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Comment Re:Native JSON fields (Score 1) 283

You can also use the hstore contrib module in the current PostgreSQL versions, which has a gem (https://github.com/softa/activerecord-postgres-hstore) for ActiveRecord and Heroku support (at least in some database plans). Seriously, PostgreSQL is the best Not-Quite-So-SQL DBMS out there.

Comment Before going any further ... (Score 1) 575

Understand the Javascript language, because it is a simple, yet powerfull language on its own. So, before digging deeper into libraries and tools, take some time to read the javascript garden, which will give you the dirty parts: http://bonsaiden.github.com/JavaScript-Garden/ And, as previous posters already said, the Crockford site which will give you good insight into good practices and useful patterns: http://www.crockford.com/

Comment Before migrating to NoSQL... (Score 1) 222

Take a look at SQL alternatives. There's an interesting PostgreSQL use case which uses only open source tools to achieve a good horizontal scaling solution. This post tells a little about how they did it: http://highscalability.com/skype-plans-postgresql-scale-1-billion-users The post also says that there is a very similar approach using MySQL.

Comment I'm from Brazil, also want to move to Canada (Score 1) 450

I'm been thinking for some time about moving to Canada. Though, I'm a little afraid of the Brazilian reputation outside Brazil (don't think it's very good). I'm mainly a database architect (work with PostgreSQL), but also a *nix developer. Does someone here has something to say about experiences working with or hiring people from Brazil?

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