Five Links: Band of Brothers Edition

Happy Friday, everyone.

Red Hat has a lot of corporate blogs (worth reading!), but a huge part of our culture as a company is collaboration and meritocracy. As in … letting our opinions be known. There’s a reason we actually made a t-shirt to commemorate our corporation-wide mailing list.


From Pinterest

A lot of Red Hatters have personal blogs (or active LinkedIn postings) precisely because of the value that we as a group place on transparency, defending ideas, and innovation.

This week, I want to highlight some of the blogs by Red Hatters that I’ve read recently. I’m not even going to call this a “top 5,” because we have a lot of prolific and interesting writers on a million different topics. These are a random sampling of the blogs that I hit periodically.

Java EE in 2016: Tumult. Java EE in 2017: Opportunity. John Clingan, product marketing manager at Red Hat

John is a longtime Java guy, with a past at Sun and then Oracle. So he knows Java, Java EE, and the new MicroProfile project. This post (and the one before on the future of Java EE and recent Gartner reports) are very much worth a read. This specific post provides a rundown — with links! — on some of the big news relating to Java in 2016 and touches on the potential interplay between Java EE 9 and MicroProfile development projects.


A Java EE Interlude. Mark Little, CTO of JBoss Middleware at Red Hat

Mark has an articulate and strategic view of technology as a whole that I really like. His posts on established tech like Java and emerging trends like microservices are always engaging and he gives a big picture view that is an excellent counter balance to that myopic (or distracted) forest-for-the-trees perspective that’s easy to fall into. What I love about this specific post is the “scientific method” that he uses to walk through and measure a report on Java EE and its long-term prospects.


Digital Foundations – Challenges CIOs must embrace. Eric Schabell, cloud and middleware evangelist at Red Hat

Eric is a middleware powerhouse (with a new book out on effective BPM strategies), plus an expert in cloud. He definitely grasps the challenges of both dev and operations, and his post here (really, the presentation linked in it) examines bimodal IT and how CTOs can apply that to their real infrastructures and teams and then develop a technology strategy.


Security delivered — one slice at a time. EG Nadhan, digital transformation / cloud strategist at Red Hat

EG is a posting machine, in a good way. He has tons of posts on an amazing variety of subjects, from IT talent to security to cloud. I like this particular post because of the nice rundown of security strategy for small businesses. It’s succinct, clear, and practical.


The Hardest Part about Microservices: Your Data. Christian Posta, principal middleware architect at Red Hat

This is the last on a great series on microservices on Christian’s blog. Basically, the goal for microservices is autonomy and reduced dependencies between services, which allows individual teams to be able to roll out their own services within their own parameters more efficiently. Getting to that particular unicorn, though, is complicated, and Christian outlines an approach to break down data needs, domains, workflows, and transactions and to see how you can engineer a microservices architecture that reflects your infrastructure reality.

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