Tech Guy in Midtown talks about his love for Git, writing, "I'm hooked. I'm kicking SVN to the curb." He says that the appeal of Git includes its lightweight branching, that no server is required, and that unlike Subversion, it doesn't use .svn directories.
At Bioinformatics Zen, Michael Barton recommends that computational biologists learn to use relational databases that have object relational mapping systems. Learning to use a database takes time, he says, and that's why he likes ORM as it "makes using a database easy and code simpler to write" and "the data are called in the familiar programming syntax of the language you are used to."