Friday 6 May 2016

Data Management guest lecture

Yesterday I gave a guest lecture on Gopal Ramchurn's Data Management course at the University of Southampton. It was great fun exposing the first year Computer Science undergrads to technologies like Cassandra, Elastic Search and Kafka, while also contradicting a lot of what I was taught about database design on the same course 9 years ago. My favourite questions from the (surprisingly attentive) audience were:
  • Doesn't all that data replication negate the point of using a database in the first place?
  • Why wouldn't you pay for supported packages of open source technologies?

If you're interested in a similar guest lecture on your course please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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