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By BryanHalfpap Many new programmers struggle when it comes to selecting their first language to learn.  Which is easiest, the most professionally useful, the most newbie-friendly?  Lets find out by showing you a range of options, their strengths and weaknesses, and some information about the most common programming languages in demand today.  At the end, we’ll make some recommendations and you’ll understand a bit more about why they were chosen. The Task At Hand Every job requires the right kind of tool, and each programming language can be thought of as a separate tool.  Just like some tools are good for hammering nails, driving screws, and leveling screws, some programming languages are innately more suitable than others for tasks like designing a website, interpreting text, or reacting to user input. Lets go through a few common use cases: Language Typical Us... (more)

Weekly Roundup: SAP Business Suite Is Certified for AWS

Over the last week, the cloud world has witnessed a few important announcements from a couple of major cloud players. There were some new feature releases from Amazon and Microsoft. In addition, Amazon has announced the SAP Business Suite certification on AWS. Also, there was a ‘must read’ post published by Microsoft. Plus, ActiveState has announced about its significant revenue growth from the past year. Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week. Beginning with the IaaS leader, Amazon has introduced the integration of Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) with Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS). This service allows a user to set up notifications for any RDS instances by creating an Event subscription. Next, Amazon has announced that AWS has been certified to host the SAP Business Suite environment in full production mode. Thus, increase... (more)

Cloud Computing: Solving the Next Friction Point

Cloud Expo® New York Early Bird Savings here! Today, developers and business units are leading the charge to cloud computing. The primary driver: faster access to computing resources by using the cloud's automated infrastructure provisioning. However, fast access to infrastructure exposes the next friction point: creating, delivering, and operating applications much faster. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Bernard Golden, VP of Strategy at ActiveState, will discuss why solving the next friction point is critical for true cloud computing success and how developers and business units can leverage service catalogs, frameworks, and DevOps to achieve the true goal of IT: delivering increased business value through applications. Explore Cloud Expo® Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Bernard Golden is Vice President of Strategy at ActiveState. He has vast ... (more)

ActiveState to Sponsor Foundation Set to Govern Cloud Foundry Project

ActiveState has announced its ongoing support as a founding Gold-level sponsor for the non-profit organization known as the Cloud Foundry foundation and applauds the expanding community. Today, new Gold members, Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, GE, Ericsson, Intel, NTT and Verizon join founding Gold members CenturyLink and ActiveState, and founding Platinum members EMC, HP, IBM, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware, as members of the Cloud Foundry foundation. Pivotal launched the Cloud Foundry foundation in February 2014 to develop and advance an industry standard for multi-cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions for enterprise computing. The foundation is dedicated to the evolution and growth of the Cloud Foundry open source project as well as the ecosystem and community around it. All members have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding. The foundatio... (more)

Private PaaS in 25 Minutes, App Deployment in 25 Seconds

DevOps Summit Early Bird Savings here! Hosted PaaS providers have given independent developers and startups huge advantages in efficiency and reduced time-to-market over their more process-bound counterparts in enterprises. Software frameworks are now available that allow enterprise IT departments to provide these same advantages for developers in their own organization. In his workshop session at 2nd DevOps Summit, Troy Topnik, ActiveState's technical writer, will show how on-prem or cloud-hosted Private PaaS can enable organizations to use this technology on their own infrastructure, and introduce efficient development workflows for deploying applications. Participants will have the opportunity to assist in the setup of a Cloud Foundry-based PaaS on a public cloud, learn about the management of users and resources on the system, and deploy a number of web applicati... (more)

Announcing @ActiveState “Silver Sponsor” of @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, a global leader providing software application development and management solutions, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of DevOps Summit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, ActiveState is a global leader providing software application development and management solutions. The Company's products include: Stackato, a commercially supported Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that harnesses open source technologies such as Cloud Foundry and Docker; dynamic language distributions ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl; and developer tools such as the popular Komodo Edit and Komodo IDE. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, ActiveState is trusted by customers and partners worldwide, across many industries including telecommunications, aer... (more)

Integrating Dev and Ops By @ActiveState | @DevOsSummit [#DevOps]

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along: Integrating Development and Operations for Peace, Harmony, and Agility All too many discussions about DevOps conclude that the solution is an all-purpose player: developer and operations guru, complete with pager for round-the-clock duty. For most organizations that is not the way forward. In his session at DevOps Summit, Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, will discuss how to achieve the agility and speed of end-to-end automation without requiring an organization stocked with Supermen and Superwomen. Register For DevOps Summit "FREE" (by Friday) ▸ Here Areas addressed include: Application lifecycle automation Key requirements for full end-to-end application automation Your DevOps solution: Build vs. buy Organizational requirements to integrate development and operations Typical benefits from development and oper... (more)

Docker Abstraction for PaaS By @ActiveState | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Is Docker the Right Abstraction for PaaS? Docker has been quickly adopted by nearly everyone and incorporated into everything from cloud technologies, to continuous integration and build systems, to solo developers working exclusively on their laptop. Heck, even Microsoft is getting in on this! It was born in PaaS (dotCloud) and this is the place where it makes a lot of sense. Ephemeral fast-starting single-process containers that can be distributed across a large cluster is where Docker shines. Docker has been Stackato's container implementation for a year now, responsible for provisioning and managing the life-cycle of who knows how many Linux containers. The next question is how do we start exposing Docker features to end users, rather than having them as an unexposed implementation detail. These features bring portability with a simple packaging mechanism for ... (more)

Which Comes First? Microservices or DevOps? By @PhilWhln | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

It is easy to look at the unicorn companies of our world, most notably Netflix, and say, "That's it! That's how we should be doing it". Whether it's DevOps or Microservices, they seem to have it nailed. Most people assume that to get there is a matter of following a few simple steps and picking up a few new tools. Companies that are already there, or rather getting there, didn't get to where they are overnight. Like most "overnight successes," it involves a lot of hard work over many years. It also takes a commitment from the entire organization to redefine the structure of that organization, to consume (or define) best-practices, break things and take risks. Smart organizations, those adopting DevOps, are not focused on getting from A-to-B, they are focused on velocity. "How can we improve velocity?" is a much more powerful focus. What happens when you iteratively ... (more)

PaaS and #Microservices: Part 6 By @bcferrycoder | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #PaaS

This is the final installment of the six-part series Microservices and PaaS. It seems like forever since I attended Adrian Cockroft's meetup focusing on microservices. It's actually only been a couple of months, but much has happened since then: countless articles, meetups, and conference sessions focusing on microservices have been delivered, many meetings and design efforts at companies moving towards a microservices-based approach have been endured, and five installments of this blog series have been written. There's no doubt that microservices, like containerization and DevOps, is a trending topic these days. But this raises the question: How many enterprise organizations are actually using microservices architectures in production? In spite of all the trending interest, the buzz, the hype, the articles, the sessions, the meetings, I submit that the answer is effe... (more)

Announcing @ActiveState Named “Silver Sponsor” of @DevOpsSummit New York [#DevOps]

SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, the leading independent Cloud Foundry and Docker-based PaaS provider, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges through our experience with enterprises, people and technology. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune 1000 companies use ActiveState's end-to-end solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications written... (more)