A very common use case for using a service like Twilio is to be able to schedule calls or SMS’s. Maybe you want to schedule a conference call, schedule a text to go out at specific time, or notify all your users about something via SMS every day. Twilio doesn’t have scheduling built in, but here’s an…

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Baking Your Own Pi

It’s 3/14, and that means it’s international Pi day! A day where we rejoice over the transcendental number that seems to be everywhere. So, why am I writing about pi on the Iron.io blog? It turns out pi is the best (read: the absolute best!) way to test out computers. It’s sufficiently random, requires large…

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The E.T. in ETL

Thanks to JD Hancock for the base image! CC BY 2.0 Anyone who’s ever done ETL knows it can get seriously funky. When I first started working on ETL, I was parsing data for a real estate company. Every once in awhile roofing data would appear in the pool field. “Shingles” isn’t a compelling feature…

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Thanks to Ugur Ceylan for the base image! CC BY 2.0 What’s with the Docker community’s love affair with Alpine Linux? Tiny containers means more compute resources left over for actual… computing! Alpine Linux is particularly tiny. It says so, right on the tin: “Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based.” Do you…

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Exosphere champions best of breed cloud applications. In their own words, “We’ve set out on a mission, a quest if you will, to gather together the best small to medium applications in each class, and try to bolt them together in such a way that combined they form a powerful, user-friendly, complete core small business…

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gauntlt ironworker simple security

Thanks to David Goehring for the base image CC BY 2.0 Secure APIs with a robust ruggedization framework A few months ago Adrian Cockroft gave a keynote at devopsdays Amsterdam. In it, he recommended the use of Gauntlt. It’s a robust ruggedization framework for APIs. In plain English, Guantlt is an easy way to test…

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Right-sizing Docker

Thanks to Jared for the base image CC BY 2.0 Containers make life easy. Oh, you don’t have Ruby 2.2 installed? No problem, try this Docker image. Knowing what I tested on my local is exactly what’s running on production gives me warm fuzzies. Docker gets a lot of love because it simplifies development. That’s…

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Thanks to Richard Moross for the base image CC BY 2.0 “Docker, please visit the front desk to receive your complimentary upgrade to first class seating.“ That’s right, Docker just received a first class upgrade on Iron.io. A ways back, Travis (our digital frontiers-man of a CTO) announced beta support for Docker. Today, we’re ripping…

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The Go gopher was designed by Renee French. CC BY 3.0 US Last night’s meetup, which was hosted by Betable, included two presentations and two lightning talks rounding out a solid evening for the GoSF group. Topics included identity on the web, safe storage of tokens (beyond ENV vars), and even the debut of a…

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Thanks to Sonny Abesamis for the base image! CC BY 2.0 Increasingly, message queues and workers are intertwined with the language of modern infrastructure. You might rely on explicit solutions like IronMQ or IronWorker. You might not. Whether you do or don’t is irrelevant: MQs and workers are in everything these days. MQs and workers…

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