It's an interesting relation that the more awesome, noteworthy content there is on DevCentral in a given week, the harder it is for me to narrow down what it is I want to call out in the Top5. That being said, this week is easily the toughest week to decide what to highlight in recent memory. With the BIG-IP v10 announcement dropping and the ensuing flood of killer content, there is an over abundance of options. That's a wonderful "problem" to have, though. I want to say this week especially that there are many killer things that are worth a look out there on DevCentral that didn't make the list, so go check them out. As always though, here I am, sifting through all of that goodness the best I can to bring you my favorites. Here's your Top5:

 

The Revolution Begins: Arming the Data Center

https://devcentral.f5.com/weblogs/macvittie/archive/2009/04/08/the-revolution-begins-arming-the-data-center.aspx

Leading the charge, both literally in terms of content for the day, and figuratively in terms of her message, is Lori MacVittie. This absolutely fantastic blog post is part of her recent series talking about independence in the data center. It's a must read as it not only calls out some of the killer new features in v10, in an easily consumable fashion, but it also goes through your rights in the DataCenter. This clever way of delivering a strong message had me raring to go as we launched into the launch day festivities. Read it, pin it up on your wall, recite it before bed, I don't care. Just make sure to take a look. This one is #1 for a reason.

 

v10 Introduction to the tmsh Command Shell

https://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=63&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=347

One of the changes most interesting to me in v10 is the complete revamp of the way you can interact with the system via the command line. No longer are you tethered only to the bigpipe command. Now there is a far more elegant and usable interface available to you by way of tmsh, the new command shell on v10 systems. Bigpipe is still there for legacy purposes and to give people time to get comfortable in the new, bold world of tmsh, but as Don alludes to in this article, I'm relatively confident that once people start using the new interface they'll quickly adopt it full time. Take a look here to see what it can do, and find out where you can learn more.

 

v10: GTM, Meet CLI

https://devcentral.f5.com/weblogs/jason/archive/2009/04/09/v.10-gtm-meet-cli.aspx

Continuing on the theme of new and improved interfaces for v10, Jason delves into the new command line interface now gracing GTM as of the new release. His exuberance will be shared by many as they get the chance to dig in and manipulate their GTM properties in new and powerful ways. He also goes on to spoil his own Tech Tip a bit by summarizing the cool iRules changes for GTM in v10. So much content you can barely talk about iRules? Isn't that blasphemy of some sort? GTM is a stellar product and I'm very happy to call out these cool changes.

 

v10 - New class features in iRules

https://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=63&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=2309

Speaking of iRules, there are lots of awesome new things in v10 for my fellow iRuling brethren. Amongst them are the killer new after command, SSL data inspection, and the restructuring of data groups to be much more powerful and usable than before. To make use of all the goodness squeezed into the new classes, there's a special new class command added in v10. This doc is your guide to what it can do, how it works, and some examples of the powerful new things that can be done in your iRules. It was enough to get me even more raring to go than normal to code some iRules, and that's saying something. You can also check out all the new iRules (and iControl) commands in their respective Wikis on DevCentral. Read. Code. Rejoice.

 

v10 Try Before You Buy

https://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=63&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=2307

Last but certainly not least is Jeff's article about the fantastic new Evaluation Licensing features in v10. Have you ever wanted to try a new module but couldn't justify allocating an entire new box to testing? Wanted to add a module to an existing LTM to test but were concerned that you'd have to re-license the entire thing? Apparently we were listening to your concerns, because in v10 the licensing system was completely overhauled and it's pretty darn impressive. Now you have far more control and flexibility in how you manage, deploy and license the modules on your systems. I have to say that for a feature that isn't purely geek and hardcore tech, this one had me pretty darn excited. This is a huge step forward in the way we handle these things, and everyone needs to hear about it.

 

Phew, I made it! For a while there I was sure this would turn into the Top10 or Top15 with all the cool things to talk about. Maybe I'll save a few for next week and toss them out to you then. For now though, thanks for reading and please feel free to fire off any feedback or suggestions.

#Colin