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January 31, 2014: This Week at Engine Yard

We’ve been focusing on a lot of stack work (especially database stacks), provisioning improvements, and other projects that will reveal themselves shortly. Here’s what we released this week! --Tasha Drew, Product Manager Engineering Updates Access Control by Environment The access control feature we first released into early access in December has been...

The Security of Open Source: The benefit of the process-enabled community

Note: Here's another guest post from our friends at Black Duck, specifically Phil Marshall. Phil brings over 10 years’ experience in both product and services marketing as well as over a decade of experience in the high-tech publishing space with publications including Dr. Dobb’s Journal and Byte magazine. Prior to joining Black Duck, Phil was Director...

January 24, 2014: This Week at Engine Yard

Mid-January and we’re pushing out a bunch of updates and improvements to our various stacks, with plans for a new Gentoo stack and Ubuntu stacks getting close to GA release. It’s a distro party! --Tasha Drew, Product Manager Engineering Updates We’ve pushed out updates to PostgreSQL 9.2 & 9.3 to address corruption and VACUUM bugs, updates to PHP to...

Healthy Open Source Projects Need People

Software is like fruit. It tastes great when it's fresh, but goes bad very quickly. In fact, it is ridiculous how quickly software rots. How many times have you written a piece of software which works perfectly fine for months, only for it to mysteriously break one day? The reasons can be even more confounding. Perhaps a dependency was updated, and...

January 17, 2014: This Week at Engine Yard

At Engine Yard, providing high end technical support is a critical (and wildly popular) part of our platform, and flows into the attitude of the entire company. We are dedicated to improving Support and providing an awesome experience every step of the way. All of our customers automatically receive standard support with our platform, meaning our worldwide...

Using Cylon.js at CoderDojo WNY

CoderDojo is a Meetup group for kids to learn to code.  They bring their ideas and adult developers help usher them along the way to teach them how to develop and to reach the goals they set for themselves. At the Buffalo chapter of CoderDojo, we often have side projects to expose the students to other aspects of programming.  At the most recent meeting,...

January 10, 2014: This Week at Engine Yard

Happy 2014! This is looking to be an exciting few months for us, stay tuned! --Tasha Drew, Product Manager Engineering Updates This week I conducted more customer interviews to demonstrate the new user interface work-in-progress and get feedback that can be fed into the UX team and improve and enhance the work we’re doing before we launch it (soon!!). In...

Logging: Getting the Information You Need

Keeping track of your application’s health has many different facets and different layers of information. Logging is the most basic tool, but can often be the most difficult to understand.  While we strive to convey information by dashboard and graphical outputs as much as possible, sometimes there is nothing better than an old fashioned trip through...

The Outer Iterator

Note: Here's another great post from the community, specifically from Cal Evans! Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term “computer” loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC’s. For the past...

Hands-on Rails in the Cloud at CodeMash

Happy New Year, blog-readers! Engine Yard and Microsoft Open Technologies will be kicking off 2014 with a one-day, pre-compiler workshop Hands-on Rails in the Cloud using the Engine Yard Platform as a Service (PaaS) on Windows Azure.  The workshop will take place on January 7 at CodeMash, a unique conference educating developers on current practices,...

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