Since the advent of cloud computing, the economics of software development have fundamentally shifted. Today, for many projects of all sizes, the single biggest cost is the time it takes to create and ship new products and new features. The quicker we can ship, the more productive we can be - and automation can help you with that.
In this talk, Stuart walked us through a complete software development workflow. At each step of the way, he looked at what can be automated, what the options are, and what the trade-offs are. There were a few war stories sprinkled in from nearly a quarter of a century of software development. Finally, we discussed our own experiences with automation, and looked at just how much further we can take automation in our own organisations.
The talk is available to watch again on YouTube.
Stuart Herbert is an industry and open-source veteran, and one of the most experienced enterprise PHP developers in the UK, with nearly 25 years of commercial experience on projects for companies including Vodafone, Hewlett Packard, Orange (now EE), DataSift, Her Majesty's Government and many more. He is a co-author of the official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4, and a regular tech speaker at user groups and conferences. He specialises in designing and delivering software that works, as founder and Chief Software Archaeologist of Ganbaro Digital Ltd.