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School of Dev 2017

 Featured Speakers


Rob Reynolds, Founder, Automation Expert & International Speaker, Chocolatey Software

Rob Reynolds, Founder, Automation Expert & International Speaker, Chocolatey Software

Rob is a developer who has a passion for developing low maintenance solutions. In his day job he is solving software management automation for Windows with Chocolatey Software. Rob is very active in OSS and manages several OSS projects. Some of those projects include Chocolatey (software management/package management for Windows) and RoundhousE (database migration engine, part of the Chuck Norris Framework). He tends to speak his mind about the importance of behavior-driven design, and his polyglot is all entranced in C# and Ruby right now. Viva la DevOps (with a side of bacon)!
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Modern Software Management on Windows w/Chocolatey

Traditional approaches to software management on Windows can be manual or inefficient. Chocolatey was designed as a common sense, flexible approach to managing software on Windows, both internal and 3rd party. Come learn why Chocolatey is the tool you've been looking for!Automating software management is simple on almost every platform except Windows. Managing software deployments and upgrades typically entails manual, homegrown, or legacy approaches. We've seen more modern approaches to managing systems, sometimes called "DevOps".Behind every great modern automation approach out there is a great package manager. Windows has long been left out of the conversation for DevOps due to a lacking solution for package management. Worse, with Windows, over 80% of the management and configuration deals with software installation management.However over the past 6 years, Chocolatey has become the de facto software management solution for Windows. Hundreds of organizations have turned to Chocolatey due to it's extreme flexibility, common sense approaches, and building on well-known technologies like PowerShell.Chocolatey is a single, unified interface designed to easily work with all aspects of managing Windows software using a packaging framework that understands both versioning and dependency requirements. Chocolatey packages encapsulate everything required to manage a particular piece of software into one deployment artifact by wrapping installers, executables, zips, and scripts into a compiled package file. Chocolatey integrates with your favorite infrastructure management platforms, including Puppet, Chef, SCCM, and PowerShell DSC.Come learn how to let Chocolatey wrangle the chaos of Windows software management and leave you with a smile on your face!
Jul 21st - 4:30 PM
Jul 21st