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QCon San Francisco 2017 Tickets on Sale; Committee Announced; Top Podcasts & Top Talks from 2016

by Wesley Reisz on  May 18, 2017

QCon San Francisco, the 11th annual Bay Area software conference that attracts attendees from all over the world, returns to the Silicon Valley area November 13-15, 2017 and tickets are officially on sale.

10 Weeks to QCon New York: Keynotes Announced and Early Peek into the Speaker Lineup

by Wesley Reisz on  Apr 24, 2017

QCon New York (the 6th annual software conference) is just 10 weeks away. June 26-28 QCon returns to its new location at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, but with the same great lineup of speakers. 2017 features speakers from Stitch Fix, Google, Netflix, Lyft, Pivotal, Redis Labs, among others.

Evolving the Engineering Culture at Criteo

by Ben Linders on  Apr 03, 2017

Senior management should make engineering culture a top priority and create the framework which supports building a good engineering culture. You need values for culture to evolve, supported by rules that govern how things are done.

A Crystal Ball to Prioritise Technical Debt in Monoliths or Microservices: Adam Tornhill's Thoughts

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 02, 2017

At QCon London, Adam Tornhill presented “A Crystal Ball to Prioritise Technical Debt”, and claimed that although the technical debt metaphor has taken the software world with storm, most organizations find it hard to prioritise and repay their technical debt. Key takeaways from the talk included methods to identify ‘hotspots’ of code complexity and churn.

Avoiding Alerts Overload from Microservices: Sarah Wells at QCon London

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 02, 2017

At QCon London, Sarah Wells presented “Avoiding Alerts Overload from Microservices”, and cautioned that developers and operators must fundamentally change the way they think about monitoring when building a microservice system. Key takeaways included: build a system that can be supported; focus on ‘stuff that matters’ when creating monitoring and alerts; and cultivate and improve alerts.

Overview of the Reliable Event Delivery System at Spotify

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 31, 2017

Spotify clients generate up to 1.5 million events per second at peak hours and all are handled by their Event Delivery System, designed to have a predictable latency and to never lose an event, Igor Maravic noted in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference, where he gave a high level overview of the system and some of the key operational aspects.

Challenges Building Facebook Live Streams

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 30, 2017 2

Facebook Live started in a hackathon two years ago, and was launched to users eight months later. One of the challenges has been dealing with the unpredictable number of viewers of a single stream, Sachin Kulkarni noted in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference, where he described his team's architecture and design considerations when building Facebook live streams.

Building a Bank with Golang, Microservices and Containers: Matt Heath at QCon London

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 20, 2017 2

At QCon London, Matt Heath, Distributed Systems Engineer at Monzo Bank, presented “Building a Bank with Golang”. Key takeaways included: Golang’s focus on simplicity and readability in combination with excellent concurrency primitives making this a language well-suited for creating “high volume, low latency, distributed applications”.

Moving Deliveroo from a Monolith to a Distributed System

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 17, 2017

Deliveroo has grown dramatically the last years, both in terms of business and IT, and is facing a lot of technical challenges with its large monolithic application. The solution is to go distributed, but without microservices, Greg Beech noted in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference, describing their move from a monolith into a distributed system.

Concurrent and Distributed Programming in the Future

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 15, 2017

The world is concurrent with everything around us asynchronous and event oriented. Concurrency and the cloud are things every developer will have to deal with in the future, Joe Duffy claimed in his keynote at the recent QCon London conference. At the heart of this is communication, which is essential both for concurrent and distributed systems.

Is it Possible to Test Programmable Infrastructure? Matt Long at QCon London Made the Case for "Yes"

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 12, 2017

At QCon London, Matt Long, QA Consultant at OpenCredo presented “Testing Programmable Infrastructure with Ruby”. Key takeaways included: it is possible to test programmable infrastructure at the unit, integration, and acceptance level; Ruby provides the power of a full programming language for integration and acceptance tests, and is often understood by both testers and sysadmins;

From Microliths to Microsystems: Jonas Bonér at QCon London

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 12, 2017

At QCon London, Jonas Bonér, CTO at Lightbend, presented “From Microliths to Microsystems”, and explored microservices from first principles, and discussing the architectural style in the context of distributed systems. Key takeaways included: avoid building ‘microliths’, and instead create systems that are resilient and elastic; and practice events-first Domain-Driven Design (DDD).

Creating a More Equal Workplace

by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2017 5

Women are leaving the tech industry because they are unhappy, don't feel valued or lack access to opportunities. We need to create environments that retain and grow employees, regardless of what they look like on the outside, argued Kate Heddleston. During her QCon London talk she suggested a process that organizations can use if they want to create equal access opportunities.

Tracks Announced & Registrations off to a Fast Start: QCon New York 2017 (June 26 - 30, 2017) Update

by Wesley Reisz on  Jan 24, 2017

The 6th Annual QCon New York, a practitioner-driven conference designed for software architects/tech leads/leaders who influence innovation in their teams, has opened registrations. QCon New York will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis and has tickets on sale for $1840 through Feb 4th.

QCon London 2017 in Full Gear: Talks from Jonas Bonér, Sachine Kulkarni & Martin Thompson

by Wesley Reisz on  Jan 17, 2017

With just under 50 days to go before QCon London 2017, tickets for the 11th annual technology conference hosted at the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center March 6-8 are moving quickly.

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