Learn cloud concepts with Whitney and her lightboard ϟ
Jul 7, 2022
Everyone loves infrastructure as code! It’s a lot more fun to write Terraform plans or Pulumi programs instead of clicking around in a console, right? Despite what the name implies, the “code” part of “infrastructure as code” isn’t even the most important part! While it’s tempting to just hit up Stack Overflow and some example repos to copy in some existing code, if we don’t consider the larger concepts we’ll quickly find ourselves simply doing things faster, but not necessarily better. We will illustrate some of the core concepts around infrastructure as code, including abstraction and reuse, breaking down infrastructure into components, the verifiable nature, and review/testing/sharing concepts. After this, you will walk away with an expanded understanding of what makes Infrastructure as Code more than just the code!
Matt Stratton is a Staff Developer Advocate at Pulumi, founder and co-host of the popular Arrested DevOps podcast, and the global chair of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.
Matt has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.
He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke. Matt is the keeper of the Thought Leaderboard for the DevOps Party Games online game show and you can find him on Twitter at @mattstratton.
Whitney traveled the scenic route but is chuffed to have found her way to Kubernetes and cloud technologies. Whitney began her professional career as a fine artist before owning her own photography business for over a decade. After a year-long tour playing keys in the band Mutual Benefit, Whitney went back to school in 2019 to learn full-stack web development. After graduation, Whitney was employed by IBM as a cloud developer, using none of the skills she had just learned. She developed an insatiable appetite for all things cloud, and a passion for teaching others as she acquired knowledge herself. Whitney has made many cloud-related lightboard videos that together have 400,000+ views. At VMware, you can find Whitney writing lighthearted yet informative guides, or behind the lightboard during her weekly streaming show ϟ Enlightning. Whitney’s contagious excitement drives her to collaborate and play!