To surprisingly little alarm and few, if any, headlines, Amazon Web Services‘ has canceled its upcoming re:Inforce security conference in Houston, which was scheduled for just later this month.
“We’ve been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 in the Houston area,” the company writes at the former landing page for the conference. “Because of the elevated COVID-19 threat level in Houston, we have had to carefully reassess our plans for AWS re:Inforce 2021. We have made the very difficult decision to cancel AWS re:Inforce 2021.”
Given the recent situation in Texas regarding COVID and its overwhelmed hospitals, it’s not all that surprising, but one can only wonder if today is something like last year’s late February and early March. We were such sweet springtime babes back then.
— 🌈 eric sorenson 💉💉🎉 (@ahpook) March 1, 2020
It certainly wouldn’t contain that same level of shock if we were to suddenly cancel everything again — can you remember a time a conference was canceled before last year like that? — but it sure seems like some folks are preparing for the onslaught again.
RenderATL was going to be my first, but I think I’m going to cancel. They are asking a lot of the attendees, which is appreciated, but every conference has an ARMY of event staff and hotels and airports and it just FEELS bad.https://t.co/Qy21Bilnmr
— Jeramiah Dooley (@jdooley_clt) August 11, 2021
AWS re:Inforce certainly isn’t the only conference that has been canceled, though it is the largest. Monitorama, while much smaller, has also canceled this year’s in-person event and, outside of the tech world, Bravo TV has canceled its BravoCon, also due to the COVID resurgence.
Meanwhile, the headline this week that takes the award for “words you’d rather not read” goes to “Zoom shares surge nearly 7% as conferences get canceled and workers stay home.” After 2020, and the glimmer of brief hope that early summer 2021 offered, we know that the last thing you were looking forward to was another virtual tech conference.
What do you think? Will we see a similar wave of conference cancellations as we wade into the coming colder months here in North America? Or will a “COVID-19 vaccine required” approach, such as that taken for all of the still-as-of-yet-occurring Linux Foundation events become the standard?
This Week in Programming
- GitHub Moves to Codespaces: This week, GitHub announced that its engineering team has moved to Codespaces, its web-based Visual Studio Code offering, which it said: “solved some very real problems for us: it eliminated the fragility and single-track model of local development environments, but it also gave us a powerful new point of leverage for improving GitHub’s developer experience.” If you’re interested in all of the details, GitHub has penned a blog post diving into the whole process of making the move, including details on how they got Codespaces to reduce the time it took to open up code from 45 minutes down to 10 seconds. Now, they write, “New hires can go from zero to a functioning development environment in less time than it takes to install Slack.” In addition, the company has made Codespaces available to Team and Enterprise Cloud plans.
🤫 New shortcut: Press . on any GitHub repo. pic.twitter.com/AHTSDot4qc
— GitHub (@github) August 11, 2021
- Calling All Cloud Native Developers: You’ve likely heard by now, but if you haven’t — the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has put out the second half of this year’s Cloud Native Survey and they want to hear from you! The first survey focused on the cloud, containers, and Kubernetes, while this half looks at CNCF projects and other cloud native technologies, their adoption, and “how organizations are using different cloud native technologies, including CI/CD, serverless, service mesh, service proxy, and storage.” And what would a survey be without incentives, so this one includes the dangling carrot of virtual passes to this year’s still-so-far-in-person KubeCon.
my fall plans // the delta variant pic.twitter.com/felsNcTySm
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) August 11, 2021
- Bitbucket Pipelines Gets Runners: It might be easy to run your CI/CD pipelines on Bitbucket Pipelines using Atlassian’s infrastructure, but perhaps you want a bit more control, or you have some security requirements that don’t really allow that. Well, you’re in luck, because Bitbucket has just announced that Runners in Bitbucket Pipelines has just become generally available, which means “you can now point your builds to run on a machine that you specify,” whether an on-prem server or a private cloud. Beyond that, runners will allow you to do things like host multiple runners per machine, increase memory limits and manage runners at the workspace level. To get started, check out the docs. Currently, Bitbucket’s runners are ready for Linux, but the company says it is “actively working to support Windows runners” and expects them to be available later this year.
- Upon Programming 10,000 Hours… Now, I can’t say I’ve spent anywhere near 10,000 hours on programming, despite my teenage obsession with customizing my own $100 personal copy of VBBS and countless other projects, but ex-Googler and Kubernetes contributor Matt Rickard certainly can, and does. Now, upon completion of such a feat, Rickard has offered up his reflections on 10,000 hours of programming, which he cautions are “only about pure coding — no lessons sum up to ‘programming is about people’ or ‘how to be a senior technical leader’.” Thank goodness for a lack of empty platitudes, although his list of 31 tidbits does include that rather trite, yet somehow necessary, reminder that you need to “Know when to break the rules.”
It’s called STRONGLY TYPED https://t.co/1Uoy66bizS
— Justin Garrison (@rothgar) August 12, 2021
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Feature image: Monitorama.