Facilitating the Spread of Knowledge and Innovation in Professional Software Development

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Merlin Carpenter and Tim Stokes present the architecture of, a website and a system keeping track of historical data –birth, marriage, death, census records- of over 2 billion people.


Merlin Carpenter is a principal engineer at FamilySearch where he evangelizes data standards, RESTful web services, and permanent URLs for genealogical information. He also worked at Novell and WordPerfect. Tim Stokes is a web architect at FamilySearch. Before that, Tim worked in London and Sydney with a number of companies including BT, Citigroup, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and others.

About the conference

GOTO Aarhus is the enterprise software development conference designed for team leads, architects, and project management and is organized by developers, for developers. As software developers and architects ourselves, we wanted to craft the ultimate conference. The result is a high quality conference experience where a tremendous amount of attention and investment has gone into having the best content on the most important topics presented by the leaders in our community, staged in an intimate environment needed to support as much learning and networking as possible.

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Jan 03, 2012