View of Singapore Marina Barrage, an incredible dam that connects the confluence of five rivers at the tip of the the Marina. It effectively turns Marina Bay into a freshwater reservoir. The photo is taken from the top of Marina Bay Sands, the famous hotel with three massive buildings connected by a long boat on top.
Postgres has existed for more than 22 years. Their community claims it is the world’s most advanced open source database. Having worked extensively on Postgres for almost 10 years I can testify that is a true statement.
Mongo, on the other hand, emerged in the late 2000s as the pinnacle of the ‘NoSQL’ movement — developers who were thirsty for easier, more lightweight approaches to databases without the need to learn SQL. It worked, and today MongoDB is backed by a NASDAQ-listed company with $4.5b market cap and 1000+ employees. Mongo was touted as the future of databases for start-ups and full stack engineers that wish to move fast without the cruft and constraints of an orthodox SQL database like MSSQL or Oracle. Therefore when The Guardian decided to build their next generation CMS on top of this technology it was a big deal for the technology and its commercial potential.
People are Busy finishing Xmas shopping in the Marina Bay Sands shopping centre in Singapore. Impressive architecture.
I have been a longtime avid user of BSD Unix for almost 17 years. I started my career with a small BSD-focused consultancy hacking away on Perl and Postgres. One of my first tasks was building a distributed, scalable network monitoring tool that could monitor very large network with thousands of endpoints. I use FreeBSD and OpenBSD at home and enjoy their elegance and simplicity.
I stumbled upon an article that compares the two operating systems along key technical dimensions. It is written in an interview style/ conversational format with a developer from each team, so it’s an easy read. Find the article here.