The Future of Open Source is in Your Hands

Each year, Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners host the Future of Open Source survey. Now in its ninth year, the survey is an insightful, occasionally surprising view of the changes in the world of open source technology and community.

Over 1,200 people responded to the survey in 2014.

Some interesting insights:

  • Reducing costs remains the #1 reason people choose open source
  • 80% chose open source for the software quality
  • 72% state that open source software is more secure than proprietary software
  • 50% of enterprises contribute to open source projects (and this is expected to increase)

This is great, but it’s important to our industry that the figures are kept up-to-date That’s why Engine Yard is pleased to be a platinum sponsor of this year’s survey.

So, now it’s time for you to make your voice heard. In 5 minutes or less you can add your voice to the conversation. And trust me on this: enterprises large and small listen to what this survey says.

Take the survey now

When you’re done, pass this on to everyone you know who cares about open source.

Getting Started With Ruby Processing

If you're like me, you love to code because it is a creative process.

In another life, I am a musician. I've always loved music because it represents a synthesis of the concreteness of math and the ambiguity of language. Programming is the same way.

But despite the creative potential of programming, I often find myself spending days working out the kinks of HTTP requests or dealing with SSL certificates. Some part of me yearns for a purely Apollonion environment in which to use code to make something new and unseen.

When I feel a void for purely creative coding, I turn to the Processing language.

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Life Beyond Rails: A Brief Look at Alternate Web Frameworks for Ruby

Before we get started, let’s address the elephant in the room. Rails is great. It really is what you need for large scale production applications most of the time. It has history. And if you got started in Ruby working on the web, chances are Rails is what you are most familiar with. All these things are a fair argument for Rails as the framework of choice for many projects.

The point of this article is not to... derail (sorry, could not resist!) our beloved Rails. The main goal is to shed some light on alternatives that you may or may not have been aware of. Some will focus on small scale projects, others fast prototyping, but all of them will work with Ruby and hopefully you will have fun exploring the frameworks and micro-frameworks that help bring this great language to the web.

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Increasing Performance While Decreasing Price: Testing the New T2 Instances From Amazon

Amazon’s T2 instances have been available on Engine Yard since December. These instances are a "low-cost, General Purpose instance type that are designed to provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline."

I wanted to see just how much more powerful the T2 instances were, compared to the previous generation of m1.Smalls. To test this, I am going to compare three instance types: the t2.micro, t2.small, and m1.small.

For each test, the instances were provisioned in the Western US Oregon Region with a 5GB Snapshot capacity. Instances are selected from the list of Engine Yard instance types, and run Engine Yard’s V4 stack and Gentoo 12.11. The tests were done with UnixBench 5.1.3 against a single application instance running a static PHP 5.4 web application.

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A Fast Blogging Solution: Building a Simple Jekyll Blog

A year or so back I was speaking at Cascadia Ruby and I met with a friend and colleague of mine, Gerlando Piro. He was at the conference to attend and give his first ever lightning talk. And in five minutes, my interest was piqued about Jekyll, a simple—very Ruby—way to create static websites and blogs.

Recently, I took some time to look at using Jekyll. I’ve had experience with WordPress, services like Blogger, and of course I’ve done the classic (but now a bit dated) Learn Rails by building a blog in 15 minutes. But I needed to know what the differences were. Was Jekyll more hands on, like building a blog in Rails? Or was it all templating hoping for the best like WordPress? Here’s what I found out.

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