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Interview

Microservices checklist — Part 2

“The size of a microservice is the size of the team that is building it”

No software architect can resist the temptation to talk about their experience with microservices. We launched an interview series with experts who talked about the benefits and challenges of microservices, when people should not use them and what impact they have on an organization. Our second interviewee is Aviran Mordo, the head of engineering at Wix.

Interview with DevOps evangelist Anton Weiss

“The codebase is a minefield —there will be casualties”

Continuous Delivery is the antidote for stressful, scary and fragile releases. A proper CD pipeline gives us the certainty that most of the mines got detected and disarmed and even if anything was overlooked, we have a way to quickly revert the damage. We invited Anton Weiss, Principal Consultant and CEO at Otomato and DevOps evangelist, to talk about the pitfalls of not putting continuous delivery into practice and the advantages of having a proper CD pipeline.

Interview with Viktor Farcic, Senior Consultant at CloudBees

Checklist: Why are microservices important for you?

No software architect can resist the temptation to talk about their experience with microservices. We launched an interview series with experts who talked about the benefits and challenges of microservices, when people should not use them and what impact they have on an organization. Our first interviewee is Viktor Farcic, Senior Consultant at CloudBees.

Interview with Paolo Tasca, Director at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London

[Bit]coin flipping: The traditional banking sector is much more “intrusive” than Bitcoin

The Bitcoin economy has gone from an early prototype stage to a second one characterized by gambling and black markets and finally to a third stage which steers away from “sin” and toward legitimate enterprises. This is the conclusion of a research paper titled “The Evolution of the Bitcoin Economy: Extracting and Analyzing the Network of Payment Relationships.”

Interview with Eduards Sizovs, leader of the Latvian Software Craftsmanship Community

“With the rise of the serverless movement, you only have to care about code”

It’s very easy for organizations to pick good practices from forward-looking companies and put them here and there, but truly effective teams are those that constantly question the status quo. We asked Eduards Sizovs, the leader of the Latvian Software Craftsmanship Community, to comment on the myth of one-size-fits-all Continuous Delivery, the importance of automation and more.

Interview with Xiangrui Meng, software engineer at Databricks

Apache MLlib — Making practical machine learning easy and scalable

Machine learning may sound futuristic, but its not. Speech recognition systems such as Cortana or Search in e-commerce systems have already showed us the benefits and challenges that go hand in hand with these systems. In our machine learning series we will introduce you to several tools that make all this possible. Second stop: MLlib, Apache Spark’s scalable machine learning library.

Interview with Zubin Irani, CEO of cPrime

“DevOps is a critical step to achieving full agility”

Do agile and DevOps really go hand in hand in the real world? Can an agile transition be considered successful without DevOps? What do we need to understand about agile and DevOps? These are just a few questions that have remained unanswered. We talked to Zubin Irani, CEO at cPrime, a full-service consultancy that implements agile transformations and delivers agile solutions, about the importance of agile in today’s tech environment and what it means to be fully agile.

Interview with Proofpoint

“Cybercriminals can take advantage of the popularity of applications like Pokemon GO”

Pokemon GO is still on fire. It was recently revealed that the game has had more downloads in its first week than any other app in App Store’s history. Meanwhile, SuperData Research revealed that Pokemon GO had earned $14 million by July 11. Despite the game’s huge success, Proofpoint’s warning still stands — “gamers should be extremely wary of what they may be exposed to when downloading apps from app stores other than the Apple App Store and Google Play.”

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.