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Top 5 announcements from AWS re:Invent 2018

AWS re:Invent has just completed. It was a huge event with 50,000+ attendees across 7 of the biggest hotels in Vegas, and many new service announcements.

Serverless continue to get lots of attention with new lambda enhancements and better container support. The “hybrid” model of using your own datacenter in conjunction with a cloud provider has been fully embraced by AWS with the new “Outposts” capabilities. Machine learning also got much love with several new services using and supporting it. Read on for my top picks from this week’s announcements…

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Service Mesh: Istio and AWS App Mesh

One of the big announcements at AWS re:Invent this week was the AWS App Mesh.

Before talking about it though, let’s look at what the heck a mesh is anyway…

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Talk summary: Realizing the Microservices Vision with Service Mesh by Arijit Mukherji

Some note on the talk “Fully Realizing the Microservices Vision with Service Mesh” by Arijit Mukherji of SignalFx at AWS re:Invent 2018 (DEV312)

Find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTHhsbKfpWg

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Talk summary: SRE principles by Tori Wieldt @ AWS re:Invent 2018

I caught a talk by Tori Wieldt at the New Relic booth at AWS re:Invent on “SRE principles”. Even though it was a short talk in the expo hall, rather than a formal scheduled one, it had a ton of good SRE material.

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AWS Re:Invent 2018 Keynote announcements

Highlights from today’s 2018 AWS Re:Invent Keynote by CTO Werner Vogel.

 

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Talk summary: Reactive DDD by Vaughn Vernon @ QCon2018

Some notes on the “Reactive DDD – When Concurrent Waxes Fluent” talk by Vaughn Vernon (author of Implementing Domain-Driven Design) at QCon 2018. (Currently I think you need to be logged in as a ticket holder to see the talk – I will post a link if it becomes public)

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Testing in Production Presentation – SVCC 2018

The following post is essentially a written version of the Testing in production talk I gave at Silicon Valley Code Camp 2018. You can find the presentation deck here at slideshare.

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Talk summary: Chaos Engineering by Adrian Cockroft @ ChaosConf18

Title: Chaos Engineering – What is it, where did it come from, and where might it be going?

Speaker: Adrian Cockcroft (AWS VP Cloud Architecture Strategy)

Conference: Chaos Conference 2018 (http://chaosconf.io/)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cefJd2v037U

The following are some brief notes and slide summaries from Adrian’s keynote at ChaosConf 2018…

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Notes from TechKnowCon 2018

I attended TechKnowCon (https://techknowcon.splashthat.com/) this week. I enjoyed the  conference a lot. It centered around the theme of continuous learning, and how to instill a learning culture in your work environment. There were 2 talks in particular that I got a lot from, “Teach Like an Engineer” and “Peer learning at scale”…

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Talk summary: Using Chaos to Build Resilient Systems by Tammy Butow @ QCon2018

Using Chaos to Build Resilient Systems” was a talk by given by Tammy Butow of Gremlin at QCon New York 2018 . I really enjoyed the talk, so wanted to summarize some of the key points of interest to me.

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“Ship It!” talk at the Boise Code Camp

Slides for my “Ship It!” talk at the Boise Code Camp in Boise State University today: https://www.slideshare.net/shaunabram/ship-it-boise

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First experiment with Cloud Foundry

I’m at a Cloud Foundry conference today. Cloud Foundry is an open source “cloud” platform as a service (PaaS).

I decided to dive in and try to deploy the server we developed at GiveCamp last week for the ‘Big Brothers and Big Sisters’ charity project. I started by mavenizing the project, so I had a war to deploy.

Then, I created a free Cloud Foundry account, installed their ‘vmc’ command line tool and ran the ‘vmc push’ command to deploy my way to the cloud. And it worked straight off! Don’t you just love it when tools just work?

Our webservice is now running on a remote server that can be accessed by the iPhone and Android apps the team is developing. We still have some database work to complete, but this feels like a nice step forward.

In the mean time, I am now officially a Cloud Foundry fan…

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Central California GiveCamp Review

Had a great weekend at the Central California GiveCamp in Fresno this weekend. I joined the Big Brothers and Big Sisters team, working on a mobile app (Android & iPhone). I helped out on the server & database side where we created a Java WebService talking JSON, with a MySQL database. Most of the team were from Fresno State. Still some work do to deploying the solution to the cloud, but we made good progress.

It was a really enjoyable weekend, and all for a good cause. Thanks to Walt Read and Iran Rodrigues for setting up and running it all so smoothly, and Dr Alex Liu from Fresno State for organizing the team…

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Going to Central California GiveCamp

Heading to Central California GiveCamp tomorrow for a weekend of coding for charitable causes. Should be fun!

JavaOne: Tuesday’s Keynote

This morning’s Keynote at JavaOne contained a few interesting announcements, including

  • JDK7 for MacOS X Developer Preview announced by Hasan Rizvi (SVP @ Oracle). Available here.
  • Java FX to be open sourced, and it will be proposed to the JCP (Confirmed, see press release)
  • JDK8 will be released in the summer of 2013 (not 2012 as previously discussed), as announced by Adam Messinger from Oracle

There was also mention of an Oracle Java Magazine, which I confess I had never heard of before.

For a summary of this morning’s announcements, see here.

Overall, not the most exciting keynote I have seen. It opened with a presentation from Juniper Networks. I didn’t find the topic of “Programming the network” to bring networks and apps closer together particular relevant for me personally. They then rolled out a bunch of other corporate folks from the likes of Intel, Redhat, IBM and ARM. The Twitter guy did announce that Twitter are joining OpenJDK as well as the JCP though.

On to the sessions…

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