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Reflections on SkiPHP 2016

Reflections on SkiPHP 2016

SkiPHP is a conference organized by members of the Utah PHP Users Group (UPHPUG), centered around Salt Lake City, Utah. The goal of the conference is to bring diverse speakers from different coding backgrounds to deliver top notch talks to the people of the greater Utah region. This year, I was lucky enough to be invited as speaker.

The first day opened with an amazing talk from Yitzchok Willroth, titled “Talmudic Maxims to Maximize Your Growth as a Developer.” Better known as CodeRabbi, Yitz showed parallels drawn from his learnings in rabbinical studies that apply to his current life as a developer. Ideas such as cultivating a mentor, becoming a mentor, and embracing the community served to set the tone...

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IBM Blue Box, Watch and Learn

IBM Blue Box, Watch and Learn

After only a month in my new job at Blue Box, an IBM Company, I had the opportunity to travel to Tokyo for the OpenStack Summit. Attending the event gave me a great way to join the fast development pace of the OpenStack community. Since then, I’ve actually become a contributor to OpenStack Documentation, and I’ve submitted a proposal for the upcoming Austin Summit. I hope to see y'all there in April!

Working at Blue Box, I can’t help but notice how much expertise my new colleagues at IBM have in managing cloud deployments, whether in our data centers or yours! I've noticed what clear vision my new boss, Jesse Proudman, CTO of Blue Box and IBM Distinguished Engineer, offers about OpenStack and the direction that cloud computing as an industry needs to go, before it can...

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From Monolith to Modular - Why You Should Break Down Your Application

From Monolith to Modular - Why You Should Break Down Your Application

You and your team have focused on building the best application possible. It does everything you need it to, from the unique business logic you’ve worked out to its design, to the authentication pieces that ensure your users are secure. Every part is functional and the application gets deployed on a regular basis. Sure, it takes a while and a small issue in any part might cause problems, but you deploy to staging to make sure that all goes well before running things out to production. Most problems can be countered before anything major happens— with one exception.

Your application is a giant monolith.

Breaking an application into smaller bits can often lead to performance gains and, in the long run, better deployment solutions. The keys to achieving this are incorporating outside things, like continuous integration, automated testing, and other tools that are used to build the idea behind what DevOps truly is.

Avoiding the monolith is the...

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Memorable Moments from 2015

Memorable Moments from 2015

Overcrowded gyms, health food trends and resolutions to kick bad habits—all signs telling us that it must be January.

At Blue Box, we love bantering about the New Year and all of the clichés that come with it, but we must admit that 2015 was a truly momentous time for our company. To call it a whirlwind would be an understatement. Looking back on all the team’s achievements, here are our picks for the Top 5 Moments:

1. IBM Acquires Blue Box

The news of the year, of course, was the...

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Kickin’ Around the Cloud

Kickin’ Around the Cloud

The first time I interacted with folks from Blue Box was at RailsConf in Las Vegas. It was my first real Ruby/Rails conference and I was overwhelmed with information. The Blue Box folks were nice and fun to talk to, and I walked away with a pretty good feeling… and some nice schwag.

As a developer, where I put my applications is of paramount importance. Any developer will tell you they love their code, but maybe not where it goes. While “cloud” was a buzzword for years, it wasn’t really until recently people started to understand it was more than just “stuff on other people’s machines”.

In my years with other cloud companies, I learned the true...

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The Best is Yet to Come

The Best is Yet to Come

First off, I’d like to give a bit of background. I’ve been in the software development industry for over a decade. I’ve worked the “full stack” from database to the front-end, from on-premises deployments to fully-automated deployments in the cloud, for small apps and multi-million dollar enterprise applications and everything in between.

In terms of community work, in 2011 I got involved in the local tech community and co-founded a technology users group. Since 2013, I’ve been serving the PyCon US community as Tutorials co-chair and also helping in many other aspects of the conference.

I was hired at Blue Box as a Technical Evangelist, but personally I’m not fond of trendy titles much less of titles with...

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Have you read the news?


Rumor has it this cloud thing is taking off.