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The random thoughts of Richard Fennell on technology and software development

Devils with Arms and Cats - the new name for DevOps?

Great day at DDDNorth yesterday, hope everyone enjoyed it. Thanks to all the team who helped during the preparation and on the day.

The slides from Rik Hepworth and my presentation on ‘Living the dream - Real world DevOps with Azure and VSTS’ are up at Github

We were a late stand in session  to cover for a presenter who could not attend on the day. So I hope it was not too much of let down, that we were not the speaker on the agenda, covered a different subject and did not match the title the spell checker converted out session title too. Though ‘Devils with Arms and Cats’  is maybe a good term for DevOps?

As to the grok talk I did at lunchtime on developing VSTS extension with VS Code, there are no slides; but look at these past posts, building VSTS tasks with Powershell and putting a release process around vsts extension development they are on similar subjects.

I am speaking at Microsoft UK TechDays Online event on Azure DevTest Labs

The registration link for Microsoft UK TechDays Online is now live. This is a 5 day event live broadcast from the Microsoft Campus in Reading. You will be able to view the sessions live at https://channel9.msdn.com/

The themes for each day are:

  • Monday, 12 September: Explore the world of Data Platform and BOTs
  • Tuesday, 13 September: DevOps in practice
  • Wednesday, 14 September: A day at the Office!
  • Thursday, 15 September: The inside track on Azure and UK Datacenter
  • Friday, 16 September: Find out more about Artificial Intelligence

I am doing a session on the Thursday on Azure DevTest Labs.

Hope you find time to watch some or all of the events. For more details see the registration link

Follow up from my session at the Black Marble Tech Update 2016

There have been some requests for more information about the areas I convered in my presentation at the Black Marble Tech Update 2016 that we held last week.

I could send out slides, but I think it is far more useful to point you at the ‘live’ resource on the Internet. The key reason for this is that the whole of the Visual Studio family is now being released at a ‘cloud cadence’ i.e. new features are appearing rapidly, so anything I write will soon be out of date. Better to look at the live sources where possible.

Hope you find these useful pointers

My DDDNorth session on Technical Debt and SonarQube

Thanks to everyone who came to my session at DDDNorth on SonarQube, hope you found it useful. The links to resources for my session are

And you can find my slides on my GitHub repo https://github.com/rfennell/Presentations

Speaking at Leeds DevOps on the 21st of July

I will be speaking at Leeds DevOps on the 21st of July on the subject of Desired State Configuration (DSC).

‘In the Windows world, due to its API based architecture, deployment is too often not as simple as copying an EXE and updating a text configuration file. Desired State Configuration is an attempt to ease the pain we suffer in this space. Providing a set of tools that can be leveraged by any set of deployment tools whether in a Windows or heterogeneous environment. In this session we will look at what DSC is, what resource are available and how to write your own’.

The event is at the The Node in Leeds, tickets are free and are available over on Eventbrite or meetup.com