OpenShift 3.6 – Release Candidate (A Hands-On)

Hi, Everybody!

Today I want to introduce you to some features of OpenShift 3.6 while giving you the chance to have a hands-on experience with the Release Candidate.

First of all:

  1. It’s a Release Candidate and the features I’ll show you are marked as Tech Preview, so use them for testing purpose ONLY!
  2. We cannot use Minishift just because there is no Minishift updated yet. Anyway, I’ll show how could use its base iso-image.
  3. I don’t want to use ‘oc cluster up’ in a virtual machine just because setting up a virtual machine, to run it, would be a waste of time.

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6 Reasons why I started using containers

I’ve been using containers for nearly 3 years, initially working in the Technical Support team helping customers solve problems in their applications and giving advice about best practices to run containers. Today I work on a team where we develop containers to use in our OpenShift environment, and because of my Technical Support background, my troubleshooting skills helped me in this task. I run containers for most of my tasks and it makes my life easier. I can run any software on containers, whether for evaluation or even use in my websites. Let’s face the fact: containers are becoming more common across the companies. Google can spin up thousands of containers a day in their data centers without downtime, Netflix launches more than 1 million containers a week and many other companies, whether small or large, use containers in production to achieve a new level of scalability. Having this in mind, I’d like to list 6 main reasons why I started to use containers.

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EDI Transformations with Fuse Integration Services (FIS)

EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, has always been a challenging domain to support for organizations. As EDI standards cover a large range of industries, from supply chain to medical to financial services (FSI), the standards rapidly evolve and change over time, thus requiring constant maintenance. The sheer cost of maintaining standards is high, not only for organizations but also for EDI software vendors who struggle to keep up. The expensive fees paid to standards organizations and rapidly evolving releases are the main reasons there are no decent open source EDI tools in the community.

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Local Development Setup for Red Hat Mobile using Docker

Getting up and running with local development for Red Hat Mobile Application requires that you run MongoDB and Redis locally. Doing so isn’t particularly difficult if you follow online guides, but it would be much more straightforward if you could just get these pieces of software up and running in a single command and not need to worry about versioning, creating data directories, setting permissions, and compiling some things such as Redis from source. It would be even better if you could easily switch versions. This is where containers shine.

In the next few paragraphs, we’ll demonstrate how you can run any almost any version of MongoDB and Redis with a single command on a machine that has the Docker service installed.

NOTE: This is not an extensive Docker CLI tutorial; just enough to learn basic commands that will allow you to get MongoDB and Redis up and running easily.

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Your first Business Rules application on OpenShift: from Zero to Hero in 30 minutes

In a previous blog post, we explained how to deploy an existing JBoss BRMS/Drools rules project onto an OpenShift DecisionServer. We created a decision/business-rules microservice on OpenShift Container Platform that was implemented by a BRMS application. The polyglot nature of a microservice architecture allowed us to use the best implementation (a rules engine) for this given functionality (business rules execution) in our architecture.

The project we used was an existing rules project that was available on GitHub. We did however not explain how one can create a project from scratch in the JBoss BRMS Business Central environment and deploy it on OpenShift Container Platform. That is what we will explore in this article.

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Technical How-to Books for Developers – Microservices, Design Patterns, .NET, Reactive, Databases

Within Red Hat knowledge sharing and collaboration are important.  As a part of that many Red Hatters write books and we get the honor of sharing their knowledge with other developers.  We have 7 more books in queue for the coming year and thought we would share the books you can currently download.

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