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The Browser as a Platform

Posted by Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer  on  Aug 14, 2009 1

Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer present the current status of the browser as a platform and what it takes to be successful: a very fast JavaScript engine, using Canvas or no more drawing plug-ins, thread support, transforming it into a desktop, taking over mobile devices, great UI, and others.

Harnessing the Cloud

Posted by Mike West  on  Jul 28, 2009

Mr. West provides a detailed view of cloud computing and how it can be harnessed for the benefit of the enterprise. Issues covered include: agile economies, mobile knowledge workers, global organizations, virtual integration, mobile devices, speed of response, economics of cloud computing, cloud technology considerations, and the evolving cloudscape.

Google App Engine and the Google Data APIs

Posted by Mano Marks  on  Jun 21, 2009

Mano Marks introduces the Google App Engine (a toolset used internally to develop Google applications) and shows how to build scalable systems where the developer worries about the code, and Google worries about the servers. The presentation includes an overview of Google App Engine and a quick introduction to the Google Data APIs.

What Happens When David Hasselhoff Meets the Cloud

Posted by Stefan Fountain  on  Jun 14, 2009

This QCon London presentation has two distinct parts: the first covering the process of moving an application to the cloud and the second the "philosophical" reasons for adopting a cloud computing solution for your enterprise. The first part is essentially an experience report and is focused on the AWS platform.

Gluing together the web via the Facebook Platform

Posted by Josh Elman  on  Jun 05, 2009 1

Facebook offers an open standards platform for creating social network applications. Josh Elman discusses the concept of social networking and how the Facebook platform addresses issues of identity, of social graphing, and sharing (via its Open Stream API). His presentation explored the nature of a social graph and the "virtuous cylcle of sharing."

Transforming Software Architecture with Web as Platform

Posted by Dion Hinchcliffe  on  May 17, 2009 3

This session takes a comprehensive look the "Web as Platform," implications for software architecture and innovations and ideas that are just now being fully appreciated. Changing concepts of system design and the discipline and practice of software architecture, that architects and technical leads must know today are addressed in this far ranging discussion.

Gallio, a .NET Testing Automation Platform

Posted by Jeff Brown  on  Apr 28, 2009

In this presentation recorded at QCon SF 2008, Jeff Brown presents Gallio, a test automation platform, and MbUnit, a test automation framework for .NET. He shows how a test framework works on Gallio and talks about the difficulties faced when building such a platform.

Application Services on the Web: SalesForce.com

Posted by Dave Carroll  on  Apr 11, 2009

Dave Carroll presents Force.com as a platform for creating enterprise applications in the Cloud using Web service APIs, server side logic, service oriented application support and application lifecycle management service: delivering your application offline or to a mobile device. Dave covers issues, like scalability, huge data sets, security and developer success.

GWT-Gears: The Browser is the Platform

Posted by Didier Girard  on  Mar 29, 2009

This presentation explains how and why to use GWT and Gears to create rich internet applications that can also be run off-line. GWT basics like java/javascript integration, Widgets, RPC support, unit testing, CSS, and the debugger are covered before introducing Gears as the means for off-line delivery. Together, GWT and Gears "makes your browser the platform."

The Amazon.com Technology Platform: Building Blocks for Innovation

Posted by Werner Vogels  on  Dec 06, 2007

In this QCon presentation, Amazon.com CTO Werner Vogels explains how Amazon has become a platform provider, and how an increasing number of diverse businesses are built on the Amazon.com platform. Although Amazon.com's scale makes them seem an extreme case, lessons have been learnt that will be of use to every enterprise looking to provide services to or to consume services of business partners.

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