Day 1 of KubeCon is in the books. I'm planning on writing up a better post once the entire conference is done, but I wanted to call out a few things I really enjoyed from the day.

The opening keynotes were great, but in particular the story time from Matt Butcher and Karen Chu was great. The presentation, the behind-the-scenes view of the illustration for the story itself, and the donation announcement for Phippy and the rest to the CNCF was the perfect break before the first round of talks kicked off.

There were two great TGIK's from Kris Nova today and I'm looking forward to seeing what Joe Beda covers over the next two days. The session on kind was really interesting and the session on etcd and the related operator in the evening drove me towards some ideas to fix a problem I'm currently living with in our Kube clusters today.

The session from Taylor Thomas and Jordan Olshevski titled "Kubernetes is not for Developers and Other Things the Hype Never Told You" was amazing. It definitely (correctly) highlighted the exactly dissonance that causes problems between application devs and platform devs. It proposed a lot of ideas that I want to talk through once I get back.

Joe Thompson's talk about a basic Kubernetes debugging kit really hit home with me. Most of what he talked through about situations where a kit is required are things I've had to deal with in some form or another in the limited experience I've had so far. The statement about building your own debugging images with the tools you need is exactly what I plan on doing when I get back to Dallas. I also want to KT some of it back to the rest of my team so that the image I make is useful for everyone in some form.

Julia Evans' closing keynote was exactly what I needed - fun, high-energy, relevant, and candid. She talked through her experiences at Stripe and the methodology she followed - for someone that's new to ops, that was exactly what I was after. There were a few times where she was open about being unsure of what would happen and it lined up very well with where I'm at and some of the other problems I run into. They may be simple, but it was great to know I wasn't the only one that ever ran into them.

There was also an outstanding overview of the contributor experience SIG, what they're working on, their roadmap over the coming months, and how to get involved. I'm going to see what else I can learn about it and I'd like to get involved as a contributor in the future.

It was a pretty great start to KubeCon and I can't wait to see what's next.