The Lapidary Lemur

Musings from Brandon Weaver

A Functional Programming Primer for Spark

There’s a lot of hype around Spark and Big Data in general, especially around the concepts of Functional Programming. Problem is, Functional Programming is a tall order for a standard Java programmer.

The goal of this post is to get you up to speed in the very basics of Functional Programming as they’ll later relate to Spark. I’ll be primarily covering Scala with Python alternate versions.

Sublime Scoping With Rails

Even the most ardent adherent of skinny controllers will find themselves plagued by the ferocious number of filters demanded for any non-trivial search on their models. Given enough attributes, you’ll notice your controller starting to look a little hairy

The Impersonal Interview

It’s been said time and time again, our technical interview process is broken. Lately, it’s become fashionable to attack the interview process, but little seems to be done in regards to it. This is my opinion on the matter.