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Rounding 'Em All Up: 2017 in Databases!

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Rounding 'Em All Up: 2017 in Databases!

It's the end of this year in databases as we know it! Here are the most popular articles on DZone from this year, some of the biggest database news that broke in 2017, and more.

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Welcome back! In my last Database deep dive, we talked about database administration and all the things you need to know about it, such as what the future holds for DBAs and how to work Agile methodologies into your database administration practices. This time around, since we're wrapping up 2017, we'll be looking at some of the most popular database articles on DZone from this year, the top news that happened in the world of databases, and more. We'll also, as always, provide you with some more detailed resources and job information so that you can start your new year full of knowledge and start effectively hunting for that job that really makes you happy.

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Happy Database Days on DZone

Check out some of the top Database Zone articles on DZone that were published in 2017. Here, you'll find everything from stories of switching databases to the pros and cons of normalization.

  1. The Jealous Process [Comic] by Daniel Stori. Ahh, of course, one of our top Database Zone posts from this year is a comic from the very talented Daniel Stori (who was also DZone's Reader's Choice for Favorite Author of 2017!).

  2. Why We Moved From NoSQL MongoDB to PostgreSQL by Avi Cavale. Learn about a journey from database to database that started with small problems... but then along came the knockout punch. Finally, Postgres came to the rescue. Read on to live the adventure! 

  3. How to Calculate Multiple Aggregate Functions in a Single Query by Lukas Eder. We often need to create queries that aggregate data, but how do we go about doing several of them in a single query? Is there even a performant way to do so? 

  4. Pros and Cons of Database Normalization by Darren Perucci. To normalize or not to normalize? Find out when the normalization of a database is helpful and when it is not at all helpful.

  5. The Top Resources for Understanding Graph Theory and Algorithms by Amy Hodler. Interested in expanding your knowledge of graph theory, or even getting started with it? This post is a must-read for anyone even remotely curious about graph theory.

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Database News That Broke in 2017

I've rounded up some of the biggest news in the database world that broke this year. Do you agree with this list? Should something else have been included or should something have not been included at all? Let me know in the comments!

  • Amazon Aurora, a new serverless database from AWS. This news broke just a few weeks ago, but I'd say it's the biggest thing to happen to databases this year. According to AWS, "Amazon Aurora is a MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database built for the cloud that [...] is up to five times faster than standard MySQL databases and three times faster than standard PostgreSQL databases." To learn more about it, click the previous link or check out this article on DZone, which also includes other announcements from AWS re:Invent.

  • Republican National Committee Contractor's Data for More Than 198 Million Voters Exposed Online. This one represents more of a time for databases and database security. A database containing personal information of over 198 million U.S. voters was exposed to the public for a period of 12 whole days. Ouch.

  • BMI and ASCAP Announce Creation of New Musical Works Database. Let's lighten up the load a bit and talk about some cool stuff happening in the world of music and the world of databases. Two leading performing rights organizations are coming together to create a "comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories." Sounds awesome! I'm anxiously awaiting this one.

Dive Deeper Into Database

Get smarter in 2o18! DZone has Guides and Refcardz on pretty much every tech-related topic, but if you're specifically interested in databases, these will appeal the most to you. 

Jobs for the Database Aficionado

Below are a few jobs that may pique your interest if you're a databaser looking to take your skills to a new place. These won't be here forever, so check them out and apply today! (PS: If you don't see anything you like here, you can check out our Job Board with a lot more listings!)

Senior Database Engineer
Thomson Reuters
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Experience: Experience providing primary support for critical, complex production MS SQL databases as well as reviewing and executing changes including DDL, database configuration changes, patching, and well-defined, well-documented upgrades. 

Senior Consulting Engineer, Southeast
Location: Atlanta, GA or Charlotte, NC
Experience: 5+ years of software development/consulting/support experience; experience administering databases such as MongoDB, Oracle, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, or MarkLogic.

That's all for my round-ups for this year! What would you like to learn about next time? Let us know in the comments!

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