DeveloperWeek New York 2020 DeveloperWeek New York 2020

DevOps, Performance & Digital Transformation

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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OPEN TALK: Aspirational Analytics: The Pathway to Embedded Analytics That Scale
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Natasha Callender
Natasha Callender
Logi Analytics, Solutions Engineer


Analytics should be more than a buzzword used to sell your application - it should be an experience.

Building an insight-driven application shouldn't take up half your roadmap. Learn how you can easily use different disparate data sources to develop a modern and beautifully designed dashboard that can be easily embedded into applications.

We’ll dive into how you can use platforms to seamlessly embed an analytics experience, and also how you can aim for aspirational analytics using REACT or more modern architecture frameworks.

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OPEN TALK: The Open-Source Observability Playbook
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Hen Peretz
Hen Peretz
Epsagon, Solutions Architecture Lead

Observability contains many aspects - metrics, logging, tracing, alerts, and more. There are so many open-source tools to accomplish these tasks but which are considered the right ones? And what are the best practices?
In this session, we’ll discuss why observability within distributed systems is essential to understand how your application is performing and ensure reliability at all times. We’ll also review the most popular open-source monitoring tools, and explain the Whys, Whats, and Hows in your observability journey.OPEN TALK: The Open-Source Observability Playbook

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Build a Full-Stack Serverless Application on Azure
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Jason Specland
Jason Specland
Microsoft, Cloud Solution Architect

You want to build great cloud-native applications. You don’t want to bother with cumbersome server infrastructure. Microsoft Azure offers a host of serverless choices, but where to start? In this session, we will explore the “bread and butter” serverless offerings that form the building blocks of most applications. We’ll take a deep dive into an open source content management system that was built serverless from the ground up on Azure. We’ll start with Azure Functions and humble Storage Accounts, and we’ll progress all the way to worldwide Content Delivery Networks. Together, we’ll build a complete, full-stack application without provisioning a single server.

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How to Become a Great Developer: Case Studies of How Individuals Rose from Nowhere to Become Experts
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Wilson Mar
Wilson Mar
International consulting firm, DevSecOps leader

After mentoring many developers over the years, I summarized the advice into a trending article on LinkedIn. Here are case studies of how individuals rose from nowhere to become experts.

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Seeing RED: Multi-Dimensional Monitoring for the Real World
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Dave McAllister
Dave McAllister
Splunk, Technical Evangelist

RED (Rates, Errors, Duration) is a spinoff from Google’s Golden Signals designed for monitoring microservices. However, RED use has clearly demonstrated that the applicability is applicable to any services-based architecture.

With RED, unlike the modern belief in observability, your architecture is watched from aspects of multiple dimensions. You receive alerts and indications not just from anomalies, but also from headache alerts. By seeing multiple dimensions of concerns, be they failures in service or activity to close to the edge of capability, these combined monitors and deep-dive, focused access get you to your root cause faster, with less false positives and quicker resolution.

Join Dave McAllister as he explores a RED driven analysis of an active application environment.

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Advancing by Open Source: How to Get to CI/CD
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Tracy Miranda
Tracy Miranda
Continuous Delivery Foundation, Executive Director

The open source software community continuously supports and advances the adoption of CI/CD best practices and toolsets.

For example, the CD Foundation serves as a vendor-neutral home of many software projects within CI/CD space, such as:

1) Jenkins X, a Kubernetes-native continuous delivery solution for cloud applications. This project uses a completely new architecture and code base in comparison with the original Jenkins project.

2) Spinnaker, an open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery
platform.

3) The Tekton Pipelines project, which provides Kubernetes-style custom resources for declaring continuous integration and delivery pipelines. Spinnaker can use Tekton as its pipeline engine.

4) And more

What’s more is that the open source community is helping to define shared terminology, open standards, and abstractions for CI/CD to help enterprises increase performance and software delivery. These resources help to assist with interoperability between CI/CD components, and also promote innovation in the areas that can provide the most value to the business.

This talk outlines important initiatives taking place and ways to tap into community resources and get involved so we can all work together to accelerate CI/CD adoption around the world.

Attendees will learn:
- A brief overview of multiple open source projects and how the community is working toward interoperability between them to serve as a model for the future of software.
- Take a look at the goals of the open source community today and key initiatives such as CI/CD landscape, security, diversity and MPs.
- How to get involved in open source projects to drive forward the direction of CI/CD and make software delivery better for everyone.

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DevOps for Developers (or Maybe against Them?!)
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Baruch Sadogursky
Baruch Sadogursky
JFrog, Head of DevOps Advocacy

"DevOps" is the operations people’s crafty plan to make developers do other people's work, but we are smart enough to see right through this naive rebranding trick!

Baruch suggests you think about it: we, the developers, have written all the code. It passes all the tests; it obviously works, and works well (Are we a little proud? We are!); so we are DONE.

Now, out of the blue, a bunch of "thought leaders" (all with an operations background, mind you!) are trying to tell us that we have to learn YAML, Docker, Kubernetes and Terraform to deploy our software because suddenly it is our concern?!

In this talk, we'll discuss why developers do or don’t need DevOps. We'll consider arguments made by DevOps visionaries and see whether they hold water. Hopefully, by the end of the talk, we'll understand whether DevOps really helps developers to deploy better code to production more often, or if it is just another scam made up by marketing and evangelists.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

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OPEN TALK: Search and Extract: Optimized Document Processing with iText pdf2Data and pdfOCR
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Cal Reynolds
Cal Reynolds
iText Software, Software Engineer
Michael Demey
Michael Demey
iText Software, Research Engineer

In this talk we will demo an optimized PDF workflow using pdfOCR to recognize data in PDF documents, and pdf2Data to extract selected data from your OCR search. The beauty of using pdf2Data in this way is it can pick up exactly where pdfOCR leaves off, allowing you to both recognize and extract all kinds of data from PDF documents that would otherwise be inaccessible.
pdf2Data is our iText 7 add-on for smart data extraction from PDF documents. It’s tailored especially for extracting hard to reach data locked inside PDFs, and it fits neatly into the iText 7 ecosystem. The cherry on top? Anyone can quickly create a template for data extraction using the sleek user interface, with no need to tediously define document structures programmatically. Let the template designer assist you in creating your data extraction templates; no coding required!
If you haven’t tried it already, we’d like to give you a quick tour of its capabilities, while also demonstrating how it’s a great companion for our pdfOCR add-on.

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OPEN TALK: Context Switching Is Hurting Developer Productivity. Here Is How to Fix It
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Peter Pezaris
Peter Pezaris
CodeStream, CEO and Founder


Context switching between your IDE, Github.com, JIRA, Terminal, and Slack is no way to optimize collaboration and it results in countless hours of distraction and lack of focus, hurting code quality. Team alignment and productivity depend on just the right mix of collaboration and staying in the zone. Extensible IDEs are opening the door to great innovation in developer workflow. Turning the IDE into the true Hub of the development flow is the best way to integrate the essential tools into a cohesive and streamlined process. In the future, your code host, issue tracker and messaging app will be placed where they belong: In your editor. Here we will discuss how such an integration should happen, and we will spell out the benefits that accrue to the individual developer, the team and the organization.

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TDD and Refactoring with Confidence
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Ethan Fox
Ethan Fox
Capsule, Software Engineer

Oftentimes, we as software engineers can get "bogged down" working on complicated legacy code. As a result, it may be hard to improve our system when it comes time to write new features that add value to the business. When is the right time to dedicate resources to a refactor? How do you solidify a system that may be difficult for your engineers to understand?

In this session, we explore Capsule's use case for refactoring by taking a closer look at managing rejected claims. We will evaluate reasons for performing a refactor by way of Test-Driven Development. Most importantly, we will highlight the value-add from coupling our code with key business outcomes in order to increase comprehension of the story our code tells us.