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Top Stories: July 9-13, 2012

Heavy data, open source strategies for businesses, and collaborating on code.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

Heavy data and architectural convergence
Imagine a future where large clusters of like machines dynamically adapt between programming paradigms depending on a combination of the resident data and the required processing.

Open source community collaboration strategies for the enterprise
This report examines the strategies and caveats businesses must consider before adopting open source software, including: the layers and needs of open source communities, the relationship between transparency and privacy, the problems with “open core,” and why control should be traded for influence.

A lever is always better than a lone coder
If we accept that software development is a team activity (it is), the importance of collaboration and communication becomes clear. Team Geek authors Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman discuss the nuances of modern programming in this interview.

Faster and stronger: Looking back on Velocity 2012
Mike Loukides highlights talks from Velocity 2012, including: Bryan McQuade on the importance of understanding the full stack, Dr. Richard Cook on failures and complex systems, Mike Christian on redundant data centers, and John Rauser on the value of outliers.

From smartphones and continuous data comes the social MRI
An MIT study that aggregated and examined a continuous stream of smartphone data has evolved into an open source toolkit. In this interview, study leader Dr. Nadav Aharony discusses his “social MRI” project and its potential applications.


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