Posts By: Vassili van der Mersch

Twitter’s 10 Year Struggle with Developer Relations

In September 2006, only a few months into its existence, Twitter came out with the first version of its public API. This was surprisingly early in an age when social APIs were not yet prevalent, especially since Twitter had yet to become the success story that seems so obvious in hindsight. Read more

API-Driven DevOps: Spotlight on Docker

The advent of cloud computing has changed the way applications are being built, deployed and hosted. One important development in recent years has been the emergence of DevOps — a discipline at the crossroads between application development and system administration.

Empowered developers have been given a wide new set of tools to enable:

  • Application lifecycle management with continuous integration software like Jenkins, Travis CI, CircleCI, and CodeShip;
  • Server provisioning with software and metadata using configuration management tools like Chef, Puppet, Salt, and Ansible;
  • Hosting applications in the cloud, whether they use an IaaS provider like Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, or Digital Ocean, or a PaaS solution like Heroku, Google App Engine, or any technology-specific offering.
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Building a REST API in Java and Scala Using Play Framework – Part 2

In the first part of this series, we introduced Play framework, a web development framework for Java and Scala developers, and we showed how it enabled one to expose a basic REST API with minimal effort. In this second part, we explore some of the features of Play and use real code to illustrate its capabilities. Read more

Building a REST API in Java and Scala Using Play Framework – Part 1

In this two part series we explore Play Framework, and see how it can be used for rapidly developing RESTful APIs. In part one, we introduce Play, covering the main design decisions behind its architecture and potential reasons for choosing this framework over others. Read more