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Interview with Björn Rabenstein, engineer at SoundCloud and Prometheus core developer

Prometheus 1.0: “Prometheus and Kubernetes share spiritual ancestry”

Prometheus 1.0 was launched last week —it delivers a stable API and user interface. In short, “Prometheus 1.0 means upgrades won’t break programs built atop the Prometheus API, and updates won’t require storage re-initialization or deployment changes.” Let’s allow Björn Rabenstein, engineer at SoundCloud and Prometheus core developer, to tell us all everything we need to know about this release.

Interview with Simon Maple, Head of Developer Advocacy at ZeroTurnaround

“I don’t expect microservices to become a default architecture”

This year’s Java Tools and Technologies Landscape Report takes a look at the trends and patterns in the JVM, analyzes the data and makes predictions about the way the JVM landscape will look like in the next few years. We talked to Simon Maple, Head of Developer Advocacy at ZeroTurnaround, about the results of this report and what the numbers mean for developers.

Interview with Stephen DeMeulenaere, co-founder of Coin Academy

[Bit]coin flipping: “Blockchain will outgrow Bitcoin”

The discussion about cryptocurrencies is nowhere near over, especially now that the Bitcoin halving has proved that the saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” may actually be true. Stephen DeMeulenaere, the co-founder of Coin Academy, the first digital currency education platform, signals that the future of cryptocurrencies is bright and that Bitcoin will continue to grow.

Interview with Tom Barber, software developer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Apache OODT platform: Use metadata as a first class citizen

Apache OODT is an award-winning software birthed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, being used for scientific data system projects in Earth Science, Planetary Science, and Astronomy. DARPA XDATA and National Cancer Institute’s Early Detection Research Network are also using OODT. We talked to Tom Barber, software developer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about the idea behind Apache OODT and its uses.

Interview with Carlo Pescio

“Just like a cut diamond, code that does not accept any change won’t easily modify its shape”

Carlo Pescio, a programmer who has been breathing software for over 35 years, wrote a paper titled Decisions, Assumptions, and Overfitting or why most “clever” code ain’t so clever after all in which he claimed that “clever” code is actually fragile. We talked about how “clever” code can break under change and what can be done to prevent that from happening.

Dissecting the Bitcoin halving — Interview with Henry Brade, CEO of Prasos Oy

[Bit]coin flipping: “Bitcoin is the world’s first universal currency”

Bitcoin halving has come and gone; what’s left is a smaller reward for mining bitcoins and the promise of a stronger cryptocurrency. We talked to Henry Brade, the CEO of Prasos Oy, a Finnish Bitcoin startup founded in 2012, about the event, the current state of Bitcoin and what’s next for all the people directly involved in this matter.

Interview with Bozhidar Bozhanov and Stoyan Mitov

Bulgaria passes law requiring government software to be open source [UPDATE]

Bulgaria now requires all software written for the government to be open source. We asked Bozhidar Bozhanov, adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister at Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, and Stoyan Mitov, a business development director at Dreamix and co-founder at Grajdanite.bg, to comment on this new law and its benefits.

Interview with Mark Little, Red Hat VP of Engineering

MicroProfile: “Java EE needs to keep evolving”

Red Hat recently joined forces with Payara, IBM, Tomitribe and the London Java Community to create MicroProfile, an open forum which aims to bring microservices to Enterprise Java. In this interview series, we ask all the parties involved to comment on the initiative and their contribution to MicroProfile. Our third interviewee is Mark Little, Red Hat VP of Engineering.

Interview with Chris Mattmann, Chief Architect of the Instrument and Science Data Systems Section at NASA JPL

Apache Bahir against a “wild west” of Big Data projects

The Apache Software Foundation recently announced Apache Bahir as a Top-Level Project. We asked Chris Mattmann, a Principal Data Scientist and the Chief Architect in the Instrument and Data Systems section, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, to comment on this project and reveal what’s next for Apache Bahir.

Interview with Martijn Verburg, co-organizer of the London Java Community

MicroProfile: „The time for the monolithic Java EE platform standard is possibly over“

Red Hat recently joined forces with Payara, IBM, Tomitribe and the London Java Community to create MicroProfile, an open forum which aims to bring microservices to Enterprise Java. In this interview series, we ask all the parties involved to comment on the initiative and their contribution to MicroProfile. Our second interviewee is Martijn Verburg, the co-organizer of the London Java Community.

Interview with Contino's Matt Saunders

“Docker is quite a transformative technology” | JAX DevOps

“Docker changes the way an organization delivers software in ways that haven’t been done in a generation.” JAXenter editor Gabriela Motroc talked to Matt Saunders, Principal Consultant at Contino and JAX DevOps speaker, about containers as a technology and what it means to adopt technologies such as Docker.

Interview with Netflix's Mike McGarr

“Data is the engine that drives Netflix’s success” | JAX DevOps

Learning how to operate reliably at scale in a cloud environment was one of the challenges Netflix faced when it migrated all its services to the cloud. JAXenter editor Gabriela Motroc talked to Mike McGarr, the Engineering Manager for the Netflix Developer Productivity team and JAX DevOps speaker, about Netflix’s decision to migrate its services to the cloud, the challenges the company faced, the lesson learned and the Netflix culture.

Interview with JavaOne Rock Star Monica Beckwith

How can you hire more women engineers? “Be flexible to accommodate their needs”

Why do most IT companies have so few female engineers? How can they hire more women engineers? If only we knew the answers to these questions….We talked to Monica Beckwith, Java/JVM Performance Consultant and JavaOne Rock Star, about how employers can persuade female engineers to join their companies.