Buzzwords: Microservices, Containers and Serverless at Goto Chicago

Goto Chicago Dave Speaking

It was an honor to give a talk on the future of Serverless at goto Chicago, an enterprise developer conference running from May 24 to 25, 2016. As you can see from the full room, containers, microservices and serverless are popular topics with developers, and this interest extends across a wide swath of back-end languages, from Java to Ruby to node.js. Unfortunately, the talk was not recorded, so I’m providing these notes (and my slide deck) for those who could not attend.

The Evolution of Deployed Applications

Before we look forward into the future of Serverless, let’s look back. We’ve seen a historical evolution in deployed applications at multiple different levels. Whereas before the unit of scale was measured by how many servers you could deploy, we’ve moved through rolling out virtual machines to the current pattern of scaling our containerized infrastructure. Similarly, we’ve seen a shift from monolithic architectures deployed through major releases to containerized, continuously-updated microservices. This paradigm is Iron.io’s “sweet spot,” and we’re leading the enterprise towards a serverless computing world.

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The E.T. in ETL

The E.T. in ETL

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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 for swimming pools. Go figure.

Thankfully, Node.js gives us a lingua franca for sharing cool solutions. A search for data validation shows there are more than a few options. For ETL, let’s take a look at just one of those options.

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Running IronWorker on Docker + Node.js + Windows

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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 package.”

For the gnarly job of data synchronization exosphere found few options. Solutions for piping core application data certainly exist, but most vendors lock you down like lawn furniture.  Exosphere found IronWorker appealing, since it saved them the hassle of building their own out of the box solution.

Exosphere is built on a Node.js + Windows development stack. Today, they’ve agreed to let us share their recent post on getting IronWorker + Windows + Node.js humming in unison.

If you’re curious what twists and tweaks are required to get IronWorker going on Windows, read on!

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How Cine.io Uses Node.js and IronWorker to Handle Their Background Processing


The following is a guest blog post by Thomas Shafer describing how cine.io deploys their workers within Iron.io to handle all of their background processing.

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IronWorker Goes Hyperpolyglot – Adds Java, Node and Go Support

 

A hyperpolyglot is one who can speak six or more languages fluently. The term was coined by the linguist Richard Hudson in 2003 and derives from the word “polyglot”, meaning one who can speak multiple languages.

Today marks a major step forward for IronWorker as we’ve opened the platform to a wide array of new languages, vastly expanding the possibilities of what you can do with it. IronWorker aims to be a language-agnostic platform that lets developers use the language they are comfortable with and, with today’s release, we’ve come a lot closer to achieving that goal.
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