HashiConf US 2018 highlights

HashiConf is organised every year by HashiCorp, the company behind Vault, Terraform and Vagrant. The Instruqt team was present during HashiConf US in San Francisco. Our founder Erik Veld gave a talk on how we power our Arcade machines with Terraform. Fun fact: he actually presented his talk on an arcade machine on stage. Once the video is available, I will update this blogpost. During the conference, HashiConf announced a number of product updates.

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Instruqt Arcade edition

If you’ve read the About Us page, you know that we started Instruqt as a gamified challenge platform. People could solve challenges and we measured the time they took to complete them. The fastest player would win a cool prize. Over the last two years, we focused on pivoting towards a learning platform. Today, everyone can create a learning track and share it with the world. But we missed the fun part.

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HashiCorp launches Consul Connect during HashiDays Amsterdam

Consul was already an awesome product for service discovery, but now with Consul Connect it’s even more awesome. HashiCorp integrated service mesh features into Consul, that makes connecting services more secure and manageable. HashiCorp explains the problem like this: managing infrastructure across teams becomes more and more complex due to the fact that infrastructure nowadays is a lot more dynamic. You can’t just file a ticket for a firewall change anymore, because that change may be obsolete in minutes.

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Building a scalable online learning platform

At the CodeMotion event in Amsterdam which was held on 8 and 9 May, I gave a talk which gives a look behind the scenes of instruqt. In the talk I showed how the platform is built and why we lean heavily on tools such as Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes and Terraform. After that we took a look at the inner workings of the platform. Showing what actually happens behind the scenes when content is created and when users interact with the platform.

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6 ways to run Kubernetes in the Cloud

Until a few months ago, your best (and probably only) option to run Kubernetes in the cloud was Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). But things have changed, and there are a lot of viable alternatives. Let’s compare these offerings and see what’s the best solution for you. Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) Google was the first to offer a hosted version of Kubernetes. This makes sense, as Google created Kubernetes, based on their internal scheduler called Borg.

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Instruqt invited at Dutch Open Hackathon 2018

At Instruqt, we love hackathons. In fact, Instruqt was initially created to facilitate competitions around technology. We participated in quite a few hackathons ourselves. We just love the vibe and competitive atmosphere. So we are really excited to attend the Dutch Open Hackathon 2018. We will help the teams during the hackathon itself, and we will even participate in the jury. Play on our arcade machine! During the Dutch Open Hackathon, you can play with our newly created arcade machine.

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Codemotion 2018 is sponsored by Instruqt and Xebia!

On May 8-9 the largest tech conference for developers, Codemotion, will take place in Amsterdam and we will be there! Erik Veld, one of the founders of Instruqt, is invited to talk about the technical details of the online learning platform. Instruqt offers online courses for IT professionals. Together with our friends from Xebia, we decided to sponsor the event as well. During the event, you can try to beat us by solving challenges using our retro arcade machine.

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Instruqt updates online learning platform with new features

Hi there! We have many cool new features that we can’t wait to share with you. New topics & tracks We have added two new topics to the platform: Git and Kubernetes. Topics are a collection of tracks with a mutual theme. The Git topic is a great way to get introduced to version control. You will learn how to configure Git, how to create a repository, how to commit changes to the repository and how to push to a remote repository.

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The making of the Instruqt Arcade edition

If you’ve read the About Us page, you know that we started Instruqt as a gamified challenge platform. People could solve challenges and we measured the time they took to complete them. The fastest player would win a cool prize. Over the last two years, we focused on pivoting towards a learning platform. Today, everyone can create a learning track and share it with the world. But we missed the fun part.

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The story behind online learning platform Instruqt

It all started spring 2016, when HashiCorp asked Xebia to organize HashiConf EU. We wanted to step off the beaten track of standard conference booths, give-aways and leaflets. We wanted something different, something new, something fun. Relying on positive experiences with self-paced hands-on workshops, we developed the HashiContest. For each participant, we set up an environment, allowing them to play around with the HashiCorp toolset. We added the element of gamification to give some guidance.

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