David Gardiner

Information & Communications Technology

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Life is like a Box of Chocolate(y)

DevOps begins at home when you script your own desktop. Learn from experienced package author and project contributor how to automate the installation and configuration of all the software you need to get your job done with open source tools Chocolatey and Boxstarter. Take a vanilla Windows install from zero to fully configured developer environment in minutes*!

Find out how to wrap each of your tools and applications in a well-specified Chocolatey package. Learn about common pitfalls and get an inside perspective on the package moderation process so that you can publish to the public repository on Chocolatey.org with confidence.

Learn how to orchestrate the installation of all your packages (including reboots) with Boxstarter. Build up a fully configured developer machine from scratch, or redeploy your test environment with ease and reliability.

But this is not just for rebuilding your dev boxes, these same techniques can be used to help your customers download, install and upgrade your software with ease.

This talk is rated 200-300 with a target audience of all Windows-based developers who want to spend more time coding and less time reinstalling software.

* Obviously the more tools you need, the more minutes it will take!


David Gardiner

Senior Developer at SixPivot, Microsoft MVP

David has been creating software for over 25 years. He has a passion for continual learning and improving quality, and enjoys being in and creating environments where these happen. A Microsoft MVP (Development Technologies), he run the Adelaide .NET User Group.

By day, he works as a Senior Developer at SixPivot. In his spare time he contributes to numerous open source projects (including some of his own), and is a package moderator at Chocolatey.org

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