Here is my latest editorial for the February 2014 issue of php[architect] magazine:
Masters of Data
Conquering data is a daunting task. Not only do you need to generate the data, but you need to store it efficiently. (And don’t forget to validate it when you receive it and clean it before you send it into storage!) Never fear, though, there are lots of tools to help you on your quest. If you are looking for a place to store your data and are considering a graph database, be sure to check out Damien’s article on Neo4j. This is the second part of a two-part article, so make sure you read part one in last month’s issue before continuing with this month’s article. Have your data in a relational database but wish you’d used NoSQL? Benjamin has some tips to help you migrate your data into NoSQL. Or maybe you have your data set and stored, but only in one language. Steve will introduce you to a handy translation proxy to help you make your data available in multiple languages. Have a storage solution but need some test data to fill it? Matthew has an easy way to generate that test data.
Once you have your data generated, translated, and stored, be sure to stop by and hear what Aaron has to say about paying attention to details while coding. Looking to increase your Laravel knowledge? Dirk will show you how built-in generators will jump-start your Laravel development, and Eli wraps things up with a discussion on elegant solutions.