For developers, one of the many cool things about using a PaaS is that you can easily connect your application to any type of service instead of being limited to what your IT department officially provides. That means you can use the best tool for the job, or even that you can finally find an excuse to play with a technology you hadn't previously been able to.
Our regular MC, Chris Ferris from IBM, was absent this month, so Michael Maximilien ("dr.max") from IBM kicked off this month's Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board (CF-CAB) Meeting and kept things on track.
There's a feature in Cloud Foundry v2 and Stackato 3 that a lot of people seem to miss. User-Provided Service Instances let you store service connection information and credentials using the same JSON-formatted environment variables that system-provided services create when you bind a service to an application.