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Mitch Pronschinske09/19/13
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Overlord: The New JBoss Governance Suite

A new tool in the SOA space has recently emerged from the JBoss corner. The new project, called "Overlord" is going to bring software governance to the JBoss SOA Platform and other areas in the near future.

Mitch Pronschinske09/19/13
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Adventures in MongoDB Collection Migration

The Dropbox blog has an excellent post for anyone using MongoDB on a large scale. The tools they created, dubbed "Hydra," have been open sourced on GitHub.

Mitch Pronschinske09/18/13
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'Heroku F-ing Console' Forgot About Aliases

A while back there was some buzz and agreement around a project called "heroku-f***ing-console," which is a plugin that allows you to just type heroku console instead of heroku run console, and it provides a few other shorthands. It was overkill though. There's a much easier method he forgot about.

Mitch Pronschinske09/18/13
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Cassandra and DynamoDB Don't Need Vector Clocks

A new article on the DataStax blog provides an interesting look at why the vector clocks conflict resolution strategy isn't used in DynamoDB or Apache Cassandra, even though it was used in the early Amazon Dynamo database, which was the ancestor of both Cassandra and DynamoDB.

Mitch Pronschinske09/18/13
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Amazon's Single Point of Failure: EBS in US East

Ben Kepes wrote a very interesting piece this week on his Diversity Limited blog. He investigates a blog post that looks into the claims of AWS's fragility in the US-East-1 region, and the reason, he finds, is because Amazon builds a lot of its services on top of its Elastic Block Services:

Mitch Pronschinske09/18/13
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Blue-Green Deployments in AWS

If you're trying to follow Continuous Delivery practices, Blue-Green Deployment is definitely a pattern you need to know. AWS is an excellent environment to try them in.

Mitch Pronschinske09/17/13
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The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Apache Axis2

The author of this blog series wanted to create a guide to Apache Axis2 that made absolutely no assumptions about the reader's technical experience. In fact, you don't even need to know programming. It introduces a bunch of concepts but they are only ones you need to know for using Axis2.

Mitch Pronschinske09/17/13
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OpenContrail SDN Package Open Sourced by Juniper

Juniper launched a huge open source release for network virtualization and SDN this week. The Apache 2.0-licensed project is called "OpenContrail," and it includes an SDN controller, virtual router, analytics engine, and published northbound APIs.

Mitch Pronschinske09/16/13
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Havalo: A Zero-Config, Non-Distributed KV Store

A lot of the mainstream NoSQL data stores are not quick setups. None of them can claim to be "zero-configuration," but Mark Kolich's open source project, Havalo, can make that claim. It's specifically built for Servlet 3.0 containers such as Jetty and Tomcat.

Mitch Pronschinske09/16/13
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ZeroMQ and Node.js: A Match Made in Heaven

I found this slidedeck for "ZeroMQ with Node.js" via Patrick DuBois' twitter. Patrick is the guy who coined the term "DevOps" if you don't know. This presentation is excellent, just like Patrick said.

Mitch Pronschinske09/16/13
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Using ZeroMQ's New, Ironclad Security Features

Last week, Pieter Hintjens started writing a series on how to use new ZeroMQ security layers to build an application with "unbreakable strong security."

Mitch Pronschinske09/16/13
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OpenDaylight Reveals Plans for First Relase: Codenamed Hydrogen

It's finally time to dive deep into the OpenDaylight project! The leaders have recently announced the technical details of its upcoming first release. The first release will be codenamed "Hydrogen."

Mitch Pronschinske09/16/13
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DynamoDB - Locally Grown

Amazon's new DynamoDB Local test tool allows you to set up a client-side version of the normally cloud-based database with complete support for the DynamoDB API. It's also another way to save money on AWS.

Mitch Pronschinske09/16/13
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You Can Now Move EC2 Reserved Instances to Other AZs

If you use Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances (RIs), there's some good news from Amazon if you're looking for more control over where your data is hosted. RIs may now be moved to other Availability Zones within your region during the duration of their contracts.

Mitch Pronschinske09/15/13
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DZone Weekly Link Roundup (September 16)

Java 8's first preview is out, and don't forget about Spark, the new Java framework in town! In this week's roundup, you'll also find out about the plans for an "Eloquent JavaScript" reboot, Valve's video game sharing feature and how many people want to live on Mars.