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.
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.
You know a topic is legitimate when O'Reilly releases a book about it. Since software-defined networking is still in its early days, this is obviously not going to be a definitive, how-to guide. Instead it's position as an "authoritative" review of SDN technology.
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.
There's a nice post up on coderwall aimed at the Heroku Postgres users out there. Apparently their Data Clips feature doesn't handle large datasets well, so this quick tip is offered as a simple method for getting the data out of Postgres in a CSV format.
The latest feature added to Ansible, an open source (DevOps-y) orchestration engine, is called Accelerated Mode. Some of the improvements to that feature, which you can learn more about here, include no more required bootstrapping or ZeroMQ.
HBase has two types of "distributed mode." One being fully-distributed, with daemons spread across all nodes in the cluster, and pseudo-distributed, where there can be multiple nodes but all the daemons are running on a single node.
Jeff Atwood's new keyboard, New Zealand's new software patent law, and a new concurrent Ruby web server are just some of the stories this week. Plus, get a list of Java algorithms from Princeton and see how you can send files across browsers with WebRTC.