[FoRK] Multicore, async segmented sequential models

Ken Meltsner meltsner at alum.mit.edu
Thu May 9 09:07:35 PDT 2013

On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM, J. Andrew Rogers <andrew at jarbox.org> wrote:

> On May 9, 2013, at 7:42 AM, Aaron Burt <aaron at bavariati.org> wrote:
> > It was a nice break from diagnosing our MongoDB-problem-of-the-week
> > over an EVDO link.  That one had to do with utterly crap locking and
> concurrency
> > behaviour and still isn't fixed yet.
> I love MongoDB, it is a remarkable database. There is a school of thought
> that believes MongoDB started out as an elaborate troll against the
> database engineering community, a practical joke that escaped the confines
> of a computer lab and established itself in the wild. Their standards of
> poor design and incompetent engineering are rigorously maintained in every
> part of the system.
> MongoDB has been invaluable when teaching database engine design. It
> allows me to tie specific naive design elements you would never expect to
> see in real systems to real-world database meltdowns and failures. It plays
> Goofus to the rest of the industry's Gallant.
Best FoRK quote of the month, if not year.  I've copied it to a few
developers at my current employer who will be dealing with MongoDB
involuntarily soon.


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