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Native vs React Native for iOS

Native vs. React Native for iOS: A Smorgasbord for Thought

A collection of our favorite resources based on specific use cases to help you make a well informed choice as to which route to take in the creation of your next application.

November 2019
November 2019
Xcode 11

Reports of Xcode 11 building slow: 50% increase in build times?

We recently had a call with a customer who has been experiencing slow run-times after moving to Xcode 11. Have you experienced similar issues? We want to know!

October 2019
October 2019
macOS Catalina

Catalina Released... and Live on Orka!

Catalina was officially released today, and within a matter of hours, the Orka team had made a Catalina ISO available to our customers. We encourage all of our current Orka customers to pull the new ISO and give Catalina a try.

October 2019
October 2019
DevOps World | Jenkins World logo

DevOps World | Jenkins World Talks are LIVE

The 2019 DevOps World | Jenkins World conference in San Francisco is in the books. While we were there, we hit as many of the talks as we could. In this piece, we take a look back at some of our favorites and give our thoughts and takeaways.

October 2019
October 2019
macOS Catalina on Orka

Homebrew Tests Catalina on Orka

Participating in the Orka beta program this summer, Homebrew teamed up with MacStadium to test the macOS Catalina beta on Orka to great success.

September 2019
August 2019
Orka

Announcing Orka - Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple

Released today, Orka (Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple) is our new virtualization layer for Mac build infrastructure based on Docker and Kubernetes technology.

August 2019
August 2019
Benchmarking with Multiple vSphere Builds Using Jenkins

Benchmarking with Multiple vSphere Builds Using Jenkins

We've set out to discover best practices when virtualizing with vSphere and Jenkins when paired with MacStadium. Read what we consider to be the best way to produce ephemeral VMs.

August 2019
August 2019
CI on Mac

CI/CD Differences on Mac Infrastructure

CI/CD, regardless of the OS associated with it, is generally the same at a high level. However, there are some distinctions in the world of Mac CI/CD including Mac-specific tools and best practices.

July 2019
July 2019
Catalyst

CI Changes with Catalyst

Apple highlighted Catalyst’s new features and increased functionality at WWDC. When mass adoption hits, there will need to be some changes to Mac-related CI workflows.

July 2019
July 2019
Ephemeral builds

Benefits of Ephemeral iOS Builds

Mobile DevOps has unique challenges especially when building for the Apple platform. In this post, we will cover the process of self-managed iOS builds and benefits of using ephemeral builds.

June 2019
June 2019
Ansible

MacStadium + Ansible are Making Life Easier for DevOps Teams

Provisioning your Mac cloud virtual machines for macOS and iOS CI just got easier. MacStadium engineers have put together some example Ansible scripts for provisioning your CI build environment.

May 2019
May 2019
AppDynamics APM

User and Customer Experience for All

Without users for the platforms we build, even the most groundbreaking applications can quickly turn into shelfware. Humans, of course, can be unpredictable and demanding but—love or hate them—they’re the reason we build platforms in the first place.

January 2019
January 2019

Speeding Up Xcode Builds

As projects grow, build times can become problematic. However, there are several tweaks you can make to Xcode that can decrease the amount of time it takes for builds to complete without any extra work.

September 2018
September 2018
NuoRDS

NuoRDS is a scalable terminal server for Mac

There is a new terminal server option for Mac. It is called NuoRDS. It is simple to install, has a number of options and is quite well developed.

December 2018
August 2017
Git

How to Add iCloud as a Git Repo

What if you could use Apple's iCloud to store a local copy of your code and have it available on any of your Apple devices as well? This is certainly possible.

April 2018
December 2016
Mac Pro Rack

Partner with MacStadium for Mac CI hosting

Over the last year, MacStadium has seen tremendous growth by offering Mac servers for development and continuous integration.

April 2018
December 2016
VMware ESXi Management from a Mac

Managing VMware ESXi with Just a Mac

In early 2016, VMware began including the embedded HTML5 host client for managing ESXi in version 6.0 U2 from your web browser. It’s a great solution for users getting started with a dedicated Mac.

November 2018
December 2015
CI

Choosing the Right Tool for Continuous Integration and Development

Many MacStadium customers take advantage of the fast internet connection and strong performance of one or more Mac mini’s to outsource CI and CD build server duties.

April 2018
October 2015
Science in Virtualization

Science in Virtualization: Efficient Deployment with Clean Room VMs

Science is difficult. Developing a strict testing system for a science experiment that is repeatable in other lab environments is even harder.

April 2018
September 2015
Scrum Process

Survival of the Most Efficient: Intro to Agile Software Development

With the software industry moving forward rapidly and trends shifting, a delay in product release can be disastrous for a company.

April 2019
September 2015