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Mitch Pronschinske09/05/13
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New Amazon CLI Can Drive 25 Different Services!

If you have been using a ton of separate third-party CLI tools to manage several different AWS services, you can throw those away now. The new AWS CLI is here and it's serious business. Here's a complete list of all the services that can be controlled with the new CLI.

Mitch Pronschinske09/05/13
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Cassandra 2.0 Goes GA – Requires Java 7

The headlining features in 2.0 are lightweight transactions, CQL enhancements, and triggers. But 2.0 also features a lot of internal optimizations and improvements!

Mitch Pronschinske09/05/13
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agent_zmq – An Agent Framework for Testing ZeroMQ Apps

A cool new ZeroMQ-related project popped up last week on GitHub. It's an agent framework that tests ZeroMQ applications. It can also use Cucumber scenarios. The agent types correspond to underlying ZMQ Socket types under test. Check it out if you're using ZeroMQ.

Mitch Pronschinske09/05/13
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Amazon ElastiCache Adds Redis Support

Previously, Amazon's ElasticCache service, which turns in-memory caching engines into cloud services, was able to support only Memcached. This week they've made a major change and added support for Redis. If you're interested, here's a Redis template.

Mitch Pronschinske09/04/13
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ZeroMQ Deployment to Heroku With Rails

I found a helpful tutorial for anyone building a Ruby on Rails app for Heroku. If you are using ZeroMQ with that app or you might plan on it later, you'll want to take a look at this. It's a super-simple six-step tutorial (I wouldn't expect any less from the simplicity of Heroku deployment) and the blog looks gorgeous.

Mitch Pronschinske09/04/13
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A Conversation About OpenFlow and SDN

Allwyn Sequira, VP & CTO of Network and Security at VMware discusses OpenFlow and SDN with Guru Parulkar, the Executive Director of ONRC, ON.Lab & ONS.

Giorgio Sironi09/04/13
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How to shard a cron

On the application side, there are several singleton processes - for example cron configurations - that are usually run only once on the whole data set. For a certain category of singleton processes we can switch to a shard-like architecture that can scale first to multiple processes and when necessary to multiple servers.

Allen Coin09/04/13
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Dev of the Week: Scott Westfall

This week we bring you a Dev of the Week with a twist: We're talking to Scott Westfall, our new Director of Engineering here at DZone.

Mitch Pronschinske09/04/13
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Making Your Own Heroku (On a 7-year-old OS)

This talk is useful for any company that wants to take advantage of the 'containerized' PaaS-style deployment, made popular by Heroku, in their own private infrastructure.

Anders Abel09/04/13
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Agile is not Unplanned

It’s a common misconception that agile is unplanned, that agile is without architecture or design, that agile is without documentation. That is not true. What agile really does is to emphasize those activities and make them continuous activities instead of separate project phases.

Tom Howlett09/04/13
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To Be Effective, We Must ...

Our organizations are crippled by separation. To be effective, we must repair these broken relationships within teams and within whole organizations.

Ayende Rahien09/04/13
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Get Out of the Way, We Are Coding: Part II

Another thing that is pretty common in development cycles is the notion of who can do more. Hours, that is, rather than work. That is a pretty important distinction. In general, I appreciate work much more than hours, for the simple reason that someone doing 12 hours a day in the office usually does a lot less actual work.

Martin Hinshelwood09/04/13
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Review: The Professional ScrumMaster's Handbook

I was asked recently to review The Professional Scrum Masters Handbook. As I read this book there were times that I shouted at it and I almost stopped reading in disgust around chapter four.

Mark Morrell09/04/13
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Managing the Risks from Mobile

In this post I will cover how your organization can provide useful functionality for your employees while still mitigating or addressing the following risks:

Michael Crump09/04/13
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First Look at the FireFox OS Developer Preview Phone

I was lucky enough to get the geeksphone Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone (Keon) directly from Mozilla. This blog post will contain lots and lots of pictures with a quick summary at the end.