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Spring Boot and the Peloton

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:06:19 +0000

So Spring Boot goes from strength to strength. At RedMonk we’re pretty sceptical of downloads an an indicator of technology attention or adoption – in the age of automated builds, pulling down system images, they can be rather deceptive. But there are some other metrics to consider. In looking at the GitHub landscape for Java

Delighting the customer by pushing decisions out to the edge. More on Pret

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:21:33 +0000

I really like Pret a Manger. It’s a solid brand. As my video from 2013 argues, its nut packaging is just right for me. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has something in common. More latterly, Pret started to do something really interesting. Staff can give you a free coffee if they want to. This extends to

How GitLab abandoned the Unix Philosophy

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:27:25 +0000

(i) Make each program do one thing well. To do a new job, build afresh rather than complicate old programs by adding new features. (ii) Expect the output of every program to become the input to another, as yet unknown, program. Don’t clutter output with extraneous information. Avoid stringently columnar or binary input formats. Don’t

Kubernetes for On Prem Simplicity – Download and Go

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:07:41 +0000

I just got back from an IBM update on its analytics business. One of the core themes was simplicity. As we all know enterprise products generally, and IBM products specifically, are not known for their ease of use. So when I heard that IBM middleware had a new approach – dubbed Download and Go –

On hiring for experience. An anecdote on engineering from Perforce.

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:17:23 +0000

I have been looking at the issue of hiring for experience recently – How Amazon is demolishing the cult of youth – and I had an interesting conversation about it today with Tim Russell, chief product officer at Perforce. Perforce sells software to support software development for enterprises with big development teams. While it began

So about OpenWhisk progress. What’s up with serverless frameworks

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:01:55 +0000

  It’s way too early to say whether OpenWhisk, IBM’s open source serverless implementation, will be a breakthrough success. But the project has a few new proof points in place that it didn’t just a couple of months ago that are worth noting. One of the key issues with any open source project seeking commercial

What is GraphQL and why should you care? The future of APIs

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:29:58 +0000

  “We’re going GraphQL, we’re replacing everything with GraphQL” Sid Sijbrandij, GitLab founder and CEO GraphQL is an open source technology created by Facebook that is getting a fair bit of attention of late. It is set to make a major impact on how APIs are designed. As is so often the case with these

The race to own the pipeline. Atlassian ain’t playin–introducing DevOps Marketplace

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:34:42 +0000

The play to become the standard industry backplane play for Pipelines and DevOps – integrating tools across the application lifecycle, ALM 2.0 if you like – is heating up. Today Atlassian launched DevOps Marketplace and the list of launch partners is impressively comprehensive. The vendors above represent a who’s who of modern dev and ops

Amazon Web Services keeps hiring for experience: Deirdré Straughan

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:15:28 +0000

When I wrote about AWS hiring for experience recently I got some pushback. One of the issues raised was the the list of folks I was talking about were all white men. Very fair point. I was really pleased therefore when Deirdré pinged me on twitter yesterday to comment on that post, and to self

Minimum Viable Architecture – good enough is good enough in an enterprise

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:04:49 +0000

Minimum Viable Architecture — Good Enough is Good Enough in a Startup from Randy Shoup “Architecture is like the opening of a chess game, you can’t win in the opening, but you can lose.” – Gunnar Peterson Randy Shoup recently shared this great set of slides, which summarises a bunch of experience in scaling Web