Monday, May 20 • 17:57 - 18:02
Lightning Talk: When the Command Line is Not Enough: Why Your OSS Project Needs A GUI - Risha Mars, Buoyant

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In the ops and infrastructure world, we often rely on command line interfaces to do most of our heavy lifting. What value can a proxy get out of having a dashboard? How can a GUI complement a CLI? In this talk we'll look at Linkerd's web dashboard and CLI, and examine ways in which a GUI improves the user experience. In particular we’ll explore ways that a GUI offers more flexibility or better presentation capabilities than a CLI, namely: better data aggregation, easier data entry, better data manipulation, easier annotation and explanations with tooltips and popups, and user customization. In this talk, we’ll spend time looking at how different GUI elements (tables, charts, graphs, diagrams, tooltips, colour) can help the user get the most value of of a product. Lastly, we will talk about how GUIs can increase OSS participation by letting front-end coders contribute.

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Risha Mars

Software Engineer, Buoyant
Risha is a Software Engineer at Buoyant and works on the Linkerd 2 control plane, writing APIs, CLIs and dashboards using Go and Javascript. Previously, Risha worked on the Ads team at Twitter, on internal ads tooling and dashboards.

Monday May 20, 2019 17:57 - 18:02
Hall 8.0 A1