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Announcing Backblaze B2 Virtual User Group – Come Join Us!

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Please join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Pacific time for the free worldwide Backblaze B2 Virtual User Group!

At Backblaze, we work hard to make Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage as easy to implement as possible. However, what is easy for some can be a challenge for others. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a forum where experienced professionals walk you through the best ways to fully leverage the power of Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage? Or have an open supportive meetup where you can ask questions and get answers from others that can share tips on their successes and failures with you?

To help make it easier for Backblaze B2 users to succeed, we are launching a free monthly Backblaze B2 Virtual User Group.

How to Sign Up for the Backblaze B2 Virtual User Group

If you think this user group may be of interest, please sign up using the form on the user group home page. Since our user group is an open community, registration for our meetings is not mandatory. However, signing up will help us keep you up to date about upcoming meetings and help us better address the needs of the community. Also, individuals who sign up will be added to a private, members-only Slack channel where user group members can communicate with each other easily outside of meetings.

Another option for you is to just bookmark the user group homepage and watch for meeting dates, topics and get the public “Meeting Room Link,” Attending as an observer is OK, too.

What to Expect at the Virtual User Group:

No matter where you are, this user group is for you. As a worldwide virtual user group, all you need to have is the link for the monthly meeting currently scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Pacific time and you are good to go. It’s that easy!

Typically, meetings will have 1 hour and 15 minutes of content.

Backblaze team members will attend each meeting, so attending user group meetings will be a great way to get direct access to Backblaze’s technical personnel who deliver world-class Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage for you.

Because Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage is versatile and there are so many use cases, each meeting will focus on a different topic. Please check our user group home page and just join those meetings that are of interest to you. For our initial three meetings, we will focus first on developers, then on media and entertainment hosting and storage, and later on backup and archive.

Additional topics will be announced in the months ahead on our user group home page. If you have a topic not covered in our initial meetings, please let your voice be heard and mention it now in a comment below.

Why You Should Come

These virtual user group meetings will be a great way for you to meet and hear from people who successfully deliver solutions that you may want to better deliver or improve on your team’s workloads.

If you have solutions or helpful use cases you would be willing to share with others, our Backblaze Evangelism team is eager to hear from you.

You now have your official invitation! So please join our user community! We look forward to meeting you at our next user group meeting.

If you know anyone who may be interested in joining our user group meetings, we would appreciate your sharing this announcement with them.

Blaze on!

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Announcing Developer Quick Starts: Open-source Code You Can Build On

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Developing finished applications always requires coding custom functionality, but, as a developer, isn’t it great when you have pre-built, working code you can use as scaffolding for your applications? That way, you can get right to the custom components.

To help you finish building applications faster, we are launching our Developer Quick Start series. This series provides developers with free, open-source code available for download from GitHub. We also built pre-staged buckets with a browsable media application and sample data. For read-only API calls against those buckets, we are sharing API key pairs for programmatic access to these pre-staged buckets. That means you can download the code, run it, and see the results, all without even having to create a Backblaze account!

Today, we’re debuting the first Quick Start in the series—using Python with the Backblaze S3 Compatible API. Read on to get access to all of the resources, including the code on GitHub, sample data to run it against, a video walkthrough, and guided instructions.

Announcing Our Developer Quick Start for Using Python With the Backblaze S3 Compatible API

All of the resources you need to use Python with the Backblaze S3 Compatible API are linked below:

  1. Sample Application: Get our open-source code on GitHub here.
  2. Hosted Sample Data: Experiment with a media application with Application Keys shared for read-only access here.
  3. Video Code Walk-throughs of Sample Application: Share and rewatch walk-throughs on demand here.
  4. Guided Instructions: Get instructions that guide you through downloading the sample code, running it yourself, and then using the code as you see fit, including incorporating it into your own applications here.

Depending on your skill level, the open-source code may be all that you need. If you’re new to the cloud, or just want a deeper, guided walk-through on the source code, check out the written code walk-throughs and video-guided code walk-throughs, too. Whatever works best for you, please feel free to mix and match as you see fit.

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The Quick Start walks you through how to perform create and delete API operations inside your own account, all of which can be completed using Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage—and the first 10GB of storage per month are on us.

With the Quick Start code we are sharing, you can get basic functionality working and interacting with B2 Cloud Storage in minutes.

Share the Love

Know someone who might be interested in leveraging the power and ease of cloud storage? Feel free to share these resources at will. Also, we welcome your participation in the projects on GitHub via pull requests. If you are satisfied, feel free to star the project on GitHub or like the videos on YouTube.

Finally, please explore our other Backblaze B2 Sample Code Repositories up on GitHub.

Stay Tuned for More

The initial launch of the Developer Quick Start series logic is available in Python. We will be rolling out Developer Quick Starts for other languages in the months ahead.

Which programming languages (or scripting environments) are of most interest for you? Please let us know in the comments down below. We are continually adding more working examples in GitHub projects, both in Python and in additional languages. Your feedback in the comments below can help guide what gets priority.

We look forward to hearing from you about how these Developer Quick Starts work for you!

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