Archive | June, 2013

Dashing – dashboard framework

Dashing is a Sinatra based framework that lets you build beautiful dashboards. Key features: Use premade widgets, or fully create your own with scss, html, and coffeescript. Widgets harness the power of data bindings to keep things DRY and simple. Powered by batman.js. Use the API to push data to your dashboards, or make use of a simple ruby DSL for fetching data. Drag & Drop interface for re-arranging your widgets. Host your dashboards on Heroku in less than 30 seconds.

(Full Story: http://shopify.github.io/dashing/ )

Costs that engineers and product managers don’t consider

Among the most dangerously unconsidered costs is what I’ve been calling complexity cost. Complexity cost is the debt you accrue by complicating features or technology in order to solve problems. An application that does twenty things is more difficult to refactor than an application that does one thing, so changes to its code will take longer. Sometimes complexity is a necessary cost, but only organizations that fully internalize the concept can hope to prevent runaway spending in this area.

(Full Story: http://firstround.com/article/The-one-cost-engineers-and-product-managers-dont-consider# )

PayPal now builds products on OpenShift Enterprise

Platform as a Service (PaaS) has gotten lots of attention usage from developers looking for easy ways to build and run applications. PayPal sees lots of value in the PaaS model, too. But rather than run on shared infrastructure, it’s chosen to make developers lives easier while deploying PaaS on premise, explained Ryan Granard, PayPal’s vice president of platform engineering, at GigaOM’s Structure conference on Thursday. Companies big and little have been jumping aboard the concept of on-premise PaaS, to some degree because security, regulatory compliance and cloud vendor lock-in fears remain part of the conversation about running on public infrastructure. How is PayPal going about this? It’s been running Red Hat’s OpenShift on-premise PaaS to build out products such as PayPal Here — the company’s answer to Square — as well as a developer sandbox. With that tool, Granard said, a developer chooses a product to work on “and in minutes, we have you up and running in a fully connect…

(Full Story: http://gigaom.com/2013/06/20/paypal-now-builds-products-on-its-internal-paas/ )

Dell builds a government cloud of its own on OpenShift and OpenStack

Dell Cloud for U.S. Government builds on Red Hat’s OpenStack implementation and Dell’s platform-as-a-service component will be based on Red Hat’s OpenShift. That choice of OpenStack as basis is interesting because Dell recently nixed plans to offer an OpenStack-based public cloud but also said its private cloud offerings would still draw upon the OpenStack open-source stack. For the record, Red Hat’s OpenStack is technically still in preview although it’s likely that general availability will be announced this week at its Red Hat Summit. OpenShift became generally available yesterday.

(Full Story: http://gigaom.com/2013/06/11/dell-builds-a-gov-cloud-of-its-own/ )

9 Qualities Of Truly Confident People – Dharmesh Shah

1. They take a stand not because they think they are always right… but because they are not afraid to be wrong. 2. They listen ten times more than they speak. 3. They duck the spotlight so it shines on others. 4. They freely ask for help. 5. They think, “Why not me?” 6. They don’t put down other people. 7. They aren’t afraid to look silly… 8. … And they own their mistakes. 9. They only seek approval from the people who really matter.

(Full Story: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130606150641-658789-9-qualities-of-truly-confident-people )

Why Big Data Is Not Truth – NYTimes.com

Myth 1: Big Data is New Myth 2: Big Data Is Objective Myth 3: Big Data Doesn’t Discriminate Myth 4: Big Data Makes Cities Smart Myth 5: Big Data Is Anonymous Myth 6: You Can Opt Out

(Full Story: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/why-big-data-is-not-truth/ )