Andrea Burbank discusses the risks, benefits, and lessons from running a single huge experiment with hundreds of moving parts, and with long-term engagement as the metric of success.
Peter Bourgon provides a practical introduction to Conflict-free Replicated Data Types (CRDTs) and describes a production CRDT system built at SoundCloud to serve several product features.
Mark Madsen explains the history of databases and data processing over the past decades and looks where the industry will go.
Adam Wick explains the promise of unikernels (single-purpose, lightweight virtual machines) and shares experiences about when unikernels are appropriate solutions and when they are not.
Tim Rath explains how and why Amazon incorporated more powerful testing methodologies, ultimately leading them to the use of formal methods where TLA+ has become a cornerstone to our overall strategy.
Elasticity is a key component in reactive systems and James Ward navigates the different characteristics of different implementations of this concept: Akka, Scala, RxJava, and more.
Terence Parr shows the key practical advances in parsing from the last 25 years, provides algorithm comparisons, and separates the promises from reality.
Rachel Reese sees reactive services and functional languages as a natural pair, demonstrating how functional concepts such as mailboxes and async workflows can help one craft reactive services.
Melissa Pierce discusses the history and present of CS culture, gender relations, and tensions between hardware and software engineering.
Brian Troutwine examines how functional programming and other concepts championed by Erlang can yield reactive services with just a change in thinking and a different approach to design.
Ben Christensen summarizes why the Rx programming model was chosen and demonstrates how it is applied to a variety of use cases.
Sri Viswanath shares the ideas and program driving Groupon’s engineering culture.