Spinnaker is the newcomer in the continuous delivery arena. It was open-sourced by Netflix as a multi-cloud deployment tool. Spinnaker is one of the first and only applications that is built for cloud deployments from the ground up. It supports natively the blue/green deployment strategy as well as canary deployments, features that until recently required special scripts and glue code. Spinnaker supports all major cloud providers (Amazon, Azure, Openstack etc) and even native Kubernetes integration implemented by Google itself.
Armory is the company behind Enterprise Spinnaker support. They also offer extra Spinnaker integrations on top of the basic OSS distribution, specifically tailored for large companies that want to move to the cloud. I have been writing guest blog posts for Armory:
In 2016 they read my Spock book, liked it and contacted me in order to write articles for their huge library of testing tutorials. I accepted and so far I have written 4 Testing/CI tutorials for them! Three of them have been in the top ten of the respective year. The RestAssured tutorial is one of the most commented tutorials.
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In 2014, Manning noticed my Spock article and asked me to write a full book on the topic. Of course I accepted! Manning is a legend of technical books and I have learned a lot by their huge collection on Java topics.
My book is titled "Java testing with Spock". It is aimed at Java developers entrenched in JUnit, and it will attempt to convince them that Spock is an one-stop-shop for all testing needs. Unlike JUnit, Spock also has built-in mocking/stubbing support and favours a BDD style when describing test fixtures. Combined with the expressive power of Groovy (and the power assert killer feature), Spock is an explosive package that can replace/augment/accompany existing JUnit tests in a much more concise way
While working for InfoQ I also covered JRebel and LiveRebel, products of ZeroTurnaround. As part of the process I interviewed Oliver White the marketing guru of the company (at the time). We talked while drinking beers, and I started writing for RebelLabs (the community building part of ZeroTurnaround). I wrote blog posts for any topic I liked and helped with the detailed programming reports.
I really enjoyed my time with ZeroTurnound because of the freedom I had while choosing topics and writing about them. After the rigid structure of InfoQ, I could finally inserts jab and puns in my articles! Here is a full list of my articles:
In 2011 I started working for InfoQ. I already liked the site as a reader because of their objective writing and the no-marketing-crap attitute when covering press releases. At several points in time I simply disregarded the official release of a product and went straight to InfoQ in order to read the actual details. The team at InfoQ are mostly programmers themselves so they can see behind the marketing buzzwords and actually explain the technical facets of various topics.
I too specialized in product releases for Java software. Even though the news posts are not lengthy, writing them was always a challenge because I had to verify/research with no actual documentation at hand (the products were just released). I wrote more than 30 news posts for various topics. Here is a sample selection:
I love explaining complex things with simple language. Sometimes I also think that in todays internet, valuable information is lost in the sea of advertisements and popups. Here is a list of writings I did just for fun
Series of articles in the Greek Linux online Magazine
Really old commentary in Operating System News
Tagged Procedure Calls (TPC): Efficient runtime support for task-based parallelism on the Cell Processor (2010) was a paper I co-authored as part of my work in FORTH-ICS. It uses the Cell processor of the Playstation 3 as a core platform for parallel C code. I wrote bare metal code for this project (truly exciting stuff!). Read it in PDF format
Translating formal proofs into English (2004) was my postgraduate thesis in the University of Swansea. Implemented in Scheme it was a module of the Minlog interactive proof system. It used as input mathematical proofs and it produced a human-language explanation of the proof. This is the time I learned about functional programming (an eye-opener experience). Read it in PDF format
Compact Flash Linux Block driver (2003) was my dimploma thesis in the University of Crete. It explains the implementation of a block device driver for the 2.4.x Linux kernel. The driver is for a compact flash disk reader soldered in an embedded Linux board. Read it in PDF format