What’s The Best Restful Web API Framework? – Part 5

What’s The Best Restful Web API Framework? – Part 5

Student support: What is it good for? and how much do we spend?

Who's up in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Analytics?

Who's up in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Analytics?

How to get free SSL Certificates

How to get free SSL Certificates

I recently discovered a free service that can provide SSL certificates. It's called Let's Encrypt and in the correct use cases, it's a great tool to have in your developer's arsenal. At this point, I should point out a few things worth knowing. The certificate has a...

Gamification Basics – what is it really?

We all love making engaging and useful things, for me it's applications. A huge aspect of most applications is interacting with users, and encouraging those users to interact with you. It would be even better if the user could have a great time while using your...

Building Scalable Applications in AWS

Building Scalable Applications in AWS

Auto scaling is an old selling point for AWS and cloud services in general, but a surprising number of production applications don't auto-scale. There are several legitimate reasons for this: Applications have a very fixed input/output and have no reason to scale....

DynamoDB vs MongoDB: Battle of the NoSQL Databases

DynamoDB vs MongoDB: Battle of the NoSQL Databases

Here at Optimal, we are currently working on some microservice management software. Part of my work on this project has been implementing some database classes for message brokers to interact with. So far I’ve implemented classes for DynamoDB and MongoDB: two NoSQL...

What's New in ODE version 4

What's New in ODE version 4

A new version (version 4) of ODE is now available for download! ODE, Optimal Data Engine, is our open source product for building a Data Vault. Anyone can download it, install on their instance of SQL Server and develop a Data Vault of their own. New features include:...