Lucene, SOLR, Hadoop and Pig

The next few weeks and months will have me working with new technology from Apache: SOLR, HADOOP, and Pig. Read how I got myself in this mess, and how I hope to get out of it.

Getting hierarchical (nested) data from DataSets

The other day I was struggling with generating XML data from a database I was working with. After talking with a co-worker, he mentioned using Transact-SQL and the “For XML Explicit” options related to a query. So I looked at how to accomplish this task using the .NET Framework.

Olympics For Sale !!

NBC Olympics requires a cable subscription in order to view online content. I don’t have a cable subscription and neither do millions of people. So NBC has decided that those of us in this situation do not need to view the Olympics. This isn’t right, but (for now) there’s not a lot we can do.

Why I hate Microsoft CRM

As you may have read in my other post Too Many Changes I recently got a new job. In this new job, I will be the Administrator of an installation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Manager). The Microsoft CRM product is a popular product in which there are not a lot of choices for Read More…

Too many changes

For the last three years, I’d been working in Roseville, California. Nothing too unusual there, except for the fact that I’d been living in Fresno; about three hours away by car. In fact, although I’d been living in Fresno for the last 20 years, or so, I’d been working elsewhere since 2005. The reason for Read More…

New Year, New Problems

Happy New Year! I finished the year with some big changes. After living for over twenty years at our last location, we’ve moved to a new part of our home state. There are several reasons, but mostly, we’re moving to be closer to my work. But there are challenges.