Years and years ago, ZeroTurnaround’s small, geeky engineering team started looking into Git and Mercurial. We had been using Subversion for ages, and felt like it was time to look into other alternatives, namely to migrate to a decentralized version control system (DVCS) so that we could alienate our partners by committing code while on vacation with them. This was back when it wasn’t possible to use Git on our Windows workstations and recently-released Kiln was supporting only Mercurial. So, not wanting to wait for things to improve on their own, we chose to use Mercurial rather than Git.
Product Updates, Company News & Fun
During JavaONE 2013 I had the chance to visit a lot of different sessions (as this was my first year without any booth duties!) and one of them was Looking into the JVM Crystal Ball by Mikael Vidstedt, a JVM Architect from Oracle. It covered the past, present and the future of the JVM. I really enjoyed the talk and I think that the information from there might serve a larger audience.
Why repeat activities manually when you could spend much more time and effort to create a process library instead?
This is a question we’ve been asking ourselves lately. As our company and engineering team grows, we’ve found that different projects have somewhat similar needs when it comes to libraries. Whenever this happens and we think that the library can be useful for the rest of the Java world, we open-source it.
We have been using WordPress for some time now (6 years and counting), and though we’ve had some bumps on the road, we are generally happy with it (except for the HTML editor, of course). Back in the day, we ran everything on a single server but due to growing traffic & traffic spikes after big releases, plus the unstable nature of computer hardware, we’ve needed to go with a clustered environment instead. You know, the chaos monkey is always after you!
Jenkins. The build master in a bow tie that we’ve all grown to rely on. In this new report from RebelLabs, we’re all over Jenkins like brown on rice, or like JRebel on your classloaders.
In Jenkins CI: The Origins of Butlers, Build Masters and Bowties, we looks at all the angles in Jenkins, covering some history, our favorite features & plugins and even show you how to build Jenkins pipelines the ZeroTurnaround way–plus, we have top it all off with an exclusive interview with our friend Kohsuke Kawaguchi, the originator of Jenkins.
Holidays are very often great for hacking, besides other things like building medieval landscape puzzles in your kitchen. This is the time of year when there are less deadlines, less going on. If you don’t want to undertake a big project then we have something for you. A holiday puzzle. This time we’ve taken a step away from our historical puzzles and done this a little differently….
ZeroTurnaround Expands CompSci Course Offering on “Java Fundamentals” to Tallinn University of Technology
The Tallinn University of Technology contains not only Java geeks, but also a parking lot made of water!
In mid-2012, ZeroTurnaround established a partnership in Estonia to offer a course called “Java Fundamentals” at Tartu University. With the current semester coming to a close, we’ve decided to take this a step further, expand and do the course at the Tallinn University of Technology. Based on the success and popularity of our Tartu course, it makes sense to expand this to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, as well.