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The new QCon London - returning for its 10th year!

by Wesley Reisz on  Aug 19, 2015

QCon London 2016 will take place at the The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on March 7-11, 2016 next year, and registration is now open.

QCon SF 2015 Update: Workshops at a glance (Nov 19-20)

by Wesley Reisz on  Aug 13, 2015

At QCon San Francisco, we offer two days of workshops (Nov 19-20). Workshops focus on developing the technical skills that leverage technologies you heard about from our expert practitioners during the conference sessions. Here is a glimpse at some of the experts you can learn from QCon SF ‘15 workshops.

QCon San Francisco 2015 (Nov 16-20): Track Topics Announced

by Diana Baciu on  Jul 07, 2015

Track topics for QCon San Francisco 2015 have been finalized and published to the conference website. Registrations for the event - which has been completely sold out for the past four years - are up 200% compared to the same time last year.

Q&A with Mitchell Hashimoto: Orchestration with Consul and Terraform

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 25, 2015

At QCon New York 2015, Mitchell Hashimoto discussed how tools such as a HashiCorp’s Terraform and Consul could be utilised to orchestrate infrastructure provisioning and application lifecycle management of cloud and container-based applications, with the ultimate goal of safely delivering software systems at scale.

Scaling the Stack Overflow Monolithic App by Obsessing Over Performance

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 21, 2015 4

At QCon New York 2015, David Fullerton presented a deep-dive into the monolithic C# / MS SQL architecture that powers the Stack Overflow website, which handles over 4 billion requests per month. Fullerton argued that by focusing on performance, scalability was included ‘almost for free’; and that by minimising the number of external application services, the need to pay ‘SOA tax’ has been avoided.

Too Big To Fail: Lessons Learnt from Google and HealthCare.gov

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 14, 2015

At QCon New York 2015, Nori Heikkinen shared stories of failure and lessons learnt during her time working as a site reliability engineer (SRE) at Google and HealthCare.gov. The discussion of managing large-scale outages included recommendations for preparation, response, analysis and prevention.

Building 'Failure as a Service' at Netflix without the Simian Army

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 13, 2015

At QCon New York 2015, Kolton Andrus discussed Netflix’s Failure Injection Testing (FIT) platform, which allows the injection and monitoring of arbitrary failure scenarios to a targeted group of customers using the Netflix production web services. FIT allows Netflix to maintain an ‘antifragile’ programming culture, which results in the creation of systems that are resilient to failure.

Taming Dependency Hell within Microservices with Michael Bryzek

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 13, 2015 1

Michael Bryzek, co-founder and ex-CTO at Gilt, discussed at QCon New York how ‘dependency hell’ could impact the delivery and maintenance of microservice platforms. Bryzek suggested that dependency hell may be mitigated by making API design ‘first class’, ensuring backward and forward compatibility, providing accurate documentation, and automatically generating client libraries.

Twenty Minutes to Production with Zero Downtime using Docker

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 13, 2015 1

At QCon New York 2015, Paul Payne discussed a project at Nordstrom that required modifying and re-deploying a live application service within twenty minutes, which was made possible due to the use of Go-based microservices, Docker container technology, and a continuous delivery methodology.

QCon New York in 4 Weeks: Top Tracks and Sessions; New Mini-Talks (June 8-12, 2015)

by Nitin Bharti on  May 11, 2015

QCon New York 2015 will feature over 90 breakout sessions, daily open spaces, and for the first time this year, a series of mini-talks on Microservices, Product Engineering, Machine Learning, and more. The next early discount to save $300 ends May 16th. Here are the most popular tracks, sessions, and tutorials at the upcoming QCon NY according to page view traffic on qconnewyork.com.

QCon San Francisco Nov 16 - 20, 2015 - Registration Open; Top 10 Presentations

by Diana Baciu on  Apr 21, 2015

Registration is now open for QCon San Francisco 2015 (Nov 16-20). The 9th annual event - taking place at The Hyatt Regency San Francisco - will feature over 100 speakers, 15 tracks, and many opportunities for networking. Register before Jun 27th and save $800.

QCon NY 2015 Update: Comcast, Uber, Netflix, Facebook Case Studies; Mary Poppendieck Keynote

by Nitin Bharti on  Apr 15, 2015

The 4th annual QCon New York will provide over 600 team leads, architects, software engineers, and project managers with practical guidance on Architecting for Failure, Applying Data Science and Machine Learning, Engineering Culture, Microservices & more. Hear case studies from the heads of engineering and technical directors at companies like LinkedIn, Twitter, Netflix, Comcast and Facebook.

Neuro-diversity in the Work Place

by Charles Humble on  Mar 23, 2015

Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg talked about neuro-diversity in the work place at QCon London. Programming is a complex creative task, and Freudenberg explored a number of the techniques that programmers in general use to help them achieve it.

Lessons Learned From Scaling Services at Google and eBay

by João Miranda on  Mar 22, 2015

Randy Shoup shared his experiences to the QCon London audience in scaling services at Google and eBay, giving advice on building and operating services. A successful services strategy requires end-to-end service ownership, decentralized decision-making and standardization efforts focused on protocols of communications and supporting infrastructure.

Uber Unveils its Realtime Market Platform

by João Miranda on  Mar 15, 2015

Matt Ranney, Chief Systems Architect at Uber, gave an overview of their dispatch system, responsible for matching Uber's drivers and riders. Ranney explained the driving forces that led to a rewrite of this system. He described the architectural principles that underpin it, several of the algorithms implemented and why Uber decided to design and implement their own RPC protocol.

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