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Agile Development: Overcoming a Short-term Focus in Implementing Best Practices

Posted by Karthik Dinakar  on  Oct 18, 2010 2

Karthik Dinakar presents the case of his team which attempted to be as agile as possible in order to fulfill the short-term goals but missed the long-term ones because some of the Agile best practices were ignored. He tells the story of how his team finally managed to come back on course and which are the practices that he considers as necessary for success.

Using RESTful Web Services and Cloud Computing for Next-Generation Mobile Applications

Posted by Jason H. Christensen  on  Sep 10, 2010

Jason H. Christensen presents the evolution of mobile devices, how to get around limitations by integrating mobile systems with the cloud and make use of RESTful services, what is a basic mobile architecture and how it can be implemented.

Making SOA Work in a Healthcare Company

Posted by Brian Nicks  on  Aug 27, 2010 1

Brian Nicks presents a study case of a healthcare company which inherited many disparate technologies from Java on WebLogic to .Net to RPG on iSeries to CICS on zSeries to COBOL on OpenVMS, deciding that the integration solution was to implement a SOA initiative. The presentation contains the challenges, the successes and the lessons learned throughout the process.

Scrub & Spin: Stealth Use of Formal Methods in Software Development

Posted by Gerard Holzmann  on  Jun 02, 2010 1

Gerard Holzmann discusses Spin, a design analyzer tool, and Scrub, a code review tool, used by Jet Propulsion Laboratory to analyze and fix the software used for critical solar system exploration missions.

Facebook: Moving Fast at Scale

Posted by Robert Johnson  on  May 24, 2010 2

Robert Johnson discusses Facebook’s approach to scalability issues resulting from a large growth of the user base. He talks about: why one needs to prepare for horizontal and not vertical scalability, very short release cycles which are better because they introduce fewer bugs, the need to streamline to deploying process for short release cycles, and making the entire process faster every day.

OOPSLA Keynote: The Power Of Abstraction

Posted by Barbara Liskov  on  Dec 23, 2009 7

In a reprise of her ACM Turing Award lecture, Barbara Liskov discusses the invention of abstract data types, the CLU programming language, clusters, polymorphism, exception handling, iterators, implementation inheritance, type hierarchies, the Liskov Substitution Principle, polymorphism, and future challenges such as new abstractions, parallelism, and the Internet.

Community Performance Optimization: Making Your People Run as Smoothly as Your Site

Posted by Brion Vibber  on  Dec 23, 2009 3

Brion Vibber discusses the challenges of working with user communities, social bottlenecks, the Wikipedia article deletion process, scalability of software vs communities, new approaches to scaling communities, ongoing challenges with MediaWiki community, using git to scale the code commit process, automated Wikipedia edit filtering, flagged protection pages, and remaining challenges to face.

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