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  • The What and Why of Programmable Proxies

    A question which gets often asked is “What is a programmable proxy, and why do I need one?” This article tries to answer this question from different perspectives. We will start with a brief definition of what a proxy is, then discuss how proxies evolved, explaining what needs they responded to and what benefits they offered at each stage. Finally, we discuss several aspects of programmability.

  • A Recipe to Migrate and Scale Monoliths in the Cloud

    In this article, I want to present a simple cloud architecture that can allow an organization to take monolithic applications to the cloud incrementally without a dramatic change in the architecture. We will discuss the minimal requirements and basic components to take advantage of the scalability of the cloud.

  • Raft Engine: a Log-Structured Embedded Storage Engine for Multi-Raft Logs in TiKV

    In this article, authors discuss the design and implementation of Raft Engine, a log-structured embedded storage engine introduced in TiDB distributed, NewSQL database version 5.4. They also discuss the performance benefits of the engine compared to the previous implementation based on RocksDB.

  • How to Fight Climate Change as a Software Engineer

    We need to reduce and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions to stop climate change. But what role does software play, and what can software engineers do? Let’s take a look under the hood to uncover the relationship between greenhouse gas emissions and software, learn about the impact that we can have, and identify concrete ways to reduce emissions when creating and running software.

  • Chaos Engineering and Observability with Visual Metaphors

    This article introduces a new actor for visualising chaos engineering and observability: metaphors. It provides the conceptual foundations of chaos engineering and observability, presents a state of art of visualisation techniques available in the market and shows how treemaps, gauge charts, geocentric and city metaphors can enrich the spectrum of the visual strategies to observe the chaos.

  • How Psychological Safety at Work Creates Effective Software Tech Teams That Learn and Grow

    This article provides the foundations of psychological safety and shows how it has been applied for team effectiveness. It explores how psychological safety supports learning and improvement and how we can foster a psychologically safe culture in tech teams.

  • How to Best Use MTT* Metrics to Optimize Your Incident Response

    Selecting the correct MTT* metric to improve your incident response is important. If the wrong metric is chosen, the improvements may get lost in the noise of a multivariable equation. This article reviews the various MTT* metrics available and discusses the best scenarios for selecting each one.

  • Level up Your Java Performance with TornadoVM

    GPUs, FPGAs, or multi-core CPUs are present in almost every computing system today. These devices help increase performance and run more efficient workloads, but most frameworks are built on C or C++ only. At QCon Plus, Juan Fumero spoke about TornadoVM, a high-performance computing platform for the JVM, allowing to offload, at runtime, Java code to run on heterogeneous hardware accelerators.

  • Why Change Intelligence is Necessary to Effectively Troubleshoot Modern Applications

    Change Intelligence is often a missing component in incident management. Successfully correlating monitoring and observability data to arrive allows engineers to arrive at the root cause more rapidly. Telemetry provides the building blocks that enable change intelligence to identify and map the root cause, based on changes in the system and their broader impact.

  • The Next Evolution of the Database Sharding Architecture

    In this article, author Juan Pan discusses the data sharding architecture patterns in a distributed database system. She explains how Apache ShardingSphere project solves the data sharding challenges. Also discussed are two practical examples of how to create a distributed database and an encrypted table with DistSQL.

  • Why the Future of Monitoring Is Agentless

    Traditionally, monitoring software has relied heavily on agent-based approaches for extracting telemetry data from systems. Observability requires better telemetry than agents currently provide. OpenTelemetry is driving advances in this area by creating a standard format and APIs to create, transmit, and store telemetry data. This unlocks new opportunities in observability.

  • How Unnecessary Complexity Gave the Service Mesh a Bad Name

    There is immense value in adopting a service mesh, but it must be done in a lightweight manner to avoid unnecessary complexity. Take a pragmatic approach when implementing a service mesh by aligning with the core features of the technology, such as standardized monitoring and smart routing, and watching out for distractions.