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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 125: On the Road

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“Amazon Web Services’ new service, called AWS Fargate, could be the beginning of the end to infrastructure as we’ve known it.”

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Matt Alderman, Layered Insight.
 
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The blockchain and cryptocurrency world provides quantifiable proof that open source can both help and hurt a project's likelihood of financial success. Surprisingly, blockchain projects that use GitHub are more likely to have a relatively new, speculative method of funding called an initial coin offering (ICO). In best case scenarios, ICOs allocate monies raised by selling "tokens," which pay for development via an open source foundation and/or bounties. For the purposes of this article, let's suspend our cynicism and look at the facts presented in Early Evidence on the Role of Disclosure in the Unregulated Crypto Market, which quantifies the success of 776 ICOs attempted through February 2018.

First, the good news. Half of the projects that successfully completed an ICO had disclosed source code via a code repository like GitHub. Only 15 percent of the "failed" token launches used something like GitHub. Note that the study excluded at least a thousand other blockchain projects that were announced but never matured enough to be taken seriously. Furthermore, although some analysts claim that most blockchain projects on GitHub fail or are inactive, the success/failure rate for these projects are similar to other open source projects. Overall, GitHub use is associated with projects that are more willing to disclose information about their activities and face public scrutiny.
What's Happening

While IBM contributed OpenWhisk to the Apache Foundation, Oracle acquired the Fn Project team in 2017. We sat down in this The New Stack Makers podcast with Fn Project lead Chad Animura, now the Oracle vice president of serverless, to discuss the serverless revolution.

Talking Serverless with Oracle's Chad Arimura

On the Road

We hit the road again next week, covering not one but two conferences happening on the West Coast.

In San Francisco, we will be at WSO2Con, covering the talks and the news announcements. According to a contributed article from the company, we’ll expect to see lots of news around the company’s WSO2 Stream Processor (formerly the Complex Event Processor), which can manage up to 100,000 messages-per-second, and work with stream processing engines such as Kafka. Streaming SQL will be a big topic at the conference, as will other streaming technologies, with a mixture of technical and business issues. Check back on the website next week for posts on these topics.

Up in Portland, Oregon, TNS founder Alex Williams and TNS Editorial Director Libby Clark will be attending O’Reilly’s flagship open source conference, OSCON. Look for The New Stack banner on the conference floor — chances are Alex and Libby will be running a live streaming session, talking with folks in the community. Looking over the schedule, we’re surprised at how many tracks there are on cloud-native technologies, including the Istio service mesh, Kubernetes, and even Spinnaker. Back in Portland after a run in Austin, OSCON is keeping up with the times.

Miniservices: A Realistic Alternative to Microservices

There’s no doubt that microservices is one of the hottest trends in modern software development. But moving to a pure microservices architecture is a difficult task. Many organizations have found a middle-ground between event-driven data, independent microservices and the monolith, through collections of microservices that share data and communicate through traditional API calls.

How the Azure Kubernetes Service Makes Developers More Productive

Developers who are new to Kubernetes face a high bar to entry. Taking advantage of containers likely means many hours of research. Now, Microsoft is making it easier for developers to use, and mimic, Kubernetes environments, through the Azure Container Service (AKS) feature called Dev Spaces, which allows the developer to create an individual, sandboxed “space” within a Kubernetes cluster.

Google Launches Jib, Automated Container Packaging for Java Apps

Google has released software that could automate the packaging of a Java program so that it can be run in the cloud-native environment. Jib is an open source Java “containerizer,” one that handles all the steps of packaging your application into a container image.

On The Road

JULY 16-18, 2018 // SAN FRANCISCO

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