Carl and Richard talk to John Bennett and Colin Hicks from MSNBC along with Oren Eini about the role RavenDB has played in building applications. John talks about how MSNBC was using SQL Server essentially as a blob store, storing stories as XML documents inside of the database. The conversation digs into the challenges of running a web site with well over a billion page views a month, the impact of breaking news on traffic, and how RavenDB solves the document storage problem effectively for MSNBC.
John is a Principal Software Engineer on msnbc.com's platform team, where he builds the systems that run msnbc.com, TODAY.com and other NBC News sites. He has been writing software since 1980, and doing so professionally since co-founding a web startup in 1995. He launched the first websites for Variety, Broadcasting & Cable and Publishers Weekly magazines. He led the development of Parlo.com, which taught English, Spanish and other languages to people on all 7 continents. He later built e-commerce sites for Poland Spring, Arrowhead and other Nestlé brands. And he is one of the many thousands of developers who has failed at writing a good object-relational mapper. John is passionate about .NET, agile development, evolutionary architecture and continuous delivery. He talks about these and other software topics on the team's blog at http://development.msnbc.com and on his personal blog at http://jtbennett.com
Oren Eini is working for Hibernating Rhinos LTD, a Israeli based company producing developer productivity tools for OLTP applications such as NHibernate Profiler (nhprof.com), Linq to SQL Profiler(l2sprof.com), Entity Framework Profiler (efprof.com) and more.
Oren's main focus is on architecture and best practices that promote quality software and zero-friction development. Oren is the author of Rhino Mocks, one of the most popular mocking frameworks on the .NET platform, and is also a leading figure in other well known open source projects including the Castle project and NHibernate.
An internationally known presenter, Oren has spoken at conferences such as DevTeach, JAOO, Oredev, NDC and Progressive.NET and is the author of the book "DSLs in Boo: Domain Specific Languages in .NET", published by Manning. Oren, using his pseudonym as Ayende Rahien, is a frequent blogger at
His hobbies include reading fantasy novels, reviewing code, and writing about himself in the third person. Oren is also a Microsoft MVP, a fact that he tends to forget when writing a bio.
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