Jevgeni Kabanov here, CEO & Founder of ZeroTurnaround.
The world changes every day, so to be a successful company your business needs to adapt to the world it is in. As a result, ZeroTurnaround would like to make the following announcement outlining our new company strategy and goals going forward as a successful business.
In the past, we have been able to capture the developer market with JRebel as well as provide a great product in the Operations space with LiveRebel. While this is great for revenue, it has never quite satisfied our ambitions.
A while ago I started using Things as my primary task manager. Things is a peculiar beast – in the age when everything is web-based and free, it’s a decidedly opinionated native Mac, iPhone and iPad application that costs a decent bundle. It also does not allow for collaboration, but rather focuses on managing personal tasks.
The LiveRebel team is proud to present the latest and greatest release of LiveRebel. Prepare to have your socks knocked off :)
With LiveRebel 2.6 you can rollout code, database and configuration changes in sync, onto a blend of environments with no downtime or overhead. The result: you get the latest version in front of users quickly, without compromising on quality or disrupting user experience.
When we started working on LiveRebel, we felt that instant updates were a fair trade in exchange for some CPU and memory overhead. With the 2.x release, our dream changed from just helping you out with your Java application updates, to driving composite or multi-platform app releases across multiple environments. In that context, the trade-off made less sense. Engineering, it turns out, is all about finding the right trade-offs for the task at hand :)
Not long ago, I got an email from a well-meaning, but misguided person. He wrote me that he has a million dollar idea (and it definitely WAS a million-dollar one, not just a figure of speech) and he would like to offer me an opportunity to fund it as well as find the team. This type of approach is a common thing, and comes from an understanding that ideas are worth a lot (but I’m already the CEO of a fast-growing IT company, so my resources to offer him are severely constrained!) The consensus of the startup industry, however, is that ideas are not worth that much. This stems from the fact that many folks, ironically, seem to get the same idea at the same time. But simply having the idea will not give you any competitive advantage in the real world.
Software plays an increasing part in helping us get things done. We not only expect it to satisfy our rapidly changing needs, work 24/7 and perform well, but also evolve and improve in advance of our expectations. These days, the best software teams release products and features faster and more frequently, while striving to raise the bar on quality. But managing consumer demands with the increasing complexity in how software is released and delivered is not easy.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the JCP (Java Community Process) before, but in case you don’t follow what is happening with Java standards, the JCP is the body that defines ALL Java standards. Here’s a few facts about the it:
- The JCP defined Java standards through Java Specification Requests (JSRs), which deliver a written specification, reference implementation and acceptance tests to validate other implementations
- JSRs are headed by the Specification Lead and discussed in an Expert Group (EG)
- Then, the JCP Executive Committee (JCP EC) approves the creation and release of JSRs as well as whether they can be bundled into Java EE, Java SE or Java ME distributions.
Now here’s the kicker – JCP membership is open and FREE to all individuals.
Live from the Geekout conference in Tallinn, Estonia it is our immense pleasure to announce the release of JRebel 5.0. We bring to your attention the following key features among numerous fixes and improvements:Read more
TOO BUSY MULTI-TASKING TO GET ANYTHING DONE!
Did you know that more than 1/2 of the people sitting in the room with you blame lack of focus and multi-tasking as the #1 reason they are not getting their work done?
In a recent report on Developer Productivity that had over 1800 total surveyed, we found that 53% of respondents listed “Too Much Multi-tasking” as the main reason for anti-productivity. (btw, this report includes 30 pages of stats, analysis and interviews. Check it out!)
It was while considering this fact that I came across an article about focus and distractions that filtered to me through the lazyweb, so I decided to write about my own experiences in that area.
I have a confession: For some time, culminating in the last year, I have had issues with information-addiction and lack of focus.
I would spend way too much time answering emails, checking Twitter, going through the website/product stats and getting distracted in a thousand other ways. I was behind with the things that matter and I didn’t have any time to think deeply, instead of reacting immediately to issues as they arose.