Posts written by Everett Toews
Running a successful developer workshop (aka tutorial) is really difficult. I've attended enough workshops that have gone poorly to know that for a fact. Participating in such a workshop can be very frustrating and a huge turn off for whatever technology is being presented. That translates directly into losing developer mindshare. I think we, as an industry, can do a better job of running developer workshops.
The goal of this post is to develop an application in an environment that's as close to your remote deployment environment as possible. Let's do this using Docker Machine and Compose to move an app from local development to remote deployment.
Last week I went to QCon NY 2015 to be both a student and a teacher in their tutorial track. They follow the standard pattern of having 2 days of tutorials prior to the conference proper. To understand QCon a bit better, here's their mission statement.
"QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community.
A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams."
ClojureBridge aims to increase diversity within the Clojure community by offering free, beginner-friendly Clojure programming workshops for women. On March 13-14, 2015 we held a ClojureBridge event at the Rackspace office in Austin, TX. It was put on by an amazing group of organizers to foster the adoption of Clojure by women in technology.
This blog post will show you how to dynamically create Jenkins workers on demand using jclouds on Rackspace Private Cloud. You can use those workers to run your build jobs and increase the capacity of your continuous integration pipeline by parallelizing builds. All powered by OpenStack.
A common complaint about many open source projects is documentation. Insufficient, incorrect, non-existent, hard to find, and difficult to update are things we typically all hear. There are a lot of different ways to tackle these problems. There's no silver bullet but one of my favourite tactics is lowering the barriers for absolutely anyone to walk up and contribute documentation.
The goal of using a multi-cloud toolkit is avoiding cloud vendor lock-in. I examined why avoiding vendor lock-in is important in Keep the Cloud Honest. Toolkits such as Apache jclouds (Java), Apache libcloud (Python), Fog (Ruby), and pkgcloud (node.js) enable this by allowing you to write code that will work the same across multiple clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), DigitalOcean, Google Compute Engine, and Rackspace.
Apache jclouds version 1.7.0 has been released into the wild. This is jclouds' first minor point version release as an Apache top level project. Community development on the project is continuing to accelerate and there are some major additions I'd like to highlight.
HackTX is the biggest hackathon in Texas. It's a 24 hour annual hackathon hosted by the Hacker Lounge and Technology Entrepreneurship Society student organizations at The University of Texas at Austin. It's made up of 500 hackers with $10,000 in prizes. By far, it's the biggest hackathon that I've personally attended and I was pretty damn excited to represent Rackspace as a sponsor.
The lower case j's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed. jclouds is an Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Top Level Project (TLP)! With the closing of this issue and the resolution being set to "Fixed", it's officially and infrastructurally done. We've even dropped the "incubator" prefix/suffix from our DNS entries and various source code artifacts. You can now find us at our permanent home jclouds.apache.org. Huzzah!
jclouds 1.6.0 has been released! Since 1.5.0 I'm both proud and (antonymically) humbled to have become a committer. We've done a lot of work since then, including adding new features and an extensive refactoring aimed at simplifying the code base and removing cruft. I'm pleased to announce that full support for Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers and Cloud DNS has been added. That brings the list of supported APIs to:
- Cloud Servers
- Cloud Files
- Cloud Block Storage
- Cloud Load Balancers
- Cloud DNS
At the OpenStack Grizzly Summit in October 2012, Rackspace announced our Java Software Development Kit (SDK) for the open cloud. The Java SDK is powered by jclouds, an open source library that helps you get started in the cloud and employ your Java development skills. The jclouds Application Programming Interface (API) gives you the freedom to write portable code that works with many cloud providers or write code that utilizes cloud specific features. It also works with both public and private clouds, enabling hybrid cloud workloads.