Archives: Technology

Demo Driven Development: Apache Spark

Technology alone does not solve problems. Back in 2014 at Techonomy, Jack Dorsey, the cofounder of Twitter and Square, put it very well: “To me, technology fundamentally is just a tool. It’s up to us to figure out how to use those tools and how to apply those tools”. In theory, this view of technology • Read More »


An Entry Into Big Data With Spark: Databricks Community Edition

During a local Spark meetup, I was introduced to the Databricks Community Edition. Within the Spark community, Databricks is well-known, so I was excited when I got my early invite to try out the Community Edition. This brief article will be a mix of overview, step-by-step instruction and opinion. However, by the end, you’ll have • Read More »


Machine Learning: How Does A Machine Learn?

In the first part of our Machine Learning series, we illustrated the broad concept of machine learning by taking a little bit of Twitter, mixing it with some machine learning goodness and creating a web application that, based upon the user’s personal tweets, recommends Twitter accounts the user should follow. What sort of machine learning wizardry • Read More »