Many organizations are embracing cloud-native technologies, such as microservices, containers, and Kubernetes, but are struggling to adapt their developer experience (DevEx or DX) and continuous delivery processes. Failure to adapt leads to longer lead times for delivery, frustration for developers, and stability issues in production. Architects and technical leaders need to drive this change.
The developer experience with modern cloud-native technologies is very different than the classic enterprise experience of the 1990s or even the early cloud experiences of the 2000s. For example, it’s often no longer possible to spin up an entire application or system on local hardware, and the extra layers of abstract of containers and VMs make debugging and observing systems more challenging.
Daniel Bryant explores the core concepts of the cloud-native developer experience, introduces and compares several useful tools, and shares lessons learned from the trenches.