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Cascadia IT Conference for Seattle-area SysAdmins: March 7

Although winter has yet to be banished, and here in Boston, we’re waiting for another big snowfall, in Seattle they’re gearing up for another great Cascadia IT Conference!

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This is the third year for Cascadia, and they just keep working harder and harder to bring a really impressive conference schedule. There are a couple of things that stand out for me. One of those is Garrett Honeycutt’s Advanced Puppet tutorial. I mean, just check out the outline:

• How to contribute to open source projects on GitHub.com
• A tiny bit of ruby for people who do not know ruby
• Custom facts
• Custom functions
• How to manage your modules
• GitHub.com
• forge.puppetlabs.com
• librarian-puppet-simple and Puppetfile
• Hiera
• How to leverage it for a data driven infrastructure
• Sample hierarchy
• Components of high quality code
• Spec tests
• Why?
• TDD – Test Driven Development
• What to test
• Writing tests for Manifests, Functions, Facts
• Travis-ci.org
• How to setup on GitHub
• How to configure your puppet module
• Write some code together
• Take code they already have and add spec tests
• Take ideas from the attendees, write tests first, then write code. TDD in action
• Review each others code and share on GitHub.com

As someone who writes what I lovingly refer to as “Third-grade Puppet Code”, I would *LOVE* to be able to take that class! If you’re even remotely near the Pacific NorthWest, then you owe it to yourself to check out the full schedule and go to this.

Registration is a la carte – just pay for what you take, whether it’s tech sessions ($210), a single day of tutorials ($275), or an entire two-day conference of classes ($450 with the SuperSaver). You can check it out yourself and register now.

As the picture above indicates, the conference dates are March 7th and 8th at the beautiful Hotel Deca. If you go, make sure to call the Deca to reserve your room from the block – it’s a boutique hotel and their website can’t do room block functionality.

So yes, go, attend Cascadia and have a great time and meet some great people! It’s all really about the community that’s being built, and getting to know the people around you, and local conferences are the perfect way to do it. I’m glad to see that the organizers are still going strong, and with your help, there’s no end in sight! Register Now!

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Potential Irvine and Los Angeles LOPSA Chapters

Remember that whole crazy “Hey, lets start a LOPSA chapter” thing from last week? Guess what!

There are TWO new LOPSA chapters in the process of starting up. Well, sort of. Probably (Obviously, the LOPSA Board has to vote on the creation of chapters and things like that).

See, LOPSA-LA has been an affiliate for a while, but until now, they’ve met under the banner of the UNIX Users Association of Southern California, or UUASC. After discussing things with their organizer (and my good buddy) Aleksey Tsalolikhin, I learned that he had been wanting to turn LOPSA-LA into a full LOPSA chapter, and when we combined our contacts, he learned that he had the resources to do it. Synergy, baby!

In a completely separate discussion, someone came to me and said, “Hey, the UUASC meetings are really far from me. Do you think an Orange County LOPSA chapter would work?” – of course it will! Despite the fact that they look really close on the map, it’s an hour or two drive from most of the OC to most of LA. That’s crazy, and way too far to go for a LOPSA meeting every month (also, that’s the same reason I started the NYC Chapter).

So now I’m working with Jonathan Turner to make OC LOPSA a reality. We’ve received a lot of interest, and have several people pledged to get to the meetings, but of course we’d like more before the chapter starts.

Here’s how you can help. If you’re in the area of Irvine, CA, and you’re interested in being a charter member of the new LOPSA chapter there, fill out this form to let Jonathan know that you want to help.

The same goes for the Los Angeles chapter. If you want to take part, let Aleksey know by filling out this form.

Two new potential chapters in a little over a week is amazing! You’re doing your part to help make the world better for system administrators everywhere. If you’re not a LOPSA member and want to learn more, check it out here.

SoCal LOPSA Chapter. Who’s doing it?

I have heard from a ton of people in Southern California (or SoCal for you peeps not hip to the jive) who want to attend a LOPSA meeting in Southern California. Enough people that they’d actually start out with a full chapter.

This is silly. I don’t live in SoCal, so I can’t start that chapter, but I can help someone else do it. So who’s in? Who wants to organize a LOPSA chapter there? Who would attend one (and remember, you don’t need to be a LOPSA member to attend the chapter meetings typically).

A while back, I wrote a LOPSA Locals Chapter Guide designed to make it easier for organizers to spin up LOPSA chapters. Take a look through if you’re interested.

The biggest single thing that everyone is afraid of is, “I can’t lead a group of sysadmins”. As I say in the guide, don’t think of yourself as a leader, think of yourself as an organizer. You’re already an amazing organizer of things, otherwise you’d never have made it as a sysadmin. Organizing LOPSA chapters are just one other type of logistics. You’re good at logistics; you can do this.

I will personally help anyone willing to start working on a LOPSA chapter in Southern California. LISA12 is in San Diego this year. It would be AWESOME to have a local chapter represent.

If you are interested in Organizing OR Attending a meeting somewhere in SoCal, drop a comment here or shoot me an email and let me know you’re interested.