November 8th & 9th, 2024
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Devops: A History

SeaGL 2019

In the midst of buzzwords like “devops”, “containers”, “continuous delivery”, “IAAS”, and even “cloud” it can be easy to forget the problems these concept were created to solve. It is impossible to fully understand DevOps as it is now without understanding where it came from. This talk will take you through a journey of each stage of the DevOps movement - from the very beginning to the most bleeding edge tools and concepts of today. At each stage I will thoroughly cover the “how” and “why” - including personal testimonials from those involved - Devops evolved the way it did. Go beyond the buzzwords and gain a new understanding of the how and why of Devops. You will walk away with a new understanding of why we used to do things - what problems we were trying to solve, what brought DevOps to where it is now, and it’s potential for the future.


Nell Shamrell

Nell Shamrell,

Nell Shamrell-Harrington is a Principal Software Engineer at Chef and core maintainer of the Habitat Open Source project. She is also CTO of Operation Code - a non-profit dedicated to teaching software engineer skills to Veterans that heavily creates and uses open source. Additionally, she has been a technology volunteer for multiple political campaigns. She specializes in Chef, Ruby, Rails, Rust, DevOps, and Regular Expressions and has traveled the world speaking on these topics. Prior to entering the world of software development, she studied and worked in the field of Theatre. The world of theatre prepared her well for the dynamic world of creating software applications - especially in the Open Source world. In both Theatre and Software Development she strives to create a cohesive and extraordinary experience. In her free time she enjoys practicing the martial art Naginata.