Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 2

Why should you develop ?

In “Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 1″ I shared some of my experiences of developing and supporting Splunk Community Apps and Add-ons over the years.

But WHY did I choose to develop and WHY should you choose to develop and start your foray the Splunk developer ecosystem?

Well the reasons for developing are going to be different for everyone depending on your motives. You might be a business or you might just be an individual community collaborator.

The reasons I started developing were because I discovered Splunkbase (now Apps / Answers) and realized that it was a great forum for collaborating and getting involved with the “Big Data” community to use …

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Using Splunk as a data store for developers

A number of years ago, I wrote a blog entry called Everybody Splunk with the Splunk SDK, which succinctly encouraged developers to put data into Splunk for their applications and then search on the indexed data to avoid doing sequential search on unstructured text. Since it’s been a while and I don’t expect people to memorize the dissertations of ancient history (to paraphrase Bob Dylan), I’ve decided to write about the topic again, but this time in more detail with explanations on how to proceed.

Why Splunk as a Data Store?

Some may proclaim that there are many no-sql like data stores out there already, so why use Splunk for an application data store? The answers point to simplicity, …

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Splunk EMEA Partner Kick Off – Breakthrough, Barcelona, Beavis and Beaker

BB3As I write this, I’m somewhere over France on my way back from the Splunk EMEA Partner Kick Off (PKO). We’ve been to sunny Barcelona at the Rey Juan Carlos Hotel (a place I’ve spent many a happy corporate event). After confessing to being an A-ha fan in Oslo, having frozen hair in Stockholm and apologising for being English in Paris – I foolishly decided to confess to looking like the lovechild of Beavis and Beaker from The Muppets. I’ll let you decide and comment below. Be kind!

We had about 150 partners from across the region telling their stories, sharing experiences of how their customers are using their machine data and getting a comprehensive, and hopefully useful, update from …

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A Developer’s Smorgasbord

First bite of the Cherry(py)

I didn’t always work at Splunk. In fact, many moons ago I used to be a Splunk customer. At the time we were simply looking for a means to better consolidate our enterprise’s numerous sources of log data into a centralized repository. A colleague of mine mentioned this product called Splunk , and hence the journey began. Like many, this started with getting some log files indexed into Splunk and creating some trivial searches and Simple XML dashboards. This very quickly led to more data sources and more elaborate dashboards. Then the bloke sitting next to me saw what I was doing and wanted in on the action, then the adjacent team and then the …

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Splunk4Good partners with Geeks Without Bounds

I am happy to announce Splunk4Good is formally partnering with Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB) in 2013! The partnership will lend broad support to GWOB’s mission and encourage the use of Splunk products in humanitarian projects.

GWOB is a non-profit organization with a mission to apply technology as an accelerator for humanitarian projects. In order to achieve this mission GWOB hosts humanitarian hackathons around the globe and also works with humanitarian startups in an accelerator program with 2 cohorts per year.

Read a bit more about GWOB in the words of their Executive Director, Willow Brugh, (and click thru to read their full Theory of Change):

Geeks Without Bounds works towards positive change by bridging the gap between technological capabilities and

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Calling all Big Data developers, coders and hackers

Do you want to go to Vegas in September for Splunk Conf ? Heck yes you do, because this year we have a dedicated developer’s track. Whether you are new to developing with Splunk or already a rockstar in your own right, we have heaps of awesome topics and presenters that you’ll really dig.

http://www.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAFFP#developing

Whether you are into building Splunkbase apps, standalone applications using the Python, Java & Javascript SDKs, or perhaps extending and customizing Splunk , there is a session for you.

PS : I have a special registration discount code available for developers..so drop me a line and I’ll give it to you ! You can find me on Splunkbase under the username “Damien Dallimore”.

http://www.splunk.com/goto/conf

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Rob Das Discusses Semantic Logging (Video)

Rob Das on Semantic Logging (video + link to download)

Event Logs SuckRob Das, Splunk Co-founder, was on hand at Pivotal Labs on September 15 to present on the topic of “Semantic Logging with Splunk.” This is the concept of building intelligence into your applications via logging practices and then using Splunk as an analytics engine that allows you to slice and dice data and add reports and visualization tools. Semantic logging can be used to divine everything from tricky bugs and application performance to business metrics data that tell developers whether they’re maximizing revenue from customers or missing out on sales.

For more on semantic logging and best practices for developers, see our new developer micro site at splunk.com/dev

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Looking for a few clever Splunkers…

As some of you may have seen in a recent press release, Splunk is investing in a new solutions team. This is a team dedicated to building out apps, documentation and best practices that enable turnkey solutions to specific problems on Splunk. We have a number of open jobs for people who are or are ready to quickly learn to rapidly customize Splunk for specific use cases – this involves writing searches, customizing Splunk’s UI to create custom dashboards and search views, and configuring data inputs and knowledge. We also have open jobs for technical writers who are capable of writing in depth how-tos for other use cases – taking our documentation from the nuts and bolts of using …

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