Domino 8.5

Right, i’m finally writing this on Linux, i’ve installed the 8.5 client (no dev or admin in it yet!! booo) and it was much easier than I expected, there are distro packages for all the major formats (debain/umbutu, RPM/redhat ISMP/InstallShield MutliPlatform), and they install as easily as any windows program (easier in fact as you don’t have to worry where the data directory is going to go as it puts it in the root of your current home directory),

Running it is easy as well, though it has that distinctive “I was written in Java UI, what a shame!!” feel about it, also its still a bit slow loading (but not running),so all in all a pleasent experience (pity about them hiding the bleeding spell checker and when I found it, it does not it work!!

Never mind, off to install the server

On a more interesting note pop over to Adam Gartenberg’s Blog and look at the his link for popping your CV in wordle, a fab idea, but produces a worrying result, think its time I re-did it. (ick!!)

 

New Anime Series- Ben to

First Episode Review for: Ben-to

Summary : A young student wakes up bleeding with amnesia, after many dark warning this turns out to be caused by getting involved in the deadly combat for the half price bentos at the local supermarket (WTF)

Animation : Good anime which lots of little details in it (such as good lighting when cars go past an mites in the air when people get hit)

Plot Potential: errrr heck knows, i suppose the whole ancient combat training is the only way to go, but where do you train for something like this, a sushi stand the woods maybe?

Characters: Visually very ‘stock’, but verbally no so much, you could predict no more than about 50% of what they were going to say next

Music: Fairly weak

Reminds me of: Battle Vixens set in a supermarket (after you have a had drink)

Overall: Massively puzzling but still it was very entertaining, another one to watch (the version i had had a lot of artifacts in the video, so will be searching for a better one)

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series- Phi Brain – Kami no Puzzle

First Episode Review for: Phi Brain – Kami no Puzzle

Summary : A rebellious puzzle genius is lured into a world where common brain puzzles are magnified to fatal levels and given a super human “puzzle power” (yes i did a WTF as well)

Animation : Just ordinary quality, bordering on the good, the giant puzzles are well done though

Plot Potential: well its like a franchised version of bayblade, you would think it would be boring but it was the most engaging none ‘serious plot’ aniume i have seen in a while

Characters: Quite fun, like Pokemon characters but 5 years on

Music: Not bad opening theme and quite a bit of “the clock is ticking” type of music

Reminds me of: As i said before, a more serious none franchised form of Bayblade

Overall: Only the Japanese could do a series like this basing a really fun series on the most feeble premise, this should be geeky and sad but its as good as any but a few anime, very watchable, thought i don’t know how they will keep the quality of puzzles up

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series- Chihayafuru

First Episode Review for: Chihayafuru

Summary : The story of a beautiful but unconventional and therefore unpopular girl who is obsessed with a card game called Karuta and her search for other people to play it with

Animation : Nice and bright with a slight haze overtone pleasant to watch

Plot Potential: I don’t know if this is going to be like Yu-Gi-Oh! or if the game it just a link for the characters, but it was a good mix in the first episode

Characters: Very good and original characters with lots of depth and background even in only one episode

Music: Light background music

Reminds me of: A more solemn version of Yakitate!!

Overall: A surprising anime, and one that makes me want to actually play the card game, ill be watch this from now on.

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series- Persona 4

First Episode Review for: Persona 4

Summary : An older teenager moves to a new town when his parents move away for a year, as soon as he arrives the occult murders start!

Animation : Good, a bit of unnecessary computer animation, but otherwise a nice subtle anime with good details

Plot Potential: This looks like it will thankfully be a mixture of plot and action, the same level as you would see for a western none animated series such as Dexter

Characters: Very human characters, with only traces of the normal stock characters you would expect in such an anime (eg the loud short haired girl)

Music: Only slight background music

Reminds me of: Monochrome Factor (but without the Yaoi)

Overall: This is one I will be watching on an ongoing basis, I hope the plot turns out as deep as is initially hinted at

 

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

MongoDB vs CouchDB

This is not a ASW title, but the name of a skillsmatter evening talk, unlike most skills matter presentations this was only 10 mins long (presented by Ryan Duffield @rduffield ) , which allowed for a good bit of discussion before we piled down to the pub, anyway you can see the presentation HERE.

I took a load of notes during the talk and the discussion afterwards, but have decided not to put them down here in the end, as to me the real differences between the 2 databases were down to their origins and usage cases rather than direct comparisons, yes they are both NoSQL dbs but they are very very different beasts, MongoDb is a noSQL db designed to appeal to relational DB developers, its interfaces are the same, a lot of its behaviours are the same and one of its main roles is to overcome the scaling issues that traditional relational dB’s suffer from in this Internet age, a challenge that it is proving its self more than a match for, where as Couchdb (and its enterprise evolution couchbase) was designed to fulfil approximately the same role as one of its inspirations ‘Lotus Notes’ (though without its limitations), in that is is designed for robustness, security and replication rather than speed, able to survive on large and small devices alike and able to carry its applications with it.

Soooo basically, if you want good replication and serious horizontal scaling where fault tolerance is more important than performance then go for couchdb, but if your looking for a high performance NoSQL replacement for a relational db like MySQL where scaling to massive size is your primary requirement, then go for Mongo

(waits to be flamed)

Old Comments

Sean cull(11/10/2011 22:37:24 GDT)

I must admit that using xpages is highlighting the limitations of the underlying NSF much more.

Adding 3 drop down filters to a repeat /view means a view with 3 key columns and many times more rows of data if a ft search is not possible.

Yes I know this wasn’t possible with notes but in xpages you want to match the feature sets on other modern web application.

Similarly my rule of thumb of <100k records in an NSF is severely challenged by the apps that I want to write now.

Xpages is cool but now the NSF ( which I need for replication ) is felling old.

Richard Moy(11/10/2011 16:04:12 GDT)

I have tried Coucbdb. It is a good analogy to NSF with one exception which I think is great, there is a true separation of form and data.

Mark Myers(11/10/2011 16:10:18 GDT)

Cool

Mark Myers(11/10/2011 23:46:47 GDT)

@sean – i could not agree more, the 32k limit and performance problems are really starting to cause issues, making me start to doubt notes as a platform or find it hard to justify, i reckon it should be IBMs next port of call, we have xpages, we have xwork server, time to update the data store

Simon Letourneau(15/12/2011 16:31:55 GMT)

In Domino there is the 64k limit of any @formula result.

-workaround easy with generating an evenly distributed index and using it as a key in lookups. In kiwi hoop we do a modulo X of the lenght of a field. We then make X lookups and merge the results. Once you code the layer in lotusscript it goes fine.

There is the 32k limit in a field. You can set the isSummary = false on the item. You can also use a wrapper class that will split the setValue and then merge the getValue.

We have solved these limits so there is really no advantage to drop domino. We still benefit from so much good features that will never see the light in couch or mongo.

Mark Myers(22/12/2011 14:44:57 GMT)

@simon your dead right, its one of the thinks i have mentioned to the mongo guys, that IBM have been fighting these problems for ages so learn from their lessons

New Anime Series- Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

First Episode Review for: Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

Summary : Future looking world where no one seems normal (like a world populated only with super heroes), a practical and violent school exam takes place on a giant ship floating though the atmosphere

Animation : Very very good animation, the first versions that have come down off the wire are not doing it justice, this maybe worth a blueray import

Plot Potential: An incredible, packed 24 mins for a first episode, but there is no obvious plot, they obviously realised this and crammed the history and most of the future plot in the end credits, weird, but who am I to grumble.

Characters: Very good costume design, and excellent original settings, there are some stereotypes but well done, completely over the top and often inspired

Music: Good pumping battle music and some soulful singing by the main character

Reminds me of: err, sort of like the hectic parts of Oh my goddess with a bit of Slayers in it and then added to Blue Exorcist

Overall: Just on looks alone I will be watching this, the start up credits were such a mix of character designs that I initially thought is was some sort of vehicle for a marvel vs Capcom style game (so much so I went and looked the series up, but no it is apparently a genuine series), good fun

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series- Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasali!

First Episode Review for: Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasali!

Summary : A school resolves class disputes with full blown wars, sort of like a demented school version of “the art of war” but with fan service and power poses,

Animation : Very much standard fair, not bad enough to complain about, but not good enough to notice

Plot Potential: Quite a lot actually, it could become a political drama played out in a school with added dragon ball Z

Characters: Stereotype overload, lots of them, there is even a one eyes German woman with long hair in boots and baggy pants

Music: Standard fair, nice use in the fight scenes though

Reminds me of: Clamp school detectives crossed between Fate/stay night

Overall: Entertaining and a fun 24mins, but im unsure where they are going to go with it, need to give it a couple more episodes before deciding, but very promising

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series- Towa No Quon

Im a bit slow on this one as it has been on my machine for a while, and is more a mini movie than a series (45 mins)

First Episode Review for: Towa No Quon

Summary : Mutating humans chased down by government agency and the underground that protects them

Animation : Very pleasant, not ghost in the shell quality but still very passable.

Plot Potential: Very good plot, what i initially thought of as the good guys turned out to be the bad guys within the first 10 mins, a nice world and good mix of mecha and mutant

Characters: Some stereo typing, but otherwise a nice original feel to most of the characters

Music: Nothing special

Reminds me of: Casshern Sins

Overall: This was supposed to be a movie series, but i have not seen any more,am really looking forward to them.

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!