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No open source project has received more criticism in recent years than MongoDB. Most of the flak has revolved around technical implementation decisions made for the project, and perceptions of how the company behind MongoDB, 10gen, has used advantages gained from those design decisions in marketing their product. It seems that more blog posts have been written on why one should not use MongoDB than on why one should use it. In a now-404ed July 2010 entry ( mirror ), Mikael Rogers, at the time an employee of the company behind CouchDB, wrote a highly-trafficked critique of MongoDB’s asynchronous writes and lack of single-server durability.
The top marketing executive at a sizable US retailer recently found herself perplexed by the sales reports she was getting. A major competitor was steadily gaining market share across a range of profitable segments. Despite a counterpunch that combined online promotions with merchandizing improvements, her company kept losing ground.
This post was written by Mimi Rojanasakul . She is an artist and designer based in New York, currently pursuing her MFA in Communications Design at Pratt Institute . Say hello or follow her @mimiosity . Last but not least, here's a round-up of talks that were focused on data visualization at Strata. Most of the presentations covered the standard do's and don'ts, parading humorously incomprehensible examples around of those who would forget to label their axis, or use a pie chart to show change over time.