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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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Aug 22, 2016

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!

Aug 14, 2016

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!

Aug 4, 2016

Earlier this summer, the Offline First community hosted its first ever Offline Camp (@OfflineCamp), a three-day retreat in the Catskill Mountains where 30-plus campers convened – appropriately, off the grid – to discuss issues around Offline First development. Thanks to guest host Jenn Turner (@jennwrites), The New Builders captured some of the sounds from Offline Camp through interviews with some of the organizers, attendees and session presenters, including:

  • Gregor Martynus (@gr2m) of Hoodie walks through the process of organizing Offline Camp and shares some background from the last few years he’s spent building the Offline First community (9:05)
  • Mapzen's Julian Simioni (@juliansimioni) discusses his interest in offline maps and the concept of open, sharable data (18:13)
  • Cure International CTO Joel Worrall (@tangollama) explains how the HospitalRun open source project requires offline-capable applications to serve hospitals in the developing world (24:20)
  • Pedro Teixeira (@pgte), Partner and Chief Futurist at YLD, explores the ways in which Offline First development is a fundamentally new and different approach for developers (31:00)
  • Jane Kim (@janecakemaster), who built the offline-capable exquisite texts collaborative poem generation app, shares a user perspective on apps that work without a network connection (43:34)
  • Nick Colley (@NickColley), from the UK's Government Digital Service, explains his contributions to the PouchDB community and the front-end design implications of Offline First development (48:56)
  • IBM Developer Advocate Bradley Holt (@BradleyHolt), who co-organized Offline Camp and happens to be a frequent contributor to the New Builders podcast, closes the show by talking about future plans for the Offline First community (54:58)

For more stories from Offline Camp and 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!

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