Well, it's about time! We're happy to announce that we're finally here. Let's begin compile.
It's no secret that CA APM is a powerful tool for monitoring the biggest gnarliest applications on the planet. It's also no secret that there are lots of smart people who have been creating add-on content to extend the reach of APM for many years. However, there does seem to have been a big secret about HOW people could learn the ways of the Wily Jedi; in some cases it was a real pain. Enter the APM Dev community. APM-Dev will serve as a complement to the primary APM community. But whereas the primary community is centered on an administrative dialog, APM-Dev will focus on tuning APM under the hood and extending it to do even greater things. If the Application Economy is all about the User, then APM-Dev is all about guys in black t-shirts.
But we don't expect that just simply having a community is going to get anyone all that excited. So there's more. Looking for one place to find ALL the field packs and extensions that are available? Check. APM-Dev will serve as a forum to ask questions and interact with other incredibly handsome and funny APM scholars. It's a venue to share code snippets and pick up the "tribal knowledge" that has historically been walking around in the experts' heads (yes, spyderjacks, we're talking about you). So you'll find those tips & tricks, that "secret" documentation maybe you felt like you had to "know someone" to find. You'll also have access to regular "office hours" where you can collaborate virtually with the experts to get tips on the best way to tackle an idea or review a problem that's been stumping you.
This is all about extending the APM community of expertise as far as we can. To that end, we're also announcing an important update to our SDK known as EPAgent (EPA). EPA now sports a trim-fitting RESTful API track suit that not only makes him look good, but run faster than Usain Bolt as well. But that's not all. Obviously we need a supercool place to host all the new plugins that you want to go out and create RESTfully. Enter GitHub. The APM team is pleased to announce the CA-APM organization on GitHub. Find projects, clone or fork the source, make cool changes, share them back with the community. We'll be assembling the best of existing APM fieldpacks into a collection of repositories and we're asking you to contribute your favorite work as well.
And if that's not enough for one announcement, we've even teamed up with MongoDB to create (and certify!) an important new data collector to harvest metrics from one of the most important big-data backends in the market. We're posting that collector to GitHub to illustrate our commitment to the project and to provide you with a great ready-working example upon which you can build similar collectors for all sorts of other stuff.
And so it's time to get moving. What are you waiting for? We invite you to call your APM friends and bring them to this party; it's starting right now. There might even be a free t-shirt or two!