Last Saturday, we ran DDD Adelaide 2019. When we were setting up the venue on Friday afternoon, I realised that there was a huge flat-screen TV in the open area (behind where the registration/info desk would be located) and we hadn’t made any plans to use it.
We could just pop a copy of the DDD logo on a USB stick and probably the TV could just show that in ‘slide-show’ mode. But then I thought maybe we could go one better. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could display a simple ‘What’s on now, and what’s coming up next’ dashboard?
Ok, it’s Friday night, and I really should have been heading to bed, but I’d been inspired - now to find something that would fit the bill. A quick search of GitHub didn’t reveal anything obvious, so can I write a simple application myself to do the job?
I copied over the conference agenda data and decided on simple ordered dictionary would suffice for the data structure, using the time as the key. Then just two queries - one to find the entry who’s time is now, and the second to find the entry for what’s coming up next.
To help with development, I added a
-testmode, that sped up time and made the clock run from 7am. Later on Saturday I realised I had an ‘off by one’ bug in the query logic - the test mode was useful to validate the fix.
One extra touch - I added a ‘current time’ and used
[Console]::SetCursorPosition()to locate that in the bottom right-hand corner. While I was at it, just to be fancy, I added some colour to the ‘DDD’ bit in the title.
To run the dashboard, I used Windows Terminal. That allowed me to run full screen and choose a nice font size.
The dashboard worked well and I heard a few compliments that people liked it. Not bad for something whipped up in an hour!
If I revisit the script in the future, I might see if I can incorporate a simple Tweet wall - either on the right-hand side, or maybe alternating every 30 seconds. There was a lot of Twitter traffic on the day and it would have been nice to showcase that.
The source is all on GitHub. Pull requests welcome!
Phew! DDD Adelaide 2019 is done. Yesterday we had 150 people come along to UniSA’s MOD building in the city and see 16 speakers present some awesome topics on software development.
The feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive. I’ll be catching up with co-organiser Andrew soon to debrief and also review the comments received from attendees.
Special thanks to the gold sponsors:
- Telstra Purple,
- The University of South Australia and in particular The School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, who went out of their way to provide a beautiful venue.
Here’s a few of my highlights of the day:
Some kind people brought one or two donuts to share!
Lars Klint was our keynote speaker, kicking off the day.
A fantastic range of speakers, including Ming Johanson
and Liam McLennan (who incidentally was actually a speaker around 10 years ago at the last DDD Adelaide)
Really yummy catering provided by Food Lore…
It was great to see so many software developers gathered together in Adelaide.
Andrew drawing the prize winners (prizes sponsored by Octopus Deploy) and closing out the day.
Finally, special thanks to my wife and two eldest kids who also gave up their Saturday to help out as volunteers for the day. I really appreciate their support.
I’ve been spending a bit of time trying out Docker over the past few days, with the goal of making builds more reliable and repeatable.
Docker Desktop for Windows has the ability to run in Windows mode and Linux mode. Usually that means you can only run containers of one OS at at a time.
However, if you run configure Docker to enable ‘Experimental’ mode, then you can actually run both platforms simultaneously.
Interestingly, when you’re in this mode and you set ‘Windows’ as the default container platform, you don’t see an extra virtual machine listed in HyperV.
Here’s Docker running with Linux containers:
And here’s Docker with Windows containers: Notice the VM may be there, but it is not running, even when I’m actually building a Linux container when that screenshot was taken.
So with experimental mode on, how can Docker be also running Linux containers in Windows mode?
Currently it uses something called LCOW - Linux Containers on Windows.
So in theory, if you need to spin up Linux and Windows containers, then this is the technology that will make that happen.
There’s still a few rough edges - probably why it’s all behind ‘preview’ or ‘experimental’ flags.
I hit one issue where trying to spin up a Node Linux container which has a step to run
yarnresulted in some weird internal error:
Step 14/22 : RUN yarn ---> Running in eb14f055a9aa container eb14f055a9aaa23db5f35493feec9009b775c6688e3c488b26c6880517bdd9f1 encountered an error during CreateProcess: failure in a Windows system call: Unspecified error (0x80004005) [Event Detail: failed to run runc create/exec call for container eb14f055a9aaa23db5f35493feec9009b775c6688e3c488b26c6880517bdd9f1: exit status 1 Stack Trace: github.com/Microsoft/opengcs/service/gcs/runtime/runc.(*container).startProcess /go/src/github.com/Microsoft/opengcs/service/gcs/runtime/runc/runc.go:580 github.com/Microsoft/opengcs/service/gcs/runtime/runc.(*runcRuntime).runCreateCommand /go/src/github.com/Microsoft/opengcs/service/gcs/runtime/runc/runc.go:471 github.com/Microsoft/opengcs/service/gcs/runtime/runc.(*runcRuntime).CreateContainer
No idea what’s going on there other than maybe I’ve managed to hit some issue where some API isn’t implemented?
It’s strange, as a different container (based on a different Linux distribution) didn’t have that problem.
So it has potential, but it’s obviously a work in progress.