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From Agile Development to Agile Operations

Posted by Stuart Charlton  on  Apr 23, 2010

Stuart Charlton talks about the opportunity brought by cloud computing to introduce agile methods and processes to the operational side of IT, reflecting on how cloud computing affects the relationship between development and operations, suggesting goals that help bridging these two worlds together, and proposing an integrated approach to application design, development and operations.

Horizontal Scalability via Transient, Shardable, and Share-Nothing Resources

Posted by Adam Wiggins  on  Apr 20, 2010 1

Adam Wiggins believes that now is the time of horizontal scalability achieved by using resources that are transient, shardable and share nothing with other resources. He gives as example several applications and a language: memcached, CouchDB, Hadoop, Redis, Varnish, RabbitMQ, Erlang, detailing how each one applies those principles.

Project-Oriented SOA

Posted by Leo Shuster  on  Apr 08, 2010 3

Leo Shuster shows how to combine service architecture and lifecycle management, funding, SOA governance and metrics for an organization to be able to develop its projects and integrate them into an encompassing SOA initiative which is unfolding in the same time.

Dave Hoover and Paul Pagel on Apprenticing to Mastery

Posted by Dave Hoover and Paul Pagel  on  Apr 02, 2010

Formal software apprenticeship is an approach to developing skilled software developers. Dave Hoover and Paul Pagel discuss the patterns of behavior they've observed in successful apprenticeships, focusing specifically on apprenticeships in which the developer aspired to mastery. The behavioral patterns are applicable both inside and outside formal software apprenticeships.

Basking in the Limelight

Posted by Micah Martin  on  Mar 28, 2010 1

Micah Martin introduces Limelight, a JRuby GUI library that uses the theater metaphor for writing GUIs. The talk introduces basic concepts, how to style GUIs, and much more.

Open Source at Unibet.com - 10x Scalability at Half the Cost

Posted by Stefan Norberg  on  Mar 25, 2010 2

Stefan Norberg presents Unibet.com’s architecture, the challenges faced and the solutions adopted in order to sustain live and offline betting over an entire continent. They started with a monolithic database and moved towards a finely tuned front-end architecture - XHTML 1.0, CSS 2.1, YUI, caching, compression, image spriting, CDN striping – plus using multiple replicas for scaling out.

QCon SF Keynote: Techie VC's Talk About Trends & Opportunities

Posted by Kevin Efrusy and Salil Deshpande  on  Mar 18, 2010

Kevin Efrusy and Salil Deshpande, two entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, talk about the elements of a successful investment, what makes a business successful or not, presenting three actual cases they have been involved with: Hyperic, G2One, SpringSource.

Security for the Services World

Posted by Chris Riley  on  Mar 10, 2010

Chris Riley presents security issues threatening service based systems which could be attacked on the transport or the message layer. He examines some of the security threats presenting measures to undertake to reduce the risks and available security frameworks.

Navigating The Rapids:Real-World Lessons in Adopting Agile

Posted by Sam Newman  on  Mar 10, 2010

This talk investigates technical issues encountered when moving to an Agile process. How will your codebase react to an increasing level of change? How can you get your software into production more frequently? What kind of tools can you use to make the transition as smooth as possible? How can you merge frequent releases with other, less agile teams? These and other questions are addressed.

Codename "M": Language, Data, and Modeling, Oh My!

Posted by Don Box and Amanda Laucher  on  Mar 10, 2010

Don Box and Amanda Laucher present “M”, a declarative language for building data models, domain models or external DSLs. Most of the presentation consists of Don Box doing hands-on code writing demoing some of M’s features and latest changes of the language.

7 Fundamentals of Mission-Critical Service Testing

Posted by Robert D. Schneider  on  Mar 05, 2010

Robert D. Schneider explains why enterprises should invest in testing especially if they are deploying an SOA initiative, and offers 7 service testing fundamentals: thoroughly service testing, using large amounts of realistic data, security testing, getting high developer and tester productivity, tracking test results, testing under anticipated loads, and properly governing services.

Pragmatic F# in Action

Posted by Amanda Laucher and Josh Graham  on  Mar 04, 2010 1

Amanda Laucher and Josh Graham introduce the audience to F# basics showing some of its main features, emphasizing what makes it better than imperative languages. Laucher also presents the case of a real life application where she rewrote large portions of C# code replacing it with dense fast executing F# instructions.

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