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New Relic
111 SW 5th Avenue, suite 500
Portland, OR 97204, us (map)

If you have issues finding the group, text Spencer at 619-980-7820.



Join us for our monthly gathering to discuss everything from incident response to cross-team collaboration to automation frameworks. Food provided. Please RSVP!

Please note the new location!


Containers: A Guide for the Perplexed

Orchestration, overlay network, docker, container runtimes, OCI, images, namespaces, overlayFS, pods, routes … and you thought development using containers was supposed to be easier! Instead it’s just confusing.

Kubernetes geek Josh Berkus will step you through the various layers of the new container “stacks”, explaining the concepts and requirements behind each component without hype or branding. You’ll learn how containers are different from VMs, what they’re good for, and what other bits of supporting infrastructure you’ll end up using with them.

Josh Berkus works for Red Hat where he juggles containers, Kubernetes, and immutable OS implementations. He is also a long-time PostgreSQL contributor, and messes around with Ansible, Go, Python, and various big data tools. He lives in the NE.

Writing CLI Applications in Go

Automation is fun. Especially when what you’re automating was hard to do the first time and you really don’t ever want to it by hand again. And doubly so if you want to spare someone else that pain and/or time sink.

This talk will cover what Go is, why you should be adding it to your proverbial toolbelt, and we’ll go through a concrete example of using Go to write a CLI application.

Steven “mrxinu” Klassen has been writing code in one form or another for the last 20 years. For the last 10, he's been working as a SolarWinds consultant, most recently for a company based in Austin, TX called Loop1. For his customers he provides the glue to get SolarWinds talking to other products and vice versa. But, above all, he loves to help make complicated concepts easier to understand.

His latest passion is the Go programming language. He started using it in October 2016 and has been using it to write everything from quick CLI applications to complicated services. This zest for the language is what prompted the talk.

When he’s not writing code he’s playing PC games and spending time with his wife Kayla and their fur babies - two dogs & two cats.

pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. The group welcomes participants interested in any related products, technologies and methodologies. The group has been meeting regularly since August 2010 for presentations, demos and discussions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. Every month 15-35 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for devops – join us!