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Databases in 2021: A year in review

It was a wild year for the database industry, with newcomers overtaking the old guard, vendors fighting over benchmark numbers, and eye-popping funding rounds. We also had to say goodbye to some of our database friends through acquisitions, bankruptcies, or retractions.

Defensive CSS

Oftentimes, we wish that there was a way to avoid a certain CSS issue or behaviors from happening. You know, content is dynamic, and things can change on a web page, thus increasing the possibility of a CSS issue or a weird behavior.

How a single line of code made a 24-core server slower than a laptop

Imagine you wrote a program for a pleasingly parallel problem, where each thread does its own independent piece of work, and the threads don’t need to coordinate except joining the results at the end. Obviously you’d expect the more cores it runs on, the faster it is. You benchmark it on a laptop first and indeed you find out it scales nearly perfectly on all of the 4 available cores. Then you run it on a big, fancy, multiprocessor machine, expecting even better performance, only to see it actually runs slower

The non-productive programmer

We all know them: programmers with long term experience stuck on a low-level of our craft not corresponding to their quantity of experience. Great programmers are creative workers and problem-solvers and one of their most important traits is: never stop learning.

The PR paradox: Merge faster by promoting your PR

I just wrote some code that can have a positive effect on our customers and I’m motivated to release it as quickly as possible. I need your help but you are busy and motivated to continue working on your own code. This conflict is The Pull Request Paradox.

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