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Languages of Infra Panel: Bash to Ruby to Go to Rust

When we think of infrastructure, it's natural to think of shell scripts, but over the past few decades, there have been successive waves of newer languages being used to write and run infrastructure software. Ruby held the crown for a while, but then many things that started out in Ruby got rewritten in Go. More recently Rust has started to become the language of choice for new infrastructure projects.    

This panel will pull together experts from across the language landscape to discuss what they see as the benefits and compromises of different choices. As an audience member, you can expect to hear about where to learn more, and have the chance to ask the panel questions.


Chris Swan

Engineer, The @ Company

Chris Swan is an Engineer at The @ Company, building the @platform, a technology that is putting people in control of their data and removing the frictions and surveillance associated with today’s Internet. He was previously a Fellow at DXC Technology where he held various CTO roles. Before...

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Cornelia Davis

Chief Technology Officer @weaveworks

As the Chief Technology Officer at WeaveWorks, Cornelia Davis is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, inclusive of open source projects, commercial products and services offerings. She is driven by the desire to help enterprises transform their business through the leverage of...

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Ian Miell

Cloud Native Consultant @containersoluti

Ian Miell has over twenty years' experience in IT, writing, running, architecting, and maintaining software for some of the world's busiest systems.He has written the book 'Docker in Practice' (published by Manning), 'Learn Bash the Hard Way' (published on Leanpub), as...

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Justin Cormack

CTO @Docker

Justin Cormack is the CTO at Docker, working on unikernels.

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Ashley Williams

Core Rust Team @RustLang

Ashley is a current member of the Rust Core Team. she is the founder of the Rust Foundation and served as its first executive director. she has served as a leader or member of the Rust, infrastructure, and community teams, WebAssembly working group, and the RustBridge and...

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