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JAX DevOps London: Infrastructure as Code – Lessons learned from Dev to Ops.


JAX DevOps London is part of the JAX and DevOpsCon group of tech conferences held across Europe. 


I'd heard good things about the JAX conference so I was pleased to have been invited to speak and the feedback was right. I felt that all of the talks were of great quality and the right mix of technology, people and process for the strong technical DevOps audience.


My takeway from the conference was a little bit of science to back up my own speaker claims about DevOps team behaviours.

Helen Beale from Ranger4 took the afternoon keynote on Wednesday with her talk on the NeuroScience of Behaviour which explores the science behind the human brain and how it explains the ways we cope with change, DevOps evolution and facing or running away from blame.



I spoke about Infrastructure as Code and the lessons that I've taken from my years in application development and how we can apply these to Infrastructure code development. By applying the agile principles we can accelerate our adoption of DevOps processes and tools. As IaC developers we should focus on Simplicity (the art of maximising the amount of work not done), Quality, Technical Excellence and exploring our own sense of purpose.


I shared with the JAX DevOps audience some simple ways of testing and linting infrastructure code as part of our CI pipeline and hopefully many of the people in the audience will give it a try and when get back to work.

Other interesting talks from the day included an introduction to ECS, EKS and Fargate from AWS Hero Philipp Garbe, and a real-life example of a DevOps transformation from Michiel Rook. 


But perhaps the most fascinating for me was a talk from security expert Christian Schnieder on seven different areas of application security that we could improve - I learned some great hints on penetration and security testing tools that are free and easy to use and will definitely be looking to apply some of these recommendations. - Emma Button, nubeGO



JAX DevOps is a four-day conference for software experts featuring in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies and methodologies for lean businesses.