Last week, I visited London for the January
Docker meetup, which was the first time I'd attended this
It was a talk-oriented format, with around 200 attendees packed
into Shoreditch Village Hall; free pizza and beer was provided thanks
to the sponsors, which was awesome (and makes logistics easier when
you're travelling there from work).
There were three talks.
First, Andrew Martin from British Gas spoke about how they use
Docker for testing and continuous deployment of their Node.js
microservices - buzzword bingo! But it's helpful to see how companies
approach these things.
Second, Johan Euphrosine from Google gave a short demo of Google
Cloud Platform for running Docker containers (mostly around Container
Engine, but also briefly App Engine). This was relevant to my
interests, but I'd already seen this sort of talk online.
Third, Dan Williams presented his holiday photos featuring a
journey on a container ship, which wins points from me for liberal
interpretation of the meetup topic, and was genuinely very
entertaining/interesting - I just regret having to leave to catch a
train halfway through.
In summary, this was worth attending, but as someone just getting
started with containers I'd love some sort of smaller meetings with
opportunities for interaction/activity. There's such a variety of
people/use cases for Docker that I'm not sure how much everyone had in
common with each other; it would be interesting to find out.