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CodeStock 2022 is in the Books

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So, CodeStock 2022 happened earlier this month. It was the first conference I've been able to attend in person since DevUp in 2019. In addition, it was the first time some of my coworkers had been able to meet in person since having been hired on during COVID.

Here are my notes from some of the sessions I attended:

The Immutable Laws of Software and Life: Code Accordingly (from Cory House)

This session was really good. Anyone that has heard Cory won't be surprised by that.

He shared a variety of "laws" about software development, organizations, and more. A few include laws like "The Law of Ecology," "Conway's Law," "Goodhart's Law" and more.

Something that I took away from it was the question: “what do I have to give up to do this?”

See his tweet and slides up at https://twitter.com/housecor/status/1512391993963565060.

Leadership Guide for the Reluctant Leader (from David Neal)

David Neal is one of the most inspiring and positive people in the tech industry... and likely even outside of the industry. I don't know what more to say. Thanks David!

See David's slides here: https://speakerdeck.com/reverentgeek/leadership-guide-for-the-reluctant-leader-codestock-2022

(quick aside, I didn't get to see his JavaScript talk on the Past, Present and Future of JavaScript but I still had some laugh out loud moments looking through his slides.)

Realizing The Benefits Of Container DevSecOps With AWS (from James Strong)

James has some great resources that he has put together... see the following links that I put down while listening:

I even won his book!

Monitoring and Troubleshooting with Azure Application Insights (from Chris Ayers)

Chris's App Insights presentation was great! My only complaint? I already had worked with just about everything he covered. I guess it is validating to know that I do know a decent amount about a topic, though.

A Tour of Go for the C# Developer (from Jeremy Clark)

I've only spent a cursory amount of time with Go, so Jeremy's talk was good. I appreciated him calling out things that would catch a C# dev, too.

His presentation is up at https://github.com/jeremybytes/go-for-csharp-dev-2022.

At The Helm of Kubernetes: Repeatable Infrastructure Creation for Mere Mortals (from Rob Richardson)

Rob's Helm presentation was good at getting to the basics of Helm. To be honest, most of my helm usage has been more in terms of using helm charts that were already packaged, so it was good for me in terms of learning what the core parts of helm are.

I would have appreciated more discussion around the Gitops side of using Helm - as in, what is a good industry practice for having apps that are managed via Helm automatically deployed in a CICD fashion.

See his slides up at https://robrich.org/presentation/2022/04/08/at-the-helm-of-kubernetes.aspx.

Outside of Sessions

My favorite part of CodeStock was honestly getting to spend time with my coworkers in person. I've felt pretty disconnected from them over the last two years, so it was good to actually see them. Turns out, we're a fun bunch to hang out with!