Our Next Meeting
When: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Place: CenturyLink Auditorium Directions: 
Title: Clouds & Containers: Hit the High Points and Give it to Me Straight
Presented By: Mark Heckler, Jennifer Reif
About the Presentation: As developers, we hear a non-stop stream of technical-but-marketing messages for containers, orchestration tools, and cloud services. There is extensive overlap in these areas with regard to both means and ends, and it's time to clear the fog and get to the bottom of things. This talk will give a quick overview from a hardcore developer's perspective of the following topics:

  • How can I use containers to develop better software?
  • What are orchestration tools? Do I need to consider/use them?
  • How do cloud/PaaS options compare? What are the tradeoffs?
  • What is the difference?
  • Why should I care? (Or should I?)

  • In this session, the presenter discusses several of these technologies, compares them, and _deploys real applications to them LIVE_ to demonstrate subtle differences and tradeoffs each choice imposes upon developers, for better or worse. Come to this session to level up on containers, clouds, and developing real production software, regardless of where or how you deploy it.

    Audience Takeaways/Learning Outcomes

    Participants will learn:

  • how to use containers to develop better software
  • what orchestration tools are available
  • what cloud/PaaS options are available
  • what are the differences/tradeoffs
  • why they should care!

  • Prerequisite Knowledge:

    Knowledge of containers and/or PaaS platforms is helpful, but not required.

    About the Presenters: Mark Heckler is a Pivotal Principal Technologist & Developer Advocate, conference speaker, published author, & Java Champion focusing upon developing innovative production-ready software at velocity for the Cloud and IoT applications. He has worked with key players in the manufacturing, retail, medical, scientific, telecom, and financial industries and various public sector organizations to develop and deliver critical capabilities on time and on budget. Mark is an open source contributor and author/curator of a developer-focused blog (http://www.thehecklers.org) and an occasionally interesting Twitter account (@MkHeck).

    Jennifer Reif is a Programmer Analyst II at Edward Jones in St. Louis, MO. She holds a Masterís degree in Computer Management and Information Systems and is PMP certified. She works with a variety of commercial and open source tools and enjoys learning new technologies, sometimes on a daily basis! Her passion is finding ways to organize chaos and deliver software more effectively.
    Schedule of Events
    We meet on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Attendance is free, and you do not need to sign up -- just show up!
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    April 2017 Clouds & Containers: Hit the High Points and Give it to Me Straight,
    Mark Heckler(Pivotal), Jennifer Reif(Edward Jones)
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