Build Systems that Drive Business
30–31 Oct 2018: Training
31 Oct–2 Nov 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Bringing the fun back to multiservice development

Ellen Korbes (Garden)
15:4016:20 Friday, 2 November 2018
Distributed Systems
Location: Buckingham Room - Palace Suite
Secondary topics:  Systems Architecture & Infrastructure
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers, DevOps engineers, and application architects working on distributed systems

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with containers, microservices, Kubernetes, and general software development concepts

What you'll learn

  • Explore the Garden framework, a free, open source toolset aimed at bringing monolith simplicity now to the multiservice world


“I want my monolith back!” is a sentiment often echoed because developing multiservice, multicontainer systems in the Kubernetes world lacks a lot of the convenience monoliths used to have, such as straightforward builds, trivial testing between components, and short feedback loops. The free open source Garden engine was developed to bring that ease of development back into your workflow.

Ellen Körbes discusses the main issues developers run into when developing distributed, Kubernetes-native systems as opposed to the old way of doing things. They then demonstrate how to get back short feedback loops, create multiservice tests, make systems easy to scale from the start, and minimize mental overhead when developing complex systems, all the while keeping track of all service interdependencies.

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Ellen Korbes


Ellen Körbes works with developer relations at Garden. They code, write, speak, teach Go, make videos, and dabble with Kubernetes. A native of Brazil, they’re deeply involved with diversity and inclusiveness in tech. They’re also an avid gopher—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 world-famous events, and at countless local meet-ups. Ellen is a proud recipient of a “Best Hair” award.