Speaking at Progressive .NET Tutorials 2017

Back in early May I was listening to a .NET Rocks episode when Carl and Richard mention a conference called Progressive .NET Tutorials that they would be attending in London. I’m a big believer in attending conferences as I find that it’s to be a great way to learn new skills and network with similarly minded people. I headed over to the Progressive .NET website to check out the details about the event.

The full line-up was not complete when I made that first visit, but the keynote from Jon Galloway had me sold already. Then a section lower down the page caught my eye and there began the events leading to me speaking at my first conference! I’d noticed the call for papers signup form and having already been thinking about opportunities to do more technical speaking, I decided that I would submit a talk; in fact I ended up submitting two potential talks. After submitting, the wait began until after the closing deadline passed and the organisers began selecting speakers. Something that is great about Progressive .NET is that were welcoming to first time speakers as well as experienced ones.

About 3 weeks ago I received an email from Nicole at Skills Matter and was delighted to read that one of my talks had been selected for inclusion in the 2017 programme. I’ll be presenting a talk entitled, Docker for .NET Developers. In this talk I’ll be sharing with the audience a journey that our team at Madgex have been on; using Docker as we develop a new product. This has been our first experience with Docker and along the way we’ve learned a lot. We are now using Docker not only to simplify the developer workflow, but also for our build and deployment process. We are leveraging Amazon EC2 Container Services to host our production system which is built using .NET Core based microservices.

I’m really excited about the content I’m building for this talk. I’ll be sharing the things we’ve learnt about Docker in our experience so far. I’ll take a look at what Docker is, what problems it has helped us solve and how we implemented it in our developer and deployment workflows. Along the way we’ll take a look at some demos of what this looks like in code, exploring dockerfiles, docker-compose and our build and deployment process. I hope this talk will be useful to developers looking to begin using Docker in their own projects. We’ll start with the basics but by the end of the session I hope to show an example of how we do a build and live deploy, with zero downtime into AWS. It’s a very exciting time to be a .NET developer and the release of the cross-platform .NET Core framework has opened the door to this exciting new application platform. I’m excited to see where the new framework takes us in the next 12 months as we see the release of .NET Core 2.0. Architectures and strategies around microservices and serverless are also creating some interesting new ways for developers to think about building new applications.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot from the .NET community, reading blog posts, listening to podcasts and watching videos. I have a passion for learning new things and investigating new techniques. Watching talks from many great speakers has influenced my personal growth, shown me new ideas and helped me develop my technical skills. I’m looking forward to the chance to begin participating more directly by talking about some of the things we’ve learned about Docker and Amazon ECS. I will be giving it my all to present a fast paced, information packed talk about Docker and hopefully help other developers to begin using it. I’m extremely passionate about what I do and the chance to share that with an audience of peers at this event is very exciting.

I’m extremely honoured and privileged to be joining such an amazing line-up of world class experts at this event. Many of the of speakers are people whom I follow and who share great content in their areas of expertise. It’ll be exciting to attend some of their sessions and learn more about all of the other great topics being discussed at this event.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet some fellow developers at the conference. If you’re free on September 13th – 15th then I do recommend that you take a look at the website and buy yourself a ticket. I hope to see some of you there, please do come and say hi!

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Steve Gordon

Steve Gordon is a Pluralsight author, 6x Microsoft MVP, and a .NET engineer at Elastic where he maintains the .NET APM agent and related libraries. Steve is passionate about community and all things .NET related, having worked with ASP.NET for over 21 years. Steve enjoys sharing his knowledge through his blog, in videos and by presenting talks at user groups and conferences. Steve is excited to participate in the active .NET community and founded .NET South East, a .NET Meetup group based in Brighton. He enjoys contributing to and maintaining OSS projects. You can find Steve on most social media platforms as @stevejgordon

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