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The Elements of Kubernetes: Foundational concepts for apps running on Kubernetes

Aaron Schlesinger (Microsoft)
1:15pm–2:05pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Containers & Containers Orchestration
Location: Mercury Ballroom
Secondary topics:  Best Practice, Overview
Average rating: ****.
(4.85, 13 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Senior software engineers, DevOps engineers, software architects, and site reliability engineers



Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with the cloud-native landscape, containers, and Kubernetes

What you'll learn

  • Explore an “Elements of Kubernetes” guide that details patterns to ensure your application fits into the Kubernetes platform


The Elements of Style is a foundational guide to writing well. It effectively summarizes how to harness the power of the English language to write high-quality prose of almost any kind. In computing, we have similar guides for various technologies: Python offers The Zen Of Python, Ruby has The Rails Doctrine, and so on. These documents are a North Star that guides their community toward the same goals.

We need a similar guide for Kubernetes. It should set best practices for how app developers and operators should think about and use the features in Kubernetes to build and deploy reliable, stable apps. We don’t have one today, but the Kubernetes community has the experience to build one.

Drawing on his own and the community’s experiences, Aaron Schlesinger details an “Elements of Kubernetes” guide, to be used by app developers and operators alike. You’ll leave with a list of best practices you can apply to your app now.

Topics include:

  • Setting up your new dev-test workflow
  • Building a good CI/CD pipeline
  • Debugging your app in production
  • Breaking up your monolithic app into microservices (and when not to do it)
  • Building crash-only software
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Aaron Schlesinger


Aaron is a developer advocate at Microsoft Azure and a core maintainer of the Athens Project. Before Athens, he was a core maintainer and chair of the Kubernetes SIG-Service-Catalog and a contributor to various other projects in the Kubernetes community.

He has 15+ years of software engineering experience ranging from frontend design to distributed data systems. He discovered Go around 2013 and Kubernetes in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. He lives in Portland, OR where he and his wife love to run up and down mountains together.

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02/07/2019 1:03pm EST

Hi Chaim – yes, I’ve posted the slides. Thank you again for attending the session :)

02/05/2019 6:01pm EST

Aaron, will you – please – be posting the slides?