Archive | July, 2014

The Twelve-Factor App

In the modern era, software is commonly delivered as a service: called web apps, or software-as-a-service. The twelve-factor app is a methodology for building software-as-a-service apps that: Use declarative formats for setup automation, to minimize time and cost for new developers joining the project; Have a clean contract with the underlying operating system, offering maximum portability between execution environments; Are suitable for deployment on modern cloud platforms, obviating the need for servers and systems administration; Minimize divergence between development and production, enabling continuous deployment for maximum agility; And can scale up without significant changes to tooling, architecture, or development practices. The twelve-factor methodology can be applied to apps written in any programming language, and which use any combination of backing services (database, queue, memory cache, etc).

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Watchy by redbrain

Watchy is a distributed system for Application and Server Monitoring, I’ve always found most solutions be very complicated and hard to manage. Making applications watch process id’s then they stop and the pid has updated and you start the whole thing over again. Watchy has a distributed architecture and communication between the daemon on each server to the dashboard is over udp, meaning if something goes down and comes back up again it just simply doesn’t matter about handling connection issues. It seems to be working very well in my tests at work and i am sure you will love it.

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REST Commander: Scalable Web Server Management and Monitoring — eBay Tech Blog

REST Commander, a parallel asynchronous HTTP client as a service to monitor and manage web servers. REST Commander on a single server can send requests to thousands of servers with response aggregation in a matter of seconds. And yes, it is open-sourced at

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ToolsOfTheTrade · GitHub

Few years ago, Joshua Schachter started this thread on HN for discussing hosted useful services: The contribution in thread introduced many interesting SaaS services which can immensely help in deploying services as well as development. It’s been three years since then. What do we have today?

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