Google have announced general availability of their Cloud SQL service. At launch the service comes with automatic encryption of customer data, a 99.95% uptime SLA and support for databases up to 500GB in size.
The patterns & practices group at Microsoft have released a guide with solutions and patterns suitable when implementing cloud-hosted applications. The guide contains ten guidance topics together with 24 design patterns targeting eight categories of problems covering common areas in cloud application development. Also included are ten sample applications to demonstrate the usage these patterns.
UC Berkeley’s AMPLab announced a developer preview of their new project SparkR to use Apache Spark natively from R.
Parse, acquired by Facebook a few months ago, has recently open-sourced a collection of low-level libraries for Android and iOS collectively called Bolts. According to Parse announcement, Bolts is the outcome of the joint Parse/Facebook effort to consolidate small, low-level utility classes that both companies had already developed on their own.
Google has recently released their complete definition of coding standards for Java source code. These are hard-and-fast rules that are clearly enforceable, and are followed universally within Google. It covers not only formatting, but other types of conventions and coding standards.
Recently, Marvel has made available a public API and a RESTful service which provides access to their comics metadata.
In the race for interactive SQL in Big Data environments, there are two open source based front-runners, Impala and Hive with the Stinger project. Cloudera recently announced that Impala is up to 69 times faster than Hive 0.12 and can outperform DBMS. Other than raw speed, we take a look at other considerations in choosing a SQL engine for Hadoop and also Tez, an application framework for YARN.
LinkedIn’s DataFu project, a collection of libraries for Hadoop, has now officially entered the incubation status at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) since the first week of January.
The W3C RDF Working Group has moved the JSON-LD and JSON-LD 1.0 Processing Algorithms and API standards forward to recommended status. JSON-LD is a standard to add "linked data" semantics to JSON.
For 2014 we have made topic pages available through RSS, so you can be using your RSS reader to follow your favorite topics.
The eighth annual QCon London (March 3-7) will feature in-depth presentations and case studies from NASA, Netflix, Twitter, The Financial Times, Etsy, and others. Hear industry practitioners on topics like Architecture, DevOps, Performance & Scalability, Agile, Java, and more. The conference schedule is now final and live. Register by Feb 5th and save £149.
Oracle software engineer Paul Sandoz is asking the public to weigh in on the controversial library sun.misc.Unsafe by responding to a Survey Monkey survey. The debate centers around whether Unsafe, under scrutiny due to its divergence from the Java credo of safe memory management, should be mainstreamed.
Microsoft is offering previews of libraries for accessing Azure Active Directory for iOS and Android. These libraries are being released on github under the Apache 2 license.