A Conversation with Mark Burgess

Episode 6 represents a milestone for The Ship Show: our first guest!

When it comes to configuration management frameworks, CFEngine is always part of the conversation. We talk with the father of the configuration management tool and the CTO of CFEngine Mark Burgess and CMO of CFEngine, Mark de Visser about CM, CM tools, where CM intersects business needs, and the trends affecting CM today. Join us for:

A Conversation with CFEngine’s Mark Burgess

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d, and back with us again, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella for a chat with Mark, plus coverage of the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a review of “The Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering.”

Or, download Episode 6, or any of our previous shows!

Show Links/Notes

  • 1:38News & Views
  • 9:29Main Segment: A Conversation with Mark Burgess
    • 9:55 – What Mark has been up to…
    • 13:55 – Promise theory?
    • 18:08Specifyingconfiguration in domain-specific languages vs. the implementation language
    • 21:29 – Operating system and CM?
    • 22:24 – Thoughts on other CM frameworks
    • 23:30 – CFEngine and open source
    • 25:39 – CFEngine’s unique open source community
    • 28:53 – CFEngine User groups
    • 29:23 – Mark’s take on DevOps
    • 32:14 – The shifting focus toward developers and its impact on CM
    • 40:04 – The impact of cloud on CM
    • 43:54 – Exotic CFEngine deployments
    • 48:10 – Why is CM still so hard, even with all the tools we have?
    • 52:35 – How to not “live in fear” of your systems
    • 54:00 – Mark’s response to Michael de Haan’s criticisms of complexity
    • 58:00 – We go all Inside the Actor’s Studio with Mark, as he takes The Ship Show’s version of the Proust Questionnaire
  • 1:00:45Review


Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering by Robert L. Glass.

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