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Feb 3–4, 2019: Training
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Continuous delivery in an ephemeral world

John Chapin (Symphonia)
9:00am–12:30pm Monday, February 4, 2019
DevOps & Continuous Delivery
Location: Sutton North
Secondary topics:  Best Practice, Hands-on
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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)

Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • Administrator-level access to an AWS account
  • A laptop configured to access that account via the AWS CLI (A GitHub repository containing sample code and infrastructure templates will be made available in advance of the tutorial.)

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


In a follow-on to his well-received tutorial from last year’s SACON, Symphonia’s 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.

Note: While John will cover the same basics as his tutorial last year, all examples will be updated to reflect the latest CodePipeline and CodeBuild features.

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 O’Reilly report What Is Serverless? His and Mike’s highly regarded talks and workshops are regularly featured at conferences such as the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference, the O’Reilly Velocity Conference, OSCON, QCon, ServerlessConf, and AWS re:Invent. John can be reached at