The 2018 iteration of the Edinburgh DevOps days was held Nov 1 and 2
at Dynamic Earth, which has wonderful views of Arthur’s Seat and the
Scottish Parliament. I had the pleasure of representing NCR Edinburgh, who was a sponsor of the event. Additionally, we had a couple of colleagues from our NCR Dublin office in and it was great to catch up with people I usually only see on video conference calls. Moreover, I was able to catch up with many friends from the development scene in Edinburgh.

The general shape of the day was talks in the morning followed by unconference in the afternoon. Two talks really stood out to me. First was “Making Disaster Routine”. This covers the idea from commercial airlines of making check-lists for various scenarios and practicing them. Often, we create disaster recovery or disaster planning but we never practice these. To make disaster routine and increase the likelihood of a successful disaster recovery event, practicing these is of critical importance. If we do not practice our plans, people will be more prone to panic and this will cause events that could have been contained to become ever growing disasters. Second was “Test Automation and Beyond” which covered a wide range of testing and continuous testing in organisations. …

As the microservice story continues to take hold, I thought it was time for me to learn a bit more about it and how the tools all fit together from a developer perspective. One of my main goals here was to use OCaml, my favourite programming language, to write a “Hello World” microservice. My reasoning behind this decision was, not only because I like OCaml, that I needed to work from first principles without any of the hand-holding that other languages have. …

Christopher Yocum

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