Ebook: Building Voice-Enabled Apps with Alexa

This book demonstrates the core concepts behind conversational UI and building voice-enabled apps with the Alexa framework (the examples in this book are easy to understand, but having some experience with Node.js and web development is helpful). The book focuses on a general understanding of why voice-enabled apps are important, along with easy-to-understand examples for building your first apps for the Amazon Echo. By the end of the book you will understand the importance of conversational UI, how to build and test your first Alexa app for the Echo, and how to publish your software to the Alexa app store for the world to see.

By Kory Becker
Publisher: Bleeding Edge Press
Final Release Date: January 2017
Pages: 188

Docker for the Virtualization Admin

logo-dockerUnderstand the differences between containers and VMs

A natural response when first working with Docker containers is to try and frame them in terms of virtual machines. Oftentimes we hear people describe Docker containers as “lightweight VMs”.

This is completely understandable, and many people have done the exact same thing when they first started working with Docker. It’s easy to connect those dots as both technologies share some characteristics, but the key is that the underlying architecture is fundamentally different between containers and virtual machines.

This Ebook Covers:

  • Why Containers are not VMs
  • How Containers and VMs can be used together for capacity optimization
  • Running containers on physical servers vs virtual machines
  • Getting started with Docker and containers

You can get the ebook here 

Book: Docker

Bocover_3ok Description

So hot off the presses, the latest buzz that has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues and the topic of almost any conversation that includes containers these days is Docker! Docker has been a game-changer when it comes to virtualization. With this course, you will go from just being the person in the office who hears that buzz to the one who is tooting it around every day. This course will be a smooth journey covering Docker from scratch to finish! By sequentially working through each steps in this course, you will quickly master Docker and be ready to ship your applications without needing to spend sleepless nights for deployment.

Beginning with the Learning Docker module, get yourself familiarized with the fundamentals of Docker. This module would be a step-by-step guide that will walk you through the various features of Docker from Docker software installation to knowing Docker in detail. The aim is to make you fluent with Docker basics.

You’ll then dive a little deeper into Docker. The second module, Networking Docker, will show you how to create, deploy, and manage a virtual network for connecting containers spanning single or multiple hosts.

In the third module, Monitoring Docker, you will get to grips with monitoring your Docker apps and containers – this will show you how monitoring containers and keeping a keen eye on the working of applications helps improve the overall performance of the applications that run on Docker.

With the rising integration and adoption of Docker containers, there is a growing need to ensure their security. The purpose of our fourth module, Securing Docker, is to provide techniques and enhance your skills to secure Docker containers easily and efficiently.

Now that you’ve learned the nitty-gritty of Docker, it’s time to take a step ahead and learn some advanced topics. The final module, Mastering Docker, will help you deploy Docker in production. You will also learn three interesting GUI applications: Shipyard, Panamax, and Tutum.

Table of Contents

1: GETTING STARTED WITH DOCKER
2: UP AND RUNNING
3: CONTAINER IMAGE STORAGE
4: WORKING WITH DOCKER CONTAINERS AND IMAGES
5: PUBLISHING IMAGES
6: RUNNING YOUR PRIVATE DOCKER INFRASTRUCTURE
7: RUNNING SERVICES IN A CONTAINER
8: SHARING DATA WITH CONTAINERS
9: DOCKER MACHINE
10: DOCKER COMPOSE
11: DOCKER SWARM
12: TESTING WITH DOCKER
13: DEBUGGING CONTAINERS
14: DOCKER NETWORKING PRIMER
15: DOCKER NETWORKING INTERNALS
16: BUILDING YOUR FIRST DOCKER NETWORK
17: NETWORKING IN A DOCKER CLUSTER
18: NEXT GENERATION NETWORKING STACK FOR DOCKER – LIBNETWORK
19: INTRODUCTION TO DOCKER MONITORING
20: USING THE BUILT-IN TOOLS
21: ADVANCED CONTAINER RESOURCE ANALYSIS
22: A TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO MONITORING CONTAINERS
23: QUERYING WITH SYSDIG
24: EXPLORING THIRD PARTY OPTIONS
25: COLLECTING APPLICATION LOGS FROM WITHIN THE CONTAINER
26: WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
27: SECURING DOCKER HOSTS
28: SECURING DOCKER COMPONENTS
29: SECURING AND HARDENING LINUX KERNELS
30: DOCKER BENCH FOR SECURITY
31: MONITORING AND REPORTING DOCKER SECURITY INCIDENTS
32: USING DOCKER’S BUILT-IN SECURITY FEATURES
33: SECURING DOCKER WITH THIRD-PARTY TOOLS
34: KEEPING UP SECURITY
35: DOCKER IN PRODUCTION
36: SHIPYARD
37: PANAMAX
38: TUTUM
39: ADVANCED DOCKER

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how to install Docker across all the platforms along with a few troubleshooting techniques
  • Build, push, and publish images on Docker Hub
  • Create and run services inside a container to deploy your applications with ease
  • Orchestrate multiple containers with Docker Compose
  • Test and debug applications inside a Docker container
  • Get to know the basics of networking and see how Docker networking works
  • Observe the pitfalls of Docker networking and how to overcome them
  • Discover the tools built into Docker to gain an insight into your container’s performance
  • Take advantage of the various SaaS offerings from third parties to move monitoring away from your local infrastructure and into the cloud
  • Get the most out of your application and resources with the right implementation of your monitoring method
  • Familiarize yourself with third-party tools such as Traffic Authorization, Summon, sVirt, and SELinux to secure your Docker environment
  • Stay up-to-date on Docker-related security issues that arise with its version updates
  • Integrate Docker with a wide range of cloud and configuration tools to fully realize its potential

Authors

Pethuru Raj

Pethuru Raj, PhD, works as a cloud architect at the IBM Global Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE) in Bangalore, India. He completed his CSIR-sponsored PhD degree at Anna University, Chennai, and continued his UGC-sponsored postdoctoral research at the Department of Computer Science and Automation of IISc, Bangalore. Thereafter, he was granted a couple of international research fellowships (JSPS and JST) to work as a research scientist for 3 years at two leading Japanese universities.

Pethuru has contributed to a number of high-quality technology books that are edited by internationally acclaimed professionals. In association with another IBMer, he has recently submitted the complete manuscript for a book called Smart Cities: the Enabling Technologies and Tools, to be published by the CRC Press in the USA in May 2015. He has collaborated with a few established authors to publish a book called High-Performance Big Data Analytics, which will be published by Springer-Verlag, UK, in 2015. He maintains an IT portal athttp://www.peterindia.net, and his LinkedIn profile can be found athttps://www.linkedin.com/in/peterindia.

Jeeva S. Chelladhurai

Jeeva S. Chelladhurai has been working as a technical project manager at the IBM Global Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE) in India for the last 8 years. He has more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry. In various capacities, he has technically managed and mentored diverse teams across the globe in envisaging and building pioneering telecommunication products. He specializes in cloud solution delivery, with a focus on data center optimization, software-defined environments (SDEs), and distributed application development, deployment, and delivery using the newest Docker technology. Jeeva is also a strong proponent of Agile methodologies, DevOps, and IT automation. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and a graduation certificate in project management from Boston University. He has been instrumental in crafting reusable assets for IBM solution architects and consultants in Docker-inspired containerization technology.

Vinod Singh

Vinod Singh is a lead architect for IBM’s cloud computing offerings. He has more than 18 years of experience in the cloud computing, networking, and data communication domains. Currently, he works for IBM’s cloud application services and partner marketplace offerings. Vinod has worked on architecting, deploying, and running IBM’s PaaS offering (BlueMix) on the SoftLayer infrastructure cloud. He also provides consultancy and advisory services to clients across the globe on the adoption of cloud technologies. He is currently focusing on various applications and services on the IBM Marketplace/BlueMix/SoftLayer platform. He is a graduate engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, and completed his master’s degree at BITS, Pilani.

Shrikrishna Holla

Shrikrishna Holla is a full-stack developer based in Bangalore and Chennai, India. He loves biking, listening to music, and occasionally, sketching. You can find him frequently in hackathons, wearing a hoodie and sipping Red Bull, preparing for an all-nighter.

He currently works as a product developer for Freshdesk, a cloud-based customer support platform.

You can get in touch with him on Twitter (@srikrishnaholla) or find him at the Docker IRC channel (#docker on Freenode) with the shrikrishna handle.

Oskar Hane

Oskar Hane is a full stack developer, with 15 years of experience in the development and deployment of web applications. During this period, he mostly worked with start-ups and small, fast-moving companies. He is the cofounder of several companies and has been working as an independent contractor for the past few years. These days, Oskar works with Neo4j, the world’s leading graph database, where he spends most of his time on the frontend, writing JavaScript.

He lives in Sweden with his wife and daughter. He enjoys programming as well as all kinds of sports and outdoor activities, such as hunting and fishing.

Neependra Khare

Neependra Khare is currently working as a principal performance engineer in Red Hat’s system design and engineering team. He has more than 11 years of IT experience. Earlier, he worked as a system administrator, support engineer, and filesystem developer. He loves teaching. He has conducted a few corporate training sessions and taught full semester courses. He is also a co-organizer of the Docker Meetup Group, in Bangalore, India.

He lives with his wife and two-year-old daughter in Bangalore, India. His Twitter handle is @neependra and his personal website is http://neependra.net/. He has also created a website for the book, which you can visit at http://dockercookbook.github.io/.

Rajdeep Dua

Rajdeep Dua has over 16 years of experience in the Cloud and Big Data space. He worked in the advocacy team for Google’s Big Data tools, BigQuery. He worked on the Greenplum big data platform at VMware in the developer evangelist team. He worked closely with a team on porting Spark to run on VMware’s public and private cloud as a feature set. He has taught Spark and Big Data at some of the most prestigious tech schools in India.

Currently, he leads Developer Relations team at Salesforce India. He also works with the Data Pipeline team at Salesforce, which uses Hadoop and Spark to expose big data processing tools for developers.

He has published Big Data and Spark tutorials at http://www.clouddatalab.com. His LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajdeepd. He has also presented BigQuery and Google App Engine at W3C conference in Hyderabad (http://wwwconference.org/proceedings/www2011/schedule/www2011_Program.pdf). He led Developer Relations teams at Google, VMware, and Microsoft. He has spoken at hundreds of other conferences on the cloud. Some of the other references of his work can be seen at http://yourstory.com/2012/06/vmware-hires-rajdeep-dua-to-lead-the-developer-relations-in-india/ and http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2624641.

His contributions to the open source community are related to Docker, Kubernetes, Android, OpenStack, and cloudfoundry. He has teaching experience in big data at IIIT Hyderabad, ISB, IIIT Delhi, and College of Engineering Pune.

Vaibhav Kohli

Vaibhav Kohli has around 3 years of working experience in the research and development department of VMware, and he has been teaching computer engineering for a year at the esteemed Mumbai University. He has published many research papers and filed three patents from VMware in the container domain. He has also conducted workshops in various companies and meetups on container technology (Docker) and Kubernetes.

Santosh Kumar Konduri

Santosh Kumar Konduri has around 5 years of IT experience. He is an expert OpenStack administrator with 3 years of experience.

Russ McKendrick

Russ McKendrick is an experienced solution architect who has been working in IT and related industries for the better part of 23 years. During his career, he has had varied responsibilities in a number of industries, ranging from looking after an entire IT infrastructure to providing first-line, second-line, and senior support in client-facing and internal teams for corporate organizations.

Russ works almost exclusively with Linux, using open source systems and tools across dedicated hardware, virtual machines to public and private clouds at Node4 Limited, where he heads up the Open Source solutions team.

Allan Espinosa

Allan Espinosa is a DevOps practitioner living in Tokyo. He is an active open source contributor to various distributed systems tools, such as Docker and Chef. Allan maintains several Docker images for popular open source software that were popular even before their official release from the upstream open source groups.

In his career, Allan has worked on large distributed systems containing hundreds to thousands of servers in production. He has built scalable applications on various platforms ranging from large supercomputing centers in the U.S. to production enterprise systems in Japan.

Allan can be contacted through his Twitter handle @AllanEspinosa. His personal website at http://aespinosa.github.io contains several blog posts on Docker and distributed systems in general.

Scott Gallagher

Scott Gallagher has been fascinated with technology since he was in elementary school, when he used to play Oregon Trail. His love continued through middle school, working on more Apple IIe computers. In high school, he learned how to build computers and program in BASIC!. His college years were all about server technologies such as Novell, Microsoft, and Red Hat. After college, he continued to work on Novell, all while keeping an interest in technologies. He then moved on to managing Microsoft environments and eventually into what he is the most passionate about: Linux environments. Now, his focus is on Docker and cloud environments.

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Free e-book: Hyper-V Security

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Secure your Hyper-V hosts, their guests, and critical services from intruders and malware
  • Discover how standard security best practices are applicable in a Hyper-V environment
  • Acquire techniques to defend virtual machines against threats
  • A practical guide that helps you lock down Hyper-V hosts and enhance their protection against attack

Get your free e-book here.

PowerCLI Essentials

Simplify and automate server administration tasks with PowerCLI

Have you ever wished yIMG1770ou could automatically get a report with all the relevant information about your VMware environments in exactly the format you want? Or that you could automate a crucial task that needs to be performed on a regular basis? Powerful Command Line Interface (PowerCLI) scripts do all these things and much more for VMware environments. PowerCLI is a command-line interface tool used to automate VMware vSphere environments. It is used to handle complicated administration tasks through use of various cmdlets and scripts, which are designed to handle certain aspects of VSphere servers and to help you manage them.

This book will show you the intricacies of PowerCLI through real-life examples so that you can discover the art of PowerCLI scripting. At the start, you will be taught to download and install PowerCLI and will learn about the different versions of it. Moving further, you will be introduced to the GUI of PowerCLI and will find out how to develop single line scripts to duplicate running tasks, produce simple reports, and simplify administration. Next, you will learn about the methods available to get information remotely. Towards the end, you will be taught to set up orchestrator and build workflows in PowerShell with update manager and SRM scripts.

What You Will Learn

  • Download and install PowerCLI and its basics as well as the basics of PowerShell
  • Enchance your scritping experience
  • Build longer scripts and simpler reports
  • Relate a task in VMware administration to a PowerCLI script
  • Discover methods to acquire and change information remotely
  • Set up orchestrator to manage your workflow

You can get the book here

About the Author

Chris Halverson

Chris Halverson is a senior consultant for VMware in the Professional Services Organization in Canada. He specializes in the full Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) stack, architecting, designing, and deploying customer solutions. He has been active in the VMware community as a VMUG leader for the past 4 years and prides himself as an active participant in the local IT market over the past 17 years. Previous roles have allowed him to work on enterprise architecture bringing process and rigor to the administration aspect of the position and automation that made the job smarter. There is even an aspect where “I replaced myself with a small script” has been heard from him when discussing the former roles.

When Chris is not working on building the virtual community, he shares his time and energy with his tremendous wife, three boys, and one princess. Excited to spend time watching and helping them figure out life for themselves, he encourages them in their sports, through their schooling, and through their own walk of faith.

Over the past few years, Chris has also been able to achieve a dream as a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, crossing off one of those bucket list items.

Chris has also acted as a book reviewer.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services: An Expert Cookbook

5245EN_Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services_FrontCoverOver 80 expert recipes to design, create, and deploy SSIS packages with this book and ebook

Full of illustrations, diagrams, and tips with clear step-by-step instructions and real time examples Master all transformations in SSIS and their usages with real-world scenarios Learn to make SSIS packages re-startable and robust; and work with transactions Get hold of data cleansing and fuzzy operations in SSIS

 The book can be downloaded here

Free eBook: O’Reilly Cloud Foundry

What exactly is a Cloud Native platform? It’s certainly a hot topic in IT, as enterprises today assess this option for developing and delivering software quickly and repeatedly. This O’Reilly report explains the capabilities of Cloud Native platforms and examines the fundamental changes enterprises need to make in process, organization, and culture if they’re to take real advantage of this approach.

Author Duncan Winn focuses on the open source platform Cloud Foundry, one of the more prominent Cloud Native providers. You’ll learn how Cloud Native applications are designed to be “infrastructure unaware” so they can thrive and move at will in the highly distributed and constantly evolving cloud environment.cover-the-cloud-native-platform

With this report, you’ll explore:

  • Technical driving forces that are rapidly changing the way organizations develop and deliver software today
  • How key concepts underpinning the Cloud Foundry platform leverage each of the technical forces discussed
  • Why becoming cloud native means adopting a self-service, on-demand, and elastic infrastructure
  • How Cloud Native platforms perform undifferentiated heavy lifting, such as provisioning VMs, middleware, and databases
  • Recommended changes and practical considerations for organizations that want to build Cloud Native applications successfully

You can download the book here

Free eBook Mastering Grunt

0925OS_cov_0If you’re tired of repetitive JavaScript tasks like minification, compilation, and testing, this book will teach you how to use Grunt to automate them. Learn in easy steps how to streamline your workflow when building any web application.
  • Master the development of your web applications by combining Grunt with an army of other useful tools
  • Learn about the key tasks behind devops integration and automation so you can utilize Grunt in a team-working environment
  • Accelerate your web development abilities by employing best practices, including SEO, page speed optimization, and responsive design

The book can be downloaded here

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