F5's iControl API and Software Development Kit

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If you haven’t heard about about the revolution underway,  you’re not paying attention. To get a running update of the cool new features in v.10, check out the fresh new v.10 spotlight page. Otherwise, read on. Here at DevCentral, you can count on (at least) three things: 1.) Our team is comprised of full-on geeks who are constantly trying to stretch our technology and challenge each other at the same time. 2.) We do out best to call it the way it is and as we see it. You bet your career and company on us so you deserve nothing less than the straight truth. 3.) If it relates to iRules, iControl, or other advanced F5 technical topics, you’ll probably hear about it first on DevCentral. Item #1 above puts us in a unique position where – sometimes – we break stuff. While we would love to say there are never bugs or issues with our products, that wouldn’t be true and you wo... (more)

Survey iPod Touch Winners + Thanks for the Fantastic Response

The 2009 DevCentral Community Survey wrapped up last Thursday and the volume of participation simply crushed all previous DevCentral surveys. With over 500 respondents from around the world, this survey provided some remarkable insight into who you are, what types of things you’d like to see in the future, as well as some things you NEVER want to see from F5. (note: I’m saving this for a future blog post of it’s own) Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing some interesting stats with you about your community. Thanks to everyone for your great input, your candid comments, and your... (more)

DevCentral upgrade… with a few hitches

With the rapid growth of DevCentral, we continue to get great suggestions for how we can improve the site (BTW – you too can provide suggestions via the Feedback form here). We also have a nonstop stream of ideas about cool stuff we would like to see as well. All of this means that we’ve become more dedicated to regular updates/upgrades to DevCentral, in both the software we use AND the customization we build on top of it. As a result, you may have seen a few more maintenance pages over the past few months than usual. If you’re interested in what we’ve been doing, read on! The U... (more)

DevCentral MVP Summit Underway

Wow - an action packed morning already. The DevCentral MVPs, the DevCentral Team, as well as some F5 experts we're fortunate to have with us are all in Chicago today to talk about F5 technology and learn, share, and have some fun together. We kicked off the day with a great challenge led by F5er "L4L7" and jumped into a deep-dive about F5 hardware. After a quick break, we're talking application security. As we move along, we'll be posting updates including some details about the challenges (nothing like a little heathy competition, right?) as well as other insights. Stay tuned..... (more)

The List: iControl Languages, Libraries, and IDEs

Back in 2001 (wow – seems like yesterday!), F5 introduced the first-ever, open/Web services API for network devices called iControl. With it, it sparked a major shift in the way companies could look at integrating network devices with applications. Leading software vendors figured it out. And, thousands of companies since then have used iControl to build custom monitoring apps, management solutions that more closely fit their internal processes, and even automate some cool stuff including enabling applications to tell the network how to deliver them. While all fine and dandy (an... (more)