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WANdisco’s February Roundup

This month, we launched a trio of innovative Hadoop products: the world’s first production-ready distro; a wizard-driven management dashboard; and the first and only 100% uptime solution for Apache Hadoop.

hadoop big data

We started this string of Big Data announcements with WANdisco Distro (WDD) a fully tested, free-to-download version of Apache Hadoop 2. WDD is based on the most recent Hadoop release, includes all the latest fixes and undergoes the same rigorous quality assurance process as our enterprise software solutions.

This release paved the way for our enterprise Hadoop solutions, and we announced the WANdisco Hadoop Console (WHC) shortly after. WHC is a plug-and-play solution that makes it easy for enterprises to deploy, monitor and manage their Hadoop implementations, without the need for expert HBase or HDFS knowledge.

The final product in this month’s Big Data announcements was WANdisco Non-Stop NameNode. Our patented technology makes WANdisco Non-Stop Namenode the first and only 100% uptime solution for Hadoop, and offers a string of benefits for enterprise users:

  • Automatic failover and recovery
  • Automatic continuous hot backup
  • Removes single point of failure
  • Eliminates downtime and data loss
  • Every NameNode server is active and supports simultaneous read and write requests
  • Full support for HBase

To support the needs of the Apache Hadoop community, we’ve also launched a dedicated Hadoop forum. At this forum, users can get advice on their Hadoop installation and connect with fellow users, including WANdisco’s core Apache Hadoop developers Dr. Konstantin V. Shvachko, Dr. Konstantin Boudnik, and Jagane Sundar.


For Apache Subversion users, we announced the next webinars in our free training series:

  • Subversion Administration – everything you need to administer a Subversion development environment
  • Introduction to SmartSVN – a short introduction to how Subversion works with the SmartSVN graphical client
  • Checkout Command – how to get the most out of the checkout command, and the meaning of the various error messages you may encounter
  • Commit Command – learn more about this command, including diff usage, working with unversioned files and changelists
  • Introduction to Git – everything a new user needs to get started with Git
  • Hook Scripts – how to use hook scripts to automate tasks such as email notifications, backups and access control
  • Advanced Hook Scripts – an advanced look at hook scripts, including using a config file with hook scripts and passing data to hook scripts

We’ve announced an ongoing series of free webinars, which demonstrate how you can overcome these challenges from an administrative, business and IT perspective, and get the most out of deploying Subversion in an enterprise environment. These ‘Scaling Subversion for the Enterprise’ webinars will be conducted by our expert Solution Architect three times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at 10.00am PST/1.00pm EST, and will cover:

  • The latest technology that can help you overcome the limitations and risks associated with globally distributed deployments
  • Answers to your business-specific questions
  • How to solve critical issues
  • The free resources and offers that can help solve your business challenges

WANdisco Announces Free Online Hadoop Training Webinars

We’re excited to announce a series of free one-hour online Hadoop training webinars, starting with four sessions in March and April. Time will be allowed for audience Q&A at the end of each session.

Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 PM Eastern

A Hadoop Overview” will cover Hadoop, from its history to its architecture as well as:

  • HDFS, MapReduce, and HBase
  • Public and private cloud deployment options
  • Highlights of common business use cases and more

March 27, 10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 pm Eastern

Hadoop: A Deep Dive” covers Hadoop misconceptions (not all clusters include thousands of machines) and:

  • Real world Hadoop deployments
  • Review of major Hadoop ecosystem components including: Oozie, Flume, Nutch, Sqoop and others
  • In-depth look at HDFS and more

April 10, 10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 pm Eastern

Hadoop: A MapReduce Tutorial” will cover MapReduce at a deep technical level and will highlight:

  • The history of MapReduce
  • Logical flow of MapReduce
  • Rules and types of MapReduce jobs
  • De-bugging and testing
  • How to write foolproof MapReduce jobs

April 24, 10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 pm Eastern

Hadoop: HBase In-Depth” will provide a deep technical review of HBase and cover:

  • Its flexibility, scalability and components
  • Schema samples
  • Hardware requirements and more

Space is limited so click here to register right away!

WANdisco Announces Free Subversion Webinars for 2013

After getting a fantastic response to our free Subversion webinars in 2012, we’re pleased to announce the first webinars of 2013.

Getting Started With Subversion

A one-hour course to kickstart newcomers to both Subversion and version control in general, covering everything you need to get up and running with this popular open source version control system.

The webinar will cover:

  • Repository basics
  • Performing commits
  • Performing checkouts
  • Simple merging
  • The working copy
  • Simple branching

Getting Started With Subversion’ will take place on January 24th, 2013 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST, so be quick to avoid missing out.

Branching Options for Development

Branching can cause confusion for many Subversion users, but once mastered it can be one of Subversion’s greatest strengths. In this one hour webinar our Subversion expert will cover the different types of branches and deep dive into their particular uses. Topics covered will include:

  • What is concurrent development?
  • What is a branch?
  • Different development models
  • What triggers a branch?
  • Communication for branching and merging

‘Branching Options for Development’ will take place on February 14th, 2013. Registration will open soon, so keep checking back for all the latest information or follow us on Twitter.

Getting Info out of Subversion

Need to build a report based on your Subversion project? This free-to-attend online training will share techniques for extracting information out of Subversion, for reporting purposes.

Topics will include:

  • Log information
  • Property information
  • Difference information
  • Using Project and User information
  • Using Hook scripts to log information

Getting Info out of Subversion’ will take place on February 28th, 2013.

Have an idea for a future webinar, or feedback on our current schedule of free Subversion training? Please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on this blog, or Contact Us directly.


Apache Subversion 1.6.20 Released

The Apache Subversion community has just announced their first release of 2013, with an update to the Subversion 1.6 series.

Apache Subversion 1.6.20 includes some useful fixes for users of 1.6.x:

  • Vary: header added to GET responses
  • Fix fs_fs to cleanup after failed rep transmission.
  • A fix for an assert with SVNAutoVersioning in mod_dav_svn

More information on Subversion 1.6.20 can be found in the Changes file. As always, the latest, certified binaries can be downloaded for free from the WANdisco website or, if you’re looking for an easy-to-use cross platform Subversion client, why not claim your free 30 day trial of SmartSVN Professional?

Find out more about the benefits of SmartSVN, by visiting the SmartSVN ‘Features’ page.

Subversion Properties: SVN:Executable

Many operating systems’ ability to execute a file is governed by the presence of an execute permission bit. As this is typically disabled by default, Apache Subversion users may have to manually enable this permission bit every time they perform an SVN Checkout. If you’re going to be regularly using executable bits in your project, it’s a good idea to set the svn:executable property on the files in question. This internal Subversion property tells SVN which files should be executable, ensuring the correct permission bits are enabled whenever you perform a checkout. (Note, this property has no impact on filesystems that do not support executable permission bits.)

To set svn:executable in SmartSVN, the popular, cross-platform graphical client for Subversion, simply:

1) Select the file you wish to enable the execute permission bit for.
2) Open SmartSVN’s ‘Properties’ menu and select the ‘Executable-Property’ option.

3) Ensure the ‘Executable’ radio button is checked and click ‘Ok.’

4) Perform an ‘SVN Commit’ to share this properties change with the rest of your team.

Want to learn more about Subversion properties? On December 13th we will be holding a free ‘Subversion Properties’ webinar that will cover:

  • Defining properties
  • Property and “Standards and Procedures”
  • Property name rules
  • Automatic Properties
  • Recursively defining properties
  • Examining Properties
  • Removing Properties
  • Keywords

It’s free to attend, but places are limited so register now to avoid disappointment.

We Need Your SmartSVN Training Suggestions!

Take our SmartSVN Training Poll

If you’ve ever attended one of WANdisco’s free Subversion training webinars, downloaded one of our community refcards, or even attended Enterprise Training with us, you’ll know that WANdisco is dedicated to bringing you the latest tips, tricks, best practices and practical advice to help you get the most out of your SVN installation.

We recently added the SmartSVN graphical Subversion client to our portfolio of SVN-based products and services, and followed that up by releasing a major new version: SmartSVN 7.5. Now, the next step is to create a dedicated SmartSVN training program that covers everything from the basics for absolute beginners, to advanced techniques for mastering this popular SVN client.

To ensure we deliver the training content you need, we’ve put together a quick poll on the topics you’d like us to cover in the different modules. We’ve designed the poll so you can select as many, or as few options, as you’d like – and none of the modules are mandatory, so if you aren’t interested in a module, simply skip over it.

Take our poll, and let us know how your ideal SmartSVN training course would look!

If there’s a subject you’d be interested in that isn’t covered in the poll, please feel free to leave us a comment on this post, or Contact Us directly with your suggestions.

Results: How Involved are you with Subversion?

One of the major benefits of being part of the Apache Subversion community, is all the opportunities to get involved in the project. Even if you’re not contributing to the actual code base or working on a related client, GUI or Subversion plugin, you can still post useful tutorials, or connect with the community at mailing lists and forums.

We opened a poll a few weeks ago to find out exactly how you’re interacting with Subversion – and the results are in!

As a major corporate contributor to the Subversion project, we’re excited to see the number of people who actively contribute to the project: just over 27% of respondents stated that they either contributed to Apache Subversion, or a related project.

Almost 10% of respondents stated that they read Subversion articles and blogs, while the same amount of respondents post on a Subversion forum. If you’d like to connect with other Subversion users at a dedicated forum, why not take a look at our SVNForum.org?

Thank you to everyone who took part in the poll. We’ll be launching another one shortly, and if you have a question you’d like us to put to the Subversion community, you can either post it here, or Contact Us directly and we’ll try and feature it in future polls.

And, if you’d like to find out more about actively contributing to the Apache Subversion project,  the ASF’s ‘Getting Involved with Apache Subversion’ page is a great place to start.

Subversion Live 2012: Your Feedback

Thank you to everyone who participated in Subversion Live 2012, and who helped to make this global series of conferences for the Apache Subversion community such a resounding success.

We’ve received fantastic feedback so far, here’s just some of the comments we’ve received about Subversion Live 2012:

What You’ve Been Emailing

  • Thanks for running the conference. It was really helpful. The SVN folks I met were great. A lot more approachable than the typical geek gathering!
  • Thank you very much for the information you passed to me over the Subversion conference, I have now installed uberSVN on my laptop and have started to play with it. I have also signed up for a few webinars in November to kick off some internal training. I really enjoyed the conference, it was very well put together.  You and your staff are a very friendly and helpful team which made the event a pleasure to attend.
  • I look forward to attending next year’s event, with a bit more experience under my belt I hope to have some challenging questions for your developers.

What The Subversion Live Feedback Forms Have To Say……

  • Fantastic, even better than last year!
  • Good to meet more WANdisco staff
  • I would definitely attend next year’s event
  • My team hope to meet the WANdisco staff again

We also asked attendees what they find the most beneficial about Subversion Live, here’s some of the things that kept coming up:

  • Meeting the committers
  • Merge topics
  • Meeting WANdisco and other company employees
  • Apache Subversion 1.8 overview
  • The opportunity to speak to technical experts
  • The networking aspect
  • Breakout sessions
  • Finding out about new best practices
  • Chance to talk to SVN committers and the power users, and the WANdisco execs
  • Knowledge and advice on merging practices and tricks to speeding up transactions
  • Branching best practices
  • Hook scripts
  • Committer discussions
If you attended the event and have yet to provide feedback, you can either comment on this post, tweet us, or Contact Us directly. We’re already planning the next event, and your feedback is invaluable in helping us continue to make future Subversion Live events even better.


How are you Involved in the Subversion Community?

One of the things we love about being part of the Apache Subversion community, are all the opportunities to get involved in the project. Whether you’re contributing to the actual code base or a related client, GUI or plugin project, post handy tutorials, or help out other users on mailing lists and forums, there’s plenty of ways to contribute to this popular version control project.

In our latest poll, we want to find out exactly how you’re involved in Apache Subversion. Let us know, by answering our quick, one-question poll! And if you were wondering how WANdisco is involved in the Subversion community, we recently stepped up our sponsorship of the ASF and welcomed more core Subversion developers to our team. You can read the press release in full to find out more.

If you’re unsure how to get more involved in the Subversion project, why not join SVNForum.org? This free forum for the Subversion community allows you to connect with other SVN users, post any Subversion queries, and help other people out with their installations. Visit http://www.svnforum.org/forum.php to get started!

New Subversion Live Session: Beyond Scrum

Subversion Live 2012, the global conference series for the Subversion community,  is fast approaching, and today we’re excited to bring you news of a brand new Subversion Live session. Andy Singleton, Founder and CEO of Assembla will be presenting ‘Beyond Scrum: The Move to Scalable Agile with Continuous Delivery,’ joining our list of exciting speakers, which includes:

  • Greg Stein – Vice President of Subversion and former ASF Chairman
  • Hyrum Wright – Software Engineer at Google
  • Stefan Fuhrmann – TortoiseSVN contributor since 2003 and committer to the Subversion project since 2010
  • Julian Foad – lead developer for enhancements to Subversion’s merge capabilities at WANdisco
  • Philip Martin – part of the team that developed the first version of Subversion

Andy Singleton’s session will cover how the new and improved code merge system in the upcoming Subversion 1.8 release will facilitate the continuous delivery process for the first time, transforming the possibilities for scalable and agile development processes for the enterprise.

In addition to Andy’s cutting-edge SVN 1.8-focused session, Subversion Live will cover a wide range of topics:

  • Merge & Performance Improvements
  • Hook Scripts
  • Branching & Merging Best Practices
  • Best Practices for Large Subversion Deployments
  • ……and more!

Taking place in San Francisco (October 10th and 11th) Greenwich, CT (October 16th and 17th) and London (October 23rd and 24th) Subversion Live is a two day series of conferences especially for the Apache Subversion community. If you haven’t already registered, there’s still time to get your tickets, or learn more about this exciting event.