Alex Lines is "hacker in residence" at Betaworks. Yahoo Developer Network caught up with him in Manhattan's Madison Square Park on a breezy autumn day last month. Alex spoke about some of the things he learned from building Path 101 with co-founder Charlie O'Donnell, and about the new technologies and trends that are grabbing his attention now.
He mentions the new "No SQL" space: non-relational key value stores, distributed hash tables, products like Tokyo Cabinet, Cassandra, Voldemort, and others. He's also paying attention to core infrastructure for scaling the web, asynchronous queue servers like Gearman, and talks about the power of real-time data, like the value of location data that emerges from services like FourSquare, once you provide a social filter for context and relevance.