| If you're not getting better, you're getting worse.
My high school football coach used to consistently remind us that by failing to improve, we were actually getting worse. In the land of competition, there is no treading water. As soon as you think you no longer need to improve, your competition catches up, or worse, passes you up. Apparently, Amazon is well aware of this. As the leader in cloud services, they have chosen to continue to expand and improve upon their services, and have finished up 2011 strongly. In case you missed it, here's some of the highlights for 2011.
Elastic Beanstalk was introduced in January this year as a way for developers to quickly and easily launch and manage cloud based solutions. Although this feature currently only supports Java on Apache Tomcat, it "is designed so that it can be extended to support multiple development stacks and programming languages in the future." Various improvements where made throughout the year, however, additional language support was not one of them. It will be interesting to see in 2012 what additional languages become part of the Beanstalk platform.