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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 169: Zine Nation

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“The thing I believe the market is figuring out right now is that having a Kubernetes strategy is not the same as having an IT strategy.”

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Chef CEO Barry Crist.
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Kinds of Low Code Developers
How do you feel about platforms that promise to deliver apps without coding? If you express some negative sentiment, then you’re like two-thirds of the customers Progress Software surveyed last year. Despite the bad feelings, a review of recent surveys shows that use of low-code platforms has increased and will continue to do so in the near future. The main reason is that the platforms kill two birds with one stone — they address long-standing development challenges that are also holding back company-wide digital transformation efforts. However, it is important not to oversell the benefits, which are mostly associated with increasing the speed of development and less about allowing business units to innovate and create code themselves.

These bad feelings are not ill-informed, because 80% of developers use a low-code or no-code application development environment, according to a recent Evans Data survey. However, the same survey also found that only 9% of developers are using these environments at least 75% of the time. As low-code platforms increasingly become part of IT strategies, executives should remember that while these tools can democratize coding, the core audience for these products are skeptical professional developers that are likely to rely on their primary tools to for everyday coding.
 
What's Happening

New services and tools continue to emerge for cloud native deployments, vying for a place among what is already immensely complex web of choices.

During a podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and editor in chief of The New Stack, at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Barcelona, the main topics were the serverless tools and goals by Oracle and Autom8.Network, which offers a decentralized function as a service (FaaS).

Podcast guests Maddie Patrichi, senior software developer for Oracle, and Gregg Altschul, co-founder and CTO of Autom8.Network, offered their thoughts and described their projects.

Serverless, API Gateways and Challenges in Today’s Cloud Native World

Zine Nation

Sometimes you have to look back to move forward. Back in the early 1990s, just before the internet popped into our collective consciousness, creative sorts would communicate their ideas to the world through homemade photocopied ‘zines (short for “magazines”).

Often rough-hewn, with clip-art and ragged typography, zines nonetheless provide a direct to communicate with the rest of the world, as zines were passed around among friends and sold for a buck or two at the local independent book store or collective activist center.

We like the way Stripe engineer Julia Evans brought the concept forward with her series of “Bite Size” zines that explain often-difficult-to-understand technical concepts and tools. Each page of her zine (or small books now, really, as she sells them for a nominal fee) offers a succinct, buzzword-free, easily digestible explanation of a single technology. As TC Currie reports in a profile of Evans, Evans started this practice at PyCon, as a bonus for attending her talk on Strace. She has since written 17 zines. Her latest is “Bit Sized Networking” for those who need to know the secrets of TCP/IP and other concepts.

Traditionally, the Linux/Unix community has relied on the MAN (manual) pages that come with each Linux distro for documentation. Thorough and concise, MAN pages are one of the great achievements of open source culture. But for a newbie, they can be intimidating, as they don’t walk you into the technology, just offer details on everything it can do, in order of their command structures. A different abstraction is needed to convey a basic understanding, and this is something Evans’ “zines” do so well. And they point to the way that we can use different media to convey different aspects of a technology, so everyone can understand them. It’s not just about telling someone to RTFM any longer.

Docker Symlink-Race Vulnerability Could Allow Unauthorized Data Access

A pair of SUSE security researchers have unearthed a vulnerability within all versions of the Docker container engine that provides an attacker a way to get to the host or other containers managed by the host. A patch has been submitted upstream for the vulnerability (CVE-2018-15664), and is currently under review, according to security researcher Aleksa Sarai.

This Week in Programming: GitHub Gets in the Open Source Fundraising Game

The news perhaps causing the most buzz coming out of the GitHub Satellite conference in Berlin was that of GitHub Sponsors, which brings GitHub into the open source fundraising space — a space that has seen some new additions of late, such as the Linux Foundation’s recently announced CommunityBridge. Alongside the beta Sponsors feature, GitHub also announced the GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund, in which GitHub says it “will match all contributions up to $5,000 during a developer’s first year in GitHub Sponsors” and charge no payment processing fees for the first year, with no platform fees as well.

The Bullwhip Effect in Continuous Delivery: When Good Features Go Bad

In the field of industrial operations, The Bullwhip Effect posits that small upstream changes can have an amplified downstream impact. With a bullwhip, the energy originating at the handle becomes intensely concentrated and by the time it reaches the tip, it is so intense it creates a small sonic boom — the “crack” of a whip. Seemingly small changes can have unexpected, amplified downstream impacts. This is a useful metaphor for considering the unintended consequences of continuous deployment, one of the more dominant models for modern software development and delivery.

Party On

Wesley Payne of Linux Academy, Ell Marquez of Linux Academy, Jupiter Broadcasting, Mark Korondi of Acronis and Mattia Belluco of the University of Zurich pose for the camera at the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon after party in Barcelona.

The VMware crew in the courtyard at the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon party in Barcelona: Vladimir Vivien, Kendrick Cole, Simone Morellato, Patrick Daigle, and Susan Wu.

Uday Vishwakarma and Debarshi Basak of Reynen Court B.V were at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon after party in Barcelona.

A CoreOS reunion shot from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon. This group calls themselves "The Coreos," pronounced not like their former company but like the cookie, starting with the letter C.

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