Backstage, which joined the CNCF Incubator in March of this year has seen considerable interest, with the project hosting its first co-located event – BackstageCon – at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America last month. Over 200 organizations have adopted Backstage technology and this considerable growth has prompted a new training course: Introduction to Backstage: Developer Portals Made Easy (LFS142x). The course is designed for DevOps engineers and professionals interested in or working in Developer Productivity or Developer Experience teams. 

“The developer experience can be complex as organizations grow and cloud native technology proliferates,” said Chris Aniszczyk, CTO of CNCF. “Developer portals like Backstage address the issues created by providing developers a golden path to improve their developer experience. With its thriving plug-in ecosystem, I imagine we will continue to see rapid adoption of Backstage and think this course is timed perfectly to respond to this growth.”

The course provides 8-10 hours of insights into developer portals, what Backstage can do, and how to run it both locally and in production. Students will also learn how to map your organization’s needs to what Backstage can offer and how to get involved if interested in contributing. Note that to get the most out of this course, you should be familiar with source control systems and repositories and have basic knowledge of GitHub and JavaScript (especially React and Node.js). For learners using Windows, knowing how to install PostgreSQL locally is a plus.

While the course is free, anyone who completes it has the opportunity to purchase a certificate of completion. 

The course was authored by Jorge Lainfiesta, a Technical Marketing Manager at He has been working around Backstage since it was open sourced by Spotify and co-hosts community initiatives like the Backstage Users Unconference. 

Enroll today to start learning Backstage for a more streamlined development ecosystem.