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The Best of the Week (Jan. 3): Big Data Zone

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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Big Data Zone (Jan. 3 to Jan. 9). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. Why Your Boring Data Will Outlast Your Sexy New Technology

So you’re playing around with all those sexy new technologies, enjoying yourself. That's fine, to a certain extent. You are free to choose whatever technology you like. In this article, though, the author argues that sexy new technologies can distract from what's truly important, which is data.

2. Bulk Fetching with Hibernate

If you need to process large database result sets from Java, you can opt for JDBC to give you the low level control required. On the other hand, if you are already using an ORM in your application, falling back to JDBC might cause some pain. Fortunately, most ORMs, like Hibernate, have options to help you with that.

3. The Top 10 Articles of 2013: Big Data Zone

Rather than the best of the week this week, let's take a look at the most popular articles Big Data had to offer in 2013. The year's best include Google's Big Data papers, the basics of creating a MapReduce program with Hadoop, a hashmap internal implementation analysis in Java, and much more.

4. Working with R and Vim

The author is a long-time Vim user, just starting to use R, and has found that RStudio is the best tool for working with R. However, it's awkward to work with a modeless editor when you're used to Vim. Then, the author found the Vim-R plugin.

5. Hubway Data Visualization Challenge Entry: The Flow of Bikers

Recently, Hubway finished its Data Visualization Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to create appealing visualizations that provide Hubway with cool insights in how customers are using their bikes. As the author had 8 hours to spare on a flight to New York, he decided to give it a go.

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