Netflix Open Sources Their Cassandra Client

As you probably know, I’m a big fan of Netflix as a company and their technical approach. They’ve just open sourced their Cassandra client known as Astyanax.

If you’re using (or thinking about using Cassandra) then take a look and let me know what you think.

http://techblog.netflix.com/2012/01/announcing-astyanax.html

Goodbye dasBlog…hello WordPress

dasBlog is no more…at least for me.  I originally started using it because Scott Hanselman’s mentioned it many times over the years and I’m a fan.  However, it hasn’t seen an update in almost two years.  So with that, goodbye dasBlog and hello WordPress.

Why WordPress instead of something like BlogEngine.net?  To be honest, I want and need to focus on my core competencies of which blogging is nowhere to be found.  WordPress provided a good fit as it’s an industry leader, relatively cheap upgrades, and has a good comment moderation system (which was one of the main things I was looking for).  Of course it’s PHP, but once I stifled the gag reflex I could see it had real merit.

All in all, pretty easy to get everything up and running (still waiting for my custom domain registration to go into effect).  My main beef is in the realm of including code in the posts.  I looked around a good bit and the best I found is adding the .  But seriously, this is the best we can do?  Here’s what I had before (which thanks to VS 2010 HTML Copy was as easy as copy and paste):

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Of course, WordPress hates beautiful code and so refuses to display the same thing in any form of human readable code.  After adding the sourcecode tag, I get the following:

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Sure, it’s better than a garbled mess but it’s nowhere near the beauty to which I’m accustomed.  Truthfully, it’s not terrible and is thankfully pretty easy to use but I expected more from an industry leader.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!  I hope it’s been a great year and you’re as excited about this one as we are.

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks as far as blogging goes but with my wife recovered from her surgery, vacation winding down, and some of our home renovation projects wrapping up you can expect to see some more activity here.  Plus, there are some great upcoming features to our WP7 app Tasks Anywhere on the way plus a backlog of technical posts that will go public once the next version of the app does.

Stay tuned…

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