Fabian Lindfors

Building an object store with FoundationDB

Apple recently open-sourced FoundationDB, two years after acquiring the company and depriving the world of some promising technology. FoundationDB is a distributed key-value store featuring ACID transactions, painless scaling and easy fault tolerance, all tested with ridiculous thoroughness. In short, a seriously impressive feat of engineering. Before the acquisition its creators often touted the concept of “layers”, meaning stateless programs which add new features to the otherwise simple database. A SQL layer could make FoundationDB behave like a relational database while an AMQP layer could make it function as a message broker.

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The value in learning yet another programming language

Like many developers I constantly find myself taking up new programming languages. The learning process is often refreshing and challenging as a result of novelty and it has many times served as a relaxing break from work and studies. At the same time I’ve always associated this curiosity with shame. Instead of diving deeper into what I already know something new grabs my attention and drives me further from a pipe dream of deep knowledge. Lately my feelings have shifted and the shame that I once felt has turned into a feeling that learning new programming languages actually carries a lot of value.

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