Application Configuration With Tim Gross and Adam Jacob

Posted on Monday, Aug 1, 2016
Matt and Bridget chat with Tim Gross (Joyent) and Adam Jacob (Chef) about configuration that travels with the application, diving into Habitat and ContainerPilot.

Show Notes

Tim Gross (Joyent) and Adam Jacob (Chef) independently started solving the problem of how to put applications in control of their own configuration. They discuss Habitat and ContainerPilot, to the edification of Matt and Bridget.


Tim and example applications at



The Art of Closing - open source maintainer advice from Jessie Frazelle

Badass by Kathy Sierra

Matt - I’m having a bit too much fun contributing to it.

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Where we’ll be for the upcoming fortnight

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Tim Gross

Tim Gross

Timothy Gross is a product manager for Joyent, providers of the Triton Elastic Container Service. Tim previously ran Ops at DramaFever, where he and his scrappy team ran Docker in production to serve a few million fans their daily dose of dramas, documentaries, and gross-out horror movies. In a previous life, Tim was an architect (buildings, not software). He took the leap into programming and operations after he discovered he could automate away almost everything boring in his life.

Adam Jacob

Adam Jacob

Adam Jacob is the creator of Chef and co-founder of Chef, Inc. in 2008 and currently serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Chef, Inc. Adam founded HJK Solutions, an automated infrastructure consultancy. During two years at HJK, Adam built new infrastructures for 15 different startups. Including Adam’s time at HJK, Adam has 13 years of experience as a systems administrator, systems architect, and tools developer.


Matty Stratton

Matty Stratton

Matty Stratton is a HumanOps Advocate at PagerDuty, where he helps dev and ops teams advance the practice of their craft and become more operationally mature. He collaborates with PagerDuty customers and industry thought leaders in the broader DevOps community, and back when he drove, his license plate actually said “DevOps”.

Matty has over 20 years experience in IT operations, ranging from large financial institutions such as JPMorganChase and internet firms, including He is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and ITSM focused events, including ChefConf, DevOpsDays, Interop, PINK, and others worldwide. Matty is the founder and co-host of the popular Arrested DevOps podcast, as well as a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

He lives in San Francisco and has three awesome kids - Henry, Joey, and Sophia, who he loves just a little bit more than he loves Doctor Who. He is currently on a mission to discover the best pho in the world.

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if “cloud” can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the devopsdays organization globally and the devops community at home in Minneapolis. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.