Progress and Modulus at YHack

October 30, 2014

Progress is one of the sponsors for YHack, this weekend at Yale University.  The Modulus team will be represented by Jeremiah Harlan and Rollbase and Rollbase Mobile will be represented by Shelley Chase. The team will bring some Gimbal iBeacons ahd some Philips Hues (flickr album) and a couple of BeagleBone Blacks as prizes (flickr album).


Jeremiah and Shelley are also collecting SWAG.  The new Modulus stickers just arrived so Jeremiah will bring some.


See my blog at the Progress website: Happy Halloween at YHack 2014.

New Modulus Release

October 28, 2014


The good folks in Cincinnati have a new Modulus release.  There are some cool changes underneath plus some very useful new user-visible changes:

  • Servos now come in 3 sizes: 396MB, 512MB and 1024MB.
  • Auto-scaling for your projects leveraging the built-in analytics and user-provided rules.
  • Statistics can now be explored in a per-servo or aggregated manner.

More details on this release are in the Modulus blog.

Also released recently is the new site; post your questions, email the modulus support team, or chat with the team.


Latest Presentations at SlideShare

October 27, 2014

I’ve been publishing my presentations at SlideShare to make them more available.  The most recent presentations are:


Searchly Now at Modulus AddOn Marketplace

October 27, 2014

The latest addition to the Modulus AddOns Marketplace is Searchly.


Searchly is a hosted, managed and scalable Search-as-a-Service leveraging Elasticsearch.  The service comes in different subscription levels from a FREE level up to an ENTERPRISE level with unlimited number of documents, 22 indices and 20GB of storage.

Other AddOns in the marketplace include Ironworker, Keen IO, IronMQ and SendGrid.  Plus our own MongoDB.  All the AddOns include a FREE level, so you can get started right now.

Welcome Aboard, Telerik!

October 22, 2014

Today Progress and Telerik announced that Progress has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Telerik AD; check our Press Release and Vassil and Zarko’s post.   This is great news; welcome aboard, Telerik!

You may know Telerik from their UI components and tools (DevCraft), available for .NET, Web and Mobile, from their excellent KendoUI HTML5 components, from the Sitefinity WCMS, from Fiddler, the popular MiM debugging proxy, or their ALM tools like TeamPulse and TestStudio.  Most recently they released the comprehensive mobile Telerik Platform.  Telerik’s mobile product supports native and hybrid development, the latter using Apache Cordova and they have a nice catalog of verified Plugin.

Telerik’s website is very good; poke around for more information – note that the Sitefinity information is in its own website.TelerikProducts

Telerik’s HQ is in Sofia, Bulgaria.  I visited this summer and thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m looking forward going back.  Telerik is a key contributor to the high-tech culture in Bulgaria (see awards); they have been named Best Employer in Bulgaria for 6 years in a row, and this year they received their second award as Best Employer in Central and Easter Europe.  They have a great culture, with very interesting approaches to the needs of their company like Telerik Academy.  Telerik also has offices in other locations including Walthan, MA, and Palo Alto, CA; altogether 9 offices in 7 countries.

Telerik has over 130K customers from 60K organizations in 94 countries.  They have a solid presence in the Fortune 500 companies (over 450), goverments and non-profits.  They have a very agile organization and use modern processes and tools (including OpenStack and Node.js).

I’ve had an opportunity to meet some of the team and I can’t wait to work more closely with the co-founders Vassil, Zarko, Boyko, Hristo, as well as Aaron, Dimi, Todd, Zaris and the rest of the team.


The combination of Progress and Telerik creates a complete platform combining cloud and on-premise offerings to enable the rapid creation of applications driven by data for any device or cloud.  The combined company builds on OpenEdge and our DataDirect offerings with the Pacific components of Rollbase productivity platform and our Node.js and MongoDB offering in Modulus.

Moving forward to a new chapter in the story of Telerik and Progress.  Fun times ahead!

Telerik Timeline



Summer Interns 2014 – Node.js, IOT, … and more

August 7, 2014

Originally posted on June 27th, 2014. Last updated on Oct 11th 2014 – We are now making a pause on IOT work. I’ll publish soon an overview post built on the content below. This summer we will have several interns in our Redwood City office, hosted within Progress’ Office of the CTO.  We will do an “agile” internship, adjusting as we go, but two key themes will be node.js and IoT.  Progress is also hosting interns in Cincinnati, Bedford, Morrisville and Hyderabad. This running post tracks public activities of these interns.



NPM is now the top repository

June 30, 2014

Today NPM overtook Maven Central to become the module repository with most components.  It had previously overtaken RubyGems on June 4th.

Using the data from we can see that NPM is growing twice as fast as Maven Central:

MC-smallNPM is also the youngest of these repositories:

Maven Central – 2002 – Wikipedia, Site.
Java –  1995 – Wikipedia, Site.

RubyGems – April 2009 – Wikipedia, Site.
Ruby – 1995 – Wikipedia, Site

NPM – 2011 – Wikipedia, Site.
Node.js – 2009 – Wikipedia, Site.

Thanks to the NPM folks and to Erik DeBill for

Node.js and IOT Slides from PCA

June 28, 2014

I uploaded my slides from the BOFs I hosted during PUG Challenge Americas:

It’s been a while since I’ve used Slideshare - most of my presentations there are from my Sun days.

Modulus, Cincinnati and The Brandery

June 26, 2014

TBranderyLogohe Brandery is a seed-stage foundry (about) based in Cincinnati.  Founded in 2010, it is one of the top foundries in the country and it has helped launch more than 65 companies.  Its current portfolio includes Modulus, a graduate from 2012 (see Demo Day, Sept 2012)


Modulus has been showcased several times by the Brandery and by local newspapers.  So it was a pretty big deal when Modulus was acquired by Progress.  Not just by the Brandery:


but also by several local media (e.g and Cincinnati Business Courier).  Charlie was also recently showcased by Startup Grind at their event last wednesday, held at the local of The Brandery on Vine Street.


Looking forward to a continued long and happy relationship between Cincinnati, Modulus, and, now, Progress Software.

Also see the photo album.

Enterprise App World Hackfest – June 2014

June 25, 2014

Update – Also check the posts by Xavier and Apps World.


And yet another developer event!  This time its Enterprise AppsWorld, in London, and its companion Hackathon.  The venue is the Olympia National (website, wikipedia); very pretty!


Matt presented on Trends in platform and application architectures (covering Docker, Node.js and micro-services) and Mark  participated in a panel on Embracing and accommodating change – Making your business mobile.  Progress also had a booth in the expo floor that had nice traffic


Our main sponsorship was around the Hackathon.  The event is quite different than HackTech or LAHacks; here the audience is mostly enterprise developers, not college undergrads, the size is much smaller and the hours are more… civilized :).  But the event was excellent and several teams put together solutions using Rollbase (our acquisition of Modulus was too recent for us to incorporate that content here – next time!)


The winners were two teams from the BP Mobile Apps Team, and Nigel who was providing AV support  for the conference and gave it a go with no prior programming experience.  Nigel was 3rd place in the Progress contest but was the overall winner in the competition – an excellent example of a citizen developer!




I will post more details on the hacks if/when I get them.  Or, even better, somebody in the team that organized the event, like Xavier or Gary!

A great time was had by all.  Check the complete Photo album, and the Facebook pages for Hackfest and Progress.   And looking forward to more developer events in the rest of the summer and then in the fall.

team at hackfest



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