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Top 5 announcements from AWS re:Invent 2018

AWS re:Invent has just completed. It was a huge event with 50,000+ attendees across 7 of the biggest hotels in Vegas, and many new service announcements.

Serverless continue to get lots of attention with new lambda enhancements and better container support. The “hybrid” model of using your own datacenter in conjunction with a cloud provider has been fully embraced by AWS with the new “Outposts” capabilities. Machine learning also got much love with several new services using and supporting it. Read on for my top picks from this week’s announcements…

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Service Mesh: Istio and AWS App Mesh

One of the big announcements at AWS re:Invent this week was the AWS App Mesh.

Before talking about it though, let’s look at what the heck a mesh is anyway…

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Talk summary: Realizing the Microservices Vision with Service Mesh by Arijit Mukherji

Some note on the talk “Fully Realizing the Microservices Vision with Service Mesh” by Arijit Mukherji of SignalFx at AWS re:Invent 2018 (DEV312)

Find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTHhsbKfpWg

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Talk summary: SRE principles by Tori Wieldt @ AWS re:Invent 2018

I caught a talk by Tori Wieldt at the New Relic booth at AWS re:Invent on “SRE principles”. Even though it was a short talk in the expo hall, rather than a formal scheduled one, it had a ton of good SRE material.

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AWS Re:Invent 2018 Keynote announcements

Highlights from today’s 2018 AWS Re:Invent Keynote by CTO Werner Vogel.

 

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Intellij Maven folders

I haven’t been coding a lot recently, and when I spun up a new maven spring boot project and imported in to IntelliJ, I got confused about which folders are supposed to be marked as source (src, src/main or src/main/java?) and test (src/test or src/test/java?).

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Talk summary: Reactive DDD by Vaughn Vernon @ QCon2018

Some notes on the “Reactive DDD – When Concurrent Waxes Fluent” talk by Vaughn Vernon (author of Implementing Domain-Driven Design) at QCon 2018. (Currently I think you need to be logged in as a ticket holder to see the talk – I will post a link if it becomes public)

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Testing in Production Presentation – SVCC 2018

The following post is essentially a written version of the Testing in production talk I gave at Silicon Valley Code Camp 2018. You can find the presentation deck here at slideshare.

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Talk summary: Chaos Engineering by Adrian Cockroft @ ChaosConf18

Title: Chaos Engineering – What is it, where did it come from, and where might it be going?

Speaker: Adrian Cockcroft (AWS VP Cloud Architecture Strategy)

Conference: Chaos Conference 2018 (http://chaosconf.io/)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cefJd2v037U

The following are some brief notes and slide summaries from Adrian’s keynote at ChaosConf 2018…

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Notes from TechKnowCon 2018

I attended TechKnowCon (https://techknowcon.splashthat.com/) this week. I enjoyed the  conference a lot. It centered around the theme of continuous learning, and how to instill a learning culture in your work environment. There were 2 talks in particular that I got a lot from, “Teach Like an Engineer” and “Peer learning at scale”…

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Dev Environment Setup

This post covers some of the basic steps I need to do each time to setup my dev environment on a new mac. I use this post in conjunction with the mac tools post.

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Book summary: Distributed Systems Observability

“Distributed Systems Observability” is a book from Cindy Sridharan (find her on twitter, and medium), available as a free download here (registration required). At a little over 30 pages and 8,000 words, it is not a difficult read, and I definitely recommend it.

 

 

 

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Testing in Production

“Testing in production” used to be a joke. The implication was that by claiming to test in production, you didn’t really test anywhere, and instead just winged it: deploying to production and hoping that it all worked. Times have changed however, and testing in production is becoming accepted as a best practice.

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Book summary: Chaos Engineering

Chaos Engineering“Chaos Engineering” is a book from O’Reilly (free download), written by folks from the “The Chaos team” at Netflix. It is a GREAT read for anyone interested in resilience engineering. This post is essentially a cut and paste of the most salient parts (the original is about 16,000 words; this is about 3,000), with some paraphrasing and merging/rewriting of sections for brevity.

 

 

 

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Talk summary: How Complex Systems Fail by Dr Richard Cook @ Velocity 2012

“How Complex Systems Fail” is a talk by Dr Richard Cook at Velocity 2012.

I’ve included a link to the video on YouTube below, and some of my key takeaway points.

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