October 12, 2021
Los Angeles, California + Virtual
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Tuesday, October 12 • 1:20pm - 1:50pm
From Villains to Heroes: How an Improved DX Has Made Our Devs Happy-ish- Patricia Gaughen & Ana-Maria Cālin, InfluxData

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Developer Experience or DX is one of those terms that has become a dirty buzzword in recent years. Dirty because we all try to provide a good DX but we rarely achieve it. And as system engineers, we know that devs can be a tough crowd to please at times. In late 2019, InfluxData launched their Cloud 2.0 time-series database - a SAAS offering running on top of Kubernetes that is continuously delivered, with multiple commits landing in production daily. Since then, they’ve added several regions and Cloud providers, in addition to deploying many more services. Ana and Pat’s team support a wide variety of devs - from UI to low-level storage devs with different levels of Kubernetes knowledge. This talk will describe their journey going from villains to heroes - changing the way their devs test application code deployed with Kubernetes. They’ll share how transitioning from using local `kind` and Docker Engine for testing software changes, to using a dedicated remote Kubernetes cluster with garden.io and telepresence.io made their devs happy. They’ll also provide technical details of the setup and how their solution addresses the 4 different pillars of a good DX: “Function”, “Stability”, “Ease of use” and “Clarity”.

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Ana-Maria Cālin

Senior Software Engineer, InfluxData
Ana is a Senior Software Engineer at Influxdata. As a Software Engineer Ana deploys and maintains all of the application components that make up Influxdb Cloud as well as working on the CI/CD pipeline, responding to incidents, and making sure all of the different regions supported... Read More →

Patricia Gaughen

Senior Engineering Manager, InfluxData
Pat Gaughen leads the engineering team that deploys our Cloud 2 SAAS offering into the clouds. She's passionate about software at scale, unicorns and working with amazing people from all over the world. Before she joined InfluxData, she worked at Canonical and the IBM Linux Technology... Read More →

Tuesday October 12, 2021 1:20pm - 1:50pm PDT
Petree Hall D + Online