Mon 06 Apr 2009 03:13:11 PM PDT
stuff to watch
Evan Prodromou likes them, and he's been out in front of everything else so far.
Lightweight markup If you're doing something like Markdown anyway for your wiki, you might as well use it for other stuff. Much faster than either writing HTML or using a WYSIWYG tool.
Intel TBB/AMD Framewave
Memcached is the first in-the-wild DHT, and although a lot of high-traffic web sites are using it, it's stuck in the colo so far. But this simple tool demonstrates that you can do a lot of useful stuff with just a key/value store.
CouchDB Brian Aker says check this one out. It's "a distributed, fault-tolerant and schema-free document-oriented database accessible via a RESTful HTTP/JSON API." This could be the kind of data storage that a lot of web apps need, and it's supposed to scale to "any number" of servers.
CouchDB is neither an RDBMS nor an object store, so your code is going to have to be written with CouchDB in mind.
OpenVAS(20 Jul 2008) Remote security scanner that performs more than 900 checks. The original Nessus went proprietary in 2005, and a successor project, Open Vulnerability Assessment System (OpenVAS) is out.