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.
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.
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.
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.
There have been some updates to the relatively new project, EC2Box, which provides a web-based SSH console for managing Amazon EC2 instances. Since EC2Box is forked from Netflix's Cloud-Prize, I'd definitely have a look.
Since software defined networking is mainly controlled through applications instead of ports, that's where industry-watchers expect network engineers to be doing more of their interaction with the network in the future, not through the command-line interface.
Music services (and really any sort of entertainment databases with genres) are becoming prime candidates for graph databases. Decibel is the latest company to realize that the RDBMS they started with is not going to be the most efficient model for data as they scale out their application.
Heroku recently posted their Security Researcher Hall of Fame, where they are publicly thanking all of the third-party security researchers that have responsibly disclosed vulnerabilities that Heroku then fixed.