Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Thirty Three

[The WHY of DevRel And Other Tales From the Community Pulse Podcast]

I joined a couple of virtual races to help motivate the daily cardio thing and mapped out a couple of loops so I’m sort of aware how much distance I’m doing.

Which means a LOT more podcast action.

But first the news:

ASIDE: Those are ALL in all caps because nltimes.nl was the ONLY person that posted recent, relevant news this morning. *SIGH*

Today I did one of the ‘new’ loops I just mapped out – by the way, it runs BY A LAKE that I DIDN’T KNOW EXISTED – and I’m catching up on Community Pulse and one of hosts or a guest says something along the lines of, “We know HOW to but often times we don’t know WHY we DevRel.”

And immediately I have a brilliant thought which was a perfect little WHY of DevRel that was SO AWESOME that I stopped walking for half a second and then I continued on and I didn’t write it down and I completely forgot it and now it’s LOST FOREVER.

Apparently there are going to be plenty of ALL CAPS today.


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Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Twenty Seven

[A Coding Experiment at RainLeander.GitHub.io]

Photo by Caleb White on Unsplash

Did you know you can create a website directly from a GitHub repository?


But first the news:

I sound like a commercial, don’t I?

You’ll have to forgive my enthusiasm. I love to learn new things. I love to code. I love to debug. And GitHub Pages gives me an opportunity to do all three.

For free!

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Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Two

[Podcasts and Streaming and Tech Talks, Oh MY]

Photo by CoWomen on Unsplash

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and a few projects I’ve been involved in are publishing the recordings.

Exciting stuff, eh?

But first the news:

I was a guest on a live episode of the Community Pulse podcast and was a live AMA panelist for OpenShift Commons Gathering and was a speaker at StackConf Online.

Wanna see?

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Dutch Lock Down Day Ninety Five

[See You Next Year!]

StackConf Online was the sixteenth through today. StackConf is about open source infrastructure in the spectrum of continuous integration, container, hybrid and cloud solutions. Bridging the gap between development, testing and operations is one of the fundamental paradigms in modern IT. StackConf covers this concept from multiple perspectives.

But first the news:

Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), the conference organizers decided to turn stackconf 2020 into an online conference. All talks were presented in a single track over the course of three days from June 16 – 18, 2020. 

“How IT experts run their applications and infrastructure in production has a big influence on how they design and build their technology stack. At stackconf you learn how.

Well-known international open source experts present their ideas within our three-day online lecture program. Expect an intensive exchange of experience and inspiring encounters in the live chat with the speakers!

Trendsetting concepts, state-of-the-art technical expertise, top-level discussions and new perspectives in dealing with large infrastructures have shaped the event, formerly known as OSDC, since 2009.

As one of the leading open source infrastructure events in Europe the conference attracts more than 150 visitors per year – and we are very excited to see how many will join us online!”


How could I resist?

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Dutch Lock Down Day Ninety Four

[But When Do We Stretch?]

If you’re here for the dancing, prepare to be disappointed.

Agile is not about stretching muscles.


While I’ve had informal experience with agile stand ups, kanban, scrum, and other lean management solutions, I’ve not formally researched it and since the DevRel group within Packet uses it for documentation and ticketing, I’ve been drinking from that firehose for a few weeks now.

But first the news:

I totally just ordered Head First Agile: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Agile Principles, Ideas, and Real-World Practices from Amazon.NL and can I just say how AWESOME it is for Amazon to FINALLY open a full official store in the Netherlands? Buying from .com, .co.uk, and .de was a bit of a pain and … now that I think about it, really, I shouldn’t be buying from them for so many reasons but English books in the Netherlands is HARD.

ASIDE: I love Head First books. Per Wikipedia, it’s “a series of introductory instructional books to many topics, published by O’Reilly Media. It stresses an unorthodox, visually intensive, reader-involving combination of puzzlesjokes, nonstandard design and layout, and an engaging, conversational style to immerse the reader in a given topic.” And it works.

But you don’t have to order a book – I just love paper, yo, cause I’m Old School ™ – you can read a few different articles online and Atlassian has an entire agile resource that I’m diving into while I wait for the book to arrive.

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