Combining mongoDB collections to show on one page

In my current project, I'm displaying a country's corruption trend from from Transparency International alongside Kiva loans. Since both of these data sets have different refresh intervals and sources, I do a mongoImport to get them into the database. Example records: The data is pretty clean at the get-go with a logical join on the location.country... Continue Reading →

The Giving Conundrum

Over the last week, I've received snail mail solicitations from 5 charity organizations. This is about typical. I have given to some of these in the past, so I've been on their list. In looking at the 5, I can recall a specific point in which I felt compelled to donate. MD Anderson Cancer Center... Continue Reading →

Quick primer on MongoDB from a SQL nerd – part one

In my free time, I'm exploring the MEAN stack. My previous employer had a few teams running Node.JS & MongoDB and the resulting products and team-velocity looked slick! I'm following "Web Development with MongoDB and Node.js" by Jason Krol. Getting Started with MongoDB For this play-instance, I'm using a t2.micro Ubuntu instance (free-tier eligible) on... Continue Reading →

Bridging Waterfall and Agile teams

In large businesses, it isn't unusual to have different approaches to software delivery. The finance organization may choose to outsource development and prefer a detailed statement of work at the beginning of the project. They would choose the waterfall methodology leading to a higher confidence in delivery timelines. Their projects may last months, but the... Continue Reading →

Are you talking to the right stakeholders?

We were way off. It started by hearing a customer requirement from an internal stakeholder. The customer was apparently pissed and threatening to leave for a competitor. They spent over $100k monthly and were trending higher-- but if we didn't get our act together and produce what they needed, we could kiss that revenue goodbye.... Continue Reading →

Oh yeah, I have a blog!

Whoah. It has been way too long since my last post. This week marks the end of a wonderful journey with Rackspace. Rackers (aka Rackspace employees) are brilliant and they didn't mind me listening attentively and asking absurd questions. And for some reason, they kept promoting me over the 6 years I was there. As... Continue Reading →

Switzerland!

Work: "Want to go to Switzerland, Joe?" Me: "Visit a country known for chocolate, cheese, and particle physics? I'm already packed." This was an awesome trip. And yes, I'm going to bore you with pictures. First the geeky. One of the first world wide web servers (invented @ CERN in Geneva): Speaking of CERN, known... Continue Reading →

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