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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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Jun 30, 2016

In past episodes of The New Builders podcast, we've covered the rise of microservices and the associated challenges of a distributed app architecture. To address these challenges and strengthen the cohesiveness of the container ecosystem that powers microservices, the Linux Foundation recently formed the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). We caught up with CNCF Executive Director Dan Kohn (@dankohn1) in the latest edition of The New Builders, to explore the evolving role of containerization in software development and what the future of cloud-native, distributed architectures looks like.

We discuss the origins of the CNCF and its goals (00:16), how a "cloud native" container approach is different from the older VM approach to cloud (1:25), why containers - which have existed for a while - only took off in a major way in the last few years (7:42), how the CNCF is making microservices simpler for developers (14:00), happenings at the upcoming first CloudNativeDay event (20:34) and more.

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.
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You can find new episodes of The New Builders on iTunes, SoundCloud and developerWorks TV. 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!

Jun 23, 2016

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!

Jun 9, 2016

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!

Jun 2, 2016

One of the most interesting questions facing developers today is how to make early architecturing decisions that preserve agility, but also enable scale, both in terms of load and complexity. Also increasingly relevant is how early stage companies can take pragmatic steps to ensure the security of their sensitive data, without incurring massive development costs.

In Episode 8 of The New Builders, Dave Riess (@DaveRiess), Wunder Capital Co-Founder and CTO, explains how he’s confronted these questions, and how he’s incorporated elements of both monoliths and microservices into Wunder’s architectural design. Riess describes the factors that pushed Wunder Capital toward a hybrid approach (8:40), the authentication challenges associated with breaking an app into services (10:40), and how open source projects like Rails have helped Wunder Capital overcome limited dev resources (11:37).

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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