Lorenzo Alberton

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On batching vs. latency, and jobqueue models

A little journey exploring job queue models and debunking some programming folklore around the effects of batching on latency.   Read article

14 November 2012

Updated Kafka PHP client library

New PHP client library for the Apache Kafka project. Full support for Kafka 0.7+, with robust socket handling, complete test suite, Zookeeper-based consumer and many other improvements.   Read article

18 September 2012

Musings on some technical papers I read this weekend: Google Dremel, NoSQL comparison, Gossip Protocols

Some random comments on Dremel and a benchmark on Key-Value stores. How to evaluate technical papers and read between the lines.   Read article

3 September 2012

Historical Twitter access - A journey into optimising Hadoop jobs

A journey into optimising Hadoop jobs: the strategies to scan and filter a PetaByte of archived data, schedule new jobs and deliver data fast.   Read article

7 August 2012

Kafka proposed as Apache incubator project

Kafka is a distributed publish-subscribe messaging system developed at LinkedIn, designed to support a very high throughput, persistent messages and parallel loading into Hadoop. A proposal has been submitted to make Kafka an Apache incubator project.   Read article

24 June 2011

NoSQL Databases: What, When and Why (PHPUK2011)

Some considerations about NoSQL databases, and slides of my talk given at PHPUK 2011: "NoSQL Databases: What, When and Why".   Read article

27 February 2011

PHPNW10 slides and new job!

Summary of the PHPNW10 conference, Slides about my talk "Profile your PHP application and make it fly" and new job!   Read article

19 October 2010

The Art of Scalability - DPC10 wrapup

A wrapup of the Dutch PHP Conference 2010. Uploaded slides of my talk "The Art of Scalability - Managing growth".   Read article

13 June 2010

Profiling PHP applications with XHProf: the path to scalability

My latest article on Profiling using XHProf, a neat tool developed at Facebook. A step-by-step tutorial to install and use XHProf, and some useful hints on how to improve performances and scalability of your PHP application.   Read article

1 December 2009