Devoxx france 2014 was an excellent vintage. The conference was packed with 1500 passionate developers. I had the privilege to speak, hence, unlike last year, I did not see much of the show. The first 2 days I mainly spent my time rehearsing and networking.

Here is the link to the 40mn presentation Romain and I did: Master Chef & Puppet Show The video will be soon available on parleys


The talk was fun to prepare and run, the feedback we received was awesome. It was worth the effort. Romain and I agreed we should do this more often. We Immortalized this moment with a few friends at the Xebia photo booth.

I spent the 3rd and last day of the conference with a cool devops gang, those guys named themself Devops Mercenaries

Here are some of my notes (stuff I need to look at when my time and priority will allow it):

  • look at ThoughtWorks’ Continuous Delivery platform, Go as it’s been Open Sourced

  • Give a try to capistrano as a remote server automation and deployment tool (triggered by Jenkins)

  • try to understand zookeeper use case

  • Generate code coverage report with ChefSpec

  • have a closer look at serverspec, and eventually use it to audit (through serverspec logs) the automated servers

  • segregate 3 types of jenkins servers: one for build (soft factory), one for QA (quality factory with Selenium, Gatling …), one for delivery/deployment

  • use jenkins to launch chef automated vm and run automated integration test on these

  • Do better measuring and monitoring (key to devops adoption and sponsors buy in), have a look at Zabbix, JMX, Collectd, Graphite, javamelody, kibana

  • Measure slack time: time allocated for devops

  • Do Blue green deployment

  • nosql is helping continuous deployment, sql db automation such as liquibase and flyway do it too.

  • shut down the db, without shutting down the service, that’s key too: cf Netfliz zuul solution