DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – An Extra Slice plus Links :

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet

Bits and pieces from around the conference. Conferences are a great opportunity to meet people with diverse interests and to pick up links to websites with all sorts of things to explore further. OpenMicroscopy (aside) I had an interesting chat with a chap from OpenMicroscopy an open source, open service for sharing raw scientific data…

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DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – SECURITY IS A BIG THING :

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How to Run a Security Workshop for Developers.  GDS (i.e. government digital services) gave an interesting talk about running a security workshop. Provided as a reaction to a very poor and sexist externally source workspace. People tend not to learn from history so this is a means of giving them experience. This was another example…

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DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – Going Live!

Waves on Shore

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet

Through out the conference there was a whole lot of discussion about how Devops interacts in the live environment. There were many ideas discussed and there was a considerable amount of time dedicated to the processes and tools to support them. Testing in Live Eeek! that sounds “exotic” Parallel live systems are used in various…

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DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – A Big Pile of Micro Services Advice :

Blue sky

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Inside the Container.  What OS should go into a microservices container? Alpine is a tiny footprint Unix like OS. Running it in a read-only docker image with no SSH is the basis of a syatem with a very limited attack surface. This is very much the tiny no-attack surface approach – rather than the RedHat…

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DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – Flavour of the Month Tools :

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A Massive Selection of Tools.  Another theme, not surprisingly, was tooling. Again a very generous exchange of tools evaluated, used and developed. Some of the notes below are in the expectation that people will follow the links and read the summaries. It’s not my job to type in yet another summary! Overall the principal tools…

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DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – Soft But Important Skills :

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Diversity This was all before the recent celebrity revelations hit the news, so hats off to the organisers. Beyond the fact that I don’t like and cannot abide the bro-grammer mentality, nasty internet trolling and any form of intimidation in the workplace I don’t have any particular axe to grind. Experience suggests that without positive…

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DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – Devops “all things to all people”?

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet

Why Did I Attend?  I have a several fold interest – from living the devops dream in a start-up and a hankering to return to them one day; from the perspective of working in a public sector enterprise and trying to work out how to bring some more of the magic into the organisation; GDPR…

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DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – My Opinionated Impressions :

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As a conference DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 was spot on. My thanks to the organisers, speakers, sponsors and other attendees. Mostly I make notes during talks because I don’t have time to sit through them all again on YouTube/Vimeo. A few people have requested my notes, so I’ve typed them up to a modest standard (there…

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Building quality products that solve customer problems.

July 4, 2016 | No comments yet

What Motivates Me?    Understanding problems; working out solutions; making things work; working with other people in a team to deliver value to my employer or client, and ultimately to provide a quality product to the end user. Every product tends to have different technological components and the ability to learn different technologies is something I…

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To SQL or NoSQL? That is the question.

September 14, 2012 | No comments yet

“NoSQL” databases are a “modern” approach to move away from the strict schema-based, normalized, relational databases. Traditional databases are best suited to interrogation with SQL queries and the modern cloudy databases better suited to map/reduce algorithms; hence the monikers “SQL” and “NoSQL”. Why, after decades of developing “SQL” databases is there a sudden interest in…

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