15 Jul 2015 in Deis v1 PaaS

Deis v1.9 Community Release Planning Meeting

The Deis open roadmap is influenced by the needs and concerns of our community. To help us plan Deis releases, we invite the community to attend monthly release planning meetings to share with us any issues they'd like to see addressed in the next release.

Last week, we held the second such meeting, a planning meeting for Deis v1.9. A video of the meeting is on YouTube.

Meetings are coordinated on our mailing list. If you're not already a member of the deis-users mailing list, I'd encourage you to sign up. We have a great community of users who share all sorts of experience running Deis in different environments.

See you at next month's planning meeting!

14 Jul 2015 in Teamwork

How Containers Can Help Non-Developers in Your Business

It’s easy to see how containers can help your developer team. But they’re also useful for people across your business, including developer relations, marketing, and technical documentation.

Being able to deploy any version of your app across any platform means that your technical writers can write about new features easily, your marketing team can get to grips with new product features quickly, and your developer relations team can demo your app with confidence.

It’s no secret that there’s a new product thought up every second. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure that you find your audience quickly: the people who will use your product, love it, and advocate it. This is exactly what the people outside of your dev team are responsible for. So it behooves you to make their jobs as easy as possible.

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13 Jul 2015 in Deis v1 PaaS

Deis v1.8 - Optional Ceph

The Deis project is proud to announce v1.8.0, which makes installation of store, database, and logger optional when running external backing stores, adds deisctl ssh and deis auth:regenerate commands, and unleashes Deis onto Linode.

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7 Jul 2015 in Kitematic, GUI

Getting to Grips With Kitematic

As you may have already heard, Kitematic is a new container management GUI for Docker. It launched for Windows and OS X in June this year, and allows for running and managing containers without spending any more time than is necessary on the CLI.

Starting a virtual machine can be a daunting task. The people this tends to intimidate the most are those just starting out in web development and developer operations. By using Kitematic with something like Deis, this stress problem can be side-stepped.

In this post, we’ll look at:

  • The advantages to Kitematic

  • The availabililty of pre-bulit Docker images in Kitematic

  • Setting up Kitematic on your PC

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2 Jul 2015 in Docker

Sailing Past Dependency Hell With Docker

Have you ever been excited to tinker with a software project, only to have dependency hell ruin all of the fun? As a software consultant, I face this situation all the time.

Luckily however, technologies like Docker take the pain out of spinning up additional components of your app architecture, like databases or job queues, or installing runtimes like Ruby or Python. By isolating processes from one another with very little overhead, you can sail past dependency hell.

Over the last year, I’ve worked on a number of different projects, encountered lots of of different requirements, and explored all sorts of ways of working through dependency conflicts. This is the story of my search for a solution, the pros and cons of each path I explored, and how I ended up using Docker.

Life as a Consultant, Day 1

When I started working as a consultant, I looked down at my beautiful new laptop and made a promise to treat it right. I wouldn't install a bunch of system extensions. I wouldn't tweak too many esoteric settings. I wouldn't bog it down with databases and other services.

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