Archives for May 2010

Sinatra for Rapid Prototyping

Recently, I’ve been working on a project that is mostly front-end work, but also communicates with some back-end web services.  I needed something to quickly respond to some basic GET requests at various endpoints and return either HTML fragments or JSON.  I’m not much of a big Ruby or Rails programer (although I do admire […]

Applying Data Mining Techniques to MapReduce

Here at the Labs, we have been playing around with the MapReduce programming model (namely the open-source Hadoop implementation) for a while, but have been relatively conservative up till now. Most of the jobs that we have done thus far have been relatively simplistic, being more or less basic aggregation functions, with the most difficult […]

Review of an Empty Canvas

(Since its launch a few weeks back, the iPad has been a hot topic at Constant Contact both internally and in questions and comments from customers. As part of its technology investigation charter, Labs has been coming to grips with what the iPad is all about. This is the first of two contrasting opinion pieces […]