There was some hubbub a few months ago when it was revealed the Executive Director of the UK’s Year of Code initiative can’t code. Apparently a number of people don’t agree with the idea that competency in a domain is a requirement to manage that domain. I find this idea infuriating and it can only end poorly.
Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the SQL Zone. This week's best include 10 reasons Java rocks more than ever, a very bad idea in MySQL, warnings about using native SQL in Hibernate, and more.
In this recent post, Matthew Lewis has taken to his Last.fm data (eight years of it) with a Python script and a SQLite database. It looks like a fun activity for anybody interested in simultaneously playing with a database and reliving the musical horrors of his or her youth.
If you’ve been following this blog or any tech news outlet in the past few days, you’ve probably seen some mention of the “Heartbleed” vulnerability in certain versions of the OpenSSL library. This series of common questions and answers help clarify what everybody should and should not do to maximize security.
The author is not a big fan of ORMs. He feels very comfortable working with SQL, and because of that, he normally uses DBAL (or PDO in old projects). He's got one small library to handle his daily operations with databases, and today I’ve written this library.