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Developers warily embrace AWS Cloud9 IDE

LAS VEGAS — Every great platform should have a solid application development environment — but developers at AWS re:Invent indicated AWS Cloud9 IDE has room for improvement before it wins them over in a crowded market.

Amazon Web Services filled a void in its portfolio with an integrated development environment, AWS Cloud9 IDE. AWS lacked an IDE for its platform so it acquired Cloud9 in 2016. Key features include the ability to edit and debug AWS Lambda Functions, code completion and code hinting suggestions, support for collaborative editing and chat, and support for the Go language, as well as dynamic languages such as JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Go, and C++. It can run online in a managed Amazon EC2 instance, or offline on any Linux server that supports SSH.

Overall, developers and industry experts at AWS re:Invent 2017 here last week welcomed AWS’ new IDE, the latest entry in a crowd of cloud-based development environments.

“For any IDE to be successful it has to be very comprehensive,” said Amit Khanna, senior vice president of technology at Virtusa, an IT services company based in Westborough, Mass. “This completes a story for AWS now that they have an IDE for the platform — especially because there are now so many data services that can be composed very quickly.”

The ability to work offline and online in AWS Cloud9, so developers can write, run, and debug code from any machine with just a browser, is a particular selling point to Justin Rupp, systems and cloud architect at GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization in Washington, D.C. He will evaluate AWS Cloud9 among other options as his company moves to a cloud-based IDE in the next year.

AWS Cloud9 IDE reduces a barrier to entry for cloud developers by being more accessible, and sweetens the pot with the addition of team functionality and the SageMaker machine learning tool, said Mark Nunnikhoven, an Ottawa-based vice president of cloud research at Trend Micro with U.S. headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Clare Liguori, senior software engineer at AWS, and Ankur Agarwal, product manager for AWS Cloud9 IDE
Clare Liguori, senior software engineer at AWS, and Ankur Agarwal, product manager for Cloud9, introduce AWS Cloud9 IDE at re:Invent 2017. Source: AWS. We have permission to use.

Devs hesitant to stray from home

Not everyone thinks AWS Cloud9 IDE will easily lure developers away from their preferred code editor or programming environment, however. Many companies let their developers use whatever IDE they want so they maintain a consistent code style. Cloud-based development environments do that, but may lose some customization that many developers want.

“Developers love their tools, so to get them to move can be monumental — and for AWS this means moving from [Microsoft’s] VS Code to Cloud9,” said Michael Facemire, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass. “They’ll have some advantages being able to quickly ingest and offer up other AWS services in the tool, but if that’s enough to move developers is still to be seen.”

For some developers at AWS re:Invent, it’s still too soon to tell if they’ll make that switch.

[There’s no Java support.] That’s one of the most popular languages and they don’t even have it yet.
Justin Ruppsystems and cloud architect, GlobalGiving

“While products like this AWS one will make your code style consistent, you lose some of that customization that many developers seek,” GlobalGiving’s Rupp said.

J. Fudge, a software engineer at Raytheon in Dallas echoed those sentiments. “It’s a new IDE and developers are often attached to their IDEs. So I don’t see that as being anything we would adopt any time soon, if at all,” he said.

Josh Stella, CEO of Fugue, a Frederick, Md., DevOps infrastructure software provider, said he lets his developers use whatever IDE or editor they want as long as their code complies with company policies. His team also will evaluate AWS Cloud9 among IDE options.

“AWS has turned the world into distributed application developers,” Fugue’s Stella said. “This tool will bring portability of the developer experience.”

Developers at AWS re:Invent 2017 had other concerns about AWS Cloud9 IDE as well. GlobalGiving’s Rupp bristled a lack of direct support for Java — the JDK is not installed, but you can do Java with some tricks. “That’s one of the most popular languages and they don’t even have it yet,” he said.

And one senior software developer at a large government agency, who asked for anonymity because he did not have clearance to speak for the organization, criticized AWS Cloud9 support for pair programming.

“I like that they have included a way to do pair programming, but their implementation of it sucks,” he said. “If you’re in a very secure environment like me, to use their implementation opens you up to potential vulnerabilities, from what I have seen in playing with it.”

For Sale – GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AM4 Mobo

For sale I have my Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5

I got this puppy back on august 3rd, and its a great board, but I am trying to downsize my setup, so have gone Mini-Itx so this is now surplus to requirments.

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GA-AX370-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) | Motherboard | GIGABYTE

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Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is generally available

The Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is now available with the same great support you’ve come to know and expect from Azure IoT services. The Device Provisioning Service enables customers to configure zero-touch device provisioning to Azure IoT Hub, and it brings the scalability of the cloud to what was once a laborious one-at-a-time process. The Device Provisioning Process was designed with the challenges of the supply chain in mind, providing the infrastructure needed to provision millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner.

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With general availability support comes expanded protocol support. Automatic device provisioning with the Device Provisioning Service now supports all protocols that IoT Hub supports including HTTP, AMQP, MQTT, AMQP over websockets, and MQTT over websockets. This release also corresponds to expanded SDK language support for both the device and client side. We now support SDKs in the following languages including C, C#, Java, Node (service for now, device coming soon), and Python (device for now, service coming soon). Get started with the Device Provisioning Service with the quick start tutorials.

The Device Provisioning Service works in a wide variety of scenarios:

  • Zero-touch provisioning to a single IoT solution without requiring hardcoded IoT Hub connection information in the factory (initial setup).
  • Automatically configuring devices based on solution-specific needs.
  • Load balancing devices across multiple hubs.
  • Connecting devices to their owner’s IoT solution based on sales transaction data (multitenancy).
  • Connecting devices to a specific IoT solution depending on use-case (solution isolation).
  • Connecting a device to the IoT hub with the nearest geo-location.
  • Re-provisioning based on a change in the device, such as a change in ownership or location.

The Device Provisioning Service is flexible enough to support all those scenarios using the same basic flow:

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We’ve made it easier than ever to use hardware-based security with the Device Provisioning Service device SDKs. We offer in-box support for different kinds of hardware security modules (HSMs), and we have partnerships with several hardware manufacturers to help our customers be as secure as possible. You can learn more about the hardware partnerships by reading the blog post Provisioning for true zero-touch secure identity management for IoT, and you can learn more about HSMs by reading the blog post Azure IoT supports new security hardware to strengthen IoT security. The SDKs are extensible to support other HSMs, and you can learn more about how to use your own custom HSM with the device SDKs. While using an HSM is not required to use the Device Provisioning Service, we strongly recommend using one in your devices. The SDKs provide a TPM simulator and a DICE simulator (for X.509 certs) for development and testing purposes. Learn more about all the technical concepts involved in device provisioning.

Azure IoT is committed to offering you services which take the pain out of deploying and managing an IoT solution in a secure, reliable way. To learn more please watch the videos What is the Device Provisioning Service and Provisioning a real device. You can create your own Device Provisioning Service on the Azure portal, and you can check out the device SDKs on GitHub. Learn all about the Device Provisioning Service and how to use it in the documentation center. We would love to get your feedback on secure device registration, so please continue to submit your suggestions through the Azure IoT User Voice forum.

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For Sale – Netgear GS308 8 Port Gigabit Desktop / Wallmount Switch5

Used but fully functional 8 Port Unmanaged Gigabit switch in great condition. Rugged grey metal case with original power lead. No box but will be well packaged and sent signed for to ensure no issues. Only for sale as replaced with 16 port switch

  • Eight auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Small and silent desktop form factor in a rugged metal case
  • Plug-n-play connectivity easily installs into any network
  • LED to indicate activity on each port and energy-efficient technology for power savings
  • Auto-negotiation for automatic connection at high common speed between switch and an end device

Can also collect from London SE9 if local

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For Trade – Or Sale Acer Chromebook R11

i couldn’t resist the the surface pro deal on amazon so ive got my great little Acer Chromebook surplus to needs .

the chromebook has great battery and can access google play store for running tons of android apps it has 360 screen for laptop,tent,display and tablet modes

will come boxed with bits and pieces it came with

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xbox one s

decent android phone chinese xaiomi etc are fine 5″ screen or bigger

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Why VDI is here to stay

VDI has led an up-and-down existence. Once heralded as the next great evolution in virtualization when it hit the scene more than a decade ago, VDI was eventually labeled a failure by many. In reality, the future of VDI is still very much alive.

To find out just how viable VDI is at this point, it’s important to look at the reasons many people cited in saying the technology was doomed to fail and see what, if anything, has changed.

VDI is cost-prohibitive

In the early days, the overall cost of a virtual desktop could be as much as five times higher than that of a comparable physical desktop, according to some estimates. In fact, virtual desktops were once so ridiculously expensive that they were something of a status symbol for the few organizations that chose to use them in production.

Today, the debate over whether it is less expensive to deploy physical or virtual desktops rages on. VDI vendors are quick to tell potential customers that virtual desktops cost less than physical desktops, while others claim the opposite.

Regardless of whether virtual desktops or physical desktops have a lower total cost of ownership, one thing is certain: The fact that people are even debating which desktop type is less expensive serves as proof that the cost of VDI has dropped tremendously.

The overall cost reduction can be attributed to three main factors:

  • Friendlier licensing terms
  • Moore’s Law: In the context of VDI, Moore’s Law means IT can add more virtual desktops per host server as the technology matures.
  • Purpose-built hyper-converged infrastructure: HCI lowers the cost of long-term operational tasks by combining compute, storage and networking in one piece of hardware.

Enterprise desktops are complex

There is far more to an enterprise desktop — physical or virtual — than just the OS. There are many other components IT must consider. Some of these components include applications, device drivers and user profiles.

At one time, making a change to any one of these or other desktop components could have meant building and deploying a brand-new desktop image. As such, many people considered virtual desktop management to be far too labor-intensive for the technology to ever be practical.

It is increasingly common for IT to break down virtual desktops into a series of virtualized subcomponents.

Today, however, there is no reason IT has to base virtual desktops on a single, monolithic and frequently updated image. It is increasingly common for IT to break down virtual desktops into a series of virtualized subcomponents. This approach works similarly to containerization.

For example, IT might virtualize applications so it can maintain them without having to worry about the OS image. Likewise, IT can break off the user profile into a virtualized layer, making it possible to achieve the illusion of persistence without affecting the desktop OS. In any case, layering addresses the challenges of enterprise desktop complexity.

Performance

An early VDI implementation might work fine for lightweight apps, such as word processors and spreadsheets, but it would likely have trouble coping with anything graphically or computationally intensive. Even the simple act of playing a YouTube video could bring a VDI deployment to its knees.

Today, VDI performance is generally far better. Yes, Moore’s Law plays into this, but there are also some other factors. For instance, VDI has existed for long enough that vendors have gotten a lot better at performance-tuning their VDI software. Likewise, vendors such as VMware and Microsoft added features designed to ensure performance and stability.

For example, IT can throttle virtual desktops to prevent a user from generating a workload that affects other virtual desktops. In addition, IT can map virtual desktops running graphically intensive workloads to physical graphics processing units to provide graphical performance that is nearly as good as what users would expect on a physical desktop.

For Sale – Seagate expansion desktop hard drive 3TB & WD my book 2TB hard drives

Seagate expansion desktop 3TB hard drive. In great condition, only a few months old. £60

WD my book 2TB hard drive. Also in great condition. Also only a few months old. £30

£3 postage per item, or no postage if both are bought by the same person.

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For Trade – Or Sale Acer Chromebook R11

i couldn’t resist the the surface pro deal on amazon so ive got my great little Acer Chromebook surplus to needs .

the chromebook has great battery and can access google play store for running tons of android apps it has 360 screen for laptop,tent,display and tablet modes

will come boxed with bits and pieces it came with

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xbox one s

decent android phone chinese xaiomi etc are fine 5″ screen or bigger

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For Trade – Or Sale Acer Chromebook R11

i couldn’t resist the the surface pro deal on amazon so ive got my great little Acer Chromebook surplus to needs .

the chromebook has great battery and can access google play store for running tons of android apps it has 360 screen for laptop,tent,display and tablet modes

will come boxed with bits and pieces it came with

looking for £140 or trade

xbox one s

decent android phone chinese xaiomi etc are fine 5″ screen or bigger

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For Sale – Netgear GS308 8 Port Gigabit Desktop / Wallmount Switch5

Used but fully functional 8 Port Unmanaged Gigabit switch in great condition. Rugged grey metal case with original power lead. No box but will be well packaged and sent signed for to ensure no issues. Only for sale as replaced with 16 port switch

  • Eight auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Small and silent desktop form factor in a rugged metal case
  • Plug-n-play connectivity easily installs into any network
  • LED to indicate activity on each port and energy-efficient technology for power savings
  • Auto-negotiation for automatic connection at high common speed between switch and an end device

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