished reading Ash Maurya’s Running Lean. Its one of those rare books that has lots of great content packed in only about 200 pages. The book is an easy read and flows like a magazine article or a nicely written blog post. Its a must read for anyone trying to start a bus...
Node.js, the V8 (Chrome’s JavaScript runtime) based platform for building fast and scalable network applications,  is gaining substantial traction among developers and entering the application stack of many silicon valley companies. Like every new technology or piece of software ...
Instructions in this write-up were tested and run successfully on Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10, 11.04, and 11.10. The instructions should run, with minor modifications, on most flavors and variants of Linux and Unix. For example, replacing apt-get with yum should get it working on Fedora and Ce...
The default text editor on Ubuntu, or for that matter any Gnome powered desktop, is gedit. If you are a developer like me, who isn’t a huge fan of IDE(s), there is a good chance you use gedit for some of your development. Gedit supports syntax highlighting for a number of languag...
I upgraded my Ubuntu install on my HP TouchSmart machine to version 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). Ubuntu 11.04 Unity Desktop experience is so nice and smooth that I started using my HP TouchSmart actively again. It had been sitting gathering dust for the last many months! The last version of ...
My new book, Professional NoSQL (Wiley, 2011) is now available in bookstores. NoSQL is an emerging topic and a lot of developers, architects, technology managers, and CIO(s) are fairly confused trying to understand where it fits in the stack. While these folks are trying to come up to ...
Thanks all for coming to my talk today on sorted ordered column-family stores at the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Meetup. Here are the links to the Google’s research papers and a couple of videos that relate to Bigtable (and Google App Engine internals): Bigtable: A Distributed...
Here is a draft of what I plan to present in Part 1 of the NoSQL Series on Jan 24th at Fenwick & West in Mountain View, CA (The series has 4 parts in all. It runs between 1/24 and 1/27, everyday at 7pm). The event is  hosted by the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Meetup. [...]
The NIT (National Institute of Technology) Almuni Network in the Silicon Valley organizes a monthly power connect networking event. I am honored to be invited as a special guest to their event this evening. I am not an NIT alumni (I attended St. Stephen’s College, XLRI and Couran...
Five technology application trends that I think will be most popular in 2011 are: Tablets, tablets and tablets: iPad started the fever and its not stopping anytime soon. Newer and smarter tablets of all sizes, form factors and capabilities will emerge. Newer and newer applications for...
After Santa Claus has come and gone, NoSQL is coming to town! Come January 2011, I present the core NoSQL ideas, concepts, tools and technologies via a set of 4 day back-to-back sessions at the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Meetup. The schedule is as follows: Jan 24th (Monday): NoSQL ...
Last week at Adobe MAX 2010, the BlackBerry Playbook was introduced to the world of developers. Positioned as a powerful multi-tasking environment it promises to pose formidable competition in the tablet landscape. The PlayBook OS is built on QNX, the real-time time-tested OS and offer...
If you want to uninstall all gems from your local Ruby installation on a Linux, Unix or MacOSX box then you can rely on the standard shell commands like “cut” and “xargs”, to make the process easy and effortless. The command itself is a one liner as follows: gem...
Over the last many years I was traveling to California for work and conferences and every time I was there I was very attracted to the entrepreneurial spirit and the love for technology lead innovation in the silicon valley. However, all those years I lived in New York City, a place th...
Humans are not horses and it takes more than rewards to get the best out of them. In fact, more rewards for complex tasks that requires sophisticated algorithmic thinking leads to poor performance. If you are confused by now, then watch this brilliant animated presentation: Given th...
As I have said earlier, I am on a speaking engagement diet for a few months now and am sticking to a fewer number of conferences than I have in the last few years. The place I appear next is in a conference at my home base — New York City. Thanks to Elad Elrom, [...]
With the beginning of 2010 I have put breaks on my frequent speaking engagements. What I have decided, is to speak at select few events and venues, else for the most part keep to online communication. I will tell everyone about my plans for online sessions in a following post but for n...
As we enter 2010, its time again to celebrate a new year and the beginning of a new decade. 10 years into the new century we are still far away from frozen humans in suspended animation that Sir Arthur C Clarke wrote about in 2001: A Space Odyssey and again in 2010: Odyssey Two. Howeve...
I speak on Flex and Java Integration, Flex and Hibernate and Collaborative real-time RIA this Sunday (November 22, 2009) at the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Rocky Mountain Software Symposium in Denver, CO. If you are in Denver and coming to the show, I hope to see you there. Bookmark ...
My friends at Farata (Yakov, Victor and Anatole), who are a very accomplished set of authors, developers, mentors, architects and community leaders in the RIA and Java communities, have set up a venue for you to ask all your questions that pertain to the Flash platform. So go to http:/...
Flex (Flash) Camp Wall Street starts tomorrow (November 16, 2009) in New York City. If you are coming to the event, do stop by to tell us about your exciting adventures in the world of RIA. Enjoy 14 exciting sessions over two days. Meet with the experts in the field. Mingle with the co...
Watch me speak on BlazeDS, Flex and Java integration. (Original Post on DZone: Meet the Author – Shashank Tiwari on BlazeDS, Flex & Java Integration). Bookmark It
This weekend, I will be speaking at the No Fluff Just Stuff Northern Virginia Software Symposium in Reston, VA. The symposium, as always, has some truly brilliant speakers from the world of Java, dynamic languages and agile software development. I have 3 sessions; all on Sunday. All my...
The second edition of the hugely successful Flex (Flash) Camp Wall Street is less than 2 weeks away. This time the event is bigger (over 2 days — November 16-17, 2009), better (more speakers and more topics) and cheaper ($49 only!). Alike last year, its at the conveniently locate...
Getting Started with BlazeDS, a DZone RefCard on Adobe BlazeDS that I authored is available online. Go ahead and download it now. The great thing about the DZone RefCards is that they are terse and useful presentations of technical topics and are available completely free of charge. Th...
Igor Costa has invited me as a guest on the next episode of SextaFlex, the Friday talk show on Flex. I speak about combining Flex and Java using BlazeDS. My talk is around my new book Professional BlazeDS (Wiley/Wrox, 2009). If you wish to understand how best to combine Flex and Java a...
In this article I will illustrate how you could install and setup BlazeDS in a JBoss AS 5 application server instance. A number of new developers have difficulty installing and setting up BlazeDS in JBoss. I hope this article will provide answers to their questions and also help all th...
Flex framework’s current stable version is 3.x and the Flex team at Adobe is actively working on getting the version 4.x ready this year. At this time, the core SDK of Flex 4, codenamed Gumbo, is evolving through an open source process. From peeking into its initial version, it looks p...
Starting Monday May 18, 2009 fun begins at Indianapolis. No, not the car race; its 360 Flex! 360 Flex is a unique and special event for many reasons, namely: Its the one and only event dedicated completely to Flex (and AIR). Its an informal event that is run for te community, by the c...
I am organizing a session on “Rich Finance Widgets” this coming Monday. “Rich Finance Widgets” are revolutionizing the way we access and distribute financial information and make trading and investment decisions. Come and join me this Monday May 4, 2009 at 10.00...
Coming Thursday (April 16, 2009) evening I speak on tuning Flex applications for superior performance at the Chicago Flex and AIR Developers Group. If you are in Chicago and are a member of this developers group then I hope to see you then. If you are in Chicago and are interested or c...
Thanks to Dustin Whitney, we have a meetup for Scala enthusiasts in New York City. I speak on the actors library at the meetup this (March 30, 2009) evening. Last year, I spoke on the same topic at SD Best Practices in Boston. This presentation today will be structured on similar lines...
Speaking on integrating Java and RIA at the Princeton Java Users Group tomorrow (March 25, 2009). The session talks about the pull and push based models for communication between a Java server and a rich web application. The remoting and messaging infrastructure within BlazeDS and both...
Last week I spoke on Flex 4 at SD West 2009. Apart from the warm California weather, I enjoyed the great conference. It had the usual impressive line-up of speakers and attendees, a good number of expo participants and the annual JOLT awards ceremony. The flagship topic of the conferen...
Unfortunately, friendsofed.com is unavailable! Where you could normally see tons of information on books they had published, code downloads associated with those books and more, stands a page advertising domain renewal services. This is what the page looks like today – I was made...
  I am back from the Flex Camp at Chicago and onto a lot of Flex 4 stuff. Firstly I have started writing a book on Flex 4. Its a short book that will provide a head start to the early adopters. If you are one of those early Flex 4 enthusiasts, then keep watching this blog [...]