Insights on Code, the Cloud, and More

Pushing to Stackato Directly from Eclipse or STS

By William Gautier, May 29, 2013

If you use Eclipse or its variants to develop applications, you can directly deploy your Java applications to Stackato with VMware’s Cloud Foundry Integration plugin. Here is how you can do it, starting from an existing Eclipse and Stackato install, in three simple steps.

Adding Stackato’s Certificate to Java

Before installing the plugin, you will need to allow Java to access Stackato via SSL. First, download your Stackato certificate. The easiest way is to access your Stackato management console with a browser.

Open Sourced: IRC Customer Support Modules for madcow

By Tara Gibbs, May 23, 2013

Last month, we had a hackathon here at ActiveState. I spent some time creating a collection of modules for Chris Jones' madcow IRC bot that would be useful to our dev and support team members.

You see, we've got this IRC channel on freenode: #stackato

Category: open source, stackato

DevOps: Who We Are and Where We Are Going

By Dan Razzell, May 21, 2013

Everything old is new again, including perennial quesions about the human condition. Here at ActiveState, we got to talking the other day about a recent DevOps paper by Dave Zwieback, The Human Side of Postmortems, published by O'Reilly in 2013.

Private PaaS Makes Application Portability Easy for DevOps

By Isabelle Groc, May 16, 2013

For most IT staff, once cloud infrastructure is implemented, flexibility becomes challenging. What happens if project requirements, features or budget changes, and the cloud model doesn't fit as well as originally planned? 

Luckily, there is a solution. Private Platform as a Service (PaaS) empowers IT and DevOps to take control and shift applications from one cloud environment to another.

A Small Simple App

By Phil Whelan, May 15, 2013

A Small Simple App

This is a fictional story, based in reality.

It sounds as if the idea I have will work. Feedback has been good, and I did not get slammed on Hacker News. There's a nice flow of people signing up on the landing page, so I think I should be able to get a few people kicking the tires as soon as I have something live.

Category: stackato

From DevOps to Private PaaS: Bridging the Divide

By Isabelle Groc, May 10, 2013

Interviewed by Cloudcast's Aaron Delp, Bart Copeland and John Wetherill engaged in a lively discussion on how developers are adopting DevOps models and how polyglot PaaS technologies are deployed in the enterprise.

Quickly Install WordPress Using Stackato PaaS

By Phil Whelan, May 9, 2013

Quickly Install WordPress Using Stackato PaaS

One of my favorite features of Stackato is the App Store. It contains many commonly used Open Source products just waiting to be installed with a few clicks of the mouse.

WordPress is one of these apps, and I took a quick screencast to demonstrate just how quick it is.

Category: stackato

Adopt a Komodo: Help Conservation Efforts this Spring with Komodo IDE

By Michael Kanasoot, May 8, 2013

This month, ActiveState is running a Komodo IDE fundraiser. $50 of each license sold of Komodo IDE or ActivePerl/Tcl Pro Studio will go towards efforts for the conservation of endangered species such as the Komodo Dragon.

As a thank you gift, each customer will receive a gift bag containing an official certificate and an awesome Komodo plushie!


Category: komodo

Upholding the Open Web with PaaS: An Interview with Mozilla’s Chris Turra

By Isabelle Groc, May 3, 2013

Just a few blocks away from ActiveState’s office in downtown Vancouver, Mozilla web operations engineer Chris Turra is working hard to fulfill his organization’s mission to keep the web open.

On Manufacturing, DevOps, and The Phoenix Project: How Private PaaS is the Shortcut to Streamlined IT

By Bart Copeland, May 1, 2013

Long before I became ActiveState’s CEO and involved in software, I started my career as a manufacturing engineer in a production plant building electronic devices. My role was to find ways to streamline the manufacturing process, minimize defects, reduce costs, shorten the time it took to obtain raw goods, build the product, reduce inventory (both raw goods and WIP) and get it out of the door to market in the most efficient manner possible.