Apr 14 2014
Is Open Source Safe?
Can the free and open source be trusted? How come the bug could stay hidden for over two years? Was it introduced intentionally? Those are some of the questions many are asking, but are those fair questions?
Because the code for OpenSSL is publicly available along with its change history, anyone can track down the change to date and time it was introduced and to the individual who committed the code. Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes. It is easier to point fingers and assign the blame than it is to effect positive change.
On the other hand, the open source promise of achieving higher quality and security by having multiple pairs of eyeballs reviewing and scrutinizing the code has to be questioned.
In reality most of the open source users are takers. A very small percentage contribute anything and only a fraction of those will care to thoroughly review their (or others’) contributions in context of the overall code base. In OpenSSL’s case that’s over 450,000 lines of code. Corporate-sponsored open source projects tend to do a better job of providing direction for the project and vetting the contributions because their brand name is often on the line. Purely community-driven projects often lack any formal organization and see a lot of arguments over features, endless flame wars on mailing lists and unavoidable attrition of talent as they get frustrated and/or busy with their paid careers.
Get a T-Shirt, Help the Cause
Did you know that the OpenSSL Foundation is not even organized as a non-profit? No wonder they are said to only attract $2,000 a year in donations. They are also the stewards of largely invisible product, unlike say Mozilla, who makes a popular Firefox web browser, so most people simply never even heard of their mission.
Let’s help them out. We are hoping to send the foundation at least a $1,000 and we need your help. We have launched a T-shirt campaign at http://teespring.com/iheartbleedopenssl (or click the image above). Please participate and share the message.
Mar 24 2014
We are often asked how SlashDB compares to Oracle BI or other business intelligence software.
Well, the main difference is that SlashDB provides unobstructed access to data for reading and writing, while those tools can only display data already nicely formatted for end users.
In addition to that SlashDB works both internally and does not require you to send data to a third party storage to make it available on the Internet. Oracle BI generally only works on the inside, and cloud-based SaaS products generally require you to upload your data to their storage in a format that fits their systems.
SlashDB is an instant web API shell over traditional databases. Unlike data warehouses and ETL, it does not copy the data form their source systems so the data is always up to date. Oracle BI requires setting up complicated ETL processes, which only run periodically and create copies of data.
Transparency of Research Matters
SlashDB is an excellent gateway to data for downstream analytics systems and self-service reporting in Excel, R, Python and more.
Our friends at PyStreet have recently conducted a survey on Python developers salary. The response data resides in an MS SQL Server database, but they wanted to publish the results online. They also wanted to demonstrate Python’s capability in data analysis.
Using SlashDB they made the database publicly accessible for reading via HTTP.
Then using IPhython Notebook and pandas data analysis library they produced a fully transparent research document, which was later shared online.
The notebook can not only be viewed, but also downloaded and modified.
Both the raw data and their transformations can be scrutinized and/or modified. For example, certain data points were removed from the study, but one can change those criteria or skip that step entirely. BI tools typically do not offer that degree of transparency.
SlashDB is industry independent. At last, your data scientists and business analysts will be empowered to leverage investments made in database systems. Use it with sales records, marketing campaign data, financial data or any other key performance indicator data to derive insights that matter.
Jan 21 2014
Get up early and meet New York Tech Innovators in a monthly breakfast event, where up to five different technologists demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech.
Next Event: February 11th, 8am @AOL
770 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY
(Entrance on 9th St).
8:00 – 8:15 – Get yer Bagels & Coffee and chit-chat
8:15 – 8:20 – Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
8:20 – ~9:30 – Showcases and Shout-Outs!
• Priori Legal - Kimberly Palsson
• Try the World - Kat Vorotova
• Eventstagram – A. J. Veleta
• SlashDB - Victor Olex
• Votopin - Kaiyi Chu
We are pleased to share the stage with those fearless entrepreneurs and are looking forward to the event.
Jan 14 2014
Welcome back, here’s a short blast from the past, a video featuring SlashDB that we just discovered on the web.
In November last year we were proud sponsors of the PyData conference. In this lightning talk we are outlining SlashDB’s main benefits. After the presentation we are using random number generator in Google Spreadsheet to raffle-off an Airzooka gun.
Dec 26 2013
Bloomberg Industry Leaderboard Uses REST API for Financial Data Visualization; Imagine What You Could be Doing with Your Data Assets
If you have visited Bloomberg’s website lately you may have noticed a new tool called Bloomberg Industry Leaderboard, which is a part of their Visual Data site. The Leaderboard presents fundamental data about 600 leading global corporations in a visually attractive manner. Visualization techniques such as tree map, colored grid and rankings are all dynamically configurable, and results are sorted on the fly.
While the concept of presenting fundamental metrics in similar ways is not new, and there are many websites with similar data and visualization, the technical details behind the site are worth examining a bit closer.
For us what is even more interesting is that Bloomberg seems to follow a very similar approach to that of SlashDB. Here’s an example of companies broken down industry and ranked by operating margin and estimated net income growth:
http://www.bloomberg.com/visual-data/industries/rank/margin:est-net (HTML representation)
http://www.bloomberg.com/visual-data/industries/db/rank/margin:est-net.json (underlying data)
By comparison, SlashDB links (to an unrelated data set) look as follows:
http://demo.slashdb.com/db/Chinook/Customer/Country/Brazil.html (HTML representation)
http://demo.slashdb.com/db/Chinook/Customer/Country/Brazil.json (underlying data)
Imagine what you could do by layering SlashDB on top of your data. Use it internally for data federation, database search and self-service reporting, or deliver data to the web and mobile apps, or even offer your data assets for sale. Either way, the time to market is about an order of magnitude shorter than custom developed solutions, as our customers have attested. SlashDB is also more versatile as it allows for reading and writing of data and provides alternative data formats. It just as easily integrates with Excel, R, Matlab and enterprise systems as it does with the web.
As you may know, the idea for SlashDB was conceived out of the issues with access to market data in large investment banks. Had Bloomberg used SlashDB, they could have saved a ton of time and money.
Try /db Risk Free
If you would like to learn more about SlashDB or to discuss REST APIs in finance or in general, please contact us. You can also register here to try our product risk free.
Nov 25 2013
Whether your are aiming for driving innovation, building partnerships or for an opportunity to expand your service or product, you need to know about business models that can be adopted to accomplish your goals with web APIs.
Our own clients typically begin with just one business reason for building an API, but they are ready for any change in business requirements with little additional effort. SlashDB provides unobstructed access to their data assets via an instant web API.
Enable web and mobile applications for reading and writing, improve data management internally or provide on-demand data feeds in standard formats.
One of the most interesting resources about the business of APIs is this presentation from the first API Strategy & Practice conference: “API Business Models” by John Musser, founder of ProgrammableWeb. Find out what API business models are used by Sprint, Expedia, Google, Netflix, Facebook, New York Times, Amazon, PayPal, Salesforce.com, Intuit and other online business leaders.
Nov 14 2013
Thought Leaders From FullContact, Ancestry.com, Urban Mapping and SlashDB Discuss the Future of Data
Victor Olex represented the SlashDB team on a panel about the future of data at the API Strategy & Practice conference. See the video below for an hour-long session of different perspectives on the topic or fast forward to minute 44 for the best part
We thank the organizers API Evangelist and 3Scale for the opportunity to share our thoughts this way and feel privileged to share the stage with such renowned speakers and business leaders. Here’s the complete rundown of the video:
- 0:00:00 Opening remarks by Swift of HackerLeague
- 0:00:30 “Data Decay and the Illusion of Present” by Dan Lynn, CTO and Co-founder, FullContact
- 0:17:18 “API Redesign: Recreating an Internal Platform” by Harold Madsen, API Director, Ancestry.com
- 0:33:00 “The Future of Data” by Ian White, Founder and CEO, Urban Mapping
- 0:44:00 “Resource Oriented Architectures – The Future of Data APIs?“, Victor Olex, Founder and President, vt.enterprise (SlashDB)
- 1:01:00 Organizer announcement (lunch)
- 1:01:35 Panel Q&A
- 1:07:40 Closing remarks by Swift of HackerLeague
Nov 7 2013
PyData Conference beings Nov. 8th and runs through Sunday, Nov 10th at JPMorgan’s offices downtown Manhattan. Hundreds of data scientists, engineers and analysts are expected to attend this unique and highly technical event.
SlashDB a Proud Sponsor
Data science and quantitative analysis are huge use cases for SlashDB, and we are very pleased to be able to provide sponsorship for PyData.
Instead of wrangling with access to data, scientists turn to SlashDB to access unobstructed data from disparate sources under standard data formats for reading and writing via REST/HTTP API, directly from their tool of choice. This translates to time savings and avoidance of repetitive coding, especially when the same data must be used in several tools and applications.
Special Offer, Do Not Miss Out – Extended FREE Trial
For those who stop by our booth at PyData and/or fully fill out this web form we are offering an extended 3 month FREE trial of SlashDB!
Python just “fits your brain”. Many data scientists and quantitative analysts select Python as the programming language of choice, and we fully understand why. This multi-paradigm language helps avoid code cruft, runs fast and comes with rich data structures and libraries.
Not only is SlashDB straight-forward to use from Python but it is also the language used for customizing its behavior. By default, SlashDB automatically generates a RESTful web service out of existing databases, which results in a web API, which closely follows database structures. This is often desired because it promotes data transparency and provides building blocks for business solutions but in some cases databases can have less then perfect design. Using Python, that auto-generated data model can be overridden to hide those imperfections or add functionality.
Register for PyData
There may be still tickets available, but they have been selling fast so don’t delay and head over to the registration page.
(UPDATE) Sorry the conference is completely SOLD OUT. Even if you cannot make it to the conference, just completely fill out this web form and we will honor your registration and reward you with a 3 month free license.
Oct 25 2013
Fresh from the API Strategy & Practice – slides from The Future of Data session.
Where service oriented APIs are designed around business functions, resource oriented architectures are about providing unobstructed access to data assets. They are complementary and have distinct uses and trade-offs.
One participant remarked that the talk was in Tim O’Reilly style, entertaining but also with a solid basis in facts and history. We take it as the highest compliment.
Slides & Video
Oct 24 2013
As announced at the API Strategy & Practice conference today, SlashDB is now available on Amazon’s Web Services Marketplace.
Getting listed on the AWS Marketplace is an important milestone in the history of SlashDB because having your product featured on this particular marketplace is difficult due to standards and criteria that have to be met.
What does this mean for you (and your databases)?
SlashDB drastically shortens the time to market for on-demand data products and web APIs and makes secure, authenticated access to databases via XML, JSON, CSV and HTML quick and easy.
AWS Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy for you to find and immediately start using the software and services that run on the AWS Cloud. You can use AWS Marketplace’s 1-Click deployment to quickly launch SlashDB.
Want to try SlashDB risk free?
It’s easier than ever through the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. Click here to start your free trial and give it a try now on AWS.
API Strategy & Practice Conference
SlashDB’s first day at the API Strategy & Practice Conference located in San Francisco has been a success so far! Our premiere at the conference has been well received, and everyone seems to be abuzz with excitement as the first day of the conference progressed.
Victor Olex, SlashDB’s founder and technology architect here at the API Conference, gave a talk titled “Resource Oriented Architectures – the Future of Data APIs?”. The slides will be available here tomorrow.
Oct 22 2013
SlashDB will be making an appearance in this year’s API Strategy & Practice Conference. Stay tuned for major announcement from us on Thursday.
API Strategy and Practice is a vendor neutral and community supported API industry conference to connect API Practitioners and allow them to show case API’s to build traction in different communities. This conference is a great way to engage with new audiences to help them better understand the API space and possibly start their own API adventure.
A product of vt.enterprise and a provider of API services, SlashDB focuses primarily on delivering APIs from your relational database and provides a secure and easy way to manage essential data. The idea for SlashDB was conceived out of our consulting experience in the capital markets technology, which vt.enterprise has been doing since 2001. SlashDB was created in 2010, at first only as a solution targeted for securities reference data and market data. We then realized that it has a greater purpose of being used as a data gateway for web and mobile applications. Since then, SlashDB has been attracting clients in the financial, academic, and publishing industries and has been making significant progress.
Victor Olex, founder and technology architect of SlashDB, will be representing us at the API Strategy & Practice Conference in San Francisco, CA from Oct. 23rd – 25th. He will be making a presentation about the future of data APIs on Thursday, October 24th. Victor is a pioneer of Resource Oriented Architecture, a new approach to data integration, and has revolutionized the API industry by providing a way to easily search database content while preventing data duplication.
Sep 27 2013
SlashDB producer, vt.enterprise was among a select few companies invited to participate in a series of events with Polish economic delegation on Wednesday and Thursday this week in New York City.
Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, Vice-Minister of Economy Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, president of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Francisco J. Sánchez, Chief of Staff Dept. of Commerce Adam S. Wilczewski were among top ranking officials who met with representatives of Polish companies who are already doing or planning to do business in the United States. Representing vt.enterprise was Victor Olex, co-founder and CEO of the company.
vt.enterprise was established in 2001 by a pair of first-generation Polish immigrants. The company is fortunate to be able to leverage old-country’s intellectual capital for its research and development projects including SlashDB. Polish programmers consistently take top honors at programming contests such as Top Coder and ACM-ICPC.
Aug 13 2013
According to the DBEngines.com website the Top 10 Database ranking table is as follows.
It is interesting to observe a two orders of magnitude gap from top 3 and the rest of the pack.
SlashDB is known to work with all the relational ones but we have not tested it with Teradata yet. If you have one to test with, please contact us and we will be glad to make /db available to you at no cost.
We are often asked about support for MongoDB and it may get added in the future especially given its rising popularity.
|Rank||Last Month||DBMS||Database Model||Score||Changes|
|3.||2.||Microsoft SQL Server||Relational DBMS||1304.96||-17.02|
|7.||6.||Microsoft Access||Relational DBMS||150.88||+9.24|
Jul 16 2013
Come to the #Meetpacking event and experience the best #data #API. We will be conducting one-on-one demo of our software and share the tips how to connect databases to web and mobile applications.
May 14 2013
The video of our presentation at the last NY Enterprise Technology has been published on YouTube.
SlashDB is presented in context of systems of engagement. We discuss how to construct a uniform data architecture spanning enterprise and web.
Enterprise CIOs employ /db’s resource-oriented architecture to overcome data silos and shorten time to market for new business processes. Mobile enterprise application developers save time with /db used as gateway to legacy databases and can focus on engaging and value-adding business features.
May 7 2013
“Speed” and “data” are loaded terms that can be hard to cover in one article. TechCrunch has recently published an interesting compilation of perspectives from several leading technology firms that operate in this space.
Our founder and chief architect of SlashDB, Victor Olex was quoted about challenges with integrating traditional databases and web-scale information systems.
Here’s the link to the article:
Technocrati code 8VT4WUYJAVCM.
Apr 15 2013
We are very pleased to announce that SlashDB has been recognized the Business App of The Month by New York Enterprise Tech Meetup and will be demonstrated at the event tomorrow.
SlashDB seamlessly connects databases to authorized web, mobile and enterprise applications so that database content can be accessed in a uniform way from just about anywhere. The product has applications in master data management, data virtualization, data publishing APIs and mobile enterprise apps among others.
The New York Enterprise Tech Meetup is a monthly forum where innovation-seeking executives and venture investors meet cutting edge technology firms to freely network and learn from each other. Every month a select group of enterprise technology firms is asked to present at the event.