Like so many other events this year, DevConf.cz is going virtual from February 18-20. Originally an internal Red Hat event held in Brno in the Czech Republic, this free, volunteer-organized event is now in its thirteenth year and is open to all. As usual, DevConf.cz will cover a wide range of topics of interest to Red Hat Research Quarterly (RHRQ) readers, including considerable representation from academia with talks on researchers’ latest projects and findings.
Martin Ukrop and Pavol Žáčik will provide an update on security certificate usability research that is part of the academic cooperation between Red Hat Engineering and Masaryk University. Ukrop wrote about their earlier work on this problem, drawn from research conducted in part at a prior DevConf, in a previous issue of RHRQ (see issue 2:2, “Don’t blame the developers”).
With tracks covering everything from data engineering and data science, to technical documentation and open source community, to all things Linux kernel to containers to storage to quality engineering (and more!), there’s something for everyone.
Attila Lakatos is a Red Hat intern in Brno; together with Zoltan Fridrich, he will talk about a software framework that protects your system against rogue USB devices. Another intern, Ondřej Míchal, will cover Toolbox, a tool for creating an interactive container-based environment. Engineering interns are considered part of the Red Hat Research Program, which organizes their mentorship.
A panel discussing the need to realign analysis tools to better address the specifics of modern distributed web apps will provide another spotlight on research projects. The panel will introduce the open source Prophet project, which uses holistic code analysis to better understand the behavior of enterprise microservice apps. Andrew Walker, a PhD student at Baylor University, and Tomas Cerny, a professor there, will be among those on the panel. For an overview of Prophet, go to github: https://github.com/cloudhubs
These examples just scratch the surface of what will be on offer at DevConf. With tracks covering everything from data engineering and data science, to technical documentation and open source community, to all things Linux kernel to containers to storage to quality engineering (and more!), there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss it.