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The Best Place to Build a Subway
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The Best Place to Build a Subway

Building projects despite (and because of) existing complex systems.

Space Time Discontinuum
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Space Time Discontinuum

Combining data from many sources may cause painful delays.

Write Amplification vs. Read Perspiration
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Write Amplification vs. Read Perspiration

The trade-offs between write and read.

Extract, Shoehorn, and Load
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Extract, Shoehorn, and Load

Data doesn't always fit nicely into a new home.

Identity by Any Other Name
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Identity by Any Other Name

The complex cacophony of intertwined systems.

Mind Your State for Your State of Mind
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Mind Your State for Your State of Mind

The interactions between storage and applications can be complex and subtle.

Consistently Eventual
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Consistently Eventual

For many data items, the work never settles on a value.

XML and JSON Are Like Cardboard
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XML and JSON Are Like Cardboard

Cardboard surrounds and protects stuff as it crosses boundaries.

Side Effects, Front and Center
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Side Effects, Front and Center

One system's side effect is another's meat and potatoes.

Too Big Not to Fail
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Too Big Not to Fail

Embrace failure so it does not embrace you.

Life Beyond Distributed Transactions
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Life Beyond Distributed Transactions

An apostate's opinion.

The Power of Babble
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The Power of Babble

Expect to be constantly and pleasantly befuddled.

The Singular Success of SQL
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The Singular Success of SQL

SQL has a brilliant future as a major figure in the pantheon of data representations.

Standing on Distributed Shoulders of Giants
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Standing on Distributed Shoulders of Giants

Farsighted physicists of yore were danged smart!

Immutability Changes Everything
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Immutability Changes Everything

We need it, we can afford it, and the time is now.

Condos and Clouds
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Condos and Clouds

Constraints in an environment empower the services.

Idempotence Is Not a Medical Condition
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Idempotence Is Not a Medical Condition

Messages may be retried. Idempotence means that's OK.

If You Have Too Much Data, Then 'Good Enough' Is Good Enough
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If You Have Too Much Data, Then 'Good Enough' Is Good Enough

In today's humongous database systems, clarity may be relaxed, but business needs can still be met.
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