Friday, November 12, 2021

Bootiful Podcast Appearance

I recently got the opportunity to talk with the amazing Josh Long on his podcast, Bootiful Podcast. It was a great time and a fun conversation. We started from the beginning and talked about all things containers, Docker, Buildpacks, Paketo, and of course, Spring & Native Images.

If you're new to buildpacks or looking to give them a test run, this is a great place to start. We covered a lot of the concepts and questions people frequently ask. It was also great to talk about some of the improvements that we've recently added into the Java buildpack. For example, we recently added support for UPX compression of native images and the ability to use Tilt with buildpacks for microservice development.

Please check it out! You won't be disappointed. Josh is always entertaining, and hopefully you'll come away having learned something new.

Friday, September 03, 2021

Recent Happenings

I have over the years done a lot of work with buildpacks. Both on Cloud Foundry and now with Cloud Native Buildpacks. This year I've been fortunate enough to start a job at VMware working on them full time, which I'm pretty excited about.

I am primarily working to develop the Java-related Paketo buildpacks, as well as contribute to the Buildpacks project & to also maintain the Java Cloud Foundry buildpack.

To support this effort, I'm going to try and start writing more about these efforts. What's new, what's cool and more about how to use buildpacks.

To kick this off, I have a post I wrote up for work: Container Images the Easy Way with Cloud Native Buildpacks. If you're new or wondering about buildpacks, this is a good place to start. It talks about how buildpacks can help you and gives some comparison to using Dockerfiles to build your container images, something many people are doing at the moment.

I also had the opportunity to be on and discuss similar topics, so if you'd rather watch a video than read, you can find some of similar info about buildpacks there.