We recently released changes to provide a smoother process for customers with integrated ordering systems through our API. Previously, if an order was placed for a product or service that no longer exists, such as a discontinued server or hard drive option, the API would stop the ordering process and throw an error. Users would then be required to backtrack through the process and revise the order to ensure all components of the product or service being ordered were available. Our Product Team now has the ability to create upgrade-paths to prevent this from happening.
When I first heard about SoftLayer, the first thing that popped into my head was “just another web hosting company”. Boy was I wrong! Little did I know I would be diving head first into a world that would open my mind and push me to challenge myself on the very first day.
I’ve only been with SoftLayer for three weeks, but in this short period of time I’ve been exposed to more innovative strategies, open-ended techniques and an overall strive to better ourselves than I’ve seen in a lifetime. It’s obvious that innovation is more than just a philosophy but key to our success.
SoftLayer Object Storage is based on OpenStack Swift and provides integrated indexing, searching and CDN support. Information stored to SoftLayer Object Storage is written multiple times to self-healing clusters which have the ability to immediately restore data in case of drive failure.
Unlike previously released APIs SoftLayer Object Storage is only available on a REST interface. However, very much like our other APIs will you have the ability to fully interact with SoftLayer Object Storage programmatically.
The SoftLayer Development Network site will be unavailable between 5:00am and 6:00am CST on 12/14/2011. This maintenance window will be used to upgrade the infrastructure hosting the site. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
The SoftLayer Developer Network thrives on your feedback! Let us know what features and improvements you would like to see in the future. You can reach the SLDN team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*A number of GUI tweaks which should make the site a bit more kind on the eyes.
*The blog section has been removed and now all blogs and news articles will appear on the home page.
*A tag cloud has been added to provide filtering for blog/news articles.
Good news everyone!
The past few months we have been working feverously on redesigning the SoftLayer Development Network site.
The goals for this first release are as follows:
* Maintain level of functionality and features of the previous SLDN
* Unify browsing experience by collapsing the blog and reference documentation into a single content management system
* Lay the groundwork for advanced features such as rating, comments, user generated content, and even a real time feed of API changes
As the depletion of IPv4 space draws nearer we have added a new requirement when placing an order which contains addtional IP addresses. In addition to the usual suspects you will need to add an additional array to your order container object: itemCategoryQuestionAnswers.
When I first learned about object oriented programming, many years ago, I found that the technique fit me well. I found the process of breaking a computing problem down into objects to be a natural way to analyze many of them. At the same time, my designs are never as elegant as I would like them to be in the first draft. For me, the object oriented design process involves tinkering with the design, trying a couple of iterations, and refining the deconstruction over time. I prefer to work with prototypes and explore their interaction before settling on a final implementation.