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EMRFS Brings Consistency to Amazon S3

by Jérôme Serrano on  Jan 27, 2015

Amazon recently announced EMRFS, an implementation of HDFS that allows EMR clusters to use S3 with a stronger consistency model. When enabled, this new feature keeps track of operations performed on S3 and provides list consistency, delete consistency and read-after-write-consistency, for any cluster created with Amazon Machine Image (AMI) version 3.2.1 or greater.

Don’t Share Code Between Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 25, 2015 12

Reasons for building microservices are often about using isolation as a means to handle change. Sharing code between services couples your services to each other reducing the effectiveness of the isolation and the ability to handle change, David Dawson writes in a series of blog posts questioning the Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY) principle in connection with microservices.

Using the "Worse is Better" Concept with Agile and Lean

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2015

Less functionality can make a better product according to the “Worse is Better” concept described 25 years ago by Richard P. Gabriel. According to Kevlin Henney and Frank Buschmann we can learn from the worse is better concept for development and architecture with agile and lean.

RESTier: A New Framework for Building OData Services

by Abel Avram on  Jan 09, 2015

The Microsoft OData Team has made available the preview version of RESTier, a middleware development framework for building OData 4.0 RESTful APIs. RESTier is based on ASP.NET Web API.

Distributed, Fault Tolerant Transactions in NoSQL

by Benjamin Darfler on  Jan 08, 2015

Five years ago many NoSQL databases were pre version 1.0 and when, it came to the CAP tradeoff, choosing availability over consistency was in vogue. Fast forward to today and distributed, fault tolerant transactions are moving into the fore as a new round of NoSQL databases seek to redefine our NoSQL expectations.

Microservices, Containers and Docker

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 31, 2014

Working with a microservices architecture creating small services with a need for light-weight mechanisms, independent deployment, scalability and portability, a container technology like Docker can provide an ideal environment for deployment of these services with respect to speed, isolation management, and lifecycle.

jQuery Takes Over the Pointer Events Polyfill from Google

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2014 1

The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”

State of the Art in Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 29, 2014 1

Moving to Continuous Delivery and speeding things up, the rate of change have increased at the same time as the cost, size and risk of change has reduced, an DevOps and agile transformation, and a containerization that is very compelling for businesses of nowadays, Adrian Cockcroft explained in his keynote at the recent Docker conference in Amsterdam.

Experiences and Good Practices from Hackathons

by Ben Linders on  Dec 27, 2014

Hackathons are events where developers work together during a fixed period to collaboratively develop software. They provide learning opportunities and space for developers and organizations sponsoring the hackathons to network and have some fun.

Restlet 2.3 Released, Featuring Java 7, SPDY and CORS Support

by Matt Raible on  Dec 26, 2014

Restlet has released version 2.3 of its Restlet Framework. This release is largely an effort to update the project's dependencies and to improve its API documentation and management. Restlet has been developing a comprehensive API platform with Restlet Studio (a web IDE for building APIs), APISpark (a PaaS for building API's), as well as Restlet Framework (its open source offering.)

New and Interesting on ThoughtWorks Radar Jan 2015

by Abel Avram on  Dec 19, 2014 2

ThoughtWorks has published a digital preview of the January 2015 radar, providing opinion on techniques, tools, platforms and languages and taking a snapshot of the current trends in software technology.

Splice Machine Version 1.0 Supports Integration with Hadoop and Analytic Window Functions

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 18, 2014

Splice Machine version 1.0 supports analytic window functions and integration with Hadoop ecosystem. Splice Machine team recently released their Hadoop based RDBMS data management solution that can be used for transactional workloads on Hadoop.

Monoliths from a Microservices Perspective

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 18, 2014

There is a strong trend for microservice based architectures and frequent discussions comparing them to monoliths, Robert Annett explains and defines a monolith as an architectural style or a pattern using three basic viewtypes for characterization.

LinkedIn Open Sources Cubert With an Eye To Big Data Analytics

by Alex Giamas on  Dec 17, 2014

LinkedIn recently open sourced Cubert, its High Performance Computation Engine for Complex Big Data Analytics. Cubert is a framework written for analysts and data scientists in mind.Developed completely in Java and expressed as a scripting language, Cubert is designed for complex joins and aggregations that frequently arise in the reporting world.

Gobblin, LinkedIn's Unified Data Ingestion Platform

by Mikio Braun on  Dec 15, 2014

At the 2014 QCon San Francisco conference, LinkedIn's Lin Qiao gave a talk on their Gobblin project (also summarized in a blog post) that is a unified data ingestion system for their internal and external data sources.

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