Demand for Big Data applications is clearly skyrocketing. But the challenge facing many developers is that the data needed to create those applications exists in structured, unstructured and semi-structured formats. Looking to make it easier to build these kinds of applications, Hewlett-Packard has added support for both a Java SDK and semi-structured data to the HP Vertica columnar database.
Concurrent adds support for Hadoop 2.0 with Cascading application development framework. Cascading makes it easier to isolate the data processing and data integration elements of an application.
Trading systems have historically been the province within large financial institutions that as “master of the universe” controlled trillions of dollars in equity. They did this by essentially locking up access to transaction engines and applications that enable most of the trading that takes place on Wall Street and other exchanges across the globe.
As cloud computing continues to mature the line between private clouds running on premise or a third-party data center and public cloud computing services gets blurrier with each passing day.
While there’s generally a lot of excitement these days for all things Hadoop the simple fact is that there’s not a whole lot of expertise out there in terms of IT people that know how to build, roll out and then manage an instance of Hadoop. That creates a frustrating conundrum for developers looking to build Big Data applications on top of Hadoop at a time when interest in those applications is staring to reach a frenzy in the enterprise.
Simply stated: “Tinypass is a powerful e-commerce platform that helps sites charge for access to content.” Developers and site owners can utilize the Tinypass platform by adding a plugin for popular CMS platforms (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.); or, developers can integrate Tinypass functionality into apps and third party sites with the Tinypass API.
Rackspace has announced the launch of two new SDKs (Software Development Kits) that make it easier for developers to create applications that utilize OpenStack APIs. The two new SDKs are for Java and PHP, however, Rackspace will be releasing SDKs that support other programming languages in the future.
At least once a week someone says they wish a business partner would create some application or feature to address a specific need they have. Unfortunately, that idea generally falls by the wayside because the person with the idea knows that business partner doesn’t have either the will or the capacity to execute.
Wiris (pronounced Wyrees) from Barcelona has introduced Quizzes, an API to help you create mathematical tests and evaluate student answers. Along with its Editor and Cas (an advanced online calculator), Quizzes is part of the Wiris suite that can be plugged into a learning management system. LMS partners include Moodlerooms (used by Roanoke College and the California State University system) and Fireflysolutions.
Today at its latest Campfire One event, Google announced major updates to Google App Engine, their scalable cloud computing platform for web applications. App Engine developers will soon be able to create web-scale applications using standard Java APIs, and will be able to create AJAX components using Google’s Web Toolkit. Other major features include cron support for scheduling tasks, tools for securely accessing and importing data, and a new Google development plugin for the Eclipse IDE.