DevToolsDigest: January 10th, 2020
Welcome back! The first digest of 2020 includes news and resources from Grafana Lab, Cockroach Labs, Orbit, Segment, Sisense, Datastax, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
Complex tools like Kubernetes require powerful solutions. YAML however is not one of them, because it is designed for representing data, not generating it. Tanka is very similar to ksonnet; however, it is not a fork, but a rewrite from scratch. This allowed them to focus on providing only the important parts: the main workflow (show, diff, apply) is still there, and environments are still first class citizens.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that the WebAssembly Core Specification is now an official web standard, launching a powerful new language for the Web. WebAssembly is a safe, portable, low-level format designed for efficient execution and compact representation of code on modern processors including in a web browser.
Since 2017, Cockroach Labs has run thousands of benchmark tests across dozens of machine types with the goal of better understanding performance across cloud providers. If there’s one thing they’ve learned in their experiments, it’s this: benchmarking the clouds is a continuous process.
DataStax Luna is subscription-based support for open source Apache Cassandra. DataStax Luna subscribers get the benefits of open source software, with peace of mind from direct access to the engineers who have authored a majority of Cassandra code and support some of the largest Cassandra deployments.
Industry Research
DataDog is one of the most successful companies in the space of metrics and monitoring for servers and cloud infrastructure. Vadim Semenov works on their data engineering team and joins the podcast in this episode to discuss the challenges that he works through, the systems that DataDog has built to power their business, and how their teams are organized to allow for rapid growth and massive scale.
Jobs in developer advocacy, evangelism, and community are more in-demand than ever, attracting and retaining a developer advocate is less about stats like funding or company size, and more about organizational readiness. So how do you know when your company is ready to hire your first DevRel?
In this post, Rick Branson explains how Segment got the latency of its streaming pipeline, which often handles over 500,000 messages per second, to work 20 times faster.
Developer Venture News
Sisense, an enterprise startup that has built a business analytics business out of the premise of making big data as accessible as possible to users — whether it be through graphics on mobile or desktop apps, or spoken through Alexa — announced a big round of funding today and a large jump in valuation to underscore its traction.
Ripple controls an enormous reserve of XRP, which is the world's third most valuable cryptocurrency, and emerged in 2011 as an early competitor to Bitcoin. In recent years, the company has bet its business on persuading financial institutions to use XRP as a "bridge currency" on cross-border transfers.
From The Heavybit Library
Security From The Start: Startup Security Basics
Security has become an essential business consideration for organizations of all sizes and stages. GGV Capital's Oren Yunger shares the the baseline security requirements expected from startups, including an introduction to risk classification, and examples of the investments and tradeoffs founders make in designing for security.
Passing Enterprise Security Reviews
Lisa Hawke, VP of Security and Compliance for Everlaw, demystifies the enterprise security reviews and vendor risk assessment processes. She covers topics including identifying internal champions, navigating enterprise security orgs, when and how to work on security policies and compliance (SOC 2, ISO/IEC 27001, etc.), and the secondary benefits that certifications present to your startup.