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Docker for Devs, not Ops

July 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Docker has been a transformative tool in the IT industry. Containers, as popularized by Docker, have solved many problems in deploying and managing software within organizations, big or small.

While the operational benefits of Docker have been touted by many, the usage of containers as part of the daily development workflow seems neglected. The struggles that Docker resolves for Ops are similarly felt by Devs:

– What tools do I need to install on my system in order to build, run, and test a given project?
– How do I manage different versions of these tools?
– Am I unable to contribute because I'm using macOS/Windows?
– How do I share IDE configuration with my team?

Many of us have spent hours downloading, installing, tweaking, and configuring our system in order to get work done. We're left in a state where having to “reformat and reinstall” would be a dreaded process.

Contributing to a project should require little more than a git clone, and Docker gives us the power to make that happen. Let's start to treat our dev environments as cattle, not pets!

[Speaker]Ben Pratt graduated with his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2012. After working in the embedded systems industry for several years, he now works at Source Allies as a Software Engineering Consultant. These days, he is primarily building web applications in the .NET and JavaScript ecosystems, although he loves to tinker with all sorts of tools and technologies.

[Meeting Agenda]• 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Presentation

[Meeting Sponsor]Source Allies

Platinum Sponsor – Source Allies

Source Allies is a local technical consultancy who values collaboration, craftsmanship, and an ownership mentality. We provide a home to our teammates where we encourage each other to grow not only technically, but as peers & consultants. This is evident in the quality software we deliver to clients.

Learn about our “ownership mentality” at:

Platinum Sponsor – QCI

Since 1995, QCI has grown to be one of the largest, Iowa-based, technology consulting firms, one client at a time. There is no secret to our success. We simply hire the best people and support a culture that is obsessed with delivering excellent service to our clients. In QCI, our clients have a partner that is large enough to provide highly skilled consultants across a wide area of expertise. Our dedication to client service has resulted in a long-term relationships through which we understand that placing the interests of our clients first is the key to being a trusted partner.

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July 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
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Iowa .NET User Group
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