podcast February 11, 2022

China’s only female Apache member on the rise of open source in China (Ep. 414)

We also cover the good kind of database fragmentation.

We chat with Trista (Juan) Pan, CTO and co-founder, and Yacine Si Tayeb, head of international operations, both of SphereEX, about their open-source product Apache ShardingSphere. Sharding splits a database into smaller distributed databases to spread query load across multiple servers. We talk about the complexities that arise with large databases, the rise of open source in China, and how Trista’s position as the only female Apache member in China can help other women get into technology. 

Episode notes

SphereEX builds distributed data systems, making it easier for organizations to load balance massive data stores across multiple servers. 

Now that open-source software has taken over Western software, it’s China’s turn. Even big companies like Baidu and Bytedance are opening up their projects. 

Trista is the only female Apache member in China, which is both an honor and a demonstration of how much work needs to be done to support women in STEM. 

This episode’s Lifeboat badge shoutout goes to swati kiran for her answer to Error: EACCES: permission denied, mkdir ‘/usr/local/lib/node_modules/node-sass/build’.

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