Links: 4-22-2015

  • Meet DJ Patil: Obama’s Big Data dude
    Quote: "In each new feature, Patil drove home the idea that the best sign of a good data product is no obvious evidence of the data itself. “The user doesn’t want to see raw data, they want the data in a usable form, and that usable form should help them do something more creative, be more efficient, give them superpowers,” he said. “Something you could never conceive of before.”" What a great story too.
    (categories: data visualization value problem-solving grit government )

  • A Conversation with Werner Vogels – ACM Queue
    On services before microservices were a thing. Also note that this was written in 2006(!) and that Jim Gray (since lost at sea) did the interview: "The traditional model is that you take your software to the wall that separates development and operations, and throw it over and then forget about it. Not at Amazon. You build it, you run it. This brings developers into contact with the day-to-day operation of their software. It also brings them into day-to-day contact with the customer. This customer feedback loop is essential for improving the quality of the service."
    (categories: amazon soa microservices wernervogels )

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