Have you heard of Yokozuna? It's an awesome new feature of Riak. It bakes in a Solr instance to run with each Riak node in your cluster. Software blogger Drew Kerrigan has created a tutorial to build a robust search engine on the Sinatra micro framework using this feature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.