Amazon Web Services (AWS) has recently integrated the AWS Trusted Advisor into the AWS Management Console and made four security and service limit checks available at no charge. Additional checks from the security, performance, fault tolerance and cost optimization categories remain part of their Business and Enterprise support tiers.
Facebook engineers Slobodan Predolac and Nicolas Spielberg have recently described how they "solved a long-term mobile debugging problem and reduced the crash rate ... by more than 50 percent." In the process, they show general useful techniques and a few Facebook tools that can help with large, rapidly evolving codebases.
Google has unveiled their new data-warehouse called Mesa. Mesa is a system that scales across multiple data centers and processes petabytes of data, while being able to respond to queries in sub-second time and maintain ACID properties.
Leading application performance monitoring vendor AppDynamics released version 3.9 of their flagship "Application Intelligence Platform" monitoring tool. Highlights of the release include big data analysis and machine learning to provide intuitive, scalable performance monitoring. InfoQ spoke to Maneesh Joshi, head of product marketing and strategy at AppDynamics
CoreOS has announced the first CoreOS stable release, CoreOS 367.1.0, including Linux 3.15.2 and Docker 1.0.1, and supported across several platforms through the CoreOS Managed Linux product.
Martin Thompson answers a few questions about the opportunity for developers and architects to introduce custom protocols to their system's interaction points.
At the Bacon Conference last May, bitly Lead Application Developer Sean O'Connor explained the most relevant lessons bitly developers learned while building a distributed system that handles 6 billions clicks per month.
Last week Vaughn Vernon published Dotsero, a .NET actor model toolkit that follows the Akka API and earlier this year a preview of the Orleans framework based on the Actor model was released by Microsoft Research. In a recent twitter discussion Vaughn and Sergey Bykov, lead of the Orleans project at Microsoft Research, discussed the different approaches taken in Orleans and Dotsero.
Group performance reviews, bonuses and rewards in agile teams to promote team culture.
3scale launched APITools in the month of April this year targeted at API consumers. InfoQ spoke to 3scale management regarding motivation and underlying technology among other things and walked away with some interesting insights as well as upcoming initiatives to involve the community.
Go 1.3 has been released after almost 3 months of beta. The new version has no language changes over 1.2, but comes with several performance improvements, support for running command-line programs under Native-Client and several other enhancements.
The Google "Fun Propulsion Labs" team has recently open-sourced FlatBuffers. Built especially to support performance needs of game developers, FlatBuffers stores serialized data in buffers which can be either stored in files or transferred across the network as-is, without any parsing overhead.
Causal Consistency models offer an alternative Eventual Consistency for distributed systems; both models should be weighed against your system's requirements and risk tolerance.
Performance is one of the benefits that Apple claims its new Swift programming language should bring to OS X and iOS developers, and being in beta hasn't prevented independent developers from running benchmarks and reporting their findings. Perhaps unsurprisingly these show that in some cases Swift performance is not yet satisfactory.
Hadoop Summit Day Two report covers the important trends and changes from last year's summit. It also covers the important announcements of the day in relation to this year's trending topics. This report shares an analysis of the Hadoop market by leading analysts, competing benchmarks by vendors and platform specific innovations and announcements.