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JAX London Speaker of the Day

Holly Cummins – Simplicity and Openness in Cloud Foundry

Anna Job
Holly Cummins at the JAX London 2014

IBM engineer and JAX London speaker Holly Cummins talks JAX conference tips, Cloud Foundry and IBM Websphere.

Ahead of her JAX London talk on “The Lazy Developer’s Guide to Cloud Foundry“, Holly Cummins spoke to JAXenter about Cloud Foundry, the IBM WebSphere and what she’s looking forward highlights.

You’re going to be speaking about Cloud Foundry at the JAX London. Can you say what it is that makes it so popular?

Simplicity and openness. It’s really quick to get your first app up and available on Cloud Foundry. Because it’s an open platform a whole host of vendors support it, so you’re not locked into one vendor. So you can get your first app up, and then you can move that up somewhere else if you want to. Cloud Foundry is gathering more and more momentum so it is looking like the new standard for cloud deployments.

Anything in particular you’re looking forward to at the JAX London?

I’m looking forward to getting some tips from Martijn Verburg’s talk on effective technical teams, and also Heinz Kabutz’s talk on reflection. Conferences are a good opportunity to learn about new areas, but also to discover things we didn’t know about familiar subjects.

What tips would you give to people hoping to make the most out of these big conferences?

  • Download the app! It’s the most effective way to figure out where you want to be.
  • Make notes. I learn a lot when I look back over my old notes.
  • Go to a range of talks that immediately grab you and ones which are a bit more out of your comfort zone. Some of the most best conference presentations I’ve been to have been ones where I ended up in the room by accident. I’m not sure I’d recommend lucky dip for every session, but it’s a great way to learn about something totally new.
  • Take it back. Set up a session with the rest of your team to present highlights of what you’ve learned. That way everyone can benefit (and your notes will come in handy, too.)
  • Finally, have fun. These big conferences can be amazing experiences.

Could you tell us a bit about IBM WebSphere and your involvement with it?

IBM WebSphere is actually a range of products, which includes workhorses like WebSphere MQ messaging, Worklight for developing mobile apps, and also higher-level products like Business Process Manager, and Portal Server. They’re all what we call middleware – the thing that sits between the front end application and the operating system and programming environment.

I’ve been involved with WebSphere for over a decade, mostly in the Application Server (which I tend to think of as just “WebSphere”). Most recently, I’ve been working on the Liberty Profile of the Application Server, which I’m really proud of. It’s lightweight, fast, dynamic, and a total pleasure to use. We’ve got clever modular internals and that translates into a runtime which is suitable both for development use and production and for workloads from really light ones to big enterprise scale lifting.

Holly is a senior software engineer developing enterprise middleware with IBM WebSphere. She is also a committer on the Apache Aries project and co-author of Enterprise OSGi in ActionYou can see Holly Cummins speak at JAX London on Wednesday 15th of October. Her talk entitled ‘The Lazy Developer’s Guide to Cloud Foundry’ takes place at 15:15 in Room C

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Anna Job
Anna is a recent graduate of History of Art and German. For the last two years she has worked as a music journalist for GoldenPlec online music magazine. She recently moved from Dublin to Berlin to write about technology and the booming startup scene. Anna writes for WebMagazin and JAXenter.com

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