If you want to design a petition for your town government, group or agency, you can now download the source code for the White House’s “We The People” online petition application from GitHub and tweak it for your own use...The application uses Drupal, the open source content management system, MySQL, MongoDB and PHP, and the code is covered under the GNU General Public License.
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VSM: Before we begin, can you tell us about MongoDB?
SF: MongoDB is an open-source NoSQL or non-relational database. Unlike relational databases, a record in MongoDB is modeled after a programming object so it maps really well to modern object oriented programming like Java, Ruby, .net and PHP. 10gen began developing MongoDB in 2007 and it’s grown quite a bit since then.
PayPal was the first Silicon Valley titan to get its own self-styled "mafia": a cadre of successful executives who left to create a range of great businesses like LinkedIn, Tesla and YouTube...
The JBoss team is also helping to lead the NoSQL pack, with Ben Sabrin (former vice president of Americas at JBoss) heading North American sales at 10gen, the company behind MongoDB. Of the various NoSQL projects, MongoDB has developed the biggest developer ecosystem, and is increasingly positioned as a third database standard in the enterprise, alongside Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.
Database start-up 10gen plans to hire 60 new employees by the end of 2012 after raising $42 million in new financing in May. The funding was led by New Enterprise Associates and included existing investors Sequoia Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners and Union Square Ventures...
The company plans to hire software engineers with experience in C++, Ruby, Java and C. There will also be openings in sales. The company currently has 160 employees split between New York, Palo Alto, Calif., and Europe.
I was quite surprised to see a recent Slashdot post titled "SQL vs. NoSQL: Which is Better?" My first thought was: "Really? Hasn't this already been settled?" The politically correct answer to the question, of course, goes along the lines of: "Neither is better. They are separate tools. As with all tools, each addresses specific problems and should be used by programmers according to their needs ...." And so on.
Mr. Ryan and Dwight Merriman run a start-up factory called AlleyCorp, after Silicon Alley, a nickname given to New York’s answer to Silicon Valley. It has churned out companies that have almost nothing in common, from e-commerce to publishing to database software....10gen, which makes MongoDB, open-source database software that is used by companies like Disney and Foursquare, was valued at $500 million by venture capitalists who invested $50 million in May. These companies contribute to New York’s growing role as an Internet hub, particularly for the new generation of online media and retail companies.
According to analyst firm The 451 Group, the market for NoSQL databases is growing at a torrid 82 percent compound annual growth rate, with a startup called 10gen pushing the open source MongoDB database...
Five years ago the typical database requirement was met by an expert in a well-known relational database technology like Oracle or SQL, and if you talked to people about massively scaled non-structured data they would have thought you were crazy – and yet, here we are. Not only are there new exciting names such as Cloudera Hadoop, or 10gen MongoDB but even larger than the names and types of technology I am listing is the pace of innovation. It requires us to constantly learn something new and unlearn something that can hold us back.
New York is raking in the deal dollars...The top five New York-based companies that nabbed funding were all tech companies. The big winner was 10gen, a data base company, which nailed $42 million, followed by ecommerce firms Etsy and Moda Operandi.
10gen was selected to the AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies list for 2012, in the "Cloud and Infrastructure" category. Companies are selected for inclusion by the AlwaysOn editorial staff, as well as VCs and industry experts.