John Bohn

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Weekly Picks: 2014-07-14

I’m trying something new. Posting my evernote web clips from the past week. We’ll see if I can do it every week. I’m going to give it my best.

Amazon Cognito

http://aws.amazon.com/cognito/

This looks like Amazon play at being a SSO as a Service. I always thought they were going to try to merge it in with IAM, but I can see why they didn’t. They are very different things. The cool thing is that you can store and sync across devices apparently. I don’t know much about the service yet, but definitely plan on checking it out soon.

Amazon Zocalo

http://aws.amazon.com/zocalo/

Amazon’s second offering this week. It looks like it’s they’re offering to compete with Google Drive and potentially dropbox. Seems like a decent multi-user real time document contribution service. I kind of doubt that I’ll be using it any time soon though.

XDomain

https://github.com/jpillora/xdomain

Looks like a way to get around CORs purely in the browser. Have no idea how it works, but it caught my eye,

Coreutils View

https://github.com/Xfennec/cv

This was pretty cool. It adds progress monitoring to a few coreutil commands (cp, mv, dd, tar, gzip, cat, etc). Going to give this a show. You run the command after you run the other commands though. I wonder if you could integrate it in the tmux bar?

Postgres 9.5 – IMPORT FOREIGN SCHEMA

http://michael.otacoo.com/postgresql-2/postgres-9-5-feature-highlight-import-foreign-schema/

Just want it sounds like. Create a table from a foriegn schema.

New Raspberry PI (model B+)

http://www.raspberrypi.org/introducing-raspberry-pi-model-b-plus/

Seems neat. I don’t have a raspberry pi, but I’ve been considering one to run a monitor a company dashboard locally. Probably overkill, but who cares :).

TLDR;: * More GPIO * More USB * Micro SD * Lower power consumption * Better audio * Neater form factor

Polyglot

https://github.com/sausheong/polyglot

I have no idea what this is really supposed to be. I gave it a very brief scan. Seems like it’s trying to be a single web framework to run multiple programming languages under. No idea how that’s supposed to work. Sounds cool though. I’ll probably give it a look given all the SOA related things I’ve been doing lately.

Bitly: Scaling to 6 billion clicks a month

http://highscalability.com/blog/2014/7/14/bitly-lessons-learned-building-a-distributed-system-that-han.html http://devslovebacon.com/conferences/bacon-2014/talks/lessons-learned-building-distributed-systems-at-bitly

Overview about lessons learned at Bitly. I need to give the talk (the second link) a good watch this weekend.

Algorithm: The Hacker Movie

http://www.thehackermovie.com/

Do you even need to ask? Cap’n Crunch liked it. Of course I’m going to watch it.

New Parallella boards

http://www.parallella.org/2014/07/14/new-parallella-product-offerings/

If a new Raspberry PI wasn’t enough, there are new Parallella’s as well. Probably won’t buy one for a bit, but interested. One of them is actually touted as be a “Desktop” personal computer. I call bullshit given the spec, but what the heck, who knows.

SQLite: Small. Fast. Reliable.

http://charlesleifer.com/blog/sqlite-small-fast-reliable-choose-any-three-/

Nice little article reminding us that SQLite is actually a cool little DB.

Google’s Project Zero

http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/07/announcing-project-zero.html

Google’s going to help keep us all safe on the internet now. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on here. I think they’re just putting a bunch of security researchers in a room and trying to beat black hats to zero day vulnerabilities.

iTerm 2 (2.0)_

http://www.iterm2.com/news.html

Version 2.0 of iTerm 2 (is there an echo?) dropped this week. I’ve already used triggers to try to help me stop typing full commands that I have aliases for. I’m also going to give a look at the tmux integration. I’ll probably just stick with my vanilla tmux, but who knows. It could be cool.

The Tao of Programming

http://www.mit.edu/~xela/tao.html

Totally forgot about this. Always a classic though. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it. It’s worth it.

Why We Use OCaml

http://tech.esper.com/2014/07/15/why-we-use-ocaml/

I know next to nothing about OCaml, but after reading this, I know a little more than I did.

Official Google Analytics iPhone App

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-analytics/id881599038?mt=8

Looks pretty slick. If I used Google Analytics more, I’d be all over it. Soon enough I’ll pull it down and try it.

Learn facts while pulling code changes

https://coderwall.com/p/hvfvva

A colleague of mine at AlphaSights wrote an awesome pro tip on coderwall. Check it out and learn something with every pull.

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