Error in Prod - Making DevOps Accessible

Bit Project and New Relic built an immersive learning experience called Error in Prod, simulating a real-life on-call scenario for a site reliability engineer

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DevOps as a field is intimidating because of its high learning curve and general complexity, and when you search for more information you’re inundated with results for corporate webinars, jargon-filled tutorials, and complex diagrams.

That’s why New Relic is excited to partner with Bit Project, a tech education nonprofit, to introduce DevOps to students through an immersive learning experience called Error in Prod. The first workshop simulates a real-life on-call scenario for a site reliability engineer.

Leveraging New Relic, students will navigate through various simulated scenarios ranging from database outages to javascript errors to find and debug errors in production. Through the misguided adventures of D. Bug, the fictional villainous hacker infiltrating our simulated app, students will experience analyzing distributed traces, infrastructure data, and workloads through the New Relic UI.

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A screenshot of a student finding the villainous D.Bug through New Relic Browser.

The workshop is developed by college and high school students around the world, working together remotely to find creative ways to make DevOps accessible.

For many of the students who worked on this project, developing Error in Prod was their first foray into the field of DevOps.

As a workshop built for students, by students, we are super excited to make DevOps a field more welcoming and accessible to students starting their developer journey.

At the end of each workshop, students will get a chance to compete for prizes on a scavenger hunt for issues affecting the performance of the deployed application.

We can’t wait to see you there and get your help catching the elusive D. Bug!


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