DeveloperWeek OPEN STAGE 1

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

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OPEN TALK: What Is "Undone" Department and How to Eradicate It?
Gene Gendel
Gene Gendel
KSTS Consulting

Today, unfortunately, many agile teams are not yet able to create a true shippable increment every sprint. This is because their Definition of Done (DoD) is weak (immature).
As such, teams have a lot of UNDONE work at the end of every sprint. This work may take a lot of different forms and is usually passed on to a 'special' UNDONE department or group to be handled. In Scrum and in Large Scale Scrum UNDONE department do not exist.
It may seem that reasons for having UNDONE department are purely technical [limitations]. But this is rarely so. For the most part, they are political and have to do with traditional organizational design and sphere of control.

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OPEN TALK: Self-Destructing Kubernetes Clusters Using Terraform and GitHub Actions
Nills Franssens
Nills Franssens
Microsoft, Sr. Cloud Solution Architect

Need a Kubernetes cluster for a short amount of time, but always forget to destroy them? Worry no more, as in this session we'll show you how to create a self-destructing Kubernetes Cluster.

During this talk, we'll showcase a number of technology principles: Infrastructure as Code, CI/CD, identity in the cloud and scheduling jobs on Kubernetes. We'll use Terraform, GitHub Actions and Azure Kubernetes as demo material, but the concepts of this talk translate to any technology platform.

By attending this talk you'll get a practical understanding of Infrastructure as Code, CI/CD, identity in the cloud and scheduling jobs on Kubernetes.

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OPEN TALK: Observability Strategy: A Must-Have in the Microservices World
Chinmay Gaikwad
Chinmay Gaikwad
Epsagon, Technical Evangelist


The evolution of architecture from monolithic to microservices-based has enabled organizations to meet the ever-evolving needs of their customers. The need for getting insights into these microservices has become critical for developers and operations teams alike. In this session, we will explore how observability plays a critical role in the microservices world. We will deep dive into distributed tracing to achieve full observability and monitoring for production environments. Finally, we will discuss the checklist that every DevOps person should look into for incorporating observability into their environment. The attendees can expect to learn about the three pillars of observability, details of distributed tracing and strategies for achieving observability and monitoring.

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OPEN TALK: Enhancing APIs and Open Banking through Open Policy Agent

Open Policy Agent has become a powerful tool in the hands of engineering teams allowing easy, yet performant application of dynamic policies. This same policy language, Rego, can be used in micro services, Kubernetes, CI/CD pipelines, API Gateways, and more. OPA policies can not only affect running code, but also the entire path to production, resulting in a potentially unified policy syntax.

In this session we'll share some of the journey taken developing low-latency decisioning in our Go services by integrating OPA, ultimately enhancing our open banking APIs. We'll talk about how we structured the project, compensated for pitfalls, and reduced complexity. Come join us for a technical walkthrough with live working code.

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OPEN TALK: Releases: The Last Frontier of Standardization
Ravi Lachhmaan
Ravi Lachhmaan
Harness, Evangelist

As software engineers, we strive to better our craft and leave a lasting mark on the organizations we work for. Throughout our careers, we balance two types of knowledge: the combination of business domain and technical stack is our bread and butter.

No matter if you work for a bank or an app that is revolutionizing wine delivery for pets, as an engineer you tend to get better at developing features. Design patterns and approaches learned on one project can transfer into others, while the new challenges add to your skillset. Ironically what does not transfer easily between projects is the process of deploying and releasing the software that you work so hard to build. For most organizations, deployments and releases are team-centric since applications are unique but Continuous Delivery is changing that.

Learn in this session how modern Continuous Delivery approaches are ushering in standardization in one of the last and sometimes scary frontiers for software engineers, your releases. Core to Continuous Delivery is making strides in engineering efficiency. With advancements with AI/ML in your CI/CD pipelines, even the most snowflake based deployments can benefit from standardization.

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OPEN TALK: Testing in Production
Talia Nassi
Talia Nassi
Split Software, Developer Advocate


How do you know your feature is working perfectly in production? If something breaks in production, how will you know? Will you wait for a user to report it to you? What do you do when your staging test results do not reflect current production behavior? In order to test proactively as opposed to reactively, try testing in production! You will have an increased accuracy of test results, your tests will run faster due to the elimination of bad data, and you will have higher confidence before releases. This can be accomplished through feature flagging, canary releases, setting up a proper CI/CD pipeline, and data cleanup. You will leave this talk with strategies to mitigate risk, to better your understanding of the steps to get there, and to shift your company’s testing culture, so you can provide the best possible experience to your users. At the end of the day, we don't care if your features work in staging, we care if they work in production.

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OPEN TALK: On-Call Best Practices
Julie Gunderson
Julie Gunderson
PagerDuty, DevOps Advocate
Mandi Walls
Mandi Walls
PagerDuty, DevOps Advocate

The always-on, always-available expectations of digital services have increased the requirements of technical teams to provide response and readiness around the clock. For teams new to this concept, introducing on-call can be challenging. There are technical and cultural considerations to keep in mind when adding on-call responsibilities to new teams. In this talk, we’ll look at some of those challenges and provide recommendations for folks who are dreading their new duties.

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OPEN TALK: Commit to the Cause, Push for Change: Contributing to Call for Code Open Source Projects
Daniel Krook
Daniel Krook
IBM, Chief Technology Officer for the Call for Code Global Initiative
Andres Meira
Andres Meira
Grillo, Founder & CEO
Lakshyana K.C.
Lakshyana K.C.
Build Change, Technology Consultant

Call for Code is a multi-year program that calls on developers to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on one or more IBM Cloud services (for example, web, mobile, data, analytics, AI, IoT, or weather) or Red Hat platforms (including OpenShift) to build a solution that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues as open source projects. In this session you'll learn more about the solutions built to tackle natural hazards, climate change, and the pandemic. What sets Call for Code apart from other technology-for-good competitions is the commitment to deploy the winning solutions with the IBM Service Corps and to help teams build sustainable open source communities through The Linux Foundation. Join us at this talk to hear about the most recent winning projects, get an update on previous year's progress, and learn about how to contribute to two projects directly from the developers.

Friday, February 19, 2021

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OPEN TALK: Benchmarking the Cloud
John Kendall
John Kendall
Cockroach Labs, Product Manager

Benchmarking cloud providers is difficult and time-consuming. In 2017 our cloud provider decisions were based on tests and informed assumptions. But when we started to see results that contradicted our assumptions, we dug further. Were our assumptions leading us astray?

This led us to develop the Cloud Report, a benchmark comparison of Amazon Web Services (AWS),Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure. Every year since, cloud infrastructure improves, so we have developed a cadence of benchmarking to keep our own engineering team, as well as our customers, at the cutting edge. In this talk, John breaks down how we benchmark each of the clouds, how we select the benchmarks, and the difficulties that we encounter -- no matter how variables we control for.

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OPEN TALK: WordPress as a Service: Get It Done in Less Than 30 Minutes with Terraform & K8s on IONOS Cloud
Octavian Mihalache
Octavian Mihalache
IONOS, Full Stack Engineer

Let’s assume that we’d like to become the next big internet tycoon by offering an awesome, high end managed WordPress service to the world, including monitoring, completely dedicated database, backups, restores and the whole nine yards. In addition to our great idea, let’s also set some…less realistic goals:
– We need a Proof of Concept up and running in less than 30 minutes
– We need to reach our goal(s) without having to deep-dive into WordPress specifics
– A new dedicated wordpress site needs to be deployable with a single command or API call.
– Upon deployment, each WordPress website needs to be secured through HTTPS

This speech will give you an overview on how to start a project like this by leveraging the power of Kubernetes Operators running on the IONOS Cloud infrastructure.

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OPEN TALK: Get Your Apps in Front of 800,000k Developers
Walt Ribeiro
Walt Ribeiro
Linode, Developer Advocate

Manage Databases with MySQL
Create, Deploy, and Manage Containers with Docker
Build and Manage Websites with Plesk

Over the past 17 years, the Linode community has grown to serve millions of developers and small businesses around the world. Tap into a diverse and growing community to accelerate your app's awareness and adoption.

Simplify your sales cycle, discover new customers and leverage co-marketing support from the Linode Partner Team. We're here to guide you through listing on the Linode Marketplace, and see what opportunities come next.

Once your listing is created, developers, teams, and companies can discover your solution in our library and quickly deploy it from our Cloud Manager, API, or CLI.

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OPEN TALK: Understanding PDF Forms, Their Advantages, and How to Fix Common Issues
Joseph Argento
Joseph Argento
Datalogics, Senior Software Engineer

PDF forms are widely created and used in many facets and applications. You’ve probably seen, filled out, or maybe even created your own PDF Forms for your clients or customers to fill out. In this talk, we’ll cover XFA PDF forms and AcroForms which are the two most common types of PDF Forms. XFA forms were designed to enhance the processing of web forms, however, they are not always compatible with PDF viewers and software. This means that a majority of PDF software does not support the XFA format and you can’t open, view, process, convert or print these forms. So what can you do to fix it? In this presentation, we’ll dive into showcasing PDF forms and their advantages, we’ll also cover XFA forms and explore why they are such a unique PDF Form format, and guide you on how to efficiently work with any PDF forms despite some of their challenges.

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OPEN TALK: Building a Data Plane with K8ssandra, Apache Cassandra on Kubernetes
Chris Bradford
Chris Bradford
DataStax, Product Manager


K8ssandra has made it effortless to deploy Apache Cassandra on Kubernetes. Long a simple means of deploying stateless applications, modern tooling and APIs has facilitated the move of databases to this pervasive platform. Join Chris Bradford in deploying the K8ssandra stack to Kubernetes. Learn how it packages a production Cassandra deployment with supporting tooling alongside Stargate, a next generation data gateway. We will explore everything from the management interfaces leveraged by DevOps teams to performant, highly available, REST, Graph, and Document APIs for developers.

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OPEN TALK: Tackling the Mighty PDF with a Modern API
Ben Ogle
Ben Ogle
Anvil, Co-founder and CTO

PDFs are everywhere but they are painful to deal with and even harder to write code for. We’ll talk about why PDFs are challenging and share a better way to programmatically interact with them.

Come hear about:
* Why PDFs are everywhere (with examples)
* Why PDFs are hard to deal with
* A live demo of the Anvil PDF API—the easiest way to incorporate PDF creation, filling, and signing

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OPEN TALK: Realizing Agility and Velocity with a Neutral Approach to Identity
Chris Gustafson
Chris Gustafson
Okta, Senior Solutions Engineer

Why neutral foundational elements like identity can unlock a future of agility.

Modern applications require neutrality and flexibility. Long gone are the days where a developer could rely upon a single vendor’s technology stack or assume that connecting systems would share the same language, platform, geography or timezone. Organizations have evolved from on-premises, to cloud to multi-cloud strategies and with this complexity comes the added requirement that development go faster, user stories become richer and code lives longer. Teams must demonstrate agility through neutrality in order to achieve increased velocity.

Okta is rooted in the concept that proprietary methods and restrictive ecosystems are contrary to the precepts of the modern developer. In this session, a discussion will revolve around why identity is the common thread that allows for interoperability and extensibility across systems, infrastructure and technologies. Identity isn’t a component of an application, but rather a fundamental attribute of all applications.

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OPEN TALK: Driving Collaboration across Distributed Teams
Jarom Chung
Jarom Chung
Lucid, Director of Product


The future of work has arrived. As product development teams have shifted to working remotely, we’ve had to adjust our processes, communication, and culture. Join Lucidspark to learn how to effectively drive collaboration across distributed teams both now and going forward.