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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Best Practices: Scalable Image Processing

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Coincidentally, processing an image is about a thousand times more demanding than processing text. As more and more developers look to image processing solutions like ImageMagick to power social, retail, and mobile apps, they will run into many challenges as they try to get it to run efficiently and to scale.

We recently launched a Solutions section on ways to use services to do some amazing things. This is the first of a series of posts on the use cases shown there.  

Monday, May 28, 2012 + HackTheMidwest is a sponsor of HackTheMidwest, a hackathon in Kansas City on June 2nd & 3rd. Looks like it'll be a great event with terrific prizes, sponsors, and 100+ developers from the Midwest. Michael Gelphman from Kansas City IT Professionals is producing it. He has an 8500+ strong membership to draw from so we expect some big things from the set of teams. is giving away a Go Pro HD Hero2 camera as a prize for the best solution using APIs. Whether it's using IronWorker to crawl web pages or scale out image processing or using IronMQ to collect sensor data or coordinate events between processes, we're excited to see what developers from the heartland will create. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The New IronWorker Command Line Interface and .worker Files

We have created a shiny new command line interface (CLI) and a brand new way to define your workers to make uploading your worker code a lot easier and quicker. This should fit much better into the typical developer workflow so you can push to your git repo and upload your workers from the command line. This article will walk you through making a worker, uploading it to IronWorker and then queuing up a bunch of tasks for it. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Releases IronCache (Beta) is pleased to announce a soft-launch/beta release of IronCache, a hosted key/value data cache. It’s an elastic cloud-based solution built for storing short-term processing results and passing items between asynchronous processes. IronCache is useful for many situations where a database alone isn’t an optimal solution. The service is accessible via a simple HTTP interface and is memcached compatible. It uses OAuth to provide a simple and secure authentication mechanism.

Joins IronWorker and IronMQ
IronCache is designed to complement’s existing services – IronWorker and IronMQ. For example, the service provides developers with a simple and secure way to let workers communicate with each other. The genesis for the service was the result of direct requests and a number of use cases from customers. Heavy users of IronWorker were looking for simple ways to maintain state and coordinate asynchronous activities. Essentially, they needed a simple way to hold counters, store transient results, record the state of sequences, and share other types of data and activities between sets of processes.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 speaking at Citrix Synergy will be presenting at Synergy2012 on Wed, May 9th. It's Citrix's premier customer conference and will be focusing on cloud computing, virtualization, and networking technologies. The conference is May 9-11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Chad Arimura will be talking about how using hosted task queues and message queues lets developers effortlessly add asynchronicity and scale to their applications.

"Citrix Synergy will show you how cloud computing, virtualization and networking technologies are fulfilling the potential of the cloud era. This open, community-focused event will tackle the hot topics and IT challenges that everyone is talking about – mobile workstyles, IT consumerization and BYO, enterprise clouds and hosted cloud services, and network optimization and security."

Monday, May 7, 2012 Speaking at Ubuntu Cloud Summit will be speaking at the Ubuntu Cloud Summit on Tuesday, May 8th. Chad will be talking about and how cloud services fit in with PaaS and in the cloud stack. 

Lots of great companies are also presenting including Canonical, HP, VMware, Rackspace, Scalr, and 10gen. The analytics firm RedMonk is hosting and so it's guaranteed to have a top-notch group of informed techs.

"The Ubuntu Cloud Summit is a new, one day event for both technologists and business people interested in what open-source cloud computing can do for their organizations. Hosted by Canonical and RedMonk, it will look at how open source is playing a critical role in the move to cloud computing. Attendees will also hear how enterprises have made the most of the move to the cloud using open source. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate ensuring you have all the information you need to deploy an open cloud."