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Acquisition Galvanize'd: Code bootcamp Hack Reactor eyed up by hungry tech trainers

Galvanize – a for-profit tech training biz headquartered in Denver, USA – said today it plans to acquire Hack Reactor, a San Francisco-based code bootcamp provider, for an undisclosed sum. The deal comes as the code bootcamp industry, booming since 2012, retrenches and reinvents itself in response to increased regulatory …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jul 2018
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Want to save more on Serverless Computing? You’ve gotta be FaaS

If you like simplifying your infrastructure, saving money, and beating deadlines, you’ll want to know that you’ve got just one month to save hundreds of pounds on tickets for Serverless Computing London. We’ve got almost 40 speakers joining us in London in November, including keynote speakers Chad Arimura and Charity Majors, …
Team Register, 19 Jul 2018
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Continuous Lifecycle 2019 call for papers is open NOW

Events Continuous Lifecycle London returns in May 2019, and we want to hear your proposals for conference sessions and all-day workshops, spanning the full range of agile, DevOps, application lifecycle management, CD, and container technologies and methodologies. We will be staging almost 40 conference sessions over two days in May …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2018

Devs: This is another fine Mesh you've got us into, Microsoft

From the department of "things punted to public preview before they're totally ready" comes Azure Service Fabric Mesh. Microsoft emitted Azure Service Fabric at the end of March 2016, aimed at managing stateful and stateless microservices over hundreds of servers in the Azure cloud. Redmond proudly stated that the technology …
Richard Speed, 17 Jul 2018
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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

Guido van Rossum – who created the Python programming language in 1989, was jokingly styled as its “benevolent dictator for life”, and ushered it to global ubiquity – has stepped down, and won’t appoint a successor. In a mailing list post on Thursday titled, “Transfer of Power,” he wrote: “Now that PEP 572 is done, I don't …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2018
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OK, so they sometimes push out insecure stuff, but software devs need our love and respect

AppSec EU Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) chairman Martin Knobloch wants security people and businesses to give developers respect and love rather than slating their work. The affable and knowledgeable German also wants to refocus the industry to talking about risk – a concept already embraced in other areas, such as …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2018
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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

Poll In all the furore around the acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft, no one has asked the obvious question: what should the service be called after its Redmondisation? At Vulture Central, we live in constant fear of mixing up GitLab and GitHub. Two letters are all that stand between an amusingly snarky story and a grovelling …
Richard Speed, 29 Jun 2018
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Azure storage adds static HTML website hosting

Microsoft’s Azure Storage service has added an option to host static websites comprised of not much more than HTML, JavaScript and other client-side goodies. AWS has had this since February 2011. The new Azure service is also very similar to AWS’ effort: both ask you to pop some files in the cloud, tell the bucket they’re in …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2018
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Container captain Kubernetes sails v1.11 to a shoreline near you

The Kubernetes team has unloaded a new version – 1.11 – of the container orchestration platform. Earlier this week, we spoke to Red Hat's Derek Carr on managing extensions for the latest release of K8s. Now, let's take a quick tour of this open-source project's new features. CoreDNS and IPVS load balancing CoreDNS, an …
Richard Speed, 28 Jun 2018
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Google Cloud CEO admits: Yeah, we wanted GitHub too. Whatevs

So it's official – Google was also keen on acquiring GitHub before Microsoft swooped in with its $7.5bn purchase. Speaking at an event in San Francisco, Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud, said ruefully: "I wouldn't have minded buying them, but it's OK." There was no word on what offer Google was thinking about. There had been …
Richard Speed, 28 Jun 2018
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New Python update slithers into release

Version 3.7 of anything probably doesn’t seem that notable, but stick with us here because Python 3.7, released on June 27th, 2018, is the programming language’s first big update in 18 months and adds plenty of new features. Improving speed was one of the aims for this release and Python’s keepers proudly report that the new …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2018
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Puppet is a poppet in the eyes of DevOps cash injectors: Automation upstart bags extra $42m

Software automation and management outfit Puppet has inhaled another $42m of funding in its efforts to go global. The Portland, US-based company is big in the DevOps sector, with its products geared towards what it calls “pervasive automation”, and what others might refer to as simply automating the heck out of everything and …
Richard Speed, 27 Jun 2018
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K8s awaits due date for latest, greatest slate: Extension versioning will reach beta, mates

Kubernetes, the software container orchestration system, is expected to hit version 1.11 on Wednesday, bringing with it a handful of potentially useful enhancements. The software currently supports an alpha version of Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs), an API that allows people to define custom resources (aka extensions) to …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Jun 2018
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Facebook floats BOLT to jolt code out of bit bloat

Facebook has open sourced a binary optimization and layout tool, itself optimized into the acronym BOLT, in the hope it can make large applications faster. The compiled code for large applications – the sort Facebook runs – tend to be too big to cram into the instruction cache of a modern CPU, explains Maxim Panchenko, …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jun 2018
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Splunk acquires VictorOps to take it – and you – into site reliability engineering

Last week Splunk spent $120m to acquire VictorOps, a DevOps incident management outfit. And yesterday Splunk’s chief technology advocate Andi Mann told The Register why. For years Splunk has been all about helping to investigate incidents. The company’s big data heritage saw it probe log files to figure out the patterns that …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2018
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Hortonworks Data Platform update flicks on containerisation

Data management firm Hortonworks has enabled containerisation in the latest release of its Data Platform, while announcing a set of extended cloud deals with Microsoft, Google and IBM. CTO Scott Gnau said the overall aim of the announcements, made today at its 11th annual DataWorks Summit in San Jose, was to offer customers a …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Jun 2018
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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

The DevOps community is focused on this thing called "culture". By this, I always take them to mean the processes, norms, and HR policy that an organization has in place. You want the culture to be open, understanding, curious, and above all else, well, friendly. If you're using failing-as-learning to improve your software …
Michael Cote, 18 Jun 2018
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Contain yourselves: Kubernetes for Azure unleashed on world+dog

Container fans, rejoice! Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is now generally available, having been in preview since October. The service, now available in 10 regions, joins the Google Kubernetes Service (GKS) and Amazon's Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) as a way of allowing developers to deploy, scale …
Richard Speed, 14 Jun 2018
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Docker Hub security dissed, dodgy container image data damned

At DockerCon in San Francisco on Wednesday, CEO Steve Singh highlighted security as one of Docker's core principles. Only a day earlier, Germany-based security software development shop Kromtech suggested security wasn't a priority for the code containerizer. Over the past twelve months, Kromtech explained in a blog post, …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Jun 2018
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Docker seeks Golden State burnish for cloud container expansion

At its annual enthusiasm fest in San Francisco on Wednesday, software container popularizer Docker shifted from technical talk to evangelism with previews of product improvements and the usual Silicon Valley word salad about changing the world. Golden State Warriors "Hype Man" Franco Finn arrived on stage at DockerCon to …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Jun 2018
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Hacked serverless functions are a crypto-gold mine for miscreants

PureSec, a maker of security software for serverless apps, has been poking about various cloud service providers, and found that hosted functions offer a shortcut to illicit crypto-mining. Crypto-mining attacks that hijack processing power do best with mass distribution. Those who can harness large numbers of processors – CPUs …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Jun 2018
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Missed our Continuous Lifecycle conference? Relive it in video

If you didn’t get along to Continuous Lifecycle London last month, we’ve got the next best thing: most of the conference sessions are now available to view at your leisure. Whether you’re looking to amp up your efforts around testing, deploying Kubernetes or monitoring, or are simply working out how to begin your journey into …
Team Register, 04 Jun 2018
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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

Updated Microsoft has held talks with GitHub with a mind to potentially buy the popular source-code warehouse, folks closely familiar with the discussions have claimed. There have been recurring rumors going back to at least 2016 that the Windows giant is considering gobbling the San Francisco-based upstart, which hosts developers' …
Chris Williams, 02 Jun 2018
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Storm in a teapot: Anger brews over npm's jokey proxy error messages

npm, the widely used and defiantly lower-case Node.js package manager, on Monday briefly returned an error to users connecting to the registry via proxy who attempted the npm install command. The error message declared "npm ERR! 418 I'm a teapot…", in reference to a RFC 2324, a tongue-in-cheek coffee pot communications …
Thomas Claburn, 29 May 2018
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VM-container chimera Kata Containers emerges from lab

The open source Kata Containers project, an effort to combine the security advantages of virtual machines with the deployment and management advantages of software-based containers, hit its 1.0 milestone on Tuesday. Forged from a merger of Intel’s Clear Containers and Hyper’s runV announced last December, Kata Containers …
Thomas Claburn, 23 May 2018
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OpenStack makes Zuul continuous delivery tool its second indie project

The OpenStack Foundation has launched its Zuul continuous delivery and integration tool as a discrete project. Zuul is therefore Foundation’s second project other than OpenStack itself. The first was Kata Containers. Making Zuul a standalone effort therefore advance’s the Foundation’s ambition to become a bit like the Linux …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2018
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No root for you, or how to stop worrying and love AWS China

If you open an AWS account in China, you don't get a root account; instead, one of Amazon's Chinese operating partners, Sinnet or NWCD, has root access and creates an IAM admin user for you. Nikki Bailey, senior devops engineer at Illumina, a company that builds gear to sequence genetic data, explained as much at the DevOps- …
Thomas Claburn, 18 May 2018
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Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster

"I'm about to make a change that will probably wipe out all of our systems." That was the message a developer employee once delivered to Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks, just prior to an attempted system update at his company. Richardson, who also serves as the Technical Oversight Committee Chair for the Cloud Native …
Thomas Claburn, 17 May 2018
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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

At DevOps-focused London conference Continuous Lifecycle* today, Linda Rising challenged the superstition of tech professionals, a group that ought to have some affinity for science. Rising, a consultant, author and COO of The Hillside Group, asked for a show of hands from anyone doing some flavour of agile development. Up …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2018
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Serverless continuous deployment for the AWS crowd: Feeding time in Lambda-land

Continuous Lifecycle "You'll never go hungry if you know AWS," one of the workshop participants at the Continuous Lifecycle* devops-focused conference in London remarked. Mike Roberts, co-founder of consultancy Symphonia Cloud, was behind the lectern yesterday afternoon, preparing to conduct a tour of serverless continuous deployment on AWS. Mike …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2018
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Hey cool, you went serverless. Now you just have to worry about all those stale functions

For hackers unpatched servers are the best thing since sliced bread. From Heartbleed to WannaCry, slow-to-update servers invite attackers in with a red carpet. Many of the most significant breaches were caused by unpatched servers, and analysts expect things to only get worse. Will we ever rid ourselves of the need to update …
Guy Podjarny, 15 May 2018
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You're in charge of change, and now you need to talk about DevOps hater Robin

Here you are, doing the DevOps so hard you've broken the spine of your DevOps Handbook, but Robin won't get with the whole "culture thing". Robin sits in the stand-up meeting, arms crossed, each morning mumbling "Well, I wrote some code" and then takes that long, loud sip of tea. And who's going to have to do something about …
Michael Cote, 14 May 2018
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Orchestral manoeuvres in the Docker: A noob's guide to microservices

Given the hype around microservices, it's tempting to question whether the task of managing microservices has also been oversold. Isn't it just just like managing a traditional piece of software? Well, no. Here's why. In the case of our trusted monolithic applications, you'll more often than not find yourself dealing with a …
Michael Crilly, 14 May 2018
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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

Red Hat Summit Senior Red Hat techies this week urged Red Hat Enterprise Linux sysadmins to give Systemd a chance if they haven't already taken the software to heart. At the 2018 Red Hat Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, Linux container product manager Ben Breard, and senior principal engineer and Systemd co-creator Lennart Poettering, …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2018
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Microsoft sees Red ...Hat for OpenShift-on-Azure public cloud offering

Red Hat Summit Red Hat and Microsoft today tore the wraps off a jointly managed public OpenShift service running on Azure. The deal will let customers run Kubernetes-container-based applications on either on-premises servers or the Azure cloud, and manage them through OpenShift. Both vendors are planning to offer support for the service, …
Shaun Nichols, 08 May 2018
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Microsoft wants serious, non-gaming developers to make more money

Build Microsoft says it will take less money from Windows developers selling apps in its store, making its marketplace significantly more appealing than competing app stores in certain cases – assuming revenue share rather than market size is the primary consideration. In a blog post published on Monday, to be explained on Tuesday …
Thomas Claburn, 07 May 2018

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