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Deploy Friday: Your source for everything Open Source

Meet the people behind technology, learn about the open source projects you need to know about, get updates on community events, and deep dives into social causes on the web.Come deploy with us on a Friday and deep dive into the latest news and information about the constantly evolving ecosystem - where people are working, what’s left to be solved, how to get started, and where you can help. 

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#59 Must you code — Exploring multiple paths to work in tech
Continuing our focus on women in tech, we discuss the multiple pathways to enter the tech industry, including coding, with our 3 guests, Elena Kolevska, a Senior Technical Enablement Architect at Redislabs, Helen Tabunshchyk, Director of ‘Women Who Code’ London, and Kristina Kushner, a Senior Project Manager at PMP. Coding’s gendered historyThough it’s not the case anymore, coding used to be more friendly to women. Helen explains, “Until the mid-1980s, programming was most often a woman's job. But as the profession started to bring in more money, the competition started rising. And then suddenly, it wasn’t a woman's job anymore.” Impostor syndrome is a symptomImpostor syndrome is an issue all our guests share. Helen says, “Often, you start thinking, ‘It must be me.’ But when you have a community of women who all share the same story, you can totally see the common patterns. And you realize it's not you, it’s society and our gender education.”Elena also links the chronic self-doubt characteristic of impostor syndrome to how women are socialized as children. “I think it's related to how we are taught to handle failure. As girls, we are taught to do everything perfectly and never make any mistakes,” she says, “And well, boys will be boys. But the world is not like that. We should be held accountable to the same standards.”To code or not to codeThere are many other touchpoints to enter the tech industry that aren’t coding. Our guests name several:Project or product managementHuman ResourcesMarketingTechnical writingFinance/accountingDesignersBut how can you tell if coding is right for you? If you prefer to work with people more, consider one of the above roles, says Kristina. “But if you prefer to work on your own, to go deep into analysis mode, give coding a try.”Mentorship + teamwork are critical to diversityIn a previous episode, we’ve spoken about the importance of mentorship; studies also back this up. Helen says, “Research supports that it’s not diversity and inclusion training that’s effective, but mentorship programs.” She adds, “And working in teams as well. Those are the two deciding factors on how inclusive the work environment is.”Get more ideas for closing the gender gap in your workplace at Women in Tech or Women Who Code. Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
60:19 1/24/22
#57: Know the enemy — assessing the cybersecurity threat
Our guests today, Jane Frankland, owner and CEO of KnewStart, Fareedah Shaheed, CEO and founder of Sekuva, and Eliza-May Austin, Co-Founder of th4ts3cur1ty.company,  help us determine the state of the cybersecurity world today and how it can affect you.Defining cybersecurityAll three guests admit the term “cybersecurity” is broad. Eliza May says,” Cybersecurity is broad for a reason; it has to encompass lots of different avenues of data; computer, network, phone, apps, and there is a social aspect to it as well.”Education and social responsibility in cybersecurityJane believes those in the cybersecurity field have a responsibility to push the field in the right direction, but she acknowledges the difficulties. She says, “Cybersecurity professionals have a job to do in terms of trying to influence and steer countries into making the right decisions. But it’s very difficult as technology advances, and we become more connected — we lose a certain amount of control.”Bringing more people into understanding cybersecurity can help lift the burden, explains Fareedah, “When we're trying to educate the public on phishing or social engineering attacks, we have to talk to them as if they're as smart as they actually are and in a way that they can understand, especially if they’re from different backgrounds. Really breaking down concepts and being there with them and helping them understand how it affects them and their daily life is critical.”Cybersecurity strategies at a business levelAs with most things, there is no way to protect yourself 100% when it comes to cybersecurity. But Eliza-May suggests some steps you can take to make your business more secure.Know your risk level and level of risk-toleranceUnderstand the variety of strategies you could employAssess your resources  — what budget, processes, technologies, and talent do you possess to put your strategies into practice?The work is never overOur three guests emphasize that the cybersecurity field can be challenging for those who work in it. “Many cybersecurity professionals are stressed and under-resourced,” Jane admits. But that’s also because the nature of the work is inherently more complex. “It’s much easier for attackers; they only have to find one way in. Our job of protecting and defending is much harder.” she says.Learn more about our guests’ organizations; KnewStart, Sekuva, and th4ts3cur1ty.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
60:45 1/20/22
#58: Empowering Women for Leadership Roles
Today we speak with three leaders and women in tech, Susan An, the Senior Sales Director of Tessian, Jessica Alderson, the Co-Founder & CEO of So Syncd, and Maria Antinkaapo, VP of Customer Success at Platform.sh, on the gender imbalance in tech, including the impact of internal and external biases.Fixing the disparity in tech requires a perspective shiftThe ratio of women to men in tech is often as unbalanced as 25:75. Susan is blunt, “We don't have enough female talent or leaders. Globally, only 2% of venture capital investment goes to all female-led teams.”However, this disparity can depend on what roles or departments you’re looking at; Susan points out that management teams are often full of women. “So the question is if women are good enough to manage teams, why wouldn't they be considered leaders? What's the perception difference between a woman managing versus a woman leading?” She asks.Imagining a different “profile” of successWhen she started her career, her employers told Susan there was a “type” of salesperson to hire.“Loud and confident and aggressive ones,” she says. In addition to being more typically male-associated traits, which skews the hiring process, she adds, “I found that that’s not necessarily the profile that gets results. You can hire introverts with softer personality types, who are thinkers, introspective, or more methodical. They also sell very well to customers and add great value to the trajectory of the company.”Jessica agrees. “When I talk to investors and ask the differences they see in women vs. men pitching to them, most of them say, ‘Men pitch a lot more boldly or exaggerate their numbers to some extent,’ But that’s a bias, because the stats show that that's not an indication of whether they'll be successful in running a company or not. Specifically, you should be more focused on the results you’ve achieved so far rather than these more superficial things.”Becoming a parent can make you a better leaderSome companies still hesitate to hire or promote women for fear of losing them if they start a family. Susan has a strong rebuttal to that line of thinking. “Becoming a parent is not a handicap. After I became a parent, it changed something in me as a leader. I really started to think about translating how I parent to how I manage my team. I feel like I've become a much more empathetic and insightful leader as a result of being a parent.”Check out Tessian or So Syncd.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
58:42 1/20/22
#55: Golem Network — Anonymous, unstoppable, and censorship-resistant applications
We speak with María Paula Fernández, Mattias Nystrom, and Stefan Adolf about the Golem Network, and the implications of creating a future internet based on distributed computing, with more focus on privacy.The Golem NetworkThe Golem Network is an accessible, reliable, open access and censorship-resistant protocol, which democratizes access to digital resources and connects users through a flexible, open source platform. As María Paula Fernández defines it, “At the highest level, Golem is a protocol for the exchange of digital resources. And not just digital resources like computing power, but also devices. It’s a constellation of digital marketplaces where you can exchange with users across the globe.”To enable these exchanges, Golem works with a reference implementation called the Yagna daemon. Mattias explains the daemon’s function, “The Yagna daemon helps you sort out your agreements as a requester, provider, or developer on the Golem Network.” Golem is anonymous and permissionless to join, so anyone can make use of the network and become a requester or provider. Golem uses Ethereum-based tokens, called GLMs, to enable the peer-to-peer exchanges.Golem solves problems with monopolies and deplatformingIf you need more computing power or storage, Golem can help — but the network also goes beyond those issues. The motivation for Golem is not to be at the mercy of corporations which often don’t have your best interests in mind. María explains, “If the project you're running maybe doesn't fit with any of the tech giants like Google, AWS, Azure, Microsoft, or Instagram’s terms and conditions, which can be really vague, you risk being taken down, and you lose your work. If you get deplatformed and that’s your livelihood, that’s a really big deal. That’s why we need decentralized and censorship-resistant alternatives to the platforms that we have.”Try the Golem Network as a provider, requester, or developer. Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
59:22 1/12/22
#56: EZContent, the Drupal distribution for headless content publishing
EZContent is a Drupal distribution, decoupled framework, and publishing platform created by Srijan. It has many out-of-the-box reusable components for layout building and editing, including AI and machine learning features. We discuss EZContent with experienced Drupal folks, Ishan Mahajan, Kamalpreet Kaur, and Vinay KG.EZContent’s features address modern-day marketer’s needsAs a CMS, EZContent has many features that make editors’, publishers’, and marketers’ lives easier, such as a drag-and-drop layout builder, the ability to preview drafts, and component-based architecture. In addition to these tools, EZContent addresses some key concerns for marketers today. Ishan says, “Marketers have so much on their plates these days, many KPIs they need to keep track of related to SEO, performance, and accessibility.” The burden of these responsibilities can be exacerbated or reach a bottleneck if a site has or needs fast content turnover. Ishan specifies three main ways EZContent can help.Multichannel outreach — An omnichannel experience is easier to deliver to customers with a decoupled framework like EZContentFaster time-to-market — EZContent’s AI/ML toolset speeds up the content creation workflow Greater marketer independence — Marketers don’t have to rely or wait on developers to build pages in the backendWhat differentiates EZContentTwo aspects of EZContent set it apart from other distributors: support for decoupled frameworks and its AI and machine-learning capabilities. EZContent’s AI/ML features include:Auto-tagging and captioning of images — Kamalpreet explains, “Relevant tags will automatically be populated, which makes it very easy and quick for editors and marketers to do their work.”Auto-transcriptions of videosAuto-generation of podcasts and other contentThe goal of these AI/ML features is to free marketers up for other tasks that require their attention. Vinay says, “We want to give marketers the ability to focus on more creative tasks where they’re more needed.”EZContent is an intelligent CMS that speeds your time-to-marketKamalpreet, Vinay, and Ishan have a lot of faith in their platform. Says Vinay, “At the end of the day, EZContent is for anyone who wants to save time and resources, gain a faster time-to-market, and improve the flexibility of their publishing platform.”Try EZContent on Platform.sh today. Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
59:25 1/12/22
#53: Is the Future of E-commerce Headless?
As e-commerce has developed as an industry, the old guard e-commerce tools are phasing out to make way for new guard: headless e-commerce. Our two guests today, Product Marketing Manager at Strapi, Anastasiia Shpiliak, and Ryan Szrama, founder of Centarro, discuss the benefits of headless e-commerce and how to achieve it with Strapi and Centarro.Strapi + headless e-commerceStrapi is an open source, Node.js based, headless CMS with an e-commerce solution. Why headless? As Anastasiia explains, Strapi has been headless from the beginning because, “the founders wanted to give other developers this great experience of integrating their own tools, choosing their own stack, and the freedom to do what they want with the frontend.” Headless enables online shopping, performant fast, and personalized shopping experiences much more easily than traditional monolithic systems, says Anastasiia. It’s also more future-proof and easier to deliver omnichannel experiences, especially with Strapi. Strapi’s headless e-commerce solution appeals to businesses who are keen on:Flexibility — spin up your own architecture and front endSpeed and performance Freedom to choose tools like a Stripe integrationFreedom to self-hostTest and deliver new pages quicklyCentarro + headless e-commerceCentarro (formerly known as “Commerce Guys”) is Drupal’s headless e-commerce solution. Ryan explains Centarro further. “We natively extend the data model of Drupal so that all of the things it does for content management like extensible data structures, database querying workflow content moderation, the whole nine yards, all that applies equally to commerce data.” This allows you to run Drupal Commerce full-stack or headless. Ryan adds, “In a sense, it’s really similar to Strapi, but based on PHP instead of JavaScript.”The Centarro headless e-commerce experience appeals to customers who are interested in:ScalabilityPerformance Better front-end customer experience — as Ryan specifies, “‘Better’ means nicer, faster, more responsive, and more modern-feeling.”Internationalization and expansion of their businessTry Strapi or Centarro for your move to a faster, e-commerce experience with an improved customer experience.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
55:42 1/11/22
54: Does your API Spark Joy — Learn decluttering with GraphQL
Calling APIs to retrieve data can be a difficult and messy process. Our two guests, Mark Stuart and Shruti Kapoor, are both engineers at PayPal who use GraphQL to bring order to their APIs and data.What is GraphQLGraphQL is a query language for your API, but as Shruti says, “A common myth people have about GraphQL is that we’re querying the database. But we’re not; we’re querying the API.” She adds, “GraphQL provides a way to call your API and get the data that you need.” Mark adds his own definition. “GraphQL is a query language that’s used to grab data and as a way to tell the backend system to change things, such as mutating operations. It also hides the mess of your APIs by putting almost a facade in front of it.” GraphQL as an orchestration layerShruti says another way they use GraphQL at PayPal is as an orchestration layer. She explains this more in-depth: “Let's say you've got five different rest APIs, and now you want to combine them under GraphQL. So what you want is that your client should only see GraphQL APIs. But behind the scenes, you've got like this dirty table of all these REST APIs, which send you so much data, so you want to clean that up, right? So you put a nice tablecloth on it. That tablecloth is a GraphQL orchestration layer.”How GraphQL combines with ApolloThe Apollo Graph Platform is one of the most popular tools to combine with GraphQL, with additional resources and documentation to help out. Shruti sums up Apollo’s uses for us: “They have Apollo Client for consuming GraphQL API on the client-side, and then they have Apollo server for building a GraphQL API on the server-side.” Apollo includes tools for consistent error handling, different hooks, as well as enterprise-level tools. Mark can attest to its usefulness. “At PayPal, we had a lot of duplication, a lot of graphs,” Mark says. “Apollo has some really cool tools to help merge all of that.” Try Apollo and GraphQL to declutter your APIs.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
56:30 1/11/22
#52: OpenStack in the Enterprise; the Path to Your Own Cloud
OpenStack: scalable, automated cloud infrastructureWe introduced OpenStack, powerful open source software that automates the management of hardware and infrastructure, in our 50th episode. Organizations like Sardina Systems use OpenStack to offer their clients scalable, pay-as-you-grow cloud infrastructure. Today we have two guests from Sardina Systems, Kenneth Tan and Mihaela Constantinescu, who manage OpenStack installations for their customers. Our other guest, Dr. Jens Krüger, uses Sardina to deploy OpenStack for the University of Tübingen, Germany.Sardina Systems deploys OpenStack to private cloud customersSardina Systems knew they needed an open source cloud infrastructure base to build on. They researched the market and ended up picking OpenStack due to its “tremendous velocity of development,” as Kenneth puts it.Sardina Systems’ flexibility, ability to scale, and attention to privacy and security are desirable to organizations in industries with particular needs regarding security and privacy. Sardina Systems’ enterprise cloud platform, Fish OS, is specifically geared toward creating private clouds for finance, telecommunications, healthcare, and government clients. Sardina Systems is also highly cost-effective compared to many big-name competitors — a private cloud is a fraction of the cost compared to others like Azure or Google Compute Cloud. The University of Tübingen chose Sardina Systems because, according to Dr. Kruger, “Sardina provides a supportive environment for rolling updates with, theoretically, zero downtime, and practically, something very close to that. It saves the university a lot of headaches.” Open Source creating natural alliances where the competition can’tPlatform.sh also uses OpenStack, enabling us to offer public and private cloud services to various customers. Since OpenStack is open source, it can bring together ecosystems of cloud infrastructure service providers like Sardina Systems and Platform.sh in a way that public (often proprietary) cloud can’t. There are alternatives to OpenStack, such as NFS, which work well for storage. But they tend to be slower, and they lack the self-healing and re-balancing that OpenStack offers.Try powerful open source software OpenStack to help manage your cloud infrastructure.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
58:38 12/2/21
#50: Open Infrastructure Foundation
The Open Infrastructure FoundationJulia Kreger, Mark Collier, and Mohammed Naser are all part of the Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF), a nonprofit that builds communities around IaaS, Infrastructure-as-a-Service. The OIF is vast and global — it spans 100,000 members across over 180 countries, and it focuses on projects in multiple areas, including:Edge computingContainer InfrastructurePublic/Private hybrid cloudAI and Machine LearningCI/CDThe OIF origin storyThe Foundation traces its roots to another open source project, OpenStack, which provides software for creating private and public clouds. Julia describes OpenStack. “OpenStack is a whole slew of projects that we've had to build, orchestrate, and integrate, which allow you to use software to manage your infrastructure.” These projects include Airship, Kata Containers, and Zuul, an open source CI/CD platform for gating changes across multiple systems.OpenStack accelerated and began to build a larger community. “Since its inception, over 8,500 developers have contributed to OpenStack.” says Mark. The team wanted to take their work with OpenStack even further. Mark explains the journey from OpenStack to OIF. “We wanted to apply the things we learned with OpenStack to make an even bigger impact, so we became the Open Infrastructure Foundation.”The Four OpensThe OIF follows a set of guiding principles dubbed “The Four Opens.” Mohammed explains them in the quotes below.Open source: “All the software we build is 100% open source — no paywalls and all with open source licenses.”Open design: “You have to have a public conversation about what you intend to do, you have to get that documented as a spec, that the community needs to all agree on together to make sure that it works for everybody. The community controls the roadmap of each project.” Open development: “All code commits and code review are done in public, nothing is behind any walls, nothing that you have to be invited to do.”Open community: “Any and all discussions are locked and made public. There’s no discussion you can’t be a part of.”Learn more about the Open Infrastructure Foundation or try one of their projects.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
58:25 11/4/21
#51: The Power of Women in Tech
Three different paths to techElina Valeeva, CEO of Meditivity, Anna Radulovski, Founder of Coding Girls, and Claudia Mendes Silva, Project Manager for Siemens and an Ambassador of Portugal’s Women in Tech chapter, each came into the tech industry in their own ways. Claudia Mendes Silva and Elina Valeeva both met  Ayumi Moore, the President and Founder of Women in Tech through their tech connections.  When Elina met Ayumi at a tech conference, she says, “We had a really deep conversation about how diversity, inclusion and female empowerment  are being discussed, but not really solved.”  When Ayumi and Claudia met, Ayumi encouraged her to start the Portugal chapter of Women in Tech.Anna Radulovski noticed and wondered about the low ratio of women to men in tech. “I wanted to know what was causing it, so I started researching,” she explains. “I found out that the problem actually starts in childhood, when girls and boys are exposed to sharply gendered toys and ways of playing.” To help remedy this issue, Anna started her own organization, Coding Girls, in 2017, which teaches coding to girls aged 7-12. “We announced one workshop, and then parents liked the idea so much, we ended up having two workshops in the same day,” she says proudly.Four steps toward gender parity at your company Anna, Claudia, and Elina have advice for organizations that want to achieve more gender parity on their teams.Be realistic on job postings. “It’s more common for women to apply to positions when they have 100% of the skills listed, but for men it’s 60%,” says Elina. In light of this information, take a hard look at the job skills the role truly calls for.Establish mentorship. Whether your company establishes relationships with universities to find interns, or uses already existing, more experienced employees to show new ones the ropes, start a precedence of mentorship.Offer flexibility and support. Flexible hours and paid maternity leave are especially attractive to working moms.Shake up your leadership team. Many leadership positions rely on referrals. Diversify your hiring practices for leadership roles to connect with more women who may be qualified, but whom your roles aren’t reaching.Learn more about the Women in Tech organization.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
62:20 11/4/21
#49: Azul, Open Source, and the Zulu Build of OpenJDK
Azul, the JVM, and the JDKSimon Ritter and Geertjan Wielenga are the brains behind Azul, a company focused on providing the best Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Virtual Machine (JVM) possible. It’s also the biggest Java-only company in the world. As Simon says, “Azul is all about Java.”Azul has two products:Zing — A high-performance JVM. As Simon describes it, “Zing is where we've taken open JDK, we've taken Hotspot, replaced certain parts of it, and then make it into a high-performance version.”Zulu — A free and open source distribution of the JDK, commercially supported by Azul. Azul focuses on high performance with ZingThe JVM is very powerful, capable of high performance while also scaling well for hundreds, thousands, or millions of users. But Simon and Geertjan wanted to improve performance even further with Zing. They focused on two main areas: garbage collection and just-in-time (or JIT) compilation.With Zing, the garbage collection algorithm is written to allow garbage collection concurrently with the application threads. Simon explains the benefit of this. “From a garbage collection perspective, we eliminate pretty much all the latency that's there, and it's very beneficial to a lot of applications.” For Zing’s JIT compilation, Simon and Geertjan replaced the C to JIT compiler in the JVM with one called Falcon (based on another open source project). Simon says, “By using Falcon, we can actually get better throughput in terms of number of transactions per second through our JVM.”Azul’s open source contributionsSimon and Geertjan believe in giving back to the open source community. One way they give back is with Foojay (Friends of Open JDK), an integration platform for Java reference material. Or as Simon calls it, “a Wikipedia for Java knowledge.”  Foojay has a Slack channel, Twitter, blog, and events calendar where everyday Java users can connect and share tips and tricks.Azul has also produced another open source tool called J Hiccup, which monitors the latency effect of the JVM and the operations system hardware on an application. Simon says, “J Hiccup compares the impact of the JVM latency on your application, both with and without Zing. When you show the Zing latency graph, it's just a flat line at the bottom — no spikes. J Hiccup is quite an effective way of proving that we can do what we say we do.”Try Zing or Zulu, or connect with other Java users on Foojay.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
53:21 11/3/21
#48 Fission: Fast app publishing for front end devs to ship web native apps
Defining FissionFission is an edge app publishing platform for front-end developers. As Boris Mann, one of its creators, defines it, “Fission is a stack of tools, identity files, and data storage that gives developers everything that's needed to run a full web app using only the front end.”Out of the box, Fission has some key benefits.Runs anywhere: server, phone, laptop, or a mixtureEasy to deploy Automatic updatesIdentity security and authorizationFission offers great developer and user experiencesDeveloper-friendly features include:DNS and SSLCommand-line interface (CLI) — can develop locally, don’t have to learn Git, can publish directly from CLIDistributed architecture via interplanetary file system (IPFS) — all the files in the system are content addressedFor users, Fission offers:Private and encrypted user dataData can be shared between appsRuns in all browsers, including mobile browsers, and offlineFission and identity authorization featuresThe typical OAuth authentication model uses access control lists (ACL), which have some downsides. The rules get complex quickly, and all authorization requests have to go through a central server, a potential bottleneck which can slow things down. As Boris puts it, “It’s like handing someone your house keys, and now they have access to your whole house.”Fission works differently. It’s a distributed authentication system built on JSON web tokens. Users have cryptographically signed certificates describing exactly what a given user is allowed to do. “In this model,” Boris explains, “you can delegate permissions to an app. And that app, in turn, can use a bunch of other services directly and sub-delegate things.”Fission bridges a gapBrooklyn Zelenka, the other creator behind Fission, concludes, “We've been trying to have these distributed, decentralized systems forever. But because there's this UX challenge, they get less adopted. With Fission, we're very much trying to bridge that gap. We want to make things usable and easy while still giving people as much autonomy and control as we possibly can.”Try Fission today.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
60:58 11/3/21
#47: Minimizing risks in code deployment
Reducing risk when deploying code is a huge priority for many DevOps teams, and incidentally, the reason behind our podcast's name, Deploy Friday. Today, we speak with experts Jackie Balzer and Maryann Bell about best practices for risk reduction during code deployment.Defining code deploymentCode deployment can depend on the scale of your organization. Maryann and Jackie both work at large companies (Adobe and Spotify, respectively), where deployment likely differs from an individual developer's or a small organization's processes.Jackie says, "At a high level, deploying code is taking the code that you've written and putting it into all of these places. But in practice, for a product and an organization at the scale of Spotify, code deployment is taking it from one place and putting it into lots of places. Deploying code isn't necessarily the same as releasing code." Code deployment risksThe risks when deploying code are varied. You might accidentally bring down your app or website, or deploy a bug system-wide. According to Jackie, less obvious but more sinister risks include not knowing how to manage an incident if something happens.Some developers feel hesitant about deploying code, and with good reason. Jackie recalls an incident where her team made last-minute changes that ended up taking an entire site down. The experience made her hesitant about deploying code for a while, but she says it's best to just get back on the horse. "The important part is that you learn from those experiences and put improvements into place so that you can build that confidence back up."Deploy on Friday with confidenceDeploying code on Friday is often avoided because if issues arise on the weekend, no one is available to make fixes. Both Jackie and Maryann have tips to reduce this risk. Rollbacks allow you to go back to the last safe state with the press of a buttonSmall change sets inherently carry less risk, as well as being easier and quicker to testReview every pull request: at Adobe, where Maryann works, PR reviews are mandatorySelf-sufficiency: Have as many tools and resources at your fingertips as possibleScale thoughtfully: As you scale, think about employing a DevOps person to architect your infrastructure intelligently and safelyDeploy your technology on Friday on Platform.shPlatform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
57:08 10/12/21
#44: 97 Things Every Cloud Engineer Should Know
“97 Things Every Cloud Engineer Should Know” is a book of collected wisdom by cloud engineering experts. Our two guests today, Michelle Brenner and Dan Moore, both contributed chapters, and we speak with them about the book and the state of cloud engineering in 2021.What is cloud engineering?With most companies having at least part of their infrastructure in the cloud, some form of cloud engineering knowledge is necessary. Dan says, “I would say that a cloud engineer is someone who works in the cloud — public or private. Most people are cloud engineers nowadays, whether they want to be or not.”Michelle expands on this definition. “A cloud engineer is anyone who wants their application not on their computer and more widely available. Whether it's at a company internally or externally for the whole world to try, it’s just kind of getting it out there and being more widely accessible.”Gain an edge with managed services Dan and Michelle are big proponents of managed services, that is outsourcing tasks to people who know how to solve a given problem better than you do. They acknowledge that it’s a trade-off, but the reduced time-to-market and mental load can make it worthwhile.Dan says, “It's just so exciting to me, as a developer, to be able to let something that was previously a highly specialized job be taken care of by these specialists. I just don't have to worry about certain aspects and I can focus on building things that I only I could build.”Become a better engineerDan and Michelle come from different backgrounds and levels of experience, but they both have great advice for engineers. Try to have a:15-minute rule (or 30) — Both Dan and Michelle have a time limit when it comes to solving problems, and after it expires, seek help from someone else.Beginner’s mindset — Learning how other people approach a problem can expand your perspective. A goal in mind — With so much technology out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially as a newbie. To avoid this, Michelle suggests always having a specific goal in mind. Increased communication — “Communication is so much more important to becoming a better developer, programmer, or software engineer than I thought it was when I was just starting out,” says Dan.Get your copy of 97 Things Every Cloud Engineer Should Know to learn more about modern cloud engineering from the experts.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
57:14 9/8/21
#45: The Next Generation Servlet Engine to your cloud application
What is Jetty?Today, our guests share their extensive experience with Jetty. Greg Wilkins is the original software engineer for Jetty and Simone Bordet is a Jetty Committer. Jetty itself is an HTTP server and container for deploying Java servlets that run on HTTP, and it was also the first Java application server to be deployed as a clickable JAR file. Jetty started as a small open source project, and then moved to the Eclipse Foundation in 2009, where it still finds its home today.Greg adds, “Jetty is actually a lot more than an HTTP server. Over the years, the way we've developed the software is rather than being an application container, Jetty is a good software component first that can be used to make an application server, but it can also be used to make embedded applications and various other things.” Who uses Jetty?Jetty has a 25-year history with clients big and small, commercial and open source, from SaaS products to PaaS services. As Simone puts it, “Jetty is deeply battle-tested.” What do clients like about Jetty? It is:Highly extensible, flexible, and pluggableHighly scalable for large loadsCan be scaled down for smaller deploymentsWhat’s ahead for Jetty?The new Jetty comes with significant improvements in performance and documentation, new features, and upgrades to Java 11 and Jakarta EE 9. Moving forward, Simone and Greg have plenty more they’d like to explore. “In the future, I'd like to see the standard support a good, reactive and/or asynchronous, scalable HTTP protocol and all the protocol features, and then have the application features layered on top of that,” says Greg. After working on Jetty for so long, Greg says it is just as relevant as it ever was. “It is amazing to keep doing it and to see the way Jetty keeps developing. What happens above us and the way people use the web changes all the time, but they still need this HTTP protocol.” Try out Jetty on Platform.sh: https://github.com/platformsh-templat... Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
59:41 9/8/21
#43: Move your Java Microservices to the cloud with Payara
Our guests today Rudy de Busscher, on the Payara Sales team, and Fabio Andres Turizo, a Payara Engineer, speak with us about the importance of standards, what Jakarta EE offers developers, and using Payara. Defining PayaraPayara is a cloud-native, open source middleware platform that’s both Jakarta EE and MicroProfile compatible. It comes in two versions; community and enterprise. With the enterprise version, you get access to partners in the community, and very long-term support — 10 years! Payara supports on-premise, in the cloud, and hybrid Jakarta EE applications.Standards mean interoperability and sustainabilityBoth Rudy and Fabio are big on standards, especially when it comes to microservices development. Fabio says, “Standards are important for multiple reasons — but I think the main one is variety. Where there's a body for standards, there's room for anyone to develop an implementation of that standard. And you as a developer have the option to choose what it is.”There may be many reasons you can’t continue using a specific technology. In those cases, Fabio says, “Following a set of standards guarantees that you can quickly migrate to another vendor, and that migration is easier because both vendors are following the same standard. The process becomes more pain-free.”Payara in the communityPayara is a successor to the now-defunct Glassfish. But Payara has some things Glassfish did not, according to our guests:Higher code qualityConsistent bug fixes, updates, and improvementCompatibility with MicroProfile and Jakarta EETooling for use in any development environment More comprehensive documentation lies ahead!One of Payara's goals for 2021 is to make their documentation even more inclusive and welcoming. Fabio says, “One of the main plans for the year is to integrate everything — make it easily readable and more intuitive. If you're just starting out, or you’re a mid-level engineer trying to understand the nuances of how to operate Payara properly, then you will have all the tools you need in the documentation.”Try Payara on Platform.sh: https://platform.sh/marketplace/templ...Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
57:38 9/8/21
#42: Subatomic Reactive Systems in cloud
Today we’ll be talking about reactive programming, Quarkus and Mutiny with our experts, Clement Escoffier and Julien Ponge, both Principal Software Engineers at Red Hat.Why use reactive programmingReactive programming differs from the “traditional” imperative paradigm. Reactive is a programming approach that centers on events (and reacting to them!). It helps build robust, efficient, concurrent applications and systems, and it lets you handle more load while using resources more efficiently. As Clement points out, reactive also takes a different approach to failures. “Failures are inevitable. So we need to embrace them and be able to handle them gracefully.” He says.So, why go reactive? Clement sums it up admirably. “With reactive, we are trying to build more responsive, efficient, robust, distributed systems. It’s about doing more with less.” Mutiny simplifies the development of reactive applicationsMutiny is a new reactive programming library built to bypass common issues with reactive programming. It is integrated — but not bound — into Quarkus, a  commonly used framework for building reactive applications. Mutiny helps developers by being:Event-drivenNavigableIntuitiveJulien adds that another of Mutiny’s strengths is that it’s built based on real-world scenarios. “We asked questions and got lots of feedback from real organizations on how Mutiny is going to be used.”Clement sums it up. “With Mutiny, what we really wanted to tackle is a better user experience, an effective way to write non-blocking code, and make composing asynchronous operations easy and understandable.”Get started with reactive programmingClement and Julien both recommend the Get Started Guides for Quarkus and Mutiny. Julien says, “The guides help explain the concepts and contain repositories you can follow along with.” Clement adds a caveat; “Don’t write reactive just to write it; only do it if you have a need.”But if you do need it, “For reactive programming, Quarkus and Mutiny are complete ecosystems that have everything you need.” Clement says.Get started with Quarkus on Platform.sh.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
58:11 8/31/21
#41: Empowering business automation with Quarkus
Business automation has been used in other industries for years.  Now it’s available for software development. Our Red Hat guests Karina Varela and Donato Marrazzo tell us how business automation can help bridge the gap between business and technical teams.What is business automation?According to Red Hat, “Business automation is the alignment of business process management (BPM) and business rules management (BRM) with modern application development to meet changing market demands.” Karina and Donato add their own definitions to the mix. Donato says, “Business automation is a bundle of two well-known technologies: one is the business process management (BPM) and the other one is digital management. When you contract these two, you are automating your business logic.” Karina adds, “When we are talking about automating business logic for decision processes, that’s business automation.”The Kogito frameworkKogito, a cloud-native framework, is part of Red Hat’s business automation stack. “Kogito is this initiative that’s trying to modernize all our middleware, all of our processes, rules, and optimization, and make it even more lightweight, to make it run on top of a distributed environment instead of being in a monolith environment,” says Donato. Kogito appeals to developers for several reasons:Uses Quarkus to enable fast boot times and easier scaling Domain-specific flexibility Developer-centered experience with embeddable toolingMathematical optimization with OptaPlannerKarina and Donato tell us about a relative newcomer to the Red Hat business automation portfolio, OptaPlanner, which focuses on mathematical optimization. Some real-world use cases for OptaPlanner include:Assigning shifts at a busy hospitalConference scheduling Vehicle routing with planned stopsAny complex task with constraintsAs Donato says, “Finding the optimal solution is nearly impossible, but finding the near-optimal solution, that’s what OptaPlanner is for. It’s constraint solving with artificial intelligence.” Karina explains more on how OptaPlanner works and how to use it, “You have to design the model and the constraints, and the OptaPlanner engine is going to solve the problem for you. ”Try Quarkus on Platform.shPlatform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
56:42 8/30/21
#40: Composer 2 and Packagist
Composer 2.0Jordi Boggiano and Nils Aderman are the original authors of Composer, a near-universal package and dependency manager for PHP, and it just hit a major milestone: Composer 2.0. The two join us in this episode to give us the download on Composer 2 improvements and updates. But first, Nils helpfully defines Composer for us. “Composer is a package manager, or as we sometimes refer to it, a dependency manager. It’s responsible for installing and managing your project’s different versions of dependent packages.”The Packagist-Composer relationship How does Packagist tie into Composer? Nils explains, “Composer is the command-line tool, or potentially the code inside it, that can be used as a library for integration into some web servers. And Packagist is the server, the registry, the repository for packages that you can download.”Composer’s unique features and predictability Composer is not the first or the most recent language package manager on the market, but it does some things really well that other packages don’t.Handles automatically releasing packages with tagsA predictable log file In addition to the log file, our guests say predictability is a very deliberate component of Composer. Nils says, “Overall, the tools behaving in as predictable a way as possible is something that we agree on. I don't want to have to sit there and think, “Why the hell did it do this? I don't understand.” And then I have to read the docs for a couple of hours just to understand what is going on.”Composer 2.0 improvementsThe most common issues in Composer 1 were memory and performance issues. The performance issue has definitely been resolved in Composer 2; as Jordi says, “In Composer 2, the performance is so much faster and uses so much less memory. The numbers vary a bit, but there is a huge reduction of runtime and memory usage.” In addition to the performance overhaul, upgrading to Composer 2.0, also comes with:Internally refactored dependency updates and automatic installsError reporting improvementsTry Packagist on Platform.shPlatform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
54:03 8/28/21
#39: The Platform.sh Agency Partner Program
What is the Platform.sh Partner ProgramFor digital agencies, Platform.sh offers a number of incentives and benefits that make our service more attractive and your business more profitable. The team behind the Digital Agency Partner Program, and our guests today, explain how this partner program includes exclusive pricing, co-selling, and special features. Revamping the partner programWe brought on Chantal Pastorek to revamp and relaunch the Platform.sh partner program. Now, as our Agency Partner Manager for North America, she explains the value proposition we’re looking for, “We wanted to find a way to really identify the agency partners that were going to work with us to co-sell, and to achieve goals for both the agency and Platform.sh. We wanted to figure out who our actual partners were and clean that up across our systems.”Identifying and expanding the partner profileChantal touches on the diversity of our partner organizations, “The types of agencies we want to work with are people building websites, managing multiple projects, or building out different web applications.” Aaron Porter, Partner Program Global VP, credits the visionary architecture of the Partner Program toolset for not limiting our audience. “We don't have to be a tool or a program that's focused on one particular type of agency. We have the capabilities to take on partners that are still growing in complexity or are already a large agency.” The Partner Portal: your one-stop partnership hubChantal gives the lowdown on what’s included in our partner portal. “The partner portal was created as a resource for partners, so they could access training, register and track their opportunities, but also access materials for co-selling, competitive intel, and marketing assets.” In the product dashboard, we share with partners what’s being released, what’s coming up, and opportunities to provide feedback, input, and ideas.Sell more, sell better: partner enablementFor Aaron, “enablement” is the key word. Every step of our partner program is about enabling partners to sell more and better to their clients. “Whether it's technical expertise training, a strategic kind of selling session, a pre-sales session, or co-selling live, each one of those pieces of enablement is what gets their project over the goal line and what drives the partner program. We want to powerfully aid our partners in their success.” Try the Platform.sh Partner Program to enable your agency’s successPlatform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
51:39 8/23/21
#38: Innovation despite lockdown, progress during COVID-19
The OpenideaL origin storyOpenideaL is an ideas and innovation management software created by Linnovate. Based on Drupal, OpenideaL is the leading open source solution for running innovation and ideation campaigns through a community.Elroi, the CEO at Linnovate, explains the project’s origins started, interestingly enough, with the Israeli government, before pivoting to enterprises. “Enterprises realized that it’s a very good solution for them, and they adopted it, either to hear their consumers, or to hear their employees. It was very successful because at Linnovate we suddenly sold many downloads.”Discuss, promote, and rate ideas easilyZohar, Linnovate’s Head of Product, explains OpenideaL’s features. “Out of the box, you have all the tools for managing communities. This means you can have users, groups, comments, notifications, everything that allows a community of people who share the same interests to communicate and flourish together, to create things in a better and more efficient way.” OpenideaL’s feature set includes different ways to:Add ideasDiscuss ideasVote on ideasTake an idea to a closed groupShare the idea with a group of expertsClearly defined workflows OpenideaL takes each idea through a defined workflow. Zohar breaks it down like this: “An idea goes from the draft, which is private, to the ideation phase, where it’s open to the community. After that is the review phase, where experts come in and give their opinion, and there is a discussion between them and the authors. After the review phase, the idea either goes through acceptance, postponed, or rejected statuses.” What’s next for OpenideaLElroi, Zohar, and Netanel have many plans for OpenideaL’s future. For 2021, they are considering:Increasing engagement using AI text analysis Offering OpenideaL as a SaaS for more flexibilityWorking on a machine learning module which will help the administrators and users gain more insights No-code skins for clients who want the ability to change the way the platform looks and feelsSays Zohar, “Our goal in OpenideaL is not just social activity. It’s about taking an idea from its very first form, like a grain, and watering and fertilizing it with the involvement of many people.”Participate in an innovation-forward community by trying out OpenideaL today.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, and subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack and leave managing infrastructure and processes to us.
46:59 8/12/21
#37: Be an API integration genius with Pizzly
Bearer: good tidings for developersPizzly is an open source, OAuth integration proxy created by Bearer. It handles dozens of pre-configured APIs like Asana, Basecamp, Salesforce, Slack, Google Sheets, and more, and lets you quickly add even more APIs with a generic JSON configuration schema. Says Guillaume, Co-Founder and CEO of Bearer, “Pizzly is all about being able to connect to APIs in very fast and simple ways.”How Pizzly does itPizzly’s dashboard lets you enable and configure the APIs, then you “click a button and do the OAuth handshake”, and they are connected. Pizzly then stores this information for future use. Guillaume explains how it works. “In your own application you call the Slack API through the proxy with a magic Bearer token, basically, and that’s it. You don’t have to think about authentication or the token anymore. That’s all done for you automatically.”Taking the pain out of APIsAs active members of the open source community, Bearer kept hearing from developers that they were wasting too much time authenticating and refreshing tokens when connecting to APIs. Says Guillaume, “This is really the biggest pain point we’ve discovered and discussed with developers. We’re in 2021 now and we use APIs everyday, and if it takes 2-3 hours just to be able to test the endpoint of an API, that’s 2-3 hours too many for us.” With Pizzly, Guillaume says, you can get down from 45 minutes to 5 minutes, a huge time-saving difference for developers, not to mention a big increase in ease and simplicity.Pizzly is open source all the wayPizzly is used by companies like Typeform and Pento, and the project has over 700 stars and counting on GitHub. Bearer has always been clear about their goal with Pizzly: to give it away to the community. Says Alice Warnier, Growth Marketing Lead at Bearer, “We believe the community is cleverer than all of us.”Deploy Pizzly on Platform.sh to connect to APIs quickly and easily.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, and subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack and leave managing infrastructure and processes to us.
51:11 8/11/21
#36: Open source authoring: creating a new CMS guidebook
Writing a TYPO3 Guidebook as a Collective EffortWith upwards of 600 features, writing about a fully featured, open source CMS like TYPO3 can be a challenge. In this episode, Felicity Brand, Heather McNamee, and Jeffrey A. McGuire talk about how they co-authored a TYPO3 guidebook in concert with the TYPO3 community.The need for this guidebook As Jeffrey A. McGuire tells it, TYPO3 wanted a book for a diverse audience, ranging from developers, newbies, project analysts, students, educators, integrators, and digital agencies. He explains that while getting the commission to write the book, “They told us there hasn’t been a book for beginners for a while, and we’ve got this idea that our system is ready to get back out into the world.”Every huge task is made up of smaller stepsA book is an enormous project, and it can be hard to know where to start. But as Felicity Brand says, “Writing a book is just like any other writing task. We put a lot of effort into planning at the start. You create a guide, a framework, and then you start putting these building blocks in place.” Heather McNamee says at Open Strategy Partners, they try to approach every task, even big ones like this guidebook, “the same way you eat an elephant, one bite at a time.”The strength of the TYPO3 community contributed to their successAll three guests today acknowledge how much the strength of the TYPO3 community helped them in the creation of this guidebook. Large, well-established, active, and diverse. Heather says, “We really couldn’t have done it without the subject-matter-experts, the incredible documentation team, and the people who blog about TYPO3.”Welcoming to newcomers. As Heather puts it, “The TYPO3 community is ready to scale,” and they actively reach out to help onboard beginners and stakeholders.Leadership is accessible and approachable. Despite being new to the TYPO3 community, Felicity was able to speak with leadership directly to research this guidebook. The community gives back. The TYPO3 community actively supports and contributes to other important projects that many of us rely on like PHP Unit, Symfony, and Composer. What’s next for TYPO3 in 2021TYPO3 CMS has more big plans to start 2021 off right. Says Felicity, “For version 11 the big push is accessibility, usability, and improved developer experience with making sure upgrades are really smooth and easy.”Deploy TYPO3 on Platform.sh today or buy the TYPO3 Guidebook on Amazon today.Platform.shLearn more about usGet started with a free trialHave a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter: @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, and subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcastYouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently.
57:13 8/10/21
#35: Feature Spotlight — Source Operations to run your fleets
Website maintenance is a common challenge, especially for agencies running dozens or even hundreds of sites. Platform.sh uses an internally-developed feature, Source Operations, to effectively manage its “fleets” of web applications.Defining a fleetAugustin Delaporte, Director of Enterprise and Fleets at Platform.sh, defines a fleet like this.“As soon as you start having more than one web application that you're managing, you’re running a fleet, basically. You're facing constraints, you're facing different programmatics that you have to solve, like how you maintain, upgrade, and implement new features to those applications.”The need for Source OperationsChris Yates, our other guest, makes the case that scaling is three-dimensional. And as he says, “The third dimension of scale is people.” When you scale up to a “fleet,” your DevOps team can quickly become overwhelmed with the various tasks of maintaining that fleet. As Chris explains, “The more people and the more organization structures you involve, the more complexity you get in terms of how you manage your fleet. Being able to coordinate responsibility for those who are actually actively maintaining an individual site is a challenge.”Managing a fleetOur guests say it doesn’t take that long to gather enough applications to be called a “fleet”—as few as five will do. Platform.sh’s Source Operations feature helps manage fleets by automating site maintenance, ensuring the web applications are secure, up-to-date, and appropriately customized for each instance.Augustin explains how Source Operations works. “First of all, the workflow that we are running is Git-based. So if you want to update a specific code base on a project, you will have to use Git. And we map the entire architecture of your application, including the services and everything else in Git. So you define the different services with their version and their configuration, and you use Git to deploy and upgrade your site. When you start having a lot of projects, you need a mechanism to update them all at once, with the guarantee that what you're deploying can be tested and checked before it actually goes to production. And that's the entire idea of Source Operations.”Maintenance, security, package upgrades, deployments, feature implementation, and user-facing content is a lot to handle, even for an experienced DevOps team. With Source Operations, you can automate with confidence.View the Platform.sh Source Operations documentation.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
53:56 8/2/21
#34: GraphQL vs REST — Choosing the right tool
GraphQL is an open source, declarative language that you can use to source data from your APIs. In a backend landscape with disparate APIs that all need to be tied together, GraphQL is like a middle layer interface between them. Josh Oppenheim, a software engineer and one of our guests today, adds to this definition. “GraphQL allows you to declaratively say, ‘Hey, I want this data to look like this,’ and expect what you get back. So every time that call is made, it's always going to come back as that structure. You can also choose and add fields onto that.”GraphQL benefitsGraphQL has a wealth of features that can make developer’s lives easier, including: Reduced under- and over-fetching of dataMakes it easier to write APIsSelf-documentingChoosing GraphQL or RESTGraphQL and REST both fetch data, but there are differences between the two. “REST is a bit different from GraphQL,” Josh explains, “REST allows you to grab one resource by ID, but you don't get to decide what fields they are going to be, to put them together, or describe your data.” So how do you know when to use REST vs. GraphQL? Josh says,“Generally speaking, I think they both have their place.” He goes on to describe the differences in how each works. “REST has an over-fetching problem, right? So GraphQL, I make one call, I describe my data, I get it back. REST, I make X amount of calls, I get my data, I structure it myself, I put it where it needs to go, and I discard the rest. So using REST in this example means wasted data, time, and developer effort.”Our other guest, Developer Advocate Lucas Santos, says that REST and GraphQL are complementary, not at odds. He often uses GraphQL for a very specific use case. “In my opinion, logs are the best use case for GraphQL.”Learn Graph QL While you might be tempted to jump in and implement GraphQL right away, our guests advise a different approach. GraphQL has many online “playgrounds” where you can experience GraphQL, with no consequences. Josh says, “Learn the queries first before you try to implement it.”Try GraphQL on Platform.sh with Gatsby or StrapiPlatform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
58:18 7/29/21
#33: From Dev to Deploy with Helidon, the lightweight Java microservices framework
Introducing Oracle HelidonHelidon is an open source, microservice framework for writing applications. As our two Oracle guests today, Dmitry Kornilov and Dmitry Alexandrov explain, Helidon is named after the Greek symbol for a swallow, a bird that’s extremely fast and maneuverable; just like Helidon. Helidon helps developers with two “flavors”Helidon has two development experiences, which our guests like to call “flavors”: Helidon SE and Helidon MP. While both are extremely fast, there are differences between the two.Helidon SE features three core APIs to create a microservice—a web server, configuration, and security—for building microservices-based applications.Helidon MP is an Eclipse MicroProfile implementation that allows the Java EE and Jakarta EE communities to run microservices in a portable way.Performance and support in one packageHelidon is a great choice if you are focused on a fully supported, performant application. Dmitry Alexandrov says, “Speed plus standards are the two key factors for us. That’s my definition of Helidon.”Performance: Helidon is small and light, so the memory footprint, startup time, and disk usage are also small. “We’re talking megabytes,” says Dmitry Alexandrov. The reactive APIs are what contribute to making Helidon so small and intuitive.Support: Helidon has full support for cloud native APIs, including health check metrics, tracing, and console availability. The tools you can use with Helidon include:DockerKubernetesPrometheusOpenTracingEtcdUse cases for HelidonDmitry Kornilov says the most common use cases they receive are organizations upgrading from monolithic applications to microservices, and are looking at different microservices frameworks. “Helidon is often their choice, mainly because of the strong standard support, so it’s guaranteed to work the same way on your application server and in your Helidon micro container. It guarantees that the behavior you had will be the same,” he adds.For these use cases, what’s the benefit of using Helidon over Spring Boot or Quarkus? For one thing, Helidon is not an application server, it’s primarily focused on microservices. For another, Quarkus doesn’t have the support compatibility that Helidon has, and it tends to be more affordable than Spring.Try Helidon on Platform.sh.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
55:31 7/28/21
#32: Elasticsearch — lightning-fast search at scale with ease
Elasticsearch: Easy, fast, and reliableElasticsearch is a highly scalable open source full-text search and analytics engine; it allows you to store, search, and analyze big volumes of data quickly and near real-time. As one of our guests, Jay Miller says, Elasticsearch is “the original idea of making search easy, fast, reliable.” Today with Jay Miller and Ricardo Ferreira, we'll discuss the success cases, tips, why you should use a search engine in your project, and where the project is headed in the future. Ingesting data into ElasticsearchThere’s no one right way to ingest data into Elasticsearch; our guests say it depends on your architecture. Jay Miller asks us to consider these questions.What does the data look like?Does the data need to be worked on prior to ingesting it into Elasticsearch?Are you using it in some type of programming language?Jay Miller adds, “Decide what's going to be the easiest for you to maintain, whether you’re controlling your ingestion from within your project, or if you’re going to add a layer on to it to keep it separated from the rest of the project.”Elasticsearch supports database aggregationDatabase aggregation support in Elasticsearch is powerful because, as Ricardo says, “it allows us different contexts to request and execute aggregations.” He names different programming languages you can use, such as Java, Go, Python, C++, C Sharp, .Net, REST, and Kibana. Ricardo adds, “There’s also built-in support for custom aggregations.”When not to use Elasticsearch“Just because Elasticsearch is scalable,” explains Ricardo Ferreira, “it doesn't mean that it will play well with every single use case.” Elasticsearch may not be the best choice when handling transactions, “If you're looking for a highly transactional system that relies on ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability) you probably will miss one of those letters there. You will have atomicity, isolation, and durability, but not consistency.”Use Elasticsearch on Platform.shPlatform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
56:01 7/1/21
#31: The BIPOC experience (Black Indigenous People of Color) in tech
Guest Anjuan Simmons and host Robert Douglass explore the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) experience in the tech world.Facing additional burdens As a Black manager and leader with 25 years of experience in the technologist space, Anjuan carries more burdens than most. He lists:Being many people’s first Black managerBeing looked at as a “token hire”Dealing with stereotypes others have about Black peopleAnjuan sums it up, “Really, I have to do two jobs: the job I was hired to do, and the job of carrying these burdens.” Assess your progress on diversity, equity, and inclusionDiversity can be a shallow statistic. Anjuan’s goal is to reach beyond diversity and into true belonging. Everyone has a part in making this happen, but especially those in charge of hiring. Anjuan says, “If you have hiring responsibility at a technology company, hire Black women.” He suggests three questions as a litmus test for companies who want to know how they’re doing in diversity, equity, and inclusion.How many Black women work here?Do you know who these Black women are?Do you think they could do your job?Anjuan explains his reasoning for asking these questions. “Black women are often the most disadvantaged when it comes to working in technology. So if you as a company can answer these questions well, that is the clearest indicator I've ever come across to really see how you're doing. If you can't answer those questions, especially as a manager, it’s likely you have a long way to go.” H.E.L.P.Anjuan also provides an acronym he uses to illustrate how you can be a BIPOC ally in technology: H.E.L.P.History: Do the hard work of learning more about the history of racism.Empathy: Provide empathy, which says “I hurt with you,” instead of sympathy.Listen: Listen to BIPOC experiences in tech.Provide help: Where and how BIPOC tell you it’s needed.Anjuan explains, “By understanding the history, by developing empathy, and by listening, you'll be able to provide help. And you'll be a part of what I think we can all do, which is exert that gravitational pull that will help us bend the arc of the moral universe closer to justice.”Change your hiring practices to embrace diversity and belonging by visiting Black Girls Code or Code 2040.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
63:13 6/30/21
#30: Database Spotlight — MySQL
MySQL is an open source, multi-user, and multi-threaded database management system. What’s more, it’s still growing, as our guests, Airton Lastori and Dave Stokes, longtime users of MySQL, emphasize.We asked Airton and Dave about the newest, most exciting, and lesser-known features of MySQL. They responded enthusiastically. All quotes in this list from Dave Stokes.Recursive CTE:  as Dave explains it, this is “...an easy, painless way to write subqueries. They’re easier to comprehend than standard subqueries too.”Dual passwords: saves and discards secondary passwords, helping you avoid downtimeHash joins: make joins go much more quicklyContention Aware Transaction Scheduler (CATS) : “If you have columns and rows in your data at a certain load level, this automatically switches on and knows how to handle the very hot contention there.”Invisible indexes: “Now, you can make an index invisible to the optimizer, run your explain again, make the index visible again, all without having to go back and rebuild that index.” Histograms: “A histogram is a bunch of buckets that know where the range of your data is, and the optimizer knows how to get your data much faster.”And others, including:Materialized columnsJSON supportDedicated key value interfaceMySQL’s futureWhile they are huge MySQL fans, Airton and Dave do have some wishes for its future, such as improved replication, analytics, and help for beginners. Dave says, “It’s a steep learning curve to get someone to use a relational database. The more I look at the beginner stuff, we're not doing enough to help people get on their way to becoming database developers.”MySQL isn’t going anywhereAs an extremely popular database management system, MySQL is embedded in the very fabric of the web, and it’s here to stay. Dave says, “MySQL is used by Booking.com, Ticketmaster, Twitter, Facebook, local YMCAs, big government organizations, and flight operations for the US Navy. MySQL is everywhere.”Airton adds, “Our job is to make MySQL even easier to use and continue to be reliable. So we try to implement features that customers are looking for, that developers are looking for, and keep the roots for people that are already using MySQL as a database.”Try MySQL on Platform.shPlatform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
53:47 6/18/21
#29: Language Spotlight — Ruby
We continue the Deploy Friday Language Spotlight series with the programming language Ruby. Our two guests, developers Emily Giurleo and Jason Charnes, talk about their love for Ruby and what to expect with the Ruby 3.0 release.The benefits of RubyRuby is a favorite to introduce newcomers to coding, along with Python and JavaScript. The father of the Ruby programming language, Yukihiro Maksumoto, likes to say, “Ruby sparks programming joy.” While he may be biased, Emily and Jason agree. “I think that's a really apt way to put it. It's really fun and satisfying to write Ruby. And I think it makes people want to program.” says Emily. Ruby sparks programming joy with its many benefits, such as:Straightforward syntax makes the language user-friendly and intuitive.Opinionated: Jason says the framework itself helped him “ramp up” more quickly.Community:  Creative, curious, fun, kind, supportive, friendly, and loves problem-solving, according to Emily and Jason. Surprising flexibility: Jason quotes David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails, “Ruby gives you sharp knives. And if you're trained, you know how to use them. If not, you can cut your fingers off.”Jason goes into more detail, “Ruby was really easy to understand while I was learning new concepts. It simplified things for me because the syntax just doesn't get in your way. That really sparked my love of programming and took it to the next level. So for me, I think Ruby is special because of the joy I get writing it. It’s syntactically very user-friendly.”What’s new with Ruby 3.0With Ruby 3.0 coming down the pipeline, there’s a lot for developers to get excited about. Emily and Jason tell us what they’re ready for.New syntaxAutomatic memory compaction: Emily says, “In Ruby 3.0, memory compaction is going to be automatic, which should hopefully fix a lot of the issues that people are experiencing with memory bloat and memory leaks.”Pattern matchingFaster: The goal with Ruby 3.0 is to make it 3 times faster than Ruby 2.0, something Jason says the team has been working on incrementally over the past 5 years.New ways to declare methodsTry Ruby on Platform.sh to experience programming joy for yourself.Platform.shLearn more about us.Get started with a free trial.Have a question? Get in touch!Platform.sh on social mediaTwitter @platformshTwitter (France): @platformsh_frLinkedIn: Platform.shLinkedIn (France): Platform.shFacebook: Platform.shWatch, listen, subscribe to the Platform.sh Deploy Friday podcast:YouTubeApple PodcastsBuzzsproutPlatform.sh is a robust, reliable hosting platform that gives development teams the tools to build and scale applications efficiently. Whether you run one or one thousand websites, you can focus on creating features and functionality with your favorite tech stack.
54:14 6/17/21

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