August 10, 2023

WeAreDevelopers Wrap Up

Matt Butcher Matt Butcher

Conference WeAreDevelopers Berlin

WeAreDevelopers Wrap Up

This WeAreDevelopers wrap up echos a couple of our new feature releases that were announced during the 27th & 28th of July at the WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2023 (hosted at CityCube in Berlin). If you were not able to attend the event, fear not, we will elaborate below.

WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2023

Our team enjoyed mingling with influential tech masterminds whilst taking the opportunity to announce both Fermyon Cloud’s SQLite Database and Custom Domains features. The WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2023; held on the 27-28 July 2023 at CityCube Berlin was a great place to exchange knowledge and experiences with like-minded software developers from all around the globe.

We had many great conversations at WeAreDevelopers, and as always our Finicky Whiskers game served as a great way to get a taste of how fast Fermyon applications are.


Cloud Native Meetup Joins the Wasm Meetup

The night before the main conference began, Sohan Maheshwar and Chris Matteson presented “Bring your own Kubernetes and run Serverless WebAssembly” at a local Berlin meetup. The meetup was co-organized by the Kubernetes and Cloud Native Berlin Meetup and The WebAssembly (Wasm) Meetup - Berlin.

Meetups are great for sparking up in-depth conversations and allowing us to get to know each another. Oh, and there’s pretty much always food. One of the joys of being a globally distributed team is that we can attend meetups in many locations. A heartfelt thanks to all those who turned up; we had a blast.

WeAreDevelopers Wasm Workshop

During the workshop track, Fermyon’s CTO Radu Matei led a workshop designed to take first-time Spin users from blinking cursor to deployed Magic Eight Ball app.

Workshops are delightfully unpredictable. In this case, the room had a lengthy question and answer session about various features and capabilities of the cloud. That’s why we love doing these in person. We’ll be doing several more workshops this year, including one at Copenhagen Developers Festival, WasmCon and Open Source Summit EU.

The Future of Cloud Is Webassembly

First thing on Friday morning, I had the chance to speak to a packed room, telling the story of how we identified some problems we wanted to solve.


I discussed improving Wasm startup/initialization times, a proposed security model, platform neutrality, and how a shift away from the burdensome developer experiences of Kubernetes were problems in dire need of solutions. The presentation discussed how Wasm, originally built for the browser, turns out to be the perfect runtime to pop into the cloud as a third form of cloud computing (over and above but essentially also complementary to virtualization and containerization).

This realization is what led us to build Fermyon Spin as a sophisticated yet streamlined developer tool. After Spin, we created Fermyon Cloud to provide the easiest possible place to run Spin applications. More recently, though, Fermyon has begun introducing additional services. We started with NoOps Key/Value (the most simple form of NoSQL database) and then just recently released NoOps Database, a database that runs as a SQLite database during development, and then runs in a distributed Turso database when you deploy it to Fermyon Cloud.

Watch the video below to learn what we mean about NoOps Database:

Our goal with this whole NoOps thing is to carve away every last piece of friction in the development cycle. Never again manage service accounts (web servers, databases), security tokens, or even connection strings. Never again have to install and manage databases and services locally. And never again have to manage the day-2 operations of your cloud databases. It’s all just done for you.

In the same regard, Fermyon Cloud’s Custom Domain feature allows you to host your Spin application using Fermyon Cloud and never again have to create and renew (manage) TLS certificates. It’s all just done for you.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Fermyon Cloud Custom Domain feature:

If you’re feeling a bit of FOMO, look no further than the Spin QuickStart guide to build your first app. You may also want to check out the self-paced workshop on GitHub.

If you host a meetup and would like us to come visit your neck of the woods, please reach out. We’d love to plan something with you.




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