Engineering the Future of Software
29–31 Oct 2018: Tutorials & Conference
31 Oct–1 Nov 2018: Training
London, UK

Continuous delivery in an ephemeral world

John Chapin (Symphonia)
9:0012:30 Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Cloud native
Location: Park Suite (St. James / Regents)
Secondary topics:  Best Practice

Who is this presentation for?

  • Engineers and architects

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with continuous delivery and at least one build system (e.g., Jenkins, Travis CI, or AWS CodePipeline and CodeBuild)

What you'll learn

  • Explore advanced continuous delivery techniques, demonstrated via AWS technologies but applicable to other ephemeral build systems, and advanced Maven and NPM build techniques


John Chapin offers an overview of existing cloud-native build systems and outlines their benefits and drawbacks, including cost efficiency, environment stability, and provenance. Drawing on a real-world use case involving a Maven-based build and a serverless application architecture, John walks you step-by-step through the various stages of a naive continuous delivery pipeline, including source control integration, artifact builds, and an infrastructure-as-code-style deployment. John concludes by demonstrating an optimized continuous delivery pipeline that incorporates advanced CodePipeline and CodeBuild techniques to reduce the overall build time and shrink the continuous delivery feedback loop while still realizing all of the benefits of an on-demand, ephemeral build system.

Sample code and infrastructure templates will be made available.

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John Chapin


John Chapin is a cofounder of Symphonia, an expert consultancy based in New York City that helps companies of all sizes use serverless and cloud technology to deliver value quickly and effectively. Along with Symphonia cofounder Mike Roberts, John authored the recent O‚ÄôReilly report, What Is Serverless? His and Mike’s highly regarded talks and workshops are regularly featured at conferences such as Software Architecture Conference, Velocity, OSCON, QCon, ServerlessConf, and AWS re:Invent. John can be reached at

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