With IBM getting involved in Cloud Foundry contributions, you can expect some new sparks of innovation soon in the platform. Here's a new video that introduces a build pack that will integrate the widely-used WebSphere application server.
The Cisco Cloud Index Report of 2013 introduces some new areas of growth in the IT and developer job market. Specifically, it looks at which technologies will probably require more qualified engineers in the next few years. SDN is one.
Travis CI, if you haven't heard of it, is a free, hosted CI server for open source software. If you've been thinking about taking a break from Jenkins, Travis CI is a hot new tool that you should look at.
Just this week, Tim Dysinger became the author of the first comprehensive blog tutorial that I've seen on Nanomsg. Along with some helpful GitHub code, you should check out the the article to get a great crash course in using this brand new tech.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.