#IBMIntegrationBus modern #devops #automation setup – testing, containers, codecoverage

Currently I use the following IIB Tools to automate as much as possible and to be scalable in (multiple 😉 ) seconds, if you have tools I should have a look at please share with me:

#failed to make it to the best 40% at a hackathon. #frustrating #workharder

Today the cognitive hackathon at IBM IoT ended and my personal result was: bad. I did not make it to the top 3 from 8 teams. That was frustrating and I was disappointed with myself. So …

The task was to build a cognitive car concierge services. Our result was a chatbot that had
– an active voice interface (you could have a dialog without clicking all the time to speak),
– predictive notifications (about your fuel) based on your driving target and the real time vehicle data,
– it also would find the nearest Drive Now Vehicle,
– it could turn on your car (simulated by a hue light, but this could be a call to the CAN Bus of a real car)
– it could interact with google maps to find the best route.
– it had JWT based authentication in every micro service.
– it could schedule calls with your personal call center agent (you don’t need to call, but based on your problem and your customer relationship data and the calendar of the agent the best spot would be found) as well as rescheduling

Well in the end I did not perform (to my own expectations), but at least I learned somethings:
reality-check: I am better then 1 year ago, but still mediocre compared to the best in the field. I will have to work harder.
frontend is important: My failure was missing a WOW frontend, I should always keep practicing at least some frontend in the future
i don’t present very well: I did not do this for some time and I seemed totally of my game, like a 4 year old. I have to get this fixed fast. I have to do more public vlogs and learning videos, go to hackthons where I present.
it is all show: Technology does not count, as long as you have a great mockup that seems interactive it is enough. If your forced to use technologies you don’t like, just change the game and present a mockup how you would do it there but focus on the tech you like.
starter kits matter: I definitely have to improve my starter kit to be more extendible and to be better on the eye also the analytics/data component is essential.
only consider jobs where you have people better than you: Even though I failed miserably overall, it seems from a tech perspective I was one of the better ones. And in my job I focus on learning so I would need to be in a team where most of the people are better than me.

  • Now I will just put some EDM on my ears and work hard and next time, which will then be my second hackathon, I will be better.*

Let’s get down to implement the persistent high performance message bus integration (based on the work Blizzard has done) into the starter kit.


  • Problem: REST is a standard way to communicate with servers to retrieve data. It provides a specification based on the entities that we have present in our database. When done correctly, it can be more than adequate. When done wrong it can be a living hell.
  • Solution:
    • Implement HATEOAS [what is HATEOAS?] (Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State), and get a nice system that is flexible and easy enough to work with
    • more simple alternatives like GraphQL
      • GraphQL is an open-source project from Facebook that presents power with a simple idea… Instead of the application server defining the structure of responses, the client is given power and flexibility to request the data that it needs. GraphQL responses are tailored to the specific use case that the client is implementing, eliminating wasteful data transfer and providing future-proofing your API for use cases that your application hasn’t even encountered yet.
      • Is GraphQL a flash in the pan? Technology is hard to predict, but Github’s recent preview launch of their GraphQL API is super encouraging, and an interesting study.
  • Open Questions:
    • How to combine GraphQL with a Event Driven backend?
      • One query actually might indicate multiple events …
      • GraphQL might be a good candidate to implement Event Sourcing/CQRS pattern. Just the fact that GraphsQL allows two different query types – Queries and Mutation is a conceptual direct map to the basics of the Event Sourcing pattern of separating the reads and writes, gives a good foundation to explore this pattern, alongside other advantages. [link]

#AI helps save #freespeech from troll and hate comments, what do you think?

Situation: More and more trolls impact free speech online by either creating an artificial public opinion, enraging the crowd with hate comments or misleading us with fake news.

This must stop, as it is currently the biggest threat to free speech and the free internet. If we can not prevent artificial bots from manipulating public opinion the only way is to restrict the free, open and anonymous internet. To me that would be a horrible result as it is the foundation of tremendous innovation in so many areas.

Solution: Use an AI that checks all comments/posts on major social network platforms like facebook. The AI then does not prevent you from posting your opinion but identifies troll behavior as well as “fake stories” and displays the troll and fake probability KPI besides every post . This allows us to still share everything and don’t restrict free speech but gives readers an indication how trustworthy the source is. Furthermore when one clicks on the KPI number, it shows why the number is as it is e.g. a list of news sources pro and against the “fake story”.

How: Well trolls — use inflammatory statements to start a reaction — can be difficult for a human to detect, so solutions like IBM Personality Insights can indicate whether the sentiment is accurately judged depending on the commenter’s personality traits. It can then determine whether the message is ironic, sarcastic or deceptive.

Idea: This could actually be build as a Chrome Plugin for everyone to download even if facebook itself does not introduce such a KPI plugin.

What do you think is this a good idea?

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