I'm happy to announce that Curtis Ekstrom is joining the Travis CI team!
He will put his Ember skills to good use helping our product team develop new and exciting features.
Curtis was born in the Pacific NW but has been living in Germany for almost ten years. Before he started programming he worked as cashier, walked through potato fields with rattlesnakes so people could have better potato chips (potato roguing), ran a little food court by himself, did road construction and renovated a house.
Being really into sports, Curtis played in the Bambino World Series when he was 12 (Baseball is the sport) and is still into snowboarding and hiking.
On the nerd side he does enjoy the occasional online multiplayer game, open source software and coding Ember and Elixir in his side projects.
We recently discovered some changes that have resulted in many of you
experiencing a regression in the performance of your builds that use our
xcode7.3 OS X build environment image. I wanted to share with you why this
performance decrease occurred.
After reports from multiple users about an increase in their build times under
Xcode 7.3, we investigated and we discovered that the Xcode 7.3 GA release image
we published on March 24th was accidentally published with four virtual cores,
which is not the correct value we intended to have, based on our current OS X infrastructure.
Since we rolled out a new and improved OS X infrastructure last
we've provided OS X virtual machines with one virtual core and 4GB of RAM. However, when
we published an update to our Xcode 7.3 image with xctool 0.2.9 on Apr 19 at 19:15 PST, this
new image was correctly setup with one virtual core. This resulted in a performance regression for
any users of the 7.3 image.
I am sorry for the confusion this has resulted in. We are aware that providing
more cores is very beneficial to performance, especially with the recent
Xcode 7.x releases. However, the infrastructure costs of our OS X virtual machines
is significantly more than similar sized Linux virtual machines, so adding more capacity to
support increasing the base size of the OS X virtual machines is something
we're still in the research and testing phase on. We hope to have more news on
the future of this in Q3 of 2016.
We are thrilled to announce that Buck is joining our team! He will use his Ember super powers to help drive product development at Travis.
Buck taught himself programming on a Franklin Ace 1200 from a book on BASIC.
He uses his knowledge and tech skills to support people. Once, he organised a tri-city urban exploration puzzle-solving adventure for 100 people interacting in person and over a telephone chat line. He is passionate about Indigenous resurgence movements, solidarity between struggles, and he supports a diversity of tactics.
Plus, he is a world traveller who survived an 8-day 1600km freight train journey to the polar bear capital of the world… twice!