There are many conferences that discuss various aspects of of release engineering such as PuppetConf, OSCON, LISA, EclipseCon, ApacheCon, Jenkins User conferences, devops days and Velocity. But there isn’t a conference dedicated specifically to release engineering… until now.
A solid build, test, packaging and deployment story is crucial to the success of a software project. As John O’Duinn says, “release engineers have a multiplier effect”. In other words, a release engineer can implement automation improvements that make every other developer more productive. Traditionally, release engineering hasn’t been a common area of academic research. However, this is starting to change. Another challenge is there isn’t a lot of communication between academic researchers and release engineers. The aim of the Releng 2013 workshop on May 20, 2013 in San Francisco is to bring together those two communities together: people practicing release engineering and the academic researchers studying it. It will be co-located with ICSE 2013, which is the largest academic software engineering conference.
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Are you a release engineer who’d like to discuss the challenges you face and share your experiences with others? Or are you an academic looking to expand the audience for your research and discover new problems to analyze? If so, we encourage you to to submit a paper or a talk and attend the workshop. Or if you just want to hear some great war stories, in both open source and commercial environments, this would be a fantastic place to learn. More details are on the web site. You can also follow us on twitter or Facebook. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!
Greg Wilson’s article on the two solitudes (industry and academia) is an interesting read and underscores the importance for more interaction between these two communities