Kirill Gavrylyuk and Scott Hanselman talk about native support for Apache Cassandra API in Azure Cosmos DB with wire protocol level compatibility.

This support ensures you can continue using your existing application and OSS tools with no code changes and gives you the flexibility to run your Cassandra apps fully managed with no vendor lock-in.

In case you didn’t already know, the end credits theme from the first Portal game is called “Still Alive.” It’s the story of the game from the point of view of the game’s antagonist, a sentient AI with ill intentions.

Now, imagine an orchestral arrangement of that song.

I’ve referenced this particular cover of the song a few times in the Data Driven podcast. It’s quiet catchy and uplifting despite the lyrics.

Frank and Andy talked about doing a Deep Dive show where they take a deep look into a particular data science technology, term, or methodology.  And now, they deliver!

In this very first Deep Dive, Frank and Andy discuss the differences between Data Science and Data Engineering, where they overlap, where they differ, and why so many C-level execs can’t seem to figure out the deltas.

I first heard of Ripple while watching Bloomberg TV, where the CEO of the company was touting the cryptocurrency and its rapid acceptance by the financial establishment. That made me wonder: how could a company “own” a cryptocurrency? Wouldn’t that make it centralized? Isn’t that antithetical to cyrptocurrencies?

Fortunately, Siraj Raval comes to the rescue with a great explainer video on Ripple