Aviran Mordo discusses the skills required for technical leadership, his thoughts on DevOps, and the journey WIX has taken when implementing a microservice-based architecture. Mordo suggests that although architects may not be able to code full-time, they must remain 'hands-on', and although many new techniques, tools and frameworks are currently emerging, care must be taken with evaluation.
Jeffrey Fredrick discusses how human psychology can work against successful agile adoption. He explains harsh realities like accepting being wrong where people don't like to be wrong and spotting mistakes from others while not seeing your own mistakes, and explores how you can squeeze out the learning in different situations and really learn from mistakes.
Rachel Reese on the challenges and benefits of using microservices at Jet. In particular how F# made it easier to refactor and maintain hundreds of microservices. The hard bit is the infrastructure.
Alex Blewitt speaks to Martin Thompson at QCon London 2016 on his open-source high-performance networking stack Aeron, and how it avoids garbage collection delays for consistently low latency. Martin explains the use of the xadd processor instruction to avoid spinning wait loops and looks ahead to where CPU technology is heading in the future.
Peter Alvaro discusses some of the reasons that distributed programming is hard, Lineage-driven Fault Injection, static analysis to check deterministic behaviour, CRDTs, and much more.
Alex Blewitt interviews Charles Humble on the origins of the QCon conferences and how he came to be chief editor at InfoQ. They also take a trip down memory lane about how the conferences and news site have grown into an international phenomenon.
John Willis (@botchagalupe) on IT burnout, mismatch between persons and organizations, and the cost for both of them. Also how Docker ecosystem works and the past, present and future of Docker.
David Riddoch explains how bypassing the OS kernel's networking stack can improve latency and throughput, networking with Solarflare and OpenOnload, hypervisor bypass, and much more.
Gil Tene speaks to Alex Blewitt at QCon London 2016 on the upcoming support for hardware transactional memory in server-class Intel chips, and what it will mean for the JVM. Tene discusses what kinds of applications will benefit from speculative lock elision and increasing concurrency in the near future on multi-core server platforms.
Adrian Colyer explains the motivation behind publishing the "Morning Paper" (a blog discussing Computer Science research papers) and mentions some of his favourite papers of the past year.
In this interview, John Sheehan expounds on what constitutes a high quality API. The first half focuses on developer experience which will help API consumers distinguish between top tier API providers and the rest. The second half provides pointers for API providers aiming to improve various aspects of API quality, specifically performance across the API lifecycle.
Josh Long talks about the philosophy behind Spring Boot and Spring Cloud. He also discusses some of the common distributed computing problems Pivotal are trying to solve - externalised configuration, service discovery, client-side load balancing, distributed tracing and so on, and talks about some major clients including Netflix, Baidu and Alibaba.