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Introducing EE4J – Java EE's fling with the Eclipse Foundation

It's been a few weeks since it was announced that Oracle would move Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation and we're already starting to see indications of how it's shaping up. It was clear that something had to happen. Oracle was struggling to make the best of Java EE, which was reflected in the usage stats. The technology wasn't …
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I want to break free! Kubernetes has a life beyond containers

The move to containerisation has been built on a simple formula: containers mean Docker and container management means Kubernetes. Let's disregard the first part of that formula and concentrate on the second half – the rise of Kubernetes as the container management software of choice, running on servers. But although this is …
Maxwell Cooter, 24 Jul 2017

Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

Special report A quiet revolution has been rumbling in Leeds, in the north of England. It may not seem revolutionary: a gathering of software developers is scarcely going to get people taking to the barricades in these uncertain times, but the results of this particular meetup could shape access to NHS PCs in the coming years. The gathering …
Maxwell Cooter, 30 Jun 2017

How do you do, fellow kids? Grandpa Puppet gets down with Docker

It's strange when you're no longer the new kid on the block. First, you're the hippest of the hip, the one that everyone envies and then, suddenly, you're looking that little bit older, and generally less interesting. That's the rather curious position that configuration management players like Puppet and Chef find themselves …
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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

Anyone looking to deploy cloud in any meaningful way will struggle to find skilled practitioners. It's a situation faced by so many enterprises, no matter what cloud system is being deployed. Microsoft recently bewailed the lack of cloud skills and it's been an issue long highlighted by the Cloud Industry Forum, which is why …
Maxwell Cooter, 21 Apr 2017
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Massive scale, tight security – what's not to love about Kubernetes 1.6? Well...

There aren't too many software frameworks that lend their name to industry events but Kubernetes, the open-source container manager, is one. The clumsily named Cloud Native + KubeCon in Berlin this week, however, is no ordinary conference. There are not too many conferences where visitors cramthe stands from 8am to 7pm, nor …
Maxwell Cooter, 31 Mar 2017
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Spark meets HAL: Apache's cluster master goes deep

As a phrase, "democratisation of data" is rather glib – but it does have a serious purpose. The thinking: making use of company data should not be the preserve of just "professionals". This was certainly a theme at the recent European Spark summit in Brussels. Spark, the open-source framework used for building clusters run by …
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The dev-astating truth: What's left to develop? Send in the machines

Historian Francis Fukuyama in 1992 reckoned with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the replacement of Communist systems behind it with liberal democracies, we had reached the end of history. Can we say the same about software development? Has the arrival of the age of Agile meant that we can now talk about a similar full-stop? …
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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

Since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, there’s been a steady acceptance that Agile is the way to go when it comes to software development. The old waterfall method was seen as something rather quaint and old-fashioned, the equivalent of hanging onto your vinyl LPs when the rest of the world was downloading onto their …
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Successful DevOps? You'll need some new numbers for that

Dark launches, feature flags and canary launches: They sound like something from science fiction or some new computer game franchise bearing the name of Tom Clancy. What they are is the face of DevOps - processes that enable projects to run successfully. And their presence is set to be felt by a good many as numerous industry …
Maxwell Cooter, 17 Mar 2016
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Hey British coders: DevOps – you're doing it wrong

If you want a brief summary of DevOps, it goes like this: a lot of those who claim to be implementing DevOps aren't getting it right. And British companies are doing worse than their peers abroad. That’s the potted findings of a CA Technologies earlier this year that claimed there exists a gap in perception, pointing out that …
Maxwell Cooter, 19 Feb 2016

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