Link-of-the-day

Chef InSpec

Security has been at the front of peoples minds these last few years, but the tooling to keep on top of it has been difficult to use. This tool from Chef looks interesting. It allows you to define various security rules for your system and audit them in an automated way as part of your pipeline.

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Cilium

Cilium is an interesting project to look at if you are doing microservices. It provides a layer 7 aware security layer on top of something like Istio (among other deployment targets). This allows you to define which specific endpoints should be accessible by which pods, etc.

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Flagr

Doing feature flags in a microservices environment? Check out Flagr…

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Open Source Tools for APM

Most people have a need for APM in their platform, but many folks are unaware of how many good open-source tools are available in this space. OpenAPM.io is a cool tool you can use to see what is available that fits into your tech stack.

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CloudEvents

I’ve been seeing CloudEvents coming up more and more these last few months. Basically it is a standard for event envelopes that is intended to provide some level of interoperability between services that publish events.

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Prophet

Now THIS is useful… Imaging a tool that lets you take your historical data and can make future looking forecasts, taking into account seasonality, holidays, etc. Sound too good to be true? Read on…

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Is High Quality Software Worth the Cost?

As usual, Martin cuts to the chase. In this piece, he dives into the quality tradeoffs businesses THINK they are making, versus the ones they actually ARE making…

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'How tall is the tower in Paris?' How Bing knows its about the Eiffel Tower

Having done quite a bit of search work over the years, I think it is safe to say that this is an interesting development. It seems to be using deep learning to learn embeddings that can be leveraged to improve search results. Perhaps these techniques can be incorporated into Lucene…

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Android Developer Roadmap 2019

I have to admit I love these developer roadmaps that people have been putting together. They list the keys skills one needs in order to be effective in a given area of software development and lays them out in a way that makes it clear what you should learn next. Well done!

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PostgreSQL Features You May Not Have Tried But Should

PostgreSQL is our favorite go-to database. It is free and comes with so many advanced features. This article by the folks over at pgDash goes over some lesser known, but useful, features.

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