Practitioners’ Blog

Blogposts by people who build, design, manage, or run software at Pivotal.

  • Story Templates for Product Managers

    Story Templates for Product Managers

    An overview of how product managers at Pivotal approach writing stories.

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  • Using Microsoft Configuration Extensions with Steeltoe

    Using Microsoft Configuration Extensions with Steeltoe

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  • Path to Production as a Service

    Path to Production as a Service

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  • When Building Microservices, Use Contract Testing to Improve API Design & Team Collaboration

    When Building Microservices, Use Contract Testing to Improve API Design & Team Collaboration

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  • The ABCs of a Kubernetes CVE

    The ABCs of a Kubernetes CVE

    Understanding the runC vulnerability, container users, and PKS day two operations.

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  • Taking Product Development To the Next Level

    Taking Product Development To the Next Level

    Why adding in a data science component results in smarter applications and increased business value.

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  • How we moved a massively parallel Postgres database onto Kubernetes

    How we moved a massively parallel Postgres database onto Kubernetes

    If you’ve ever wondered what type of applications are the best candidates to run on Kubernetes, distributed applications that scale out, such as Greenplum, are certainly at the top of the list, as...

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  • Testing Spring filters without pain

    Testing Spring filters without pain

    The Spring framework has grown and changed at a massive pace over the last years. It has evolved from XML configured beans to annotation based beans, from synchronous to a non-blocking and...

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  • Eureka, Zuul, and Cloud Configuration - Local Development

    Eureka, Zuul, and Cloud Configuration - Local Development

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  • Eureka, Zuul, and Cloud Configuration - Pivotal Cloud Foundry

    Eureka, Zuul, and Cloud Configuration - Pivotal Cloud Foundry

    Overview In a previous post I explained how you could create several components to build a Netflix stack for local development. Now, I want to explain how Pivotal Cloud Foundry makes this much...

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  • Introducing the Monitoring Indicator Protocol, a New Observability as Code Project for Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes

    Introducing the Monitoring Indicator Protocol, a New Observability as Code Project for Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes

    The Indicator Protocol is an observability-as-code project which allows developers to define and expose performance, scaling, and service level indicators for monitoring and alerting.

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  • Using Greenplum to access Minio distributed object storage server

    Using Greenplum to access Minio distributed object storage server

    Pivotal Greenplum Database® (GPDB) is an advanced, fully featured, open source data warehouse. GPDB provides powerful and rapid analytics on petabyte scale data volumes. Greenplum 5.17.0 brings...

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  • Out of the Box Application Observability with Spring Boot & Pivotal Cloud Foundry

    Out of the Box Application Observability with Spring Boot & Pivotal Cloud Foundry

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  • Do You Have a Good Outcome-Oriented Roadmap?

    Do You Have a Good Outcome-Oriented Roadmap?

    Aloka Penmetcha, Director of Product Management at Pivotal San Francisco, maps out six tests she recommends all teams consider using to assess the quality of their outcome-oriented roadmaps.

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  • Knative: Whittling Down the Code

    Knative: Whittling Down the Code

    Take a look at what options Knative gives developers, and learn how to gradually work down the amount of code we're writing with Brian McClain.

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  • The Elements of Highly Effective Pair Programming

    The Elements of Highly Effective Pair Programming

    Get the most value from your pairing session with these helpful tips.

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  • Keeping the Lines Open

    Keeping the Lines Open

    Why communication and camaraderie are necessary for a distributed teamThis post was co-written by Harlie LevineDistributed teams are hard. It’s extremely difficult to have a group of people...

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  • Everyone Should Be Able To Use Your Software: Part 2, Three Myths About Digital Accessibility

    Everyone Should Be Able To Use Your Software: Part 2, Three Myths About Digital Accessibility

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  • Does Your Platform Engineering Team Have a Train Driver? Here’s Why You Should Consider this New Role.

    Does Your Platform Engineering Team Have a Train Driver? Here’s Why You Should Consider this New Role.

    What's a “Train Driver?” A new role that has helped the CloudOps group at Pivotal improve the life of our on-call engineers. We explain how in this post.

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  • A UX Designer’s Guide to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

    A UX Designer’s Guide to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

    How designers in complex technical domains can quash self-doubt, wrangle tough problems, and deliver user value.

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