Melbourne AWS User Group – 30th July 2014

aws activateEvent page link / Meetup group

AWS Activate

  • From the folks at Amazon
  • AWS Activate
    • Website
    • A program to provide resources to startups: from free tier usage, labs, webinars, support and AWS credit
    • Self-Starter Package: for any startups
    • Portfolio Package: for startups in select accelerators or seed funds. Will be ‘audited’ by Amazon and will be given much better benefits vs Self-Start Package

Cloud Computing in Africa

  • From Thomas Shaw, the tech man behind
  • Providing unique perspectives with regards to security, reliability, scalability of AWS especially compared to local hosting.

Microservices

Other

  • Kestral
    • AWS management console for the iPhone
    • In development by Rob Amos @bok_

 

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Introduction to Chef Meetup – 28th July 2014

28th July 2014 – Introduction to Chef held at Sacon Group for the Chef Meetup group

Chef and Chef DK: The Chef Development Kit

chef and chefdk

  • by Michael Ducy (@mfdii), a Global Partner Evangelist at Chef
  • PDF slides
  • Chef essentially enables the “infrastructure as code” devops movement
    • Versionable, testable, and repeatable as application code
    • Relies on reusable definitions known as recipes to automate infrastructure tasks
    • Recipes use building blocks called resources (e.g. file / template / package)
    • Recipes are stored in cookbooks
    • A cookbook is the fundamental unit of configuration and policy distribution
    • Chef server stores your recipes as well as other configuration data
    • Chef client is installed on each node in your network
    • Chef client periodically polls the Chef server for new configurations and applies if necessary
  • Chef DK
    • A component of Chef to enable organizations to develop internal best practices for Cookbook development and testing
    • A curated set of open source tools for Cookbook development
    • Download at http://downloads.getchef.com/chef-dk
  • Tools
    • chef – a new command to make development easier
    • Berkshelf – automatically resolve cookbook dependencies
    • Test Kitchen – framework for integration testing
    • ChefSpec – unit testing of Chef cookbooks
    • Food Critic – linting tool for Chef cookbooks
    • Standard Chef tools – knife, chef-zero, ohai, chef-client
  • Other Links

Kumolus

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MelbDjango Hackfest – 24th July 2014

24th July 2014 MelbDjango Hackfest held at Common Code and hosted by Curtis Maloney for the MelbDjango Meetup group.

Mostly being newbies and with some people interested in testing, Curtis started off showcasing his new Django Classy Settings before covering some topics on testing and other miscellany

TAkeaways / Links from the night

Melbourne Fringe Festival – Unofficial Offline Guide

Melbourne Fringe Festival Unofficial Offline Guide
http://thewheatfield.org/mff/

A couple of weeks back it was time for the Melbourne Fringe Festival again and I was keen to see some shows and there was a heck of a lot of events to go to that it was pretty overwhelming to search through and I had issues with actually looking for events. Thought it would be a good time to learn some Python and use Zurb Foundation.

Source Code available at https://github.com/thewheat/melbourne-fringe-festival

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Problems I faced when using the Melbourne Fringe Festival website

  • A lot of data 300+ events and with max items per page, there was still 9 pages
  • Searching relied too much of going to the event detail page, and having over 300 events, this would be very time consuming
  • Had to go to event detail page to view:
    • description of event (had to view page in order to find what the event is about: title and subtitle was not enough information)
    • dates
    • prices
    • venue
  • Couldn’t search by budget

Features of the Unofficial Offline Guide

  • Viewing all events on 1 page
  • Show all necessary info on list page (event description, dates, prices, venue)
  • Search by date, category, venue, cost
  • Offline access
  • Should work with lower end phones (pauses between searches)Image