This site is often under construction as it is used to expand my skills by exploring ideas and techniques for .NET, combining ASP.NET, Silverlight applications, web services, and a VB/C# desktop client to access selfsame web services.

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Review: Macroanalysis (Topics in the Digital Humanities)

Macroanalysis (Topics in the Digital Humanities)Macroanalysis by Matthew L. Jockers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great foray into data mining literature...

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Review: Cassandra High Availability

Cassandra High AvailabilityCassandra High Availability by Robbie Strickland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent high-level view, providing direction and guidance for relative newcomers to Cassandra. My background is 10+ years with relation Db's, covering SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, cubes, data marts, etc., and this pointed out the mistakes that can be made by someone with a relational Db background. It's an easy read, well-written and high-level, with enough code to make the point, but not so much that reading becomes drudgery.

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Proposed Site Architecture

I have been toying with the idea of migrating one of my sites to a better host - it was supported by Yahoo and now AAbaco - and implementing some newer technologies. Among products I have used at work or are working with peripherally, I am considering using ASP.NET MVC, Entity Framework, ReSTful API's, NoSQL, and Azure-hosted databases - it is currently a mixture of very low-end PHP, HTML5/CSS3, light Javascript, and MySQL - so I decided to write up an architectural diagram - it looks like any standard architecture, with maybe a few additional elements - to help with the planning:

Preliminary architectural diagram of planned site.