Top Red Hat Developer News of 2013

Red Hat brought a LOT of new and excellent application development products and capabilities during 2013, so I thought I would assemble this list for you here in case you missed any.  Note that this is not a complete list (and comment if I missed something that you feel should be mentioned), and by the way, it is listed in random order.

Red Hat Software Collections general availability.  Yes, I will list this first as it’s my personal favorite as I started working on this two years prior as part of a project initially called Robbin, a moniker cleverly coined by Brian Gollaher, our RHEL developer tools product manager.  (We learned that people would be distracted if we gave it a name too soon in the planning phase – so they needed to agree on the definition first.  Then we could name it.  Our temporary offices were on Robbins Road then.)  At the time, we all understood the gap that we were trying to address, but it took some time to define it for enterprise use cases and then get some engineering resources (thank you, Denise Dumas).  So now here we are and we’re getting great feedback.  I can’t wait to share news on the next release!  😉

OpenShift – the team did a LOT this year:

OpenShift Online became a Red Hat product.  After beta testing for about 2 years and with more than 1 million apps, OpenShift Online became an official Red Hat offering.  This was soon followed by a subsequent announcement:  expanded to 14 countries, enlarged gear sizes and memory options, lowered prices, and more.

OpenShift Enterprise 2.0, and Team development with User management.  We added on-premise, multiple improvements, and integration with OpenStack.  Account owners can add and remove users from groups, grant group access to applications, and set levels of access.  Read about it here.

Cartridge Upgrades:  “Red Hat is in a unique position to provide some amazing content to PaaS users, which are integrated as OpenShift Cartridges. With the advent of the RHEL Software Collections we are now able to bring Node.js to our OpenShift Enterprise users and also have updated our Python, Ruby and PostgreSQL cartridges.”  Yes, these Red Hat Software Collections on RHEL are the same stacks as in OpenShift.  Read more here, and look at the section called Developer Experience.

JBoss EAP binaries available for all developers:  Per Mark Little, “…from the point where we start to productise the community project (e.g., AS7.1) we will release all product builds that we create as a result of this process into the community (e.g., EAP 6.0 Alpha 1, which is based on AS 7.1) so that all developers within our communities or with our customers can take advantage of them immediately. … Onward!”

Red Hat Reinforces Java Commitment and Assumes Leadership of OpenJDK 6 Community.  Talk about a dynamic world!  When customers expect things to work for 10 years, Red Hat needed to do the right thing. 

Red Hat Developer Toolset 2.0 is released.  With the second major release, Red Hat continues with our mission to bridge developer agility with production stability by delivering the latest stable versions of tools for developers.  This latest version features gcc 4.8 and Eclipse 4.3 (Keplar).  A powerful set of development tools.

Red Hat + Docker collaboration – Red Hat and Docker announced a technical collaboration “to help drive the next evolution of OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering.  The collaboration between the OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Docker teams aims to combine the versatile capabilities of Docker with the security and stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Gears in OpenShift. OpenShift developers will benefit from a simpler, more secure, lightweight, and portable environment for applications.”  Specific community efforts relate to:  packaging Docker for the Fedora Project, collaboration on filesystem dependencies, collaboration on container provisioning, and collaboration on OpenShift.  We also added Docker to RHEL 6.5.

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