London DevOps Meetup
Since the inaugral DevopsDays conference in Gent, Belgium, a few of us London-based devops have been gathering once a month to eat, chat, swap stories and generally encourage one another. Since we've sustained this for four months, we concluded that we have a kernel of people who would turn out for a monthly meeting, and decided that this month we'd throw it open to the world!
If you don't know what this whole Devops thing is, I suggest you take a look at my article 'What is this Devops thing anyway?', and also James Turnbull's (excellent) 'What Devops means to me'. In short, we're trying to build a community, a movement even, of cross disciplinary people - people who can program, and manage systems, people who understand that in the software industry, coders, testers, analysts, and sysadmins are all on the same team. If this sounds like you - if you want to make a difference, and would like to meet similarly motivated people, you'd be very welcome.
There's no particular technological bias - we generally like Puppet or Chef, we largely run our infrastructures on Linux, and there's a tendency to program in Ruby or Python, but I think this is just representative of the places we work and the people we know. So, if you're interested in bridging the gap between devs and ops, and if you're interested in how to build infrastructures in an agile way, we'd love to see you.
The intended format is straightforward - every other month we'll have a social, drinks-based event, in a hostelry of choice, and interleave this with a talk-based event, kindly sponsored by The Guardian at their awesome new premises in Kings Cross.
Tomorrow's event is at The Priory Bar in Clerkenwelld, starting at about 1800.
Don't worry if you can't make it that early - it'll be totally ok to turn up at any time - just depending on what you have on, and how far you have to travel. There's no fixed agenda, just a chance to meet some cool people, chat and drink.
We'll be following this up with a technical meeting on the 2nd of March, at the London ThoughtWorks office in Holborn. We've not yet decided what we'll do there, so if you have any ideas, let us know.
Please let others know about the event - get tweeting and blogging - the hashtag is #ldndevops. In the meantime, take a look at our London Devops planet, and if you like irc, pop in and see us on freenode in the ##infra-talk channel.
See you on Wednesday!