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The New Builders Podcast

Today’s applications are central to decision-making at all levels of society – whether it’s helping municipal governments monitor critical infrastructure using smart sensor data, or helping consumers find the nearest store to buy their favorite brand of cereal. The New Builders podcast features interviews with the innovators behind these apps, in which they reveal their best practices, latest projects and favorite tools.
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Mar 29, 2018

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
Feb 23, 2018

This week, Teri Chadborne joins to Thom introduce Offline Camp, a gathering of people who come together to focus on developing with an Offline First mentality before jumping into a great discussion. Bradley Holt, IBM dev advocate, led a discussion with Daniela Borges from YLD, Myles Borins from Google, and Boaz Sender from Bocoup, on Offline First as a social movement. They begin with introductions (04:23) and jump right in to everyone discussing what offline first means (06:00), why it's necessary for everything to be built offline first (08:22), what personal interests everyone has in offline first (10:53), offline first as a social movement and how it can impact people (16:33), how offline first is being iterated on the web and mobile platforms (23:15), the way offline first is making the web better (25:59), and how offline first "levels the playing field (32:40).

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on iTunesSoundCloud and developerWorks TV. Find out more about IBM Watson Data Platform at IBM.co/watsondataplatform. Contact hosts Jim Young and Thom Crowe on Twitter (@JW_Young@thomcrowe) or email (jwyoung@us.ibm.comtcrowe@us.ibm.com).

Jan 26, 2018

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).


Jan 12, 2018

The New Builders Podcast is back after a short hiatus with great content from all over the data universe. We’re joined in this episode by Kelsey Hightower, open source advocate, Go expert and Kubernetes guru, to discuss k8s.

Kelsey opens up the conversation with his background, how he found Kubernetes while working at CoreOS, and what caught his eye four years ago during DockerCon (5:01). Kelsey talks shop with JP Phillips, platform engineer at Compose, about keeping up with what’s happening in the world of Kubernetes, and Kelsey gives recommendations for how to stay on top of the ever-changing Kubernetes projects and release updates (6:00).

From there, they discussed the recently released version 1.9 (8:21), initializes and Istio (9:38), Kelsey’s go-to database (11:38), his thoughts and hesitations around running databases with Kubernetes (13:38), modern ideas of serverless on services like Heroku and AppEngine instead of jumping straight into Kubernetes (17:43), and how listeners can get involved with Kubernetes and the Kubernetes community (22:04).

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on iTunesSoundCloud 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.comtcrowe@us.ibm.com).

Aug 24, 2017
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!

Jul 28, 2017

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!

Jun 23, 2017

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!

Jun 2, 2017

In David Taieb's view, the best line of code is the one you didn't have to write. Hence the inspiration behind PixieDust, an open source helper library, built by Taieb and his team. PixieDust makes it easier for users of Jupyter Notebooks to start analyzing data quicker, without nearly as much coding, and simplifies data science for developers and business users.

David shares the origin story behind PixieDust and how he built it (5:20), PixieDust's compatibility with the user's preferred flavor of Jupyter, be it Apache Spark, Python or Scala (7:54), some of the other rendering engines (Mapbox, Bokeh, Matplotlib) that come built in (13:08), the companion project of HTML- and CSS-powered PixieApps (15:13), and PixieDust's role in enabling businesses in the Middle East to make better data-driven decisions (18:58).

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.

IBM Data Science Experience (DSX) is now available as part of the IBM Bluemix Catalog. See it in action with a free trial of DSX. 

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!

May 25, 2017

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!

May 11, 2017

The data layer doesn't always get the top billing it deserves in app development circles. To shine a light on the databases that power today's top apps, Compose is hosting its second annual DataLayer event on Wednesday, May 17 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin.

To preview DataLayer, we're joined by Thom Crowe (@thomcrowe) from Compose, who shares a bit about what to expect at DataLayer - from a range of data services to the power of polyglot persistence. He also previews the keynote by Honeycomb's Charity Majors, "Observability and the Glorious Future" (3:23).

Then, we're joined by a DataLayer 2017 speaker, Meteor's Jonas Helfer (@helferjs), who previews his talk, "Joins Across Databases with GraphQL," and shares a little about his work with Apollo and GraphQL (11:53).

Register for DataLayer today and enter promo code "IBM" at checkout to receive a discount on your ticket.

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!

Apr 26, 2017

After playing to two full houses at SXSW, the panel "From Mobile First and Offline First" is taking over the airwaves of the New Builders Podcast.

For this third go-round, Offline Camp alums Maureen McElaney (IBM Watson Data Platform), Gregor Martynus (Neighbourhoodie), Nolan Lawson (Microsoft Edge and PouchDB) and Dan Zajdband (OpenNews) are joined by Alex Russell (Google Chrome) for a wide-ranging conversation on Offline First application development - the process of building apps to maintain performance even during network disruptions or downtime.

The panel discusses the indicators of a poor offline experience (12:45), how progressive web apps relate to offline first development (16:43), their current offline first projects and favorite tools and frameworks, including IBM Cloudant and Apache® CouchDB™ (23:10), why offline first could spell the end of the save button and lead to new design patterns (37:23), and how to get started (and what not to do) with offline first (54:26).

To learn more about Offline First app development, subscribe to Offline Camp on Medium, Twitter at @OfflineCamp or YouTube at Offline First.

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!

Mar 15, 2017

This week, we're previewing everything InterConnect has to offer to developers - keynotes, demos and even a welcome event Sunday night if you happen to be in town.

The team from Harmony kicks off the episode with a preview of the keynote address in which they'll be featured, "Data Science: Unleash Intelligent Client Experiences" (Tuesday, March 21, 11:30am-12:15pm | Cloud Theater, Bayside A).

Matt Brooke-Smith and Jenny Grinblo introduce the Harmony platform and the way in which it democratizes mobile app development (8:42), how customers in industries as diverse as energy and mental health are using Harmony (14:02), and how managed instances of PostgreSQL and RabbitMQ within the IBM Watson Data Platform enable the Harmony team to spin up a data layer "in less time than it takes to boil a kettle" (18:13).

Next, two New Builders regulars, Gregor Martynus and Steven Trevathan, drop by to share the process that went into building "Voice of InterConnect," a demo application that will be showcased in the DevZone during InterConnect (you can watch the video simulcast here).

Voice of InterConnect (details on GitHub) is a progressive web application that showcases the offline first development approach - in that it works without a network connection. Gregor and Steven walk through the various aspects of the app, including the offline-friendly back-end built on IBM Cloudant and Hoodie (26:16), speech-to-text and natural language services powered by IBM Watson (31:52), and a snazzy visualization reflecting the sentiment of user-generated responses (33:42).

Register for "The New Builders: Ideas on Tap" welcome event, Sunday, March 19, 7-10:30pm. Find out more about the data and analytics activities planned for InterConnect 2017.

Feb 27, 2017

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!

Feb 13, 2017

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!

Feb 1, 2017

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!

Jan 17, 2017

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!

Dec 20, 2016

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!

Dec 13, 2016

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!

Dec 1, 2016

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!

Nov 21, 2016

"We love open source - we love everything about it."

SUMO Heavy is a digital commerce strategy firm co-founded by Bob Brodie (@bob_brodie), who is also the company's CTO. Brodie joined the New Builders Podcast to showcase how he built SUMO Heavy on the open source Magento ecommerce platform and why he's so fond of open source in general.

During the conversation, Brodie explains what gave his team the confidence to launch SUMO Heavy when Magento was still in beta (6:37); how SUMO Heavy leverages a range of other open source libraries (11:12); his belief that "information not collected is information lost" (13:32); his take on the debate between native apps and web apps (26:16); and why he's come around on containers (30:32).


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!

Nov 7, 2016

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!

Oct 20, 2016

Earlier this year, IBM Bluemix Technical Liaison Joshua Carr (@Josh_schwaa) became an internet sensation when he took his love of Star Wars to a new level by building a cloud application that allowed him to control a Sphero BB-8 toy robot – a miniature replica of the droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens – using only an Emotiv Insight brainwave-scanning headset and the power of his mind.

In this interview with the New Builders podcast, Joshua walks through the process he took to bring together technology and magic, including bringing together key components of the project, from IBM Watson IoT to the IBM Bluemix cloud development platform (5:42); the role of the Emotiv Insight headset in translating his thoughts and movements into actions by his robot (9:40); how boilerplates from Bluemix enabled him to build everything in "two evenings and five beers" (13:58); and the role of the growing API economy in empowering developers to bring their good ideas into reality (26:05).

To learn how to bring The Force to life yourself using IBM Watson IoT, check out the recipe, "Control Sphero-BB8 by Voice through IBM Watson IoT Platform," on developerWorks.


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. Sign up for "The New Builders: Ideas on Tap" Welcome Event (Sunday, Oct. 23, 5-7:30PM) or find out more about WoW 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!

Oct 6, 2016

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!

Sep 20, 2016

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!

Sep 6, 2016

Push notifications, search, location-based features – consumers have grown very cozy with having such features in their mobile and web apps. And now, they’re expecting them in business apps, too. What’s an enterprise app developer to do? This week, Adam Fingerman (@afingerman), Chief Experience Officer and Co-founder of the mobile app design and development company ArcTouch, joins The New Builders podcast to help answer this question and discuss the ongoing consumerization of enterprise apps.

During the conversation, Adam provides his take on the biggest challenges in making enterprise apps function more like consumer apps (03:58), how data privacy and security concerns in the enterprise impact consumerization (06:53), what is to come with the IoT and new ‘smart communities’ (08:18), IT hurdles to bringing new data sources into enterprise apps (12:27), and his recommendations for developers planning to work in larger enterprises (16:40).


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!

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