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Too Big to Fail: Running A/B Experiments When You're Betting the Bank

Posted by Andrea Burbank  on  Mar 01, 2015

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.

46:52

Consistency without Consensus: CRDTs in Production at SoundCloud

Posted by Peter Bourgon  on  Feb 22, 2015

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.

59:37

Following Google: Don’t Follow the Followers, Follow the Leaders

Posted by Mark Madsen  on  Feb 21, 2015

Mark Madsen explains the history of databases and data processing over the past decades and looks where the industry will go.

46:32

Unikernels: Who, What, Where, When, Why

Posted by Adam Wick  on  Feb 21, 2015

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.

59:21

The Evolution of Testing Methodology at AWS: From Status Quo to Formal Methods with TLA+

Posted by Tim Rath  on  Feb 21, 2015

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.

50:57

Comparing Elasticity of Reactive Frameworks

Posted by James Ward  on  Feb 16, 2015 3

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.

47:55

The Quest for the One True Parser

Posted by Terence Parr  on  Feb 15, 2015 1

Terence Parr shows the key practical advances in parsing from the last 25 years, provides algorithm comparisons, and separates the promises from reality.

40:34

Building Reactive Services using Functional Programming

Posted by Rachel Reese  on  Feb 15, 2015

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.

54:18

The Evolution of Engineering Culture: Oh, the Places We've Been

Posted by Melissa Pierce  on  Feb 15, 2015 4

Melissa Pierce discusses the history and present of CS culture, gender relations, and tensions between hardware and software engineering.

41:12

Let It Crash! The Erlang Approach to Building Reliable Services

Posted by Brian Troutwine  on  Feb 10, 2015

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.

54:27

Reactive Programming with Rx

Posted by Ben Christensen  on  Feb 10, 2015

Ben Christensen summarizes why the Rx programming model was chosen and demonstrates how it is applied to a variety of use cases.

33:24

Groupon Engineering: Building Culture through the Experimentation MindSet

Posted by Sri Viswanath  on  Feb 08, 2015

Sri Viswanath shares the ideas and program driving Groupon’s engineering culture.

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