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The value of defining our production infrastructure as code is unquestionable, but in 2018 we are still struggling with our local build and testing environments.
All too often, starting a new project is an incredibly painful process of working out which tools we need to install, which versions will happily coexist together, and configuring them to make them behave as we would like.
As the application evolves and changes over time, maintaining and updating this environment across all developer machines and CI agents is difficult enough, let alone thinking about integration and journey testing, where we'd like to quickly and reliably spin up external dependencies like databases and other services in a known state to test against.
Charles will share practical advice on running your builds and tests quickly, consistently, and completely automatically, on your machine, your colleagues' machines and on CI, as well as how to be up and running in just a few minutes without the overhead of virtual machines, thanks to the power of Docker.