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Friday, February 6 • 14:10 - 14:50
A proposal for a container-based, highly-portable development environment

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Most developers struggle with "maintaining" their development environment. For me that includes:
* ensuring my "communications" are not interrupted by the addition of new software
* backup of critical information
* support for easy portability from one computer to another (or through an OS upgrade)
* transparent movement from offline to online access
* rollback support for changes to the environment
* forking of the environment for new/different languages and projects I am definitely one of those people and have found various techniques over the years to attempt to solve these problems but none of them quite do it. Unfortunately, I think the needs of developers are somewhat unique and most tools and techniques are targeted at "general users" or "servers" whereas developers are somewhere between the two.

As a result, I have been working with a few others on a proposal and some early software to try to meet these needs. We have been wrapping the proposal around containers because of their "out of the box" universality, portability, snapshotting, and forking.

I would like to present where we are, what we plan, and invite feedback.

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Langdon White

Clinical Assistant Professor, Boston University
Langdon White is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Spark! Technical Director at Boston University. In these roles, he helps to provide industry-affiliated experiential learning to students and teaches with the goal of making computing and data sciences more accessible. White... Read More →

Friday February 6, 2015 14:10 - 14:50 CET

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