A few things released recently that I find interesting
rhymes Dec 5
In this post I'm going to list a few things that I find interesting for me. If I were to talk about everything I would probably finish by next year's conferences.
AWS as usual released a lot of features and improvements. Their dashboard is famously overpacked and I have no idea what half of those thing do:
Among the new features a few stroke a chord:
AWS Lambda (it's only 4 years old!) gets support for shared code and a Runtime API that allows you to write functions in whatever language. Ruby, C++, Rust, Erlang and others are all in. This is huge, especially for developers who don't want to maintain more than one environment in their distributed apps. You can read all about it here: Use Any Programming Language and Share Common Components
AWS has launched ARM based processors in their infinite offer of instance types. Using their words:
They are a great fit for scale-out workloads where you can share the load across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets.
It seems a cost effective way to scale horizontally for web apps on EC2
- AWS Firecracker (the naming department needs therapy :D) is a technology for micro virtual machines with security and isolation builtin. All cloud companies for obvious reasons (saving money and energy and improve security) are all, albeit differently, going in the same direction, see Cloudfare's isolates for example. Firecraker enables you to start the VM in 125ms occupying as little as 5MB, Lambda already uses it, you can have many of those on the same instance. Ah, and it's open source and written in Rust. You can read more about it here: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/firecracker-lightweight-virtualization-for-serverless-computing/ - This is huge in my opinion
AWS is clearly set on ruling the world (satellite as a service ? blockhain as a service ?) but I wonder how many of the hundreds of features they release each year can they actually sustain and improve and support. The feeling of "let's be in as many markets as we can at the same time" is evident, and the same principle driving the actual Amazon company.
Azure Serverless Community Library: an open source library of functions ready to use.
I feel like Azure deserves more attention :-)
Finally Flutter can use the WebView (both on Android and iOS)
Google is hiring Flutter developers. I know there a few around here so someone might be interested :D:
(the screenshot is from https://flutter.io/)
And you? What did you find interesting?