Are you looking to develop and push your apps to Kubernetes but not sure what should be in your app deployment toolkit? Whether you are maintaining your own cluster or using a hosted services, there’s quite a bit that you need to know to have the best experience. For instance, how do you develop and test an app to run well on Kubernetes? What should be in your dev toolkit?

Ilya Dmitrichenko, a Weaveworks Developer Experience Engineer, and Tamao Nakahara, Head of the Developer Experience team at Weaveworks, kicked off the “Developing with Kubernetes” online office hours a few weeks ago to create a place to discuss these types of questions and more.   

The topics have rotated through app dev toolkit topics such as KubeSquash, Skaffold, Draft, etc. To sign up and be notified of upcoming sessions, subscribe to our Weave Online User Group.

During the office hours, Ilya is available to answer your burning questions particularly around what tools you might consider when developing Kubernetes. He will kick off each session with a brief ice breaker on a particular topic to get the conversation going. The goal is to share his knowledge, but also learn from attendees through an honest discussion about what he’s learning, working on, testing out, and writing about with regards to developing with Kubernetes best practices and toolkits. We invite you to join the office hours for Ilya to help you with your needs, answer your questions, as well as for everyone to share and learn as a group.

Why Ilya? Ilya is an active member and contributor in the Kubernetes community, Ambassador for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and he helps advocate for the community through SIGs, Kubernetes office hours, open source projects and general speaking at meetups and events. Through these experiences, Ilya knows the learning curve when getting started with Kubernetes and he is particularly dedicated to improving the app developer’s experience of Kubernetes.

The format of the office hours is currently:

  • 10-15 mins Intros and short presentation on the topic to kick off the conversation
  • 15 mins office hours Q&A and discussion
  • 15 mins extra time as needed

The topics covered so far have included the technologies that Ilya wrote about in his recent blog post on with Michael Hausenblas (Red Hat): as well as related technologies such as his project,

We meet on Thursdays at 10:00 PT / 18:00 London time for 30-45 mins depending on the number of questions.

One thing for attendees to note is that these sessions are like online meetings where your name and face (if you turn on your video) will appear to the group. It is ok to put a fake name if you are uncomfortable with having your name appear on the screen to others; however, so far the members have found the place a safe space to ask questions, make friends, and join in the conversation. On that note, these meetings are about helping each other, being nice, and creating a safe space to answer any question, so please be supportive and follow the CNCF CoC :)

Please join us on Thursdays (check for off weeks) with your questions!