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ISSUE 283: Community or Ecosystem?

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“Data is like bags of agricultural seed. It does nothing for an organization when it is just sitting in bags. What is more important is how you leverage it and what you can make out of it with the right fertilizer, water, and sunlight.”

Brian Platz, Co-CEO Fluree
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Experienced Low Code Developers Value Request Handling and Business Process Management More Than Others

An incredibly large number of developers and companies already use low-code or no-code visual platforms, depending on your definition of “low-code” and “no-code.” Over 80% of the 672 respondents in DZone’s recent Low-Code Development trends report had previously used a low-code platform to build software, with 23% utilizing them often or all the time. Request handling and business process management are particularly valuable use cases that may be ripe for further adoption by a new round of developers.

Seventy-two percent of the more low-code platform users find them very useful for request handling and 66% feel that way about business process management. However, only 54% of developers with low-code experience have actually used a platform this way. Business automation hasn’t reached its true potential yet, and according to Mendix’s The State of Low-Code 2021, 59% of low-code projects are a collaboration between IT and business users.

What's Happening

How does an organization ensure that its DevOps team has the necessary skillsets to see a project through?

In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast Ashley Ward, technical director, office of the CTO, Palo Alto Networks, discusses the DevSecOps skillsets needed for cloud deployments. TNS founder and Publisher Alex Williams hosted this podcast.

Meet the DevSecOps Skillset Challenge For Cloud Deployments

Community or Ecosystem?

InfoWorld ran a fascinating story this week about the history of how Docker lost control of the emerging container market that the company itself defined out of thin air, and then largely lost the mindshare around container orchestration to Kubernetes, a technology that came from Google. While there were many factors at work, the article, written by InfoWorld UK Group Editor Scott Carey, offers a few choice lessons in staying afloat in the fiercely competitive landscape of enterprise open source software.

Even though the basic building blocks for containers have been around for at least a decade prior, Docker fitted the container idea to a specific developer problem — making sure an application that worked on the developer’s computer could also work seamlessly elsewhere. The success was immediate (as anyone reading the New Stack in 2015 knew). But the company found itself quickly beset on all sides by much larger rivals, perhaps most notably Google and Red Hat, that were all eager to bring the technology to the lucrative enterprise market.

Perhaps the most telling quote came from Docker co-founder Solomon Hykes, who, looking back on that time, said he made the mistake of confusing “community with ecosystem.” Thanks to its expertise in enterprise Linux, Red Hat quickly adopted the container idea and became a cut-throat competitor to Docker. “They never rooted for the success of Docker,” Hykes said. “The mistake on our end was desperately wanting them to be part of the community. In retrospect, we would never have benefited from that partnership.”

Developers at many larger companies, Carey noted, quickly became enamored with Docker. But when their respective employers looked for enterprise support of the technology, they turned to the much more experienced Red Hat, rather than wait for Docker to build out a comprehensive, well-supported enterprise platform.

Another interesting wrinkle in the article was that, at least according to Kubernetes co-founder Craig McLuckie (now at VMware), Google actually offered to donate Kubernetes to Docker, but negotiations broke down. “There was a mutual element of hubris there, from them that we didn’t understand developer experience, but the reciprocal feeling was these young upstarts really don’t understand distributed systems management,” McLuckie told InfoWorld. Hykes denies that Docker was outright offered Kubernetes, but the company knew it needed an orchestrator and decided to place its resources behind its own Docker Swarm instead, which today is nowhere near as widely used.

It's a fascinating read, so check it out, and do remember, just because you may have invented a killer open source technology, your work is nowhere near completion. You still must navigate the dangerous rapids to successful commercialization.

6 Steps to Keep Your Developers Productive and Happy

The world has roughly 27 million software developers, and that number will grow to 45 million by the year 2030. In this contributed post, YourBase CEO and cofounder Yves Junqueira argues for the importance of companies keeping their own devs happy. He argues for each organization starting a “Developer Productivity and Happiness” team, which his company has found correlates to higher productivity and better task prioritization and completion.

Facebook’s Golang Object Relational Mapper Moves to the Linux Foundation

Ent, the Go entity framework originally created at Facebook and open sourced in 2019, has joined the Linux Foundation. Ent helps developers work on complicated backend applications, where they might have to deal with a large number of entity types, as well as the relationships between them.

Fluree Extends Blockchain’s Reach with Semantic Web Tech

Fluree, the blockchain-enabled data platform, grew out of trends making sharing and collaborating on verifiable data possible. Using a distributed ledger on top of a semantic graph database and the World Wide Web Consortium’s Semantic Web standards, Fluree tracks the provenance of data, enabling time travel to any point in its history, establishing trust and verifiability as a foundation to allow people to collaborate.

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