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Workshop: Introduction to Docker and Containers

Location: Seacliff CD

Duration: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Day of week: Thursday

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites

  • Basic familiarity with the Linux command-line
  • Applicable to all programming languages and frameworks
  • No prior knowledge of containers is necessary
  • You don't need to pre-install Docker for this course

In this hands-on tutorial, we will dive in containers and see Docker in action. We will run our first containers, create our own images, connect multiple services together to form complex stacks, learn best practices to write Dockerfiles, and learn essential concepts along the way.

This tutorial is relevant for both developers and sysadmins. If you have heard about Docker and containers, but haven't much (or any!) experience yet, this will get you started with a fast-paced, hands-on introduction.

No previous knowledge of Docker or containers is required, but you will need some basic UNIX command-line skills. It is recommended that you know how to use a UNIX editor (like vi or emacs). You won't need to pre-install Docker before the course: each student will be given credentials to connect to an individual virtual machine. So all you need is a computer with a SSH client!

Speaker: Alan Blount

Software Engineer @Google

Alan Blount has been a web application developer since 2000 and loves learning and teaching tech skill (aka. superpowers).   

Before starting at Google as a Sr. Technical Solutions Consultant, Alan worked as a Tech Lead (and a variety of other titles) for eltoro.com and alliedhealtmedia.com - helping build startups into successful companies and working in many different technologies and infrastructures.  Development was mostly web-based scripting languages, monoliths, microservices, and ETL. Infrastructure became DevOps with configuration management, cloud deployments, and containerized orchestration.
Alan cares about “the craft of software development” and firmly believes that anyone who wants to, can learn the tools of the trade.  The most important traits are enthusiasm, curiosity, and imagination.  

Current topics Alan is excited about are Elixir/Go, Docker+Kubernetes, and machine learning w/ TensorFlow.  He is an evangelist for many technologies and processes including git, React, Node, Docker, DevOps / CI / CD, microservices & serverless, ETL, Testing / TDD / BDD.   

When not on a computer, Alan and family like to hike, camp, rock climb, and play ultimate frisbee, ping-pong, and board games. Alan recently moved to Boulder Colorado, and is looking forward to snowboarding this winter.

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Tracks

Monday, 11 November

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Next-gen architectures from the most admired companies in software, such as Netflix, Google, Facebook, Twitter, & more

  • Languages of Infrastructure

    This track explores languages being used to code the infrastructure. Expect practices on toolkits and languages like Cloudformation, Terraform, Python, Go, Rust, Erlang.

  • Building & Scaling High-Performing Teams

    To have a high-performing team, everybody on it has to feel and act like an owner. Organizational health and psychological safety are foundational underpinnings to support ownership.

  • Bare Knuckle Performance

    Killing latency and getting the most out of your hardware

  • Ethics, Regulation, Risk, and Compliance

    With so much uncertainty, how do you bulkhead your organization and technology choices? Learn strategies for dealing with uncertainty.

  • Software Supply Chain

    Life of a software artifact from commit to deployment. Security, observability and provenance of the software supply chain.

Tuesday, 12 November

Wednesday, 13 November