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ISSUE 287: A Brave New VMworld

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“When we talk about 'legacy,' really what we're really talking about is everything that is in production.”

VMware’s Mandy Storbakken, TNS and VMware Virtual Pancake and Podcast, VMworld 2021
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Major frameworks by usage and satisfaction

Perhaps not all web developers focus on the frontend, but it seems that modern web development and the Jamstack go hand in hand. More than 7,000 people took part in the Netlify-sponsored Jamstack Community Survey 2021 and 45% self-identified as frontend developers. Overall, 96% of this community use JavaScript, 68% use React and 60% use TypeScript.

Netlify claims to be technology agnostic and warns about overgeneralizing the study’s findings, but we noticed a few noteworthy trends.

One big takeaway from the report is the lack of change. Only use of headless versions of WordPress jumped in adoption, from 7% to 21% of respondents. Almost twice as many respondents still use the traditional WordPress implementation as opposed to the headless version, although that figure did decline compared to 2020. Compared to 2021, Prismic, Wix, Sanity, Strapi, Weebly, and Webflow each saw at least 40% more respondents using them than compared to last year. The hope of decoupled architectures makes sense, but getting there is still a journey.

What's Happening

As the internet fills every nook and cranny of our lives, it runs into greater complexity for developers, operations engineers, and the organizations that employ them. How do you reduce latency? How do you comply with the regulations of each region or country where you have a virtual presence? How do you keep data near where it’s actually used?

For a growing number of organizations, the answer is to use the edge.

In this episode of the New Stack Makers podcast, Ron Lev, general manager of Cox Edge, and Sheraline Barthelmy, head of product, marketing and customer success for Cox Edge, were joined by Chetan Venkatesh, founder and CEO of Macrometa. The trio discussed the best use cases for edge computing, the advantages it can bring, and the challenges that remain.

The podcast was hosted by Heather Joslyn, features editor of The New Stack.

The Advantages and Challenges of Going ‘Edge Native’

A Brave New VMworld

VMware wants to be your company for multicloud computing: That was the theme for this year’s VMworld, the annual user conference for the VMware users (this year held in virtual form).

As you may remember, the company made a name nearly two decades back for itself as the first to bring virtual machines (VMs) to the enterprise. The idea was the VMs could untie the applications from the underlying hardware, making it easier to move them from server to server. It is the same idea for multicloud as well, with VMware providing a platform that would untether an enterprise’s applications from the particular cloud service they run on.

Such flexibility offers the same advantages that VMs originally did: greater flexibility and resilience for the applications, and perhaps even some cost savings for the enterprise itself.

“At this stage it's clear: Multicloud is going to be the model we're going to use” for decades to come, said VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram, in his conference keynote (If you are on Twitter, please do follow our European correspondent BC Gain, who has been filing a series of excellent Tweets summarizing what he is seeing at VMworld).

This approach makes sense. As our research analyst Lawrence Hecht points out, 55% of organizations think it is mission-critical or very important to deploy VMs and containers on a single infrastructure platform. So VMware could be a natural candidate to provide such a platform.

But VMware will also face challenges, Hecht noticed. VMware may find it more difficult to recruit partners if this can obviously create competitive tensions with cloud providers. And the company will need to provide more details on how it plans to integrate automation and infrastructure-as-code onto its platform — both necessary steps in any multicloud migration strategy.

Still, the end goal — to give developers “curated app templates and an orchestrated path to production” — sounds like a good one to us.

Web3 Architecture and How It Compares to Traditional Web Apps

There is an increasing amount of buzz around Web3, an architecture for running distributed applications (“Dapps”). But given that Web3 Dapps need to be built on a blockchain, such as Ethereum, developers may find this new approach complicated and hard to scale up, TNS Senior Editor Richard MacManus reports in this post.

How Dialpad Moved Its Python AI Development from Pip to Poetry

The engineers at Dialpad had found out just in time that the new version of the Python package manager, pip, would be incompatible with many of its workflow operations, and would bring to a halt the operations of its AI tools and its CI/CD pipeline. Fortunately, they were able to find an alternative, a program called Poetry, two Dialpad developers report in this fascinating contributed post.

Sigstore Code Signing for Software Supply Chain Security

One key to securing the software supply chain is the digitally signing open source programs and libraries so they can be checked for authenticity later. At the recent Open Source Summit, Red Hat’s Chris Wright explained how one such open source tool that can do the job, Sigstore.

Party On

The Linux Foundation's Kate Stewart (right), vice president of dependable embedded systems; and Dr. David A. Wheeler, director of open source supply chain security, stopped by the TNS podcast booth at the Open Source Summit for a discussion on software bills of material.

Percona's Kishore Dahlstrom (left) and Matt Yonkovit (with the festive hat) held an entertaining and informative tech session at the Open Source Summit on the potential pitfalls of bad database design.

Curious to find out more about what this "far edge" means at VMWorld 2021: VMware’s CEO Raghu Raghuram says its new VMware Edge is geared for deploying applications at the far edge "across the major clouds."

VMworld keynote: Mandy Storbakken, cloud technologist for VMware, on why the cloud is crucial for VMware's customers' digital transformations.

Actor Will Smith speaking with VMware President Sumit Dhawan at VMworld Summit: "Luck favors discipline ... some of the luckiest people in the world ... turn out to be some of the most disciplined people in the world."

Like the open source community, Michael J. Fox said that sharing data and experiences combined with the right resources, people with Parkinson’s disease will eventually get the cure they need.

Michael J. Fox discusses with VMware Chief Marketing Officer Carol Carpenter to discuss life challenges and hopes to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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TNS founder and Publisher Alex Williams will moderate an expert panel with Editor-in-Chief Joab Jackson and take as many questions as we can answer from you. Our panelists will offer their explanation and analysis about how. Bring your questions for a chance to win a prize! REGISTER HERE!

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