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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Upgrade to IronMQ v3 in Under 30 Minutes

Upgrade to IronMQ v3 Today!

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Earlier this week, Iron.io Customer Success Engineer JPK and I sat down with Michael Geneles and Stephen Kamenar from PitchBox to discuss their transition to IronMQ v3. Last Friday, they made the transition in less than 30 minutes! We were so impressed, we asked them for the details of their experience.

First, how does PitchBox leverage IronMQ? PitchBox helps marketers find online influencers. To accomplish that they crawl blogs and social media. Then, they run some fancy algorithms voodoo magic to process the results, and boom! Marketers are matched with their ideal influencers.

PitchBox’s dashboard is written in PHP. But, their crawler is an event driven NodeJS app. A couple thousand websites may need to be crawled and parsed at any given time.

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Helpful hints: Pre-commit

Get going with pre-commit (video)

I had a lot of fun sharing pre-commit with everyone earlier this week. In case you missed it, here’s a link. As a follow up, I whipped together a quick How-To video.

In it, you’ll follow along as I add a pre-commit hook to a brand new Node.js project. Init a git repo locally, and you can the same as you watch. I’ll take you through adding the initial config, picking your hook, and testing to make sure pre-commit works. Continue reading “Helpful hints: Pre-commit”

A Better Mobile Compute Cloud: NodeJS + Iron.io (repost from ShoppinPal)

There are number of tools for creating mobile apps but the one area that can be challenging is handling the background processing that takes place within mobile applications.

A popular mobile app, ShoppingPal, is using Iron.io to handle its background processing needs with great results. They wrote a recent post on their success in moving from Parse to Iron.io. Continue reading “A Better Mobile Compute Cloud: NodeJS + Iron.io (repost from ShoppinPal)”

How Kuhcoon uses IronWorker and Node.js to improve social media advertising

[This post is part of a series of customer success stories that Chad Arimura is putting together highlighting key customers and how they are using Iron.io to do some pretty big things.]


Kuhcoon offers a suite of tools built around the management and optimization of social media advertising for businesses. They provide two tools – a basic social media management application that is used for managing, publishing, and tracking earned social media campaigns, and an intelligent Facebook Ads Platform that lets users easily create and manage paid social ad campaigns while receiving automated help and spending optimization. Both services are growing in popularity and require constant account updates and voluminous data collection. Continue reading “How Kuhcoon uses IronWorker and Node.js to improve social media advertising”

How a simple Node.js project turned into Iron Scheduler (guest post)

This is a guest post from David Hessing, Director of Data Analytics at Appirio, on how a simple project to teach himself Node.js turned into Iron Scheduler, a powerful scheduling tool built on top of IronWorker. 

 

The Power of Task Processing in the Cloud

[David Hessing] I remember coming across Iron.io’s services and immediately being intrigued. IronWorker in particular looked pretty awesome. While I had come across other cloud-based message queueing and caching tools, I hadn’t seen anything that was a pure cloud task processor. 
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