Amazon Web Services recently added several features to its Auto Scaling service to improve control over the managed Amazon EC2 instances. It is now possible to hook into the pending and terminating lifecycle state transitions to perform custom operations, which is also available for in service instances via a new standby state. The DetachInstances API now allows to remove instances from a group.
A Java REPL will soon be coming to a JDK near you. Robert Field, engineer on the Langtools team at Oracle, recently proposed the creation of a Java REPL ("Read-Evaluate-Print-Loop") project. After a vote, the project, known as Project Kulla was approved. A REPL is essentially a scripting shell or console, such as a UNIX shell or Groovy console, that can be used for algorithm exploration.
"Chaos Engineering", a term recently coined by Netflix, is an umbrella that embraces all Netflix's activities on controlled failure injection. Bruce Wong, Engineering Manager of Chaos Engineering at Netflix, wrote about what Chaos Engineering is, its aims, and the roadmap to achieve them. InfoQ reached Bruce to learn more.
A remote exploit (CVE-2014-6271) has been in bash discovered that potentially affects any application that uses environment variables to pass data from unsanitised content, such as CGI scripts. After the release went public, other exploits were discovered (CVE-2014-7169). Official patches have been released to fix them. (Originally posted 24 September, updated 25, 26 and 29 September)
The recent vulnerabilities in the Bash shell initially stemmed from a remote execution exploit, which was patched and made available through responsible disclosure before being announced. However, since the initial release there have been other flaws detected which became zero day threats. What exactly was the problem with Shellshock, and is it truly fixed? InfoQ explains what happened.
CloudBees have announced they are exiting the PAAS business to focus on Enterprise Jenkins. With this new focus, they have resigned from the Java Community Process Executive Committee.
Puppet Labs has announced at its PuppetConf conference the launch of the Puppet Approved program, to recognize those Puppet modules with more quality and active development, more Puppet Enterprise supported modules, as well as a new partner network.
Puppet Labs is holding its annual PuppetConf conference where it has announced a faster next-generation Puppet Server, with new management and reporting capabilities for their Puppet Enterprise product, and the launch of new Puppet Apps.
Microsoft has announced a new family of virtual machines called D-Series that offers better memory, CPU and faster I/O. With this Azure joins the club of elite IaaS providers with SSD backed storage.
Oracle have announced the relaunch of Project Jigsaw, devoted to bringing full modularity to the Java Platform.
Continuous deployment helps organizations in delivering high quality software fast through build, test and deployment automation. It gives earlier return on investment, earlier feedback and easy process of deployment. Is continuous deployment also good from business perspective?
Public cloud provider DigitalOcean recently announced support for CoreOS, the new Docker-centric Linux distribution. CoreOS is growing in popularity as container-based development goes mainstream, and DigitalOcean is part of a growing pool of providers that support this unique operating system.
Google Chrome no longer supports window.showModalDialog, breaking several enterprise apps such as OWA, EAC, SAP, and others.
Basho, the creator and developer of Riak, a highly available, distributed, NoSQL database, has announced the release of Riak 2.0. This new version, over a year in the making, contains a number of significant updates including a redesigned search implementation, new distributed data types, optional strong consistency guarantees, security features, and a number of other improvements.
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