IBM jStart in the Github Era

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jStart on Github

As an emerging technology group, its our job to stay on top of software trends, but its easy to see that github has become the de facto home for open source projects on the web. IBM jStart launched our own organization on Github in 2013 and we have watched in amazement as the number of IBM-sponsored repos on github continues to grow and grow.

For jStart, it all started with the closed beta of IBM Bluemix back in November of 2013. The IBM Emerging Technologies team was focused on next-generation Platform-as-a-Service concepts that could reduce the time to value and help development teams go from idea to prototype to hosted solution faster than ever before. They called on IBM jStart to work with early adopters and we helped to put on a hackathon at NC State university, one of the first public uses of Bluemix. As part of this hackathon, our co-ops produced a set of sample applications to help the attendees get up-and-running with real code examples. These were the first public repos in the ibmjstart organization and a few of them live on today as actively used samples for those getting started on the platform.

Repos

Since then, the jStart team has continued to add Bluemix and CloudFoundry-related repos, including

  1. demo projects for popular frameworks like Laravel and Python Eve;
  2. components and companion code that enable our customers to deploy popular open source applications like WordPress and Drupal; and
  3. tools like the cf-download plugin for downloading an app from the Cloud Foundry platform

Open Source

In addition to our own repos, the team is continuously evaluating and contributing to open source communities in our ongoing effort to apply new and innovative technology to the real-world challenges being faced by our clients. While we participate most actively in the projects that we believe will have the greatest impact on our clients, the breadth of open source technologies on communities like github, when combined with the speed and flexibility of cloud delivery, is enabling us to move faster and cover more ground than ever before. Stay tuned for posts about how IBM jStart uses the “wild west” of open source projects in github in order to jump start our client engagements and drive transformation towards time-to-value and getting things done.

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