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GitHub’s DGit Improves Reliability, Performance, and Availability

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 07, 2016 1

GitHub has been quietly rolling out DGit, short for “distributed Git”, a new distributed storage system built on top of Git with the aim of improving reliability, availability, and performance of using GitHub.

LFE Brings Lisp to the Erlang Virtual Machine

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2016

After 8 years of development, Lisp Flavoured Erlang (LFE) has reached version 1.0, bringing stable support for Lisp programming on the Erlang virtual machine (BEAM). LFE was created by Robert Virding, one of the initial developers of Erlang. InfoQ has spoken with Duncan McGreggor, current maintainer of LFE.

Apache Flink 1.0.0 is Released

by Rags Srinivas on  Mar 24, 2016

InfoQ's Rags Srinivas caught up with Stephan Ewen, a project committer for Apache Flink about the 1.0.0 Release and the roadmap

Anti-Patterns Working with Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 15, 2016 4

The main problem with monolithic applications is that they are hard to scale, in terms of the application, but more importantly, in terms of the team. The main reason for a switch to microservices should be about teams, Tammer Saleh claimed at the recent QCon London conference when describing common microservices anti-patterns and solutions he has encountered.

Microservices for a Streaming World

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 14, 2016

Embrace decentralization, build service-based systems and attack the problems that come with distributed state using stream processing tools, Ben Stopford urged in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference.

Real-World Consistency Explained: Uwe Friedrichsen Discusses His Favourite Academic Papers

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 13, 2016 2

At the microXchg 2016 conference, held in Berlin, Germany, Uwe Friedrichsen presented a deep-dive into “real-world consistency explained”. Friedrichsen referenced multiple academic papers and discussed topics such as ACID vs BASE, his belief that many developers may not fully understand consistency guarantees with a typical SQL database, and how consistency affects microservice systems.

Moving from Transactions to Streams to Gain Consistency

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 13, 2016

With many databases in a system they are rarely independent from each other, instead pieces of the same data are stored in many of them. Using transactions to keep everything in sync is a fragile solution. Working with a stream of changes in the order they are created is a much simpler and more resilient solution, Martin Kleppmann stated in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference.

"Surviving Microservices" with Richard Rodger at microXchg: Messages, Pattern Matching and Failure

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 06, 2016

At the microXchg 2016 conference, held in Berlin, Germany, Richard Rodger presented “Surviving Microservices”, a practical guide for developers wanting to keep their microservices architectures ‘healthy and performant’. Key topics discussed in the talk included the benefits of message-oriented systems, pattern matching with inter-service communication, dealing with failure, and Seneca.js.

Don’t Think like an Engineer When Designing Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 29, 2016 1

When designing microservices and their APIs, you need to think like a designer focusing on the users, Nic Benders claimed in his presentation at the recent Microservices Practitioner Summit. Design the API first, then build your services with an outside-in approach.

Microservices and Teams at Amazon

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 31, 2015

The microservices pattern are changing how we build applications and team structure is extremely important to be successful in building and running these microservices, Chris Munns stated in a talk about how microservices at enterprise scale are built at Amazon at the earlier I Love APIs 2015 conference.

IronFleet: A Methodology for Proving Distributed Systems

by Abel Avram on  Dec 29, 2015

A group of researchers from Microsoft has published the paper “IronFleet: Proving Practical Distributed Systems Correct” (PDF) and made available the accompanying source code demonstrating the use of the methodology in machine proving the correctness of a non-trivial distributed system from a safety and liveliness point of view.

Yahoo! Benchmarks Apache Flink, Spark and Storm

by Abel Avram on  Dec 23, 2015

Yahoo! has benchmarked three of the main stream processing frameworks: Apache Flink, Spark and Storm.

Release of MBrace 1.0, a Distributed Programming Framework for .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 18, 2015

After several years of development, MBrace 1.0 was released last week. MBrace is a programming model for scalable cloud data scripting and programming with F# and C#. The project consists mainly of code libraries and cloud providers runtime.

Microservices Conference in Stockholm and London due Early November

by Jan Stenberg on  Oct 31, 2015

The second Microservices Conference arranged by Skills Matter is due early November with two days in Stockholm and London respectively. The list of speakers include the program lead for the conference Russ Miles, David A. Dawson, Björn Carlson, chief architect at Klarna, Viktor Klang, chief software architect at Typesafe, Ian Cooper and Daniel Bryant.

Hunk/Hadoop: Performance Best Practices

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 23, 2015

When working with Hadoop, with or without Hunk, there are a number of ways you can accidentally kill performance. While some of the fixes require more hardware, sometimes the problems can be solved simply by changing the way you name your files.

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