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  • Chef Infra 16 Released with Resource Partials and YAML Support

    Chef has announced the release of Chef Infra 16 with a number of new features to improve creating, customizing, and updating Chef policies. This release includes YAML support for recipes, new functionality to reduce code duplication, and improvements to how Chef Infra handles mixed custom resources.

  • How Shopify Migrated to a Modular Monolith

    Kirsten Westeinde, senior engineer at Shopify, discussed the evolution of Shopify into a modular monolith at Shopify Unite 2019. This included using the design payoff line to decide when to make this change, how it was achieved, and also why microservices were ruled out as a target architecture.

  • AWS Lambda Layers and Runtime API: beyond Officially Supported Runtimes

    AWS re:Invent 2018 had numerous announcements of new features and services, including Lambda Layers, to centrally manage code and data shared across functions, and the Lambda Runtime API, expanding Lambda beyond JavaScript to any programming language.

  • How Coinbase Handled Scaling Challenges on Their Cryptocurrency Trading Platform

    Coinbase, a digital currency exchange, faced scaling challenges on their platform during the 2017 cryptocurrency boom. The engineering team focused on upgrading and optimizing MongoDB, traffic segregation for hotspots to resolve them, and building capture and replay tools to prepare for future surges.

  • Oracle Releases GraalVM 1.0, a Polyglot Virtual Machine and Platform

    Oracle has announced the 1.0 release of GraalVM, a polyglot virtual machine and platform. The initial release includes the capability to run Java and JVM languages (via bytecode) as well as full support for JavaScript and Node.JS, with beta support for Ruby, Python and R code.

  • Ruby 2.5.0 Overview

    Following the Christmas tradition for sixth year in a row, a new major release was released on December 25th. Ruby 2.5.0 features several performance related improvements improving performance by 5-10%. On library support, standard libraries have been promoted to default gems. yield_self and testing, no more require pp lines, and others are reviewed in the article.

  • Sonatype Acquires Vor Security to Expand Nexus Open-Source Component Support

    Sonatype announced the acquisition of Vor Security to extend their open-source component intelligence solutions’ coverage to include Ruby, PHP, CocoaPods, Swift, Golang, C, and C++.

  • Moving Deliveroo from a Monolith to a Distributed System

    Deliveroo has grown dramatically the last years, both in terms of business and IT, and is facing a lot of technical challenges with its large monolithic application. The solution is to go distributed, but without microservices, Greg Beech noted in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference, describing their move from a monolith into a distributed system.

  • Continuous Updating Tool VersionEye Now Open Source

    VersionEye open-sourced its eponymous continuous integration tool that helps with updated project dependencies. Coined "continuous updating", the tool provides update notifications, licence checking and security vulnerabilities information for many software libraries. By open-sourcing the software, VersionEye founder Robert Reiz intends to increase trust and transparency of the code base.

  • GitHub's Scientist Aims to Help Refactoring Critical Paths

    GitHub has just made available Scientist 1.0, a Ruby library that will help developers refactor or rewrite their code with confidence, writes GitHub engineer Jesse Toth, and that was used at GitHub over the last few years for a number of projects. InfoQ has spoken with Toth.

  • Preview of New Features in Ruby 2.3.0

    Nearly one year after Ruby 2.2.0 release, the first preview of Ruby 2.3.0 has been announced. Ruby 2.3.0 Preview1 introduces new features such as immutable string literals, null coalescing operator, and more.

  • Introducing DDD in a Project at “Which?”

    After failing with two proof of concept, mainly with scalability issues, when trying to renew their main website the business decided to take a more agile and incremental approach and in a restart of the project inspired by Domain-Driven Design (DDD) having developers talk with domain experts, Chris Patuzzo explains describing the principles of DDD in the context of a real project.

  • JRuby 9000 Released Featuring Ruby 2.2 Compatibility

    JRuby released version 9000, the ninth release of the popular implementation of Ruby for the Java Virtual Machine. InfoQ speaks to Charles Oliver Nutter co-lead of the JRuby project and senior engineer at Red Hat about the release and about Ruby in general.

  • Parse Got a Tenfold Reliability Improvement Moving from Ruby to Go

    In order to improve scalability, Parse moved part of their services, including their API, from Ruby on Rails to Go, Charity Majors, Engineer at Parse, recounts. In doing so, both their reliability and deployment times benefited greatly.

  • Maven Escapes from XML

    The recently released Maven 3.3.1 adds support for core extensions to be added to a project through additional metadata as well as using alternatives to the eponymous pom.xml file for building. This has been used to create build scripts for JRuby that build upon Maven but use a JRuby script to represent dependencies and plugins.


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