Inviting presentations on serverless software development and tools: ESSCA 2020

Back in 2018, several software developers and researchers met in Zurich at ESSCA to discuss the state of serverless applications, including upcoming technical and business/application opportunities.

Fast-forward 1½ years, it is time to have another look and present the latest frameworks, FaaSification and deployment tools, FaaS services, measurements and so forth. Hence, we invite everybody to consider submitting a talk proposal to ESSCA 2020 which takes place under the wings of the 21st International Conference on Agile Software Development on June 12 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

To keep the spirit of ESSCA as a community gathering, the possible contributions are open to include industry and business experience reports, short tool descriptions and position texts, and abstracts of lightning talks, apart from full research papers.

The Service Prototyping Lab at Zurich University of Applied Sciences is involved as co-organiser of the event, anticipating fruitful discussions about innovative application designs and technological underpinnings in cloud and post-cloud environments.

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On Using OpenData.Swiss

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Two DIZH Fellowships on Data Stream Processing and on Software Engineering accepted

Note: This information is to be understood under the condition of approval of the DIZH by the Canton Council.

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Building a Singer.io tap for an open data source

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Lambada update: Transforming Python code into cloud functions for multiple FaaS providers

For rapid development, deployment and testing of applications based on many cloud functions, code transformation tools are on the rise. With a process called “FaaSification”, they turn code into cloud functions by following annotations or decorators specified for developers. Termite for Java, Node2FaaS for JavaScript, and Lambada for Python are representative examples of this new class of tools, related also to other overlay tools such as PyWren. This blog post summarises the recently added software features for Lambada.

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Report from the 12th IEEE/ACM UCC + 6th IEEE/ACM BDCAT + 1st CIFS

Auckland, New Zealand, had invited the global research and innovation community around broadly defined cloud computing topics to an established four-day double conference. The 12th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2019) and the 6th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies (BDCAT 2019) happened with their respective main tracks and satellite events. The Service Prototyping Lab at Zurich University of Applied Sciences was present with a workshop, a tutorial and a presentation. This blog post summarises the contributions and the event as a whole.

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Docker image checks: Quality, security, up-to-dateness, layers and inheritance

Docker images have become the valuta franca in the cloud and container platform world. Although on the path to vendor-neutral standardisation (e.g. with OCI also being in Docker Hub for a year now), developers for now have settled on plain Docker as de-facto standard due to the vast ecosystem of base images and dependency images which speed up the rapid prototyping of complex scalable applications. From a production-grade DevOps perspective, a key concern is then to be assured that the containers used are of high quality, not infected by security vulnerabilities, and still containing the latest features available. In this blog post, a novel approach to visualise the situation around a particular container image is presented.

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Reflections on Teaching Serverless and Cloud-native Application Development

With the proliferation of hybrid cloud, cross-cloud and post-cloud environments, finding the right concepts and tools to produce mixed-technology applications and services remains challenging. At Zurich University of Applied Sciences, a course on Serverless and Cloud-native Application Development (SCAD) prepares bachelor students in computer science for facing these challenges. We argue that this is the first such lecture in Switzerland and probably even in the world. Three years after reflecting on Internet Service Prototyping teaching, this mid-semester blog post sums up the evolution of the field, explains the course design of SCAD and briefly reports on the lab results.

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Events Summary: DINAcon & Software QS Day

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