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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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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!

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!

Jul 28, 2016

Dustin Kirkland (@dustinkirkland), Ubuntu Product and Strategy, Canonical Ltd. joins the New Builders podcast to talk about Canonical's mission to bring "Ubuntu everywhere," and how the pervasive OS can now be found on IoT devices, in the cloud and on IBM mainframes. The conversation covers the gamut of open source, cloud and data topics, including: the increasingly converged ecosystem of open source communities and Ubuntu's place in it (5:51); how Canonical is playing a leading role in container management (7:46); the Ubuntu Juju tool and how it simplifies microservices (16:02); how machine learning is becoming the new must-have technology (24:16); and how Big Software is democratizing technology access for developers (27:47).

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!

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!

Jul 7, 2016

Graphs are taking the database world by storm, thanks to accessible open source tools like Apache TinkerPop and Gremlin. IBM Master Inventor Alaa Mahmoud (@alaa_mahmoud) joins Episode 12 of The New Builders Podcast to share how his team used TinkerPop to deploy a fully fledged enterprise graph service on the cloud: IBM Graph.

Alaa discusses what separates graph databases from other NoSQL data stores (6:00), how graph databases can be used for both OLAP and OLTP systems (7:38), how graphs work with other technologies to build smarter applications (12:10), the skill sets developers should have (or be prepared to learn) when picking up a graph DB (14:30), the merits and challenges in bringing open source technology into an enterprise cloud service (16:28) and much more!

Developers can sign up for the free beta version of IBM Graph today by heading over to ibm.biz/graphbeta.

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 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.
  • For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW.

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!

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!

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