Why GitOps and Quarkus Grabbed Developer Interest in Q4

It's not just what developers are reading. We tell you why.

GitOps, Quarkus.

Those were the tech terms that showed the biggest spike of interest among DZone readers in Q4 2019.

Readership of stories with the content tag GitOps grew by 576% in q4 compared with q3. Readership of stories with Quarkus grew by 625%.

Let’s talk about Quarkus first. For developers that follow Kubernetes and Java, Quarkus will sound familiar. It’s an open source Kubernetes Native Java Framework designed to help app makers use Java with faster startup time and less memory needs.

Red Hat’s announcement of support of Quarkus in November of 2019 likely drove interest that has been building with DZone readers throughout 2019 (the term doesn’t show up in the DZone database prior to 2019, but there are now 39 Quarkus-tagged stories in our database).

More than 30,000 readers have checked out Sebastian Daschner’s “Thoughts on Quarkus”, a balanced and thorough article from a writer that doesn’t work for anyone promoting Quarkus. More than 39,000 readers have also checked out Andrew Hughes tutorial on building a REST API with Quarkus.

And just a few weeks into the new year there have been seven stories posted mentioning Quarkus. Our contributors are busy offering their opinions on the newish framework vs. existing ones.

No doubt Quarkus will continue to gain traction. And our readers will continue to enjoy the varied contributor voices on the subject.

Get Going with GitOps

Our content editors love it when they get to work in articles in their Daily Digests that involve the tech term Git. There are loads of opportunities with 4,441 articles tagged as having Git content. My own favorite headline is Get Going with Git.

But I digress.

GitOps (the term appears to have been coined by Weaveworks), is the idea of using a Git as version control for the code, documentation, etc. that you are using in a container. It didn’t make an appearance in the DZone database until 2017. And it still has a relatively slim 93 stories.

So why are readers gobbling up GitOps articles? Late in September of last year, GitLab, the company behind what some argue is the largest vendor-agnostic GitOps platform, secured a major round of funding. There was also the AWS, Intuit and Weaveworks announcement on GitOps Engine at Kubecon + CloudNativeCon in November.

The CEO and Co-Founder of Weaveworks, Alexis Richardson’s “What is GitOps, Really?” opinion piece has been popular on DZone as has consultant Juni Mukherjee’s GitOps: Dev, With a Dash of Ops.

Containers, Clouds, and Kubernetes

The cloud, containers and Kubernetes all factor into the two hot topics listed above. But those tags also show up (in lots of different configurations) at the top of our Q4 hot list.

I asked DZone Senior Editor Mike Gates for his thoughts:

“The big thing that jumps out at me is that there’s a big push into cloud-native app development and the components that make up that. There was a lot of growth around microservices (up 448%), containers (up 108.25%), container orchestration (up 191%), Kubernetes (up 88%), Docker (up 99%), and cloud-native (up 406%) as topic tags. It seems like more and more developers are making the move toward cloud-native development and the components that make that up,’’ Gates says.

Andre Lee-Moye edits the Cloud zone.

“There is definitely a shift toward cloud-native development, and I see that a lot in the types of articles that are submitted to the Cloud Zone. Developers have been working hard to wrap their minds and re-platform their brownfield applications to work on the cloud, trying to rework their code to take advantage of some of the advantages of the cloud, including greater availability, higher storage capacity, less manual monitoring, and more automation. Now, as developers are attempting to get rid of their legacy applications, they are also attempting to reframe their ways of working to develop applications that born in and made for the cloud, cloud-native applications to take full advantage of the cloud.

Want to learn more?

Andre suggests checking out the chart in this article to get a quick look at the comparative advantages of replatformed “cloud-enabled” applications vs. cloud-native applications.

Andre also looked at our data over the past year and had some interesting observations to back up what he is seeing.

It looks like “cloud migration” began the year with almost 30k more pageviews that “cloud native,” but “cloud native” has beaten “cloud migration” in each of the quarters subsequent in terms of raw numbers. By the end of the year, views for “cloud migration” are half those of “cloud native.”

Even more interesting, Andre ran a Google Trends query on the terms and checked out the heat maps. “You’ll see that some of the states that house the larger tech hubs of the US, like California, Washington, Nevada, and Texas are generally much more interested in ‘cloud native’ than ‘cloud migration’ or ‘cloud adoption.’”

“We’re quickly passing the adoption and migration stage. Developers want to build in the cloud now,” Andre says.