Presentation: Multi-Language Infrastructure as Code

Track: 21st Century Languages

Location: Soho Complex, 7th fl.

Duration: 4:10pm - 5:00pm

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We all use programming languages to write expressive, reusable, and powerful application code, with flourishing open source communities, and a bit of fun. One domain that has not yet experienced the same, however, is cloud infrastructure and operations. Most engineers in this domain still use JSON, YAML, DSLs, or bespoke templating solutions, that lack most of what we know and love about general purpose programming languages. Not anymore!

In this talk, we’ll see how a multi-language approach to infrastructure as code, using general purpose programming languages, lets cloud engineers of all backgrounds program AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Kubernetes infrastructure, unlocking the same software engineering techniques we commonly use for applications: abstractions and reuse, expressive control structures, package managers, testing, and IDEs, to name a few. The result is a serious boost to productivity, flexibility, and safety -- and a practice we like to call programming the cloud.

Speaker: Joe Duffy

Founder and CEO @PulumiCorp

Joe Duffy is CEO of Pulumi, a Seattle startup making it easier for teams to program the cloud. Prior to founding Pulumi in 2017, Joe held leadership roles at Microsoft in the Developer Division, Operating Systems Group, and Microsoft Research. Most recently Joe was Director for Engineering and Technical Strategy for Microsoft's developer tools, leading key technical architecture initiatives, in addition to managing the groups building the C#, C++, Visual Basic, and F# languages, IoT, and all Visual Studio IDE, compiler, and static analysis services. Joe initiated efforts to take .NET open source and cross-platform, and was instrumental in Microsoft's overall open source transformation. Joe has over 20 years of professional software experience, has written 2 books, and still loves to code.  

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