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July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Kubernetes Day 3: The State of Kubernetes Development Tooling

Ellen Korbes (garden.io)
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Secondary topics:  Cloud Native

Who is this presentation for?

Software developers, team leads, DevOps professionals.



Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should be familiar with the broad concepts of how Kubernetes works, and understand the different stages at which development then takes place: building, deploying, testing, debugging, CI, and so on.

What you'll learn

Attendees will learn combinations of tools they can use to have an effective workflow for developing applications that run on Kubernetes.


With Kubernetes emerging as the de facto standard in the service orchestration space, discussions around it shift from “How does Kubernetes work?” to more specific concerns such as “Now how do I optimize my development workflow?”

To answer that, let’s take a deep dive into the tooling available in the current landscape—such as Helm, Draft, Skaffold, Forge, Telepresence, Garden, and Tilt—and map their capabilities to the needs of developers.

With that knowledge in hand, we’ll then discover which combinations of tools work synergistically together, and put them to use as end to end workflows that perform effectively in the real world.

Lastly, we’ll look at the gaps that these tools still can’t cover.

A must-see for developers working on Kubernetes-native applications and looking for better ways to bring code to production.

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Ellen Korbes


Ellen’s a developer advocate at Garden, and also an avid gopher—actively involved with Women Who Go, and responsible for the most comprehensive Go course in Portuguese. They first got acquainted with Kubernetes while writing code for kubectl, in a SIG-CLI internship. They’ve spoken at conferences like Velocity and GOTO, and at countless local meet-ups. As a point of pride, Ellen has received the ‘Best Hair’ award at GOTO Copenhagen.

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