Monday Dec 05, 2005

Great Expectations

A quick search for "Niagara Processor" on news.google.com reveals a couple stories this afternoon on what I'm calling, Niagara's Eve, in the spirit of multiple advents in December 2005. IT World Canada seems to be celebrating with me: Great expectations on eve of Sun's Niagara announcements. The EE Times CommsDesign even throws in some news about Niagara 2 in its piece, Sun's multithreaded Niagara servers flow and read Chris Rijk's ever informed commentary on the article.

I'm also hearing through personal grape vines that Niagara (offically UltraSPARC T1) is renewing interest outside of Sun among Electrical Engineers throughout the industry. Putting your ear to the rail hasn't been this much fun in years.

Thursday Aug 18, 2005

Smashup: SQL for the "Real World"

Excerpts from the new smashup "SQL for the 'Real World'"
Part of O'Reily's "Add some geek to your cool" series.

Lesson 1
Goal: Introducing the use of _ and '' into everyday language

Select clothes from stores where cool_friends like 'to shop'

Lesson 2
Goal: Introducing the use of = and capitalization

SELECT cheeseburger FROM menu WHERE fast_food_chain='Sonic' ORDER BY drive_thru_window

Lesson 3
Goal: Introducing the use of . () and >

UPDATE your.morals_with VALUES('bling','cool','hot') WHERE your.living='on_your_own' 
  AND your.age > 18 AND your.opinion_is LIKE 'totally'

Lesson 4
Goal: Putting it all together

SELECT guy AS boyfriend, SUM(bank_accounts) AS bling FROM club_scene WHERE body='hot' 
  AND peers_say='he''s cool' GROUP BY boyfriend HAVING bling > 100,000

Note to self: Watching Pauly Shore's Minding the Store is not advancing your skilz.

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