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 (and fun to be a part of personally), the most
important decision and event was the willingness to embrace SOAP/XML. By
doing this (kudos to Joe Pruitt, BTW, for this call… it wasn’t without
some feisty internal debate, truth be told), it opened up API access to our
gear from virtually any SOAP... (more)
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)
My absolute favorite part of working on DevCentral is meeting and spending
time with community members. The number of thoughtful, interesting, and just
plain cool people I’ve met actively involved with DevCentral are just
astounding. A great example is Henrik Gyllkrans who we recently interviewed
in Stockholm (check out those awesome boots!)
Of course, right up at the top of the cool list are our DevCentral MVPs.
These guys simply go above and beyond to make this community great and we
jump at any opportunity to hang out with them.
So, it was quite a treat to have lunch yesterday... (more)
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)
While walking past a bookshelf in my office, I caught a glimpse of something
shiny. What was that?
Well, it was this. The “iRuler v1.0” disk. Not many folks know that the
iRule Editor was humorously called the “iRuler” in it’s early days by
creator Joe Pruitt. In classic F5 (and Pruitt) form, he showed up one day and
said, “hey guys – what do you think of this?”.
Suffice it to say that after many enhancements and literally tens of
thousands of downloads, it’s a big part of the F5 DevCentral journey and
has certainly had a profound impact on the thousands of users writing and