Farmville’s Contribution to Society

Well, not exactly Farmville, but rather the makers of the game, Zynga. Together with a couple other developers, they created Membase, a NoSQL database to power the back-end of their game. The beauty of it is that it is available as an open source product. Powerful tools like this aren’t always cheap, but it’s great to see companies making excellent technology and sharing it with the rest of us.