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All Roads Lead to DevOps

Today it is hard to imagine that fifteen years ago agile development was a niche approach, considered too radical to be used in the mainstream. Similarly, when the DevOps movement started about five years ago only a small number of innovative organisations took note. They quickly gained competetive advantages, which then led to more and more interest in the movement.

Erik will talk about experiences organisations have made with DevOps. He will discuss processes, tools, and organisational structures that led to the successful merging of development and operations capabilities, and he will describe how DevOps fits with other trends such as Microservices and Public Clouds. All of this forms a picture that allows only one conclusion: sooner or later all successful organisations will move to a DevOps model.

Architecture without Architects

The title software architect comes with many connotations, and often these are not good. Developers think of hand-waivers who inhabit ivory towers and have forgotten how to write code. Project managers think of technologists who are chasing perfection in initiatives that are serving obscure technical purposes. Yet, for the success of any software project architecture is crucial. In this talk Erik will present his experience on how to address this issue, introducing techniques that help teams come up with good designs and sustainable architectures without the need for a superstar architect. Topics include evolutionary architecture, the seductive power of abstractions, vertical slicing, software visualisations, and the need to experience the consequences of decisions.

Patterns for Micro Frontends

Architectures based on microservices have spread rapidly in the past few years. Organisations are drawn to the promise of independent evolvability, which allows to reduce cycle time and scale development. At the same time in many software solutions the majority of the codebase is now running in the web browser, which leads to an often underestimated challenge: the software design of the frontends. All too often teams have well-structured services running on the servers but a big, entangled monolith in the browser.

In this talk Erik describes a number patterns, harvested from practical use, that allow teams to avoid the dreaded frontend monolith, and build software solutions that fully deliver on the promise of microservices. The patterns range from the simple, using edge-side includes to do dynamic, yet cacheable, server-side composition to the complex, including an example of how to compose a React application inside the web-browser.

Ready for Rust

In the StackOverflow developer survey Rust has been the "most loved" programming language for three years in a row (2016-2018). Time to see why Mozilla's creation is so popular. In this talk you'll encounter examples of Rust that show its core features. As someone who has worked in a number of programming languages Erik will also highlight where Rust is different and what that means for concrete applications. You'll also get a glimpse of the growing ecosystem around Rust.

Other Talks

More talks are listed on this page. These talks might still be interesting to watch (where videos are available). They would need an update for me to give them again.