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  • Build a continuously deliverable data migration pipeline with the SQLizer API

    With SQLizer it takes just 4 steps to get your data from any proprietary platform with an API for data export (e.g. MongoDB, Mixpanel, or Salesforce) into a MySQL or MS SQL Server database. ​ Following the API instructions provided by the platform that you want to migrate data from,...

  • How can you navigate the database technology maze?

    Before we begin let’s take a moment to remember the poor soul who accidentally deleted the production database on their first day. While it was junior who deleted the database, it’s the seniors in charge of database credentials and onboarding who are ultimately responsible. But the data technology landscape increasingly...

  • Is it possible to host Facebook on AWS?

    Facebook has been around since 2004. In the years since, the company, now one of the five US tech giants, has moved from a single server running in a dorm room to seven purpose-built data centres dotted around the globe. It’s likely there are more planned for coming years as...

  • How big were the first hard drives?

    Throughout human history we’ve found ways to increase our individual and collective data storage. It began with our own memories and moved on to cave paintings. Then spoken language, the written word, and numbers: all massively increased our collective storage of knowledge, of data. The printing press and libraries were...

  • Easily extract Salesforce data using APIs

    Your valuable company data is in Salesforce and you’ve been tasked with getting it outta there and safe and sound into your own MySQL or MS SQL databases. After all, nobody wants their precious data fragmented across third party services. Sadly, Salesforce doesn’t currently have the option to connect directly...

  • A brief history of JSON

    JavaScript Object Notation, or JSON to you and me, was popularized by a man who made video games at Atari in the 1980s. But more on that later. In the 15 years it’s been around, JSON has replaced XML as the file format for transferring data on the web. A...

  • The decade of fierce database debate

    The great NoSQL vs SQL flamewars of a few years ago may have calmed down, but what did we learn? ​ Aside from the fact that arguing on the internet doesn’t get anyone anywhere, maybe not much at all. If anything, the market is even more confusing now than ever...

  • SQLizer or script for database migration?

    Developers are SQLizer’s main customers and you’d be forgiven, as a developer, for thinking “why don’t I just write a DB converter script myself?” Yet it’s really not so simple. Getting a script to work some of the time is different from it working 98% of the time. But if...

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