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This week on the New Builders Podcast, Preetam Kumar interviews IBM Analytics Engine offering manager Rohan Vaidyanathan. IBM Analytics Engine is a service that makes it easier for data engineers, data scientists and developers to develop and deploy analytics applications. Preetam kicks off the podcast by introducing Rohan, and Rohan tells a little about what he does at IBM (6:21). Rohan explains what Analytics Engine is and how it benefits data scientists (7:59) before delving into good use cases (9:21) and why a business would want to use it (11:57). They wrap up the episode by discussing what makes Analytics Engine unique (14:11). You can find new episodes of The New Builders on iTunes, SoundCloud and developerWorks TV. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform atIBM.co/watsondataplatform. Contact hosts Jim Young and Thom Crowe on Twitter (@JW_Young, @thomcrowe) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com, tcrowe@us.ibm.com).
The TV landscape has progressed far beyond the days of the Big Three television networks and single-TV households. For media companies, this wave of new cable channels and OTT providers, plus consumer behaviors like cord-cutting, has increased pressure to optimize programming schedules and hyper-target audiences for advertising purposes. On this episode, Shiv Sehgal joins the New Builders Podcast to explain how RSG Media's (@RSGMediaSystems) Media Mantra platform, built on the IBM Watson Data Platform, enables media companies to process data on the fly. Shiv discusses how Media Mantra processes Nielsen TV ratings and infuses it with data from new sources like Netflix and Hulu (7:47), the role of the dashDB data warehousing service in performing SQL jobs and bringing data together (11:38), the data science "horsepower" provided by Apache Spark (18:17), and how RSG Media got to the bottom of the NFL's viewership loss problem last fall (24:52). Watch RSG Media CEO Mukesh Sehgal's keynote address from World of Watson 2016 on how the IBM Watson Data Platform powers Media Mantra. Listen to the intro of this episode to hear about our upcoming trips to Game Developers Conference, SXSW and InterConnect, where we'll be hosting a welcome event, "Ideas on Tap." You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Glynn Bird (@glynn_bird) remembers the days when he had to install servers in racks and maintain connectivity manually. Since then, the unit of scalability has evolved from the server, to the platform - and now to individual event-driven functions. In this episode, Glynn gives a primer on function-as-a-service (FaaS) and Apache OpenWhisk™, including why you can think of FaaS as "the ultimate microservice" and an extension of PaaS (4:00), why a FaaS and microservices approach may be a better fit for startups and teams that need to keep things small (8:40), how to get started with OpenWhisk (11:40), and how he used OpenWhisk and IBM Cloudant to program his Alexa to report temperature readings from his house (16:52). You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
As a developer advocate with IBM Bluemix, Anton McConville (@antonmc) applies his UX and engineering background to design data-centric apps like Ziggy - which applies algorithms from Watson to "decode" the various career personas of David Bowie. Ziggy is a Python app that draws from decades of Bowie albums and related data, analyzing his entire artistic output to do what the world could never seem to do - uncover consistent themes behind Bowie’s constantly shifting stage personas. In Episode 9 of The New Builders, we, along with IBM Developer Advocate Maureen McElaney (@Mo_Mack), interview Anton, to learn about the genesis of the Ziggy app (5:00); how he learned to use Watson Personality Insights and why he incorporated it into Ziggy (8:01); what Ziggy reveals about the personality traits in Bowie’s various career personas (12:08); the data architecture of the Ziggy app (17:35); the inspiration behind Ziggy’s unique visual design (20:20); and how and why Anton and his team coded the Ziggy app using Python, HTML, and CSS (26:40). Anton will be presenting his Ziggy project at GitHub CodeConf 2016, June 27-29, in Los Angeles. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Last month, Archetype SC's Patrick Nord (@PatrickNord), Director of Big Data, and Daniel O'Sullivan (@DesignOSullivan), UX Designer, took the stage at Datapalooza in Denver to present a keynote address, "Distillation: Lessons from Design (and Bourbon) for Data and Decision Making." The presentation walked through the five-step UX Distillation methodology O'Sullivan developed, inspired by the process of distilling bourbon. Although O'Sullivan built the UX Distilling process specifically for UX design, it can be applied to other functions as well, including data and analytics. Episode 10 of the New Builders is a guided tour through this distillery, focusing on each of the five steps as they relate to both UX and analytics (10:04), how the lessons from a certain children's game are present throughout the distilling process (17:06), how O'Sullivan used distillation to help a client consolidate down from 16 different items on a dashboard (22:01), and how O'Sullivan and Nord have seen distillation adapted for use by a restaurant website designer and a political adviser (25:07). You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
The Offline First community is certainly fond of unplugging for a few days. Earlier this month, the group hosted its second Offline Camp (@OfflineCamp), a weekend retreat on the Central Coast of California. We ventured into the wilderness to interview a whole new group of campers and organizers, each with different perspectives related to Offline First app development: Steven Trevathan (@strevat), a co-organizer of Offline Camp, kicks it off by talking through the origins of the event, the influence of previous UX Camp events he's organized, and how he got involved with Offline Camp. (7:30) Mikeal Rogers (@mikeal) has been involved in the Apache® CouchDB™ and PouchDB projects since their earliest days, and is currently leading community organizing for the NodeJS Foundation. Mikeal talks about how his current work with peer-to-peer technology and the decentralized web are relevant to Offline First app development. (15:28) As a Front End Engineer at Facebook, Jesse Beach (@jessebeach) specializes in accessibility and improving the platform's user interface. Jesse explains why we should expand the idea of accessibility to access and why we should think of network disruptions as creating friction in a user experience, the same way a disability would. (22:47) We hand the microphone over to Offline Camp co-organizer Bradley Holt (@BradleyHolt) for a conversation with Microsoft's Nolan Lawson (@nolanlawson), also of PouchDB fame. Nolan explains how he got started with PouchDB, how being a "performance junky" has informed his work at Microsoft Edge, and his favorite Offline First apps, including his own Pokedex.org. (30:35) CURE International's John Kleinschmidt (@jkleinsc) explains the value of Offline First apps to remote hospitals and his belief in "making offline the baseline." We also replay John's Offline Camp Passion Talk, "The Day the Internet Died," a thought experiment around the causes and consequences of a worldwide internet outage (Note: This fictional story was written and performed prior to the 2016 U.S. election). (46:23)  Maureen McElaney (@Mo_Mack), an IBM Developer Advocate and two-time offline camper, does some reflecting on the first Offline Camp in the Catskills and shares some of the themes present at both camps - from security to mapping and notifications. Maureen also shares a few teasers - including a planned Offline First curriculum through Girl Develop It and an upcoming panel she'll be moderating at SXSW, "From Mobile First to Offline First." (55:20) Ray Daly (@raydaly) has been building Offline First apps for years. He worked on the team that built the Washington Post's first mobile web app - designed to function offline - back in 2012. Since then, he's worked on several other Offline First apps, including one for his 65th birthday, called Senior Discount Party, and an address book for extended family.  (1:02:34) Marylou Lenhart (@maryloulenhart) pulled double duty at Offline Camp, attending as both a camper and a yoga instructor for the weekend. She talks about her interest in database schemas and how it translates to Offline First app development, her role with Girl Develop It Pittsburgh and diversity in tech, and why she started Yoga for Engineers. (1:07:43) We wrap up Offline Camp with a fireside chat between two camp co-organizers, with IBM Cloud Data Services' Teri Chadbourne (@EventTeri) interviewing Hoodie's Gregor Martynus (@gr2m). They reflect on the weekend and preview what's next for Offline Camp, from a European event in Spring 2017 to a return to the East Coast next fall. (1:19:20) To learn more about Offline Camp California, see Maureen's post, "Camaraderie, Offline First and Tarantulas," on the IBM Cloud Data Services blog and Teri's post, "Iterating on Offline Camp," on the Offline Camp blog. And keep an eye on the Offline Camp blog on Medium to read posts from campers recapping sessions and see videos of passion talks. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
It's that time of year for the annual conversation between The New Builders and ODPi, the Linux Foundation project standardizing the big data ecosystem around Apache™ Hadoop®. We met up with ODPi VP of Technology Roman Shoposhnik at ApacheCon 2017 in Miami, building on the interview we conducted last year with ODPi Director John Mertic in Vancouver. Roman shares how he sets a fair technical agenda for ODPi as VP of Technology (5:30), ODPi's moves toward tighter integration with ASF (7:55), why he thinks of ODPi as the "commercial yin" to the "open source yang" of the Apache Bigtop project that he founded (11:25), and why IoT's prominence today reminds him of Big Data a decade ago (13:10). Register for the IBM Data Science Bootcamp at Spark Summit to learn the ins and outs of the open source PixieDust library and how it simplifies working in a Jupyter Notebook. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Honoring this week’s release of Apache® CouchDB™ 2.0, the New Builders Podcast welcomes two leading CouchDB committers – Jan Lehnardt (@janl), VP of the Apache CouchDB Project, and Bob Newson (@rnewson), Sr. Database Engineer for IBM Cloudant. Jan and Bob, longtime members of the CouchDB Project Management Committee, have worked tirelessly to help deliver the new version of CouchDB, which brings new clustering capabilities, performance enhancements and more – much of it brought in from the BigCouch fork created by the Cloudant team. During the interview, Jan and Bob talk through the events that originally brought each of them to the CouchDB project (1:58), how CouchDB has made the journey from single node system to clustering for big data-scale (5:55), how the BigCouch and CouchDB code bases were merged despite many challenges (8:43), the biggest new opportunities developers have with CouchDB 2.0 (14:28), how the Offline First movement was born in the CouchDB project (18:30), what’s next for CouchDB (26:00) and more. To try out Apache CouchDB 2.0 for yourself, head over to http://couchdb.apache.org/  The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) event. For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services atIBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com,jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
There are large CSV files, and then there are CSV files like the ones Max Ogden (@denormalize) is familiar with through his work with academic and scientific researchers. In this case - a team of astronomers cataloguing every star they could see - we're talking 600 million lines of CSV and hundreds of gigabytes of data. These sorts of massive research datasets require a specific tool to manage, and Ogden has helped built it, with the Dat Project. Dat is an open source, decentralized tool for versioning and syncing changes to data across distributed sets - making it especially useful for research data that needs to be published and archived. In this episode, the New Builders brings you a conversation between Max and guest host Bradley Holt (@BradleyHolt), recorded live during Offline Camp California (along with a full slate of interviews). They talk about Max's longstanding work with Apache® CouchDB™ and how Couch helped him build single-page apps "before that was a thing" (2:02), what makes Dat ideal for storing and moving research data (3:30), how a data collection project evolved into his Cat Mapper work (9:37), what to expect at v3 of CSV Conf (10:26), and why Offline First could solve the rampant problem of 404 errors in scientific data (13:03). Watch Max's passion talk from Offline Camp, "Acquiring Grant Funding for Open Source Projects," to learn tips and tricks for obtaining grant funding for scientific and open source projects. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Kamal Shannak (@shannakam) and his team have been building IBM Graph since 2015. In that short time, they've become part of a growing group of enthusiasts and fans of graph databases - a relatively new database technology. In this interview, Kamal and podcast host Kamille Nixon (@kamillenixon) discuss the beginnings of IBM Graph and the important role of Apache TinkerPop™ in building the service (5:43), the most common cases where graph excels (13:11), how graph databases fit into a multi-DB approach (16:41), and graph's role as a persistence layer for other services, including Watson (27:12). To learn more about graph databases, listen to the "New Builders Episode 12: Of Graphs and Gremlins," featuring Alaa Mahmoud. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Any developer who has ever been tasked with consolidating data sources before performing analysis knows the challenge of silos, especially when data is sprawled out across multiple other services. But what about if you had to help a client pull application data from 47 different MySQL databases and then consolidate it into an operational data store (ODS) for analysis? That's how the partnership between Charlie Killian (@cekillian) and Sarah Maston (@maston) began. As a solution architect at Bytecode IO, Killian encounters these data movement challenges all the time, but in this case, he reached out to Maston to draw on her career-long data warehousing experience. In Episode 7 of The New Builders, Killian and Maston break down how they deployed a cloud-based data warehouse to solve the data silo challenge (3:14), how plug-and-play data movement tools enabled them to reduce an ODS project timeline from three months to three hours (8:03), how data warehousing differs at enterprises vs. startups (22:19), and share why "learning the data" is the best step any developer can take, even if they aren't directly involved in data warehousing (29:22). You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Bruno Denuit, Chief Software Architect at Enplug, recently spoke to The New Builders podcast about the impact third-party developers have had on his business. Enplug, a digital signage company, relies heavily on open source to run its core technology – Android, MongoDB, libGDX, RabbitMQ – as well as a community of third-party developers to build out an ecosystem of applications for its marketplace. In the interview, Denuit explains how Enplug’s open SDK enables developers to build apps that run on Enplug screens (9:05); how moving from openGL Java-based technology to an HTML5, web-based SDK made it easier for developers to contribute Enplug apps (11:23); which platforms Enplug has deployed in its servers, players and web app (14:21); and why he was surprised by a VC’s reaction to his choice of programming language (16:37). IBM World of Watson (Oct. 24-27 in Las Vegas) will feature hands-on labs, activities and breakout sessions, all tailored to developers and builders like you. Find out more at IBM.biz/wowfordevs. The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) event. For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Dustin Kirkland (@dustinkirkland), Ubuntu Product and Strategy, Canonical Ltd. joins the New Builders podcast to talk about Canonical's mission to bring "Ubuntu everywhere," and how the pervasive OS can now be found on IoT devices, in the cloud and on IBM mainframes. The conversation covers the gamut of open source, cloud and data topics, including: the increasingly converged ecosystem of open source communities and Ubuntu's place in it (5:51); how Canonical is playing a leading role in container management (7:46); the Ubuntu Juju tool and how it simplifies microservices (16:02); how machine learning is becoming the new must-have technology (24:16); and how Big Software is democratizing technology access for developers (27:47). The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeDay (Toronto, Aug. 25) and CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) events: For a discounted CloudNativeDay pass, register here with code CND16IBMDW. For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
In the world of wealth management and financial investments, even the most sophisticated risk management tools aren't always enough to shield a portfolio from catastrophic losses.   Rob Seidman and Rob Hodgson, from IBM Cloud for Financial Services, are trying to solve this problem with Investment Insights with Watson, a tool that uses natural language processing and graph database technology to contextualize the impact of news events on investments.   In this episode of the New Builders Podcast, they start by sharing the backstory behind the tool, involving the indictment of a politician who had a large insider stake in a company that a sovereign wealth fund had invested in years prior, and the inability of traditional risk management practices to "stress test" an individual (5:00).   From there, they discuss the limitations of risk management and its tendency to rely exclusively on structured data (7:14), how the graph database embedded in Investment Insights with Watson enables risk managers to determine whether news could impact their portfolio (12:00), their surprise at database integration with IBM Cloudant taking only one day (17:55), and how the market has been "blown away" by the power of the tool (21:30).   To learn more about Investment Insights with Watson, try the starter kit for yourself or watch the tool in action. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
IBM Developer Advocate Mark Watson (@markwatsonatx) joins developerWorks TV's Calvin Powers (@cspowers) to preview his talk at DeveloperWeek 2017, "Building and Designing Bots and Bot Architectures." Mark discusses developers' interest in incorporating chatbots into their apps (4:18), the different types of chatbots and the messaging platforms upon which they can be built (4:58), the process and architectural components involved in building a chatbot (7:14), and how you can get started with your own chatbot using OpenWhisk, a JSON doc store for data persistence and Watson Conversation Service for natural language processing (9:01). Learn more about Mark's work by reading his tutorial, "Persisting Data for a Smarter Chatbot," or follow Mark's Developer Advocacy team at the IBM Watson Data Lab, featured on Github and Medium. You can get started building a chatbot of your own through the Chatbot Accelerator by developerWorks. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
As the New Builders Podcast closes out 2016, we talk to Ryan Baumann (@RyanBaumann), Sales Engineer for Mapbox, about the ins and outs of open source mapping. Ryan shares how Mapbox has differentiated from traditional mapping and geo visualization tools to be more friendly to the application developer (3:33); how his previous role at Caterpillar brought him to geo-based BI and analytics (11:01); how hard industries, agriculture and oil and gas are among the industries now entering the space (13:15); what new possibilities are offered by Mapbox’s new 3D vector based visualizations (17:34); and Ryan’s geo and mapping predictions for 2017 (22:40). In Part II of the podcast (24:30), New Builders co-hosts Doug (@DSFlora) and Jim (@JW_Young) offer a brief retrospective on 2016 and struggle to think of New Years’ resolutions for the show. We do make it a point to thank our listeners, guests and all the fancy tools we use to bring you new episodes every week (or so). Resources mentioned in the show: IBM Cloud Data Services Open Crime Data project: http://opendata.mybluemix.net/static/crimes.html IBM Cloudant + MapBox crime data visualization demo: http://crimedemos.mybluemix.net/ You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
As the world has become more connected, functionality of web and mobile apps have become more reliant on network connectivity - hardly a sure bet. To guarantee a better, faster, continuous experience for all users, the responsibility is on developers to build apps that assume spotty and unreliable connections, and therefore retain functionality when it inevitably strikes. By developing for offline usage first, apps better fulfill their promise to work everywhere, for everyone, on any device. This week, Gregor Martynus (@gr2m), a member of the Hoodie open source project and organizer of the Offline Camp we featured in Ep. 15, joins the New Builders to talk about the offline first movement and his role in it. In his interview, Gregor reveals that every app Hoodie builds is designed offline first (6:55); draws parallels between offline first and the mobile first/responsive design movement of years past (10:20); explores both edge and common use cases for offline apps, from health apps in developing countries, to those that provide improved speed and user experience (13:39); explains the role of CouchDB, PouchDB and other offline first tools (21:22); and previews the Offline First community's just-announced West Coast Offline Camp, set for Nov. 4-7 at the Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch, Santa Margarita, California (26:05). To learn more about the upcoming Offline Camp: West Coast Edition (Nov. 4-7) and for more conversations about Offline First, check out Offline Camp on Medium or join the community on Slack. The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeDay (Toronto, Aug. 25) and CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) events: For a discounted CloudNativeDay pass, register here with code CND16IBMDW. For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
For years, point-of-sales systems used a combination of custom-built hardware and relational databases to manage transactions data, and required a network connection to function properly. But when it came time for Doug Stewart and Greg Nacu to build their Quetzal POS system, designed specifically for fashion retailers, they decided to take a completely different approach - one that would make it easier for retailers to complete transactions and create a better shopping experience for their customers. In their interview with The New Builders, Stewart and Nacu describe why an iPad is ideal for a POS platform (7:04); why the limitations of relational databases pushed them toward a non-relational database when it came time to build the Quetzal platform (9:22); how building on Apache CouchDB – and eventually the IBM Cloudant JSON doc store – enabled Quetzal to scale without having to worry about maintaining availability, monitoring and internal backups (15:26); and how IBM Cloudant’s data syncing capabilities enable Quetzal to function offline, even during network disruptions (19:41). To find out more about how IBM Cloudant brings flexibility and scalability to the Quetzal POS platform, see the case study. The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) event. For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
On this month's episode of The New Builders Podcast, host Joshua Carr is joined by Mark Chmarny, Technical Program Manager for Serverless at Google, and Michael Behrendt, Distinguished Engineer and Serverless/FaaS Chief Architect for IBM Cloud Functions to discuss the exciting new possibilities presented by Knative. At its core, Knative is a set of primitive building blocks that allow people to build serverless offerings on top of Kubernetes. It is an open-source project launched in July of 2018 by IBM, Red Hat, SAP, and Google, and it's built entirely in the open on GitHub.cWith Knative, we are one step closer to ending the serverless versus containers debate among developers.
We’re excited to welcome IBM Fellow and VP of IBM Cloud Jason McGee and CNCF COO and Linux Foundation VP of Developer Relations Chris Aniszczyk to discuss the world of containers. We kicked off the conversation by discussing the increase in use of Kuernetes and it’s tipping point (01:14), does the development of Kubernetes certification courses and learning resources make K8s boring (04:14), cloud native apps and moderingizing and extending existing apps (06:34), Kubernetes and DevOps, how Istio is making things easier for developers and what to expect in 2018 (09:20), how Istio fits into the equation to make developers’ lives easier (11:35), how Istio  manages microservices (13:28), containers versus serverless (16:05), and end talking about the relationship between Kubernetes and AI/ML (21:02).   Links: IBM Cloud Container Service – https://ibm.com/cloud/container-service CNCF Serverless White Paper - https://github.com/cncf/wg-serverless/tree/master/whitepaper CNCF Cloud Native Interactive Landscape - https://s.cncf.io
Earlier this month, Compose's JP Phillips (@jipperinbham) gave a talk at CoreOS Fest, "Data Pipelines Made Easier with Kubernetes." JP joins the New Builders to share a little bit about his talk (3:06) and broader issues around containers and open source, including the current state of Kubernetes (7:24), the role of Compose Transporter as an ETL pipeline (11:05), CoreOS's etcd and the emergence of zetcd to serve ZooKeeper requests (13:30), and how Compose's Governor project (providing autofailover and HA for PostgreSQL) laid the groundwork for Patroni (15:13). You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at ibm.co/watsondataplatform. Contact host Jim Young on Twitter (@JW_Young) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
On the eve of his presentation at the Web 1.0 Conference – and a few weeks after attending Offline Camp California (give our recap a listen if you haven’t already) – Paul Frazee (@pfrazee) sat down with Teri Chadbourne (@EventTeri) to explain Beaker Browser, a P2P browser he wrote for the distributed web. In the conversation, he shares why his preference for Offline First has more to do with independence and autonomy than user experience (5:08), how Beaker Browser fits into the broader context of the distributed web and Offline First (6:43), Beaker’s use of the Dat Protocol (featured on the New Builders last month) (12:27), the emergence of Apache CouchDB as one of the first CRDT (conflict-free replicated data type) databases (15:41), and the moment when he realized Offline Camp was more of a camp than he previously realized (24:10). Watch Paul’s presentation from the Web 1.0 Conference, “The Distributed Web and the Browser I Built to Surf It,” and his passion talk from Offline Camp, “Conflict-Free Replicated Data Types (CRDTs). You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Previous episodes of the New Builders (see “Ep. 3: A Developer and a Data Scientist Walk Into a Bar” and “Ep. 7: Plug and Play Data Movement in the Cloud“) have touched on the Simple Data Pipe, an open source data movement project created by IBM developer advocates. In Episode 16, we devote the better part of an interview to the continued evolution of this project, as we’re joined by Patrick Titzler, IBM Developer Advocate, and Mike Broberg (@mikebroberg), Editor for the Cloud Data Services Dev Center. During the roundtable interview, we cover Patrick’s journey from developer to developer advocate and the mission of dev advocacy (03:57), how Patrick came to be part of the Simple Data Pipe project (10:36), how the original version of Simple Data Pipe was an end to end solution that landed data directly into dashDB from Cloudant (13:17), Patrick’s work to add new data source connectors to the project (20:12), why the dev advocacy team decided to re-architect Simple Data Pipe to be more open-ended (32:13) and how Patrick is using Simple Data Pipe to extract data from Slack to gain business insights from Slack channel conversations (35:26). The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeDay (Toronto, Aug. 25) and CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) events: For a discounted CloudNativeDay pass, register here with code CND16IBMDW. For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW. You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
The first episode of The New Builders podcast features a roundtable discussion with Greg Avola, CTO and co-founder of social beer app Untappd, and Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate for IBM Cloud Data Services. Despite it being too early in the day for a round of IPAs, the conversation quickly became an engaging overview of topics like why Untappd built its architecture on a LAMP solution stack (12:55), how open source helps Avola’s team “get stuff done and innovate products” (14:30), progressive HTML5 web apps (18:51), why you may want to develop your app with an offline-first approach (22:36), how the app experience differs from web vs. mobile (28:50), and how a beer recommendation engine might join forces with Marvin, the Rock-Paper-Scissors playing robot (35:18). You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora,@JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
Everyone has a digital footprint. No matter how careful you are about what you say and where you say it, there’s no guarantee that the “delete” button will prevent your digital messages from being stored, screenshot and shared, even to unintended recipients. In Episode 2 of the The New Builders, the developers behind Cyber Dust – Ryan Ozonian, CEO and Co-Founder, and Rohit Kotian, Lead Engineer – stopped by to explain how they built an in-memory messaging service that their users trust. Even though the Cyber Dust team prefers more ephemeral digital conversations, they were nice enough to allow us to record our chat. We discussed how the idea for the app was born out of an insider trading case the SEC pursued against eventual Cyber Dust backer (and frequent user) Mark Cuban (8:20), how the dev team deployed a highly queryable and scalable cache to make sure messages were never stored on a hard drive (11:33), and why the appeal of “starting with something you know works” pushed the Cyber Dust team toward a mobile development approach using elements of both prototype and agile methodologies (22:04). You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com). The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 14th, 2016
Latest Episode
Nov 29th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
44
Avg. Episode Length
34 minutes
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