April 30, 2012
This is where some of my inexperience in the dev side of things shows through... I've played a little bit w/ the Test::* frameworks in Perl, and done even less w/ a few others, but I can't honestly say I've spent a lot of time w/ any of them in any language.
I'm old school, I still prefer perl (I know, I know). But at work we use python, node.js, rails, scala, and java (although I'll admit I don't touch any java).
I've come up through the operations ranks into a leadership role, and so while I've worked hand-in-hand with developers my entire career, and done and led a certain amount of development, it hasn't been a primary focus. I'd love to get more of a jumpstart there, learn about techniques, pitfalls, etc. from people who've spent more time than me in the software development trenches. I'm also interested in networking and learning more about what's going on around me - it's easy to get stuck in a rut with the demands of the job, and I don't want to lose touch with what's out there.
As I mentioned, most of my career I've worked on the operational side, so that's my primary expertise. I'd be willing to contribute.
Git... I've used cvs, svn, and git, and git is super-fast and pretty easy to pick up, once you get the general concept. But any vcs is better than none. :)
I run the DevOps team at Livestream, which includes all of the technical operations as well as some of the back-end and internal tool development for the company.