Info

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.
RSS Feed
The New Builders Podcast
2018
October
March
February
January


2017
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: Category: general
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).

Jul 14, 2016

As the CTO of LodgIQ, Somnath Banerjee is bringing dynamic data science and machine learning to an industry that understands the importance of data to their business, but often uses manual practices to collect and analyze this information - the hospitality industry.

Many of the factors that go into determining a hotel room rate - whether there's a major event nearby, flight costs, weather conditions, what competitors are charging - are constantly in flux. It's impossible to keep up through manual rate shopping and following static competitor intelligence reports.

In this episode of The New Builders, Somnath explains how LodgIQ applies data science and machine learning to enable more intelligent revenue management (6:55), the types of data that have the most influence on room rates (8:17), the role of Apache® Spark™ and Python in the LodgIQ platform (11:05), why LodgIQ built its data layer using a relational database and a MongoDB NoSQL database (13:08), how reviews on Yelp can predict whether a guest will stay again (15:44), and how elastic computing enables hotels of any size to deploy machine learning (21:52).

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!

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!

May 26, 2016

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!

May 19, 2016

To become a project under the Apache Software Foundation, it’s not enough to serve a global user base and offer unique capabilities. Every Apache Top-Level Project also has broad community support and has been through an incubation period, during which time its committers received guidance and mentorship from the existing Apache community.

In Episode 6 of The New Builders, we continue our coverage of Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon (listen to Part 1 here), through interviews with just a small slice of themore than 5,400 committers to Apache projects, all at various points in their development, including Mike Percy and Dan Burkert from Apache Kudu (3:52), Shawn McKinney and Lucas Theisen from Apache Directory (26:01), and Anshum Gupta from Apache Lucene and Apache Solr (40:47).

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!

May 12, 2016

The Apache Software Foundation oversees more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, supported by a diverse global community of committers. This thriving open source community was in full force this week at Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon North America in Vancouver.

In Episode 5 of The New Builders, we speak with a cross-section of attendees, presenters and keynoters from across the Apache open source communities, including Apache Software Foundation Executive Vice President Rich Bowen (4:38), ODPi Director John Mertic (14:59), Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji (23:57), Apache NiFi PMC Member Aldrin Piri (39:30) and IBM Developer Advocate Bradley Holt (47:00).

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!

May 5, 2016

"The API economy is growing very rapidly – it's very easy now for companies to build things that allow you to move data between the products you use without any custom middleware."

In Episode 4 of The New Builders, Process Street Co-Founder and CEO, Vinay Patankar (@vinayp10), joined us to discuss how his company's API-first workflow solution is optimized for the "open API economy." Process Street is a cloud-based workflow solution which automates the movement of data between different SaaS products, and development of their application centered around ease of data movement and communication with other apps.

We dove into the differences between Process Street and traditional workflow solutions (5:02), the workings of the open API economy (6:36), what it means to build apps with an API-first architecture (10:40), Process Street's open source-based, hybrid database management system (14:39) and the basics of single page applications (16:23).

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!

Apr 28, 2016

“I am learning from the data scientist, and the data scientist is learning from the developer, constantly”

In Episode 3 of the The New Builders, David Taieb, a developer, is joined by Jorge Castañón, a data scientist, to explain how getting a drink together at Datapalooza led to a partnership in which they refined a sample application, built by Taieb, that predicts how much a flight will be delayed, based on weather conditions. Thanks to the rise of cloud computing, collaborative technology and complementary skill sets, Taieb and Castañón were able to achieve 60 percent accuracy with the app – far exceeding their expectations.

We get into the details behind their collaboration, including how open source tools like Simple Data Pipe helped Taieb move on-premises data sources into a cloud-based Apache Spark environment for analysis (8:32), the role of intuition in data science (13:23), how a common language of Spark and IPython notebooks enabled them to collaboratively execute and experiment with data (14:30), how deep learning could further improve the sample app (27:03), and why they think it’s never too late for developers and data scientists to start working together on their projects (29:49).

Check out the flight predictor sample app on Github.

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!

Apr 21, 2016

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!

Apr 14, 2016

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!

1