We sponsored Kod.io Linz – here’s what happened

Kod.io Linz took place last weekend at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz. Being one of the incredibly proud co-organizers of this developer conference, my recap might come across a little biased, but I tried to keep the amazing‘s to an absolute minimum. We’ve collected all slides and pictures, and can’t wait for Confreaks to publish the talks.

Kod.io Linz

CSS secrets and platform-native app development

The conference day started with 2 keynotes in our separate tracks. In the Seminarraum Lea Verou explained in ‘The Chroma Zone – Engineering Color on the Web’ how color works on the screen. How? Well… White pixels make up of 3 RGB subpixels, which can have a different order and different subpixel intensities for different colors. She elaborated on the workings of RGB, HSL and relative luminance. Hinting what CSS4 will bring us, Lea mentioned the new gray value(xx%) – unsupported now, but can be poly-filled with sass – and new adjustors: tint, shade, blend.

Steve Scott talked about the benefits of platform-native application development and explained why RemObjects have made the choices they have in producing their cross platform native tools. He also took the opportunity to announce the release of RemObjects C# – a brand new tool for native C# development on mobile platforms. (more…)

anynines moves from a rented VMware to a self-hosted OpenStack infrastructure

anynines and Cloud Foundry

anynines is based on Cloud Foundry, an open source platform as a service framework. Thanks to an installation automation technology called Bosh, one of Cloud Foundry’s advantages is infrastructure agnosticism. This means that there is no tight coupling of anynines to any infrastructure provider.

anynines’ start on VMware

Cloud Foundry’s early ties to VMware, anynines started on a VMware infrastructure operated by our befriended datacenter Skyway Datacenter GmbH.

A little about the background. Back in the early days, Cloud Foundry has been funded and developed by VMware and hence first versions have been developed against and run on a VMware infrastructure.

So for us at anynines it seemed obvious that VMware will be the best supported infrastructure, so far. In addition, anynines’ approach was based on the lean startup paradigm. So the first experiments were about figuring out how hard it is to get a working Cloud Foundry setup. Which was surprisingly easy! So it was an logical choice to stay close to Cloud Foundry’s reference installation CloudFoundry.com and use VMware, at least in the first place.

Finding the right infrastructure technology

However, in the meanwhile Pivotal has been founded and took over the Cloud Foundry development. They also drove forward a support for other infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack. (more…)