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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)

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)

Lunch, the F5 Guy, and Cryptic Mac OS Shortcuts

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)

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)

Some iRule Editor Nostalgia

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 d... (more)