Hackers and Founders Factual Hackathon Re-Cap

This past weekend, Factual hosted a terrific open data hackathon at the Hacker Dojo in partnership with Hackers & Founders. For two days, a number of developers worked around the clock, either individually or in teams, to build applications using Factual data. (Occasionally taking breaks to partake of the free food and beer.)

Thinking in Clojure for Java Programmers (Part 2 — Macros FTW)

How long does it take to change your language?
Sun once estimated that it takes on average 18 months to evaluate and approve proposals for changes to the Java language. That estimate doesn’t include building, testing, and releasing the change. Nor does it include the time and effort needed to update compilers, IDEs, and so on.

Factual’s Tyler Bell to Speak at Where 2.0

Next week, Factual’s Tyler Bell (Director of Product) will be speaking at the Where 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, CA.  Where 2.0 brings together developers, CTOs, researchers, geographers, and entrepreneurs to shed light on the key issues surrounding location-based technologies.

Gil’s Slide Deck for Web 2.0

Gil recently delivered a talk at Web 2.0 entitled, “Big Data Challenges: Getting Some.” For those of you who couldn’t attend–and even for those who did–below is the slide deck that accompanied Gil’s talk.

Practical Hadoop Streaming – Dealing with Brittle Code

It is a universal truth that our own code is perfect and that had we simply written every line of our project, every library, none of this would be happening. Let’s say that you’ve decided you’re ready to take matters into your own hands, but for some reason, your employer just isn’t into paying you to completely rewrite the kernel. What then? How in the world are you going to get your jobs to finish with other people’s wtf-segfaulting libraries in there?

Factual to Sponsor Hackers and Founders Hackathon

On April 22-23, Factual will be sponsoring a ‘Hackers and Founders Hackathon’ at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California. The event will consist of coding sessions, along with two structured talks/panel discussions focused on Local Data and Big Data. We’re excited that some pretty major players in the tech and business worlds will be participating.