PTA: JAMStack (aka serverless) for prototyping /Devops, where do you even start?

Jun 20, 2018 · Centurion, South Africa

· Welcome (start 16h30)

· Lightning talk (start 16h35) - 10min

· Session 1 (start 16h50) - 60 min

Title: Devops, where do you even start?

In this lightning talk we will break "some" of the myths around what
DevOps is, what it's not. Then we will discuss from a developer
perspective how do we get started?
The hope is that this talks sparks a curiosity in DevOps, and in
effect we start building better relationships and add value with
better software.

Facilitator: Lowe Richter

Lowe adds value to a organizations by taking complex real world
problems and creating/finding innovative software solutions to address
these problems.
Very passionate about reducing friction between people and processes
in pursuit of adding Value as soon as it becomes available.
He is a family man, that married his high school sweetheart, and they
have been blessed with a wonderful little boy called Liam.

Title: JAMStack (aka serverless) for prototyping

The JAMStack is a new way to approach creating a website or web application. In the past if you wanted to get something online, you’d have to spin up a server that was always online. If you wanted to keep costs down that server would have to be small, but that meant you couldn’t handle large traffic. If you wanted to scale cost-effectively, that meant you’d have to use someone else’s platform, which meant you lost some control. JAMStack allows you to create full websites that are fully delivered via CDN, but without losing functionality.

I’ve used JAMStack to create this blog, landing pages and product MVPs; I’m even considering using it for a corporate publishing platform. The JAMStack is a very flexible tool that allows you to get your content in front of people, easily. You’re site is made up entirely of static resources that can be delivered through a CDN. If you need more processing, you can then offload those to ‘hosted functions’ like AWS Lambda, Azure Functions or the like.

In this talk I’ll walk through the details of the JAMStack, creation of a site, how to deploy one and building in more complex functionality using Netlify.

Facilitator: Tim Lewis

I am a developer who likes learning and making stuff, so I have a keen interest in taking a wishful idea and shipping it. As a result I've worked across the whole tech stack however the last 3-4 years I've been focused on front-end tech. Professionally, I've worked in risk management and fraud prevention, the health sector, retirement investments, lectured web design and been a web freelancer. In my free time, I practice my design and UI/UX skills and keep a eye on cyber security. When off-line, I am involved in a couple of charities related child protection and education.

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