DevNet Create (Day 1): A DevNeat Day of Connections
DevNet Create (Day 1): A DevNeat Day of Connections
Day 1 of DevNet Create did not disappoint! With a wide variety of workshops and other hands-on talks, there was no shortage of exciting experiences about security, DevOps, and more!
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It was an exciting opening day at DevNet Create from keynote to closeout. Hundreds of developers from around the world made their ways to Mountain View, California to explore the ever-shifting boundary between application and infrastructure — the theme of the event.
Cisco VP and CTO Susie Wee opened the proceedings in the morning. Her keynote touched on the history and defining philosophy of DevNet in a world that's grown more and more connected.
"All of you have chosen to code a be a part of this community," Wee said, commending the attendees for their tenacity, dedication, and adaptability.
Previously, development played a part in creating new economies and focusing on enhancing user experience. But nowadays, development itself is changing.
Billions of devices are connected around the world, and the Internet has changed the world itself. Meanwhile, fascinating new tools like AI and paradigms like DevOps are accelerating the rate of change and adaptation developers and their apps are seeing.
And with this increasing connectivity comes a larger responsibility for developers themselves — both to protect their own apps and their users.
"That is a lot of responsibility for an app developer," Wee said.
With that in mind, more collaboration is needed in the developer community, she added. To that end, she pointed to Cisco DevNet, a community designed to achieve those goals. Currently, there are 480,000 registered users and roughly 60,000 monthly users enjoying a variety of tools and APIs for everything fro IoT to the cloud, networking, security, and more.
Perhaps most importantly, as change marches forward, Wee said, we're seeing infrastructure itself moving to a programmable model, largely courtesy of the rapid advancement in cloud computing in the past few years.
The rise of network APIs is great for network developers due to the increased automation, the focus on DevOps, and everyday applicability programmable infrastructure offers. And as for app developers, programmable infrastructure brings enhancements for cloud and multicloud apps, infrastructure digitization, performance, and security.
Thus, the importance of bringing together professionals from both those sides is clear.
Of course, one of the big draws for DevNet Create is the array of hands-on workshops people can participate in.
From head-to-head network security challenges to documentation practices to blending DevSecOps and containers, there was no shortage of interesting tidbits and lessons for developers, network engineers, or IoT aficionados.
One of the more interesting (not to mention popular) exhibits was a black hat vs. white hat challenge. Two participants would work on two terminals, the black hat attempting to breach security while the white hat fought valiantly to protect the system's integrity.
Less intensive was the foosball table that saw action throughout the day from attendees wanting to meet over a friendly match.
But, of course, a conference isn't a conference without speakers.
Anders Wallgren was one of the many presenters at the show, and he spoke well of the effort to bring people from so many walks of IT together. His talk on DevOps best practices received specific praise at the end of the day from the audience and will the subject of a breakout article in the very near future!
"It's great," he said of the conference, particularly praising the hands-on workshops.
He also commented on the changing face of software development, particularly the enhanced focus on working together to create more efficient pipelines. In the past decade, as DevOps has shown its success and efficiency, the old ideas of going it alone have begun to fall away.
Along with that, the fear of connecting and collaborating with others has begun to fade as well. With success continuing to drive the adoption of collaborative practices, "I think it's really started to take root," Wallgren said.
While observing from the DZone booth, there was a nearly palpable energy in the air. Developers, engineers, Ops professionals, and university students poured through the conference in waves.
Most were there for the hands-on demos and workshops (of which there were dozens) while others were on hand to present and connect with the wider development world.
In fact, at the end of the day, the organizers took time to recognize some of the more standout attendees for their contributions and work — both recent and longer-ranging.
"We wanted to introduce something new at DevNetCreate," Wee said
That recognition took the form of the DevNet Creator Award (which came along with a snazzy jacket for the winners).
So, congratulations to this year's winners of the DevNet Creator Award!
Jose Bogarín Solano
Some attendees, like Mr. Bogarín and Womack, were lauded for their long history of involvement in the DevNet Create world. Others, like Ms. Leung, were recognized for their involvement in the community and the spreading of their knowledge. All five have helped considerable numbers of their fellow IT professionals strive toward greater heights in their knowledge and careers.
And on that note of connectedness, the conference let out for a well-deserved round of food and drinks for networking and mingling.
And that was that for day 1 of DevNet Create!
We'll see what day 2 has to offer.
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