• Giving devs easy DevOps via Serverless while still maintaining control

    • Agenda: 18:00 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 19:30: Main talk. 19:30 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. • Speaker: Gareth Mc Cumskey has been in web development since the early 2000’s when table based designs and running your own data centers was the thing to do. In 2016, he discovered the power of building Serverless applications and hasn’t looked back; eventually joining the team remotely at Serverless, Inc to help users build and optimise their Serverless applications as a Solutions Architect. He is also based out of Cape Town and spends his off time with his loving wife and two energetic sproglets that keep him on his toes. • Abstract: Serverless as a development pattern is gaining in popularity due to its promise of easing infrastructure burden on developers and accelerating solving business problems. As a DevOps practitioner, you can look to Serverless as a way to allow developers to rapidly build out the solutions they need without hampering with the bottlenecks created through the usual infrastructure provisioning options while still maintaining control over what goes into the cloud. • Venue The new AWS building on the corner of Roeland and McKenzie (old Ferrarri building). • Parking: There is a parkade at Wembley square as well as street parking outside the building. • Sponsors: ScaleConf for sponsoring the snacks & drinks - their CFP is open and looking for more submissions: https://scaleconf.org/submit-talk/ Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers • Code of Conduct Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/

  • Modern App Development in the Cloud

    2U, Cape Town

    Agenda 🗓 ------------------- 18:15 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 19:30: Cobus Bernard 19:35 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. Speaker 👨 ------------------- Cobus Bernard is a Senior Technical Evangelist for AWS looking after Sub-Saharan Africa. In previous lives, he helped organisations implement DevOps best practices, built Java / C# applications and even worked on a game that is available on Steam. Abstract 📢 ------------------- In this talk, we will go over what modern services look like when built for the Cloud. Additionally, why service meshes are popping up everywhere: Consul Connect, Envoy, Likerd are just some examples. We will take a closer look at Envoy and see what kind of challenges it helps solve. Venue 🏢 ------------------- 2U / GetSmarter 2nd Floor, Deneb House, 368 Browning Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925 Parking 🚙 ------------------- Free parking is available in "L ZONE" Groote Schuur. When driving up Browning road (off main road), turn left just after Deneb House. You will see a green gate and security will let you in. Sponsors 💝 ------------------- Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products 2U / GetSmarter for the drinks and pizza. 2U / GetSmarter for the venue. OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers Code of Conduct ✅ ------------------- Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/

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  • Meetup of Meetups: Combining Cape Town DevOps, CTPUG and Women In Tech

    We're trying something different this time. We are teaming the DevOps Cape Town, CTPUG and Women in Tech to try to cross-pollinate each meetup. Agenda 🗓 ------------------- 18:00 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 20:00: Three 20 minute talks. 20:00 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. Talks 📢 ------------------- - Blameless Culture: Keeping promises even when people F*** up bad - Gareth Dwyer Blameless culture in technical teams is a growing trend. I'll talk about taking this to the extreme, focussing on DevOps teams, and ask some questions about how to handle situations where someone has obviously and badly f***ed up (and maybe provide some answers). Even if they don't get blamed, should they at least receive negative feedback as an incentive to not do stupid sh*t again? Maybe not. If you don't enjoy this talk, I am obviously not to blame. - How to power up your Django ORM - Jethro Muller The Django ORM is a powerful tool. However, it is often misunderstood and confusing to debug, optimise, and use effectively. Properly using the Django ORM can lead to incredible speed improvements and allow complicated queries to be expressed simply. In this talk, I’ll discuss common debugging, optimisation, and querying techniques to improve productivity and avoid common pitfalls. - Zindi Data Science Platform - Celina Lee Celina Lee, CEO of Zindi joins us to discuss the platform and how data scientists can find all the tools they need on Zindi to compete, share ideas, hone their skills, build their professional profiles and find career opportunities. Zindi is also a place to access African datasets and solve African problems. Whether you are a veteran or a newbie this exciting new platform is definitely worth exploring. Venue 🏢 ------------------- Takealot 12th Floor, Takealot Building 18a Rua da Gama Plain, Foreshore · Cape Town As you arrive on the 12th floor, to the left is the bar. And to the right is the auditorium. Please visit the bar and have a drink and a light snack (thanks to Takealot's sponsorship). Please be in the auditorium at about 18:45 for the talk. * Street parking on - Hertzog Blvd on the Auto Atlantic side - DF Malan on both sides of the street by the Artscape - Rua Bartholomeu Dias Plain - Salazar Plain * Secure parking in - Auto Atlantic parking ~R10/hour - Media 24 parking next to Salazar Plain ~R30 - Netcare / Virgin Active parking (access via DF Malan) "Not sure on price" Please see the map here: https://imgur.com/7bAKHtp Sponsors 💝 ------------------- Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products Takealot for the drinks. Takealot for the venue. OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers Code of Conduct ✅ ------------------- Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/

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  • The meatware, it stinks - DevOps, product thinking, and cloud native

    • Agenda: 18:00 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 19:30: Main talk. 19:30 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. • Speaker: Michael Coté works at Pivotal on the advocate team. He’s been an industry analyst at RedMonk and 451 Research, worked in corporate strategy and M&A at Dell in software and cloud, and was a programmer for a decade before all that. He does several weekly (mostly) tech podcasts, writes a column on Agile & DevOps for The Register, blogs at Cote.io, and is @cote in Twitter. • Abstract: The cliche we all recite that technology isn’t the problem, culture is. Put another way, if the hardware and software are fine and fresh, it must be the meatware that smells. Come hear several de-funking recipes from enterprises whose meat now smells proper. • Venue The new AWS building on the corner of Roeland and McKenzie (old Ferrarri building). • Parking: There is a parkade at Wembley square as well as street parking outside the building. • Sponsors: Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers • Code of Conduct Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/

  • Devops and Serverless: Strange Bedfellows

    Takealot

    • Agenda: 18:00 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 19:30: Main talk. 19:30 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. • Speaker: Gareth McCumskey Gareth has been a web developer for nearly 20 years and the last 3 has been spent building multiple serverless applications on AWS. Having moved to Cape Town over 4 years ago now with his wife, he has become a permanent fixture and does his serverless best at RunwaySale in Woodstock as a Senior Developer. • Talk synopsis: In a world where serverless is becoming more popular, where does devops fit into the picture when there "are no servers" • Venue Takealot 12th Floor, Takealot Building 18a Rua da Gama Plain, Foreshore · Cape Town As you arrive on the 12th floor, to the left is the bar. And to the right is the auditorium. Please visit the bar and have a drink and a light snack (thanks to Takealot's sponsorship). Please be in the auditorium at about 18:45 for the talk. * Street parking on - Hertzog Blvd on the Auto Atlantic side - DF Malan on both sides of the street by the Artscape - Rua Bartholomeu Dias Plain - Salazar Plain * Secure parking in - Auto Atlantic parking ~R10/hour - Media 24 parking next to Salazar Plain ~R30 - Netcare / Virgin Active parking (access via DF Malan) "Not sure on price" Please see the map here: https://imgur.com/7bAKHtp • Sponsors: Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products Takealot for the drinks. Takealot for the venue. OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers • Code of Conduct Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/

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  • Building Useful Things with Hacky Connections Between GCP and AWS

    • Agenda: 18:00 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 19:30: Main talk. 19:30 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. • Speaker: Gareth Dwyer Gareth studied computer science at Rhodes University, along with classical music and philosophy, because Grahamstown is that kind of place. He worked at AWS for a while, and then escaped back into academia for a two-year Master’s programme which he used to see Germany and the Netherlands while trying to figure out how machine learning and NLP work (and to collect more pieces of dead tree with his name on them). He is now attempting to lead technology at CoGrammar, an EdTech startup in Cape Town and London, where he works on software engineering, “management”, and code review, while keeping the servers running on the side. He also wrote a non-best selling book (“Flask by Example”) and does technical writing at night. You can find him around most of the usual places as @sixhobbits • Talk synopsis: DevOps can sometimes mean Doing Things With Technology That Should Never Be Done, because, hey, you’re not “just” a dev - you’re also involved in Operations, so you’re more aware of the non-theoretical, boring constraints like time and cost. If that description of DevOps doesn’t scare you away, come listen to me talk about how I implemented some things with SES, Google Scripts, AWS Lambda in a way that I never wanted to admit to, but which proved fairly useful. This is a safe space right? • Venue Takealot 12th Floor, Takealot Building 18a Rua da Gama Plain, Foreshore · Cape Town As you arrive on the 12th floor, to the left is the bar. And to the right is the auditorium. Please visit the bar and have a drink and a light snack (thanks to Takealot's sponsorship). Please be in the auditorium at about 18:45 for the talk. * Street parking on - Hertzog Blvd on the Auto Atlantic side - DF Malan on both sides of the street by the Artscape - Rua Bartholomeu Dias Plain - Salazar Plain * Secure parking in - Auto Atlantic parking ~R10/hour - Media 24 parking next to Salazar Plain ~R30 - Netcare / Virgin Active parking (access via DF Malan) "Not sure on price" Please see the map here: https://imgur.com/7bAKHtp • Sponsors: Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products Takealot for the drinks. Takealot for the venue. OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers • Code of Conduct Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/

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  • End of year social

    The Fat Cactus

    End of year social at Fat Cactus on Park road. Come join us for for some casual discussions to end off the year. People will be there from 6pm till late. You're welcome to arrive when you want (to avoid traffic) Since this is at a restaurant, please only RSVP if you *will* be attending. We've got to make a booking at the restaurant.

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  • Three Pillars of Kubernetes Observability with the Elastic Stack

    • Agenda: 18:00 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 19:30: Main talk. 19:30 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. • Speaker: Eric Westberg Eric is a Solutions Architect in the NEMEA team and based in Stockholm, Sweden. Eric spends most of his time supporting users and customers in the Nordic region. Before joining Elastic in 2017, Eric was working at Ericsson in Silicon Valley, where he used the Elastic stack in Ericsson for a multiscreen TV solution SaaS product. • Talk synopsis: Kubernetes is becoming increasingly popular. While Kubernetes can dramatically simplify the task of application deployment in containers, it also adds new set of complexity for the day-to-day tasks of managing application performance, gaining visibility into services. In the dynamic world of microservices, containers and Kubernetes, traditional monitoring solutions is no longer sufficient to provide needed visibilities to maintain healthy and happy environments and applications. Instead, we need insights from all three pillars of observability: logging, metrics and tracing. In this talk, we will cover: • Logging • Monitoring • Tracing • Power of auto-discovery • Sponsors: Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products Elastic for the drinks, food, and swag. Travelstart for the venue. OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers • Code of Conduct Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/

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  • Talk from Gitlab

    Takealot

    • Agenda: 18:00 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 19:30: Main talk. 19:30 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. • Speaker: Matija Čupić - After a quick splurge in academia, and a gold medal in Computer Science at the International Conference for Young Scientists 2016, Matija completely he refocused his attention towards the software engineering industry. He started working as a Community Advocate at GitLab with a mission to cultivate and reshape GitLab’s online community. After a year he wanted to ramp up his engineering experienced so he worked towards transitioning to a developer role. In January 2018 he transferred to the CI/CD team as a Developer where he works to make sure Gitlab's CI offering remains the best one on the market. • Topic: To be decided. • Sponsors: Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products Takealot for the drinks and venue. OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers • Code of Conduct Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/ • Parking * Street parking on - Hertzog Blvd on the Auto Atlantic side - DF Malan on both sides of the street by the Artscape - Rua Bartholomeu Dias Plain - Salazar Plain * Secure parking in - Auto Atlantic parking ~R10/hour - Media 24 parking next to Salazar Plain ~R30 - Netcare / Virgin Active parking (access via DF Malan) "Not sure on price" Please see the map here: https://imgur.com/7bAKHtp

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  • Istio and Kubernetes

    Takealot

    • Agenda: 18:00 - 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people. 18:45 - 19:30: Main talk. 19:30 - 21:00: Continue chatting & networking. • Speaker: Mete is a Developer Advocate at Google, focused on helping developers with Google Cloud. As a long-time Java and C# developer, he likes to compare the two ecosystems. Prior to Google, he worked at Microsoft, Skype, Adobe, EMC, and Nokia building apps and services on various web, mobile and cloud platforms. Originally from the island of Cyprus, he currently lives in Greenwich of London, not too far away from the prime meridian. • Topic: Istio on Kubernetes. • Sponsors: Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers • Code of Conduct Please see our Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/ • Parking * Street parking on - Hertzog Blvd on the Auto Atlantic side - DF Malan on both sides of the street by the Artscape - Rua Bartholomeu Dias Plain - Salazar Plain * Secure parking in - Auto Atlantic parking ~R10/hour - Media 24 parking next to Salazar Plain ~R30 - Netcare / Virgin Active parking (access via DF Malan) "Not sure on price" Please see the map here: https://imgur.com/7bAKHtp

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