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9 NoSQL Pioneers Who Modernized Data Management

The folks profiled here are tackling data management for the Internet Age, helping us all understand what can be done with a mass of unstructured information. See how their work has transformed the way we handle databases.
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Brad Fitzpatrick
Brad Fitzpatrick was the creator of LiveJournal.com at his company, Danga Interactive, and an author of the Memcached software that powered it. LiveJournal was an online personal journaling system for use by people around the globe.
In 2007 Fitzpatrick went to work for Six Apart as chief architect. Several of the other contributors to Memcached, a distributed, object caching system, formed NorthScale to build out the key value store system, Membase, that was used beneath Memcached as persistent storage. Membase was a NoSQL document-oriented system. In 2011 its authors merged with CouchOne to become the flagship of a new company called Couchbase, to offer what became known as Couchbase Server. It was designed to provide easy-to-scale document access with high volume throughput. No single individual is associated with the emergence of Membase.
At last report, Memcached author Fitzpatrick had become part of the Go team at Google. LinkedIn lists him as a member of the software engineering staff there.
(Image: Github)

Brad Fitzpatrick

Brad Fitzpatrick was the creator of LiveJournal.com at his company, Danga Interactive, and an author of the Memcached software that powered it. LiveJournal was an online personal journaling system for use by people around the globe.

In 2007 Fitzpatrick went to work for Six Apart as chief architect. Several of the other contributors to Memcached, a distributed, object caching system, formed NorthScale to build out the key value store system, Membase, that was used beneath Memcached as persistent storage. Membase was a NoSQL document-oriented system. In 2011 its authors merged with CouchOne to become the flagship of a new company called Couchbase, to offer what became known as Couchbase Server. It was designed to provide easy-to-scale document access with high volume throughput. No single individual is associated with the emergence of Membase.

At last report, Memcached author Fitzpatrick had become part of the Go team at Google. LinkedIn lists him as a member of the software engineering staff there.

(Image: Github)

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9/4/2015 | 6:25:03 PM
How about Chris Lindblad as the 10th?
A nominee that's come in as the tenth pioneer is Chris Lindblad, co-founder of MarkLogic predecessor Cerisent in 2001. It became MarkLogic in 2005 with headquarters in San Carlos, Calif. He is the former chief architect of the Ultraseek search engine at Infoseek; Ultraseek is now part of Autonomy. Lindblad still works as chief of development at the firm. MarkLogic is a document-oriented database that evolved out of XML database roots, which can also conduct relational's ACID transactions. The BBC used MarkLogic for its 2012 Olympic Data Services. So is Chris a NoSQL pioneer or a combined database system pioneer? Any votes for Chris Lindblad?

 

 
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9/4/2015 | 5:53:11 PM
Altiscale CEO describes Cutting's sense of system design
This comment came in from Raymie Stata, who hired Doug Cutting at Yahoo at the time Stata was chief architect of algorithmic search. (He's now CEO of Hadoop company, Altiscale.) "What I appreciate about Doug is that he has a great design sense--relatively few programmers have that--and yet he's also very practical (and prodigious), so he gets things done fast.  Lucene and Avro demonstrate Doug's originality and creativity, and the result is clean but practical systems that have become very popular. The case of Hadoop is different: his good design sense told him that the Google guys did a great job and that there wasn't much sense in trying to improve upon that. He stated this quite explicitly. While those around them (some inside Yahoo!, some out) were busy trying to improve upon the MapReduce paradigm, Doug used Google's paper as the blueprint and (with Mike Cafarella) cranked out the initial implementation amazingly fast. This was important, because it turned out that the important engineering was more about building an implementation that could scale, rather than improving upon the abstraction. It's unusual for a single developer to have two 'smash hits' in Open Source (Lucene and Hadoop). I chalk that up to Doug's combination of design sense and practicality." - Raymie Stata, CEO of Altiscale

 

 
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8/31/2015 | 4:22:55 PM
NoSQL system builders are not necessarily data scientists
Asksqn, Few NoSQL pioneers would ever claim to be data scientists. They're system builders for big data purposes, not data scientists working with big data. But you might try Lisa Morgan's: 6 Characteristics of Data Drive Rock Stars. http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/6-characteristics-of-data-driven-rock-stars/d/d-id/1320502

 
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