Soundbyte 234: Learn to fly


Let’s start this Soundbyte with a bit of already old news for those of you not on Twitter. Together with Sander Mak I’m working on a new book for O’Reilly: “Java 9 Modularity”. The book is scheduled for early 2017, which is perfectly aligned with the Java 9 release date. Also a big thanks to Luminis for supporting this project with time. It’s really nice to work for a company that understands the value of these kind of projects.
With the book coming up we have a bunch of conference invitations already as well: JavaLand, Luminis DevCon, GeeCon, Devoxx UK and DevNation, and that’s just the first half of the year. Unfortunately the dark side of that implies spending too much time in airplanes again, which brings me to this week’s music choice: “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters. 
The week before last week we heard Hans talking about how Technologies is moving towards “products”. So far it has a least been a lot of fun working on one of the products, the Cloud RTI. We work with a lot of interesting technology and it solves an interesting problem; running multi-node clusters in the cloud with a lot of focus on logging and monitoring. We have customers running on the Cloud RTI since August already, and a website should (finally) be coming up very soon. 
With this talk about products, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking that we’re moving away from open source. The contrary is true. As part of the product focus, open source possibly becomes even more important than it already was. For example, the technical components developed around Kubernetes for the Cloud RTI will be open sourced. This will make the components better, and it’s a great way to show others what we have built (again, several conference talks scheduled already). Note that open sourcing parts of a product is not the same as giving the product away for free. The Cloud RTI is an integrated solution, tying together all the different things you need when setting up production deployments. Given the separate pieces one could create a solution themselves, but that still requires a lot of time and knowledge, which is a very different investment than paying someone (us) to just take care of it. 
Last week we had some discussion about another robot video from Boston Dynamics on our Slack channel. The video shows a two-legged robot that moves remarkable similar to humans. While it’s easy to see how these robots can help in a lot of tasks, it’s also easy to see how they can also be used for less noble tasks. While an all out robot vs robot battlefield would be interesting to watch, it’s also scary how close such a reality could be. I’m wondering how close we are to the FBI (or whatever other agency) taking remote control of our house robots. But it’s always good to know they have big data to decide who should or shouldn’t be targeted by those robots, so it should all turn out fine…. 
Anyway, the technology is still impressive.
Besides all the geeky stuff, my week also involved the daily heavy squatting, snatching and cleaning in preparation for a weightlifting “meet” in two weeks. At the same time the CrossFit Open started this weekend, which is a world-wide five week long competition with one workout each week. Winners of the Open (not me) will advance to the Regionals, which are the qualifications for the finals; the CrossFit Games. Although I did set the second best score in our box (CF term for “gym”), with a total of 130 reps, the current overall leader is at 350… I guess I still need a bit more training. For an impression, here’s the video. Skip to the end (19:40) if you just want to see me die 😉