Simon Stewart presents the activity of Google’s Engineering Productivity team and the role Software Engineers in Test (SETs) play in helping software developers to make their code more maintainable, recommending some of their tools: Gold linker, Eclipse, distcc, JDepend, graphviz.
Julian Simpson recommends practices to bring together development and operations, like: collaboration, don’t use email for internal communication, respect everyone, have lunch with the other team, discuss problems, joined retrospectives and stand-up meetings, co-locate sysadmins and developers, teach sysadmin to use VC, use CI and continues deployment, separate binaries and configuration files.
Eishay Smith presents the main differences between Scala and Java, explaining how the Java developers can start integrate Scala code into their development, building, testing and runtime environments. Smith also talks about Scala’s learning curve, IDE integration issues and problems people face when Scala is introduced to their organization.
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.
Sam Newman discusses how to improve the process going from software development to production, covering the following steps: building, configuration, automated testing, deploying, monitoring, logging and disasters. He offers practical advice on how to avoid transforming the development, QA and Operations into silos by using build pipelines providing continuous builds and deployment.
In this video Javier Soltero, SpringSource CTO of Management Products, hosts a panel discussion on the future of enterprise deployment and what IT operations staff should be looking for when considering their production system needs with Michael Cote (Redmonk), Andi Mann (EMA), Dennis Callahan (The 451 Group), and Al Hilwa (IDC).
In this presentation @ QCon London, Zed Shaw explains the impact Mongrel's 2500 lines of code have had. He also goes into what makes a project successful (good documentation, make the product is to install and extend, etc) and how companies can get on the good side of open source projects they use.