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QCon San Francisco 2016 Trackhosts Confirmed

by Wesley Reisz on  Jul 19, 2016

QCon San Francisco, the largest English speaking conference organized by InfoQ, returns to the Bay Area November 7-9 for its tenth successive year. There are 18 tracks at QCon San Francisco, each an individually curated full-day vertical conference focused on important topics for software developers.

​ADHD & Technology: Brain Hacks and Upgrades

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jul 15, 2016

Mike Cavaliere was doing well in his career as a software developer. However, he felt like there were things that were harder for him to do than they should be. Eventually he found out he had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) . Cavaliere presented at QCon New York 2016 the strategies he experimented with to improve his brain over the years.

QCon San Francisco 2016 Tracks Announced and First Glimpse at Workshops

by Wesley Reisz on  Jul 01, 2016

QCon San Francisco, the 10th annual bay area software conference that attracts attendees from all over the world, returns to the Fishermen's Wharf area of San Francisco November 7-9, 2016.

Gil Tene: Understanding Hardware Transactional Memory

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 19, 2016

In his presentation "Understanding Hardware Transactional Memory" at QCon New York 2016, Gil Tene introduces hardware transactional memory (HTM). Whereas the concept of HTM is not new, it is now finally available in commodity hardware. The purpose of HTM is to be able to write to multiple addresses in memory in an atomical way so that there cannot be inconsistencies in cooperation other threads.

Neha Narkhede: Large-Scale Stream Processing with Apache Kafka

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 19, 2016

In her presentation "Large-Scale Stream Processing with Apache Kafka" at QCon New York 2016, Neha Narkhede introduces Kafka Streams, a new feature of Kafka for processing streaming data. According to Narkhede stream processing has become popular because unbounded datasets can be found in many places. It is no longer a niche problem like, for example, machine learning.

Dan Guido: Modern iOS Application Security

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 17, 2016

As mobile applications increase in popularity and as more transactions are carried out via mobile devices, security is a topic of growing concern. In his talk "Modern iOS Application Security" at QCon New York 2016, Dan Guido takes a closer look at iOS security. While Apple already provides the means to create highly secured applications, there are still threads that may render them useless.

Systems Programming in C#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jun 14, 2016 1

Although the definition of system programming is fuzzy, it can be described as having to think at the bit, byte, instruction or CPU cycle level. Systems programming also implies demanding performance and reliability requirements. Joe Duffy, engineering director at Microsoft, presented strategies for system programming in C# at QCon New York. He also discusses pitfalls and how to mitigate them.

Kief Morris: Implementing Infrastructure as Code

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 14, 2016

Moving applications to the cloud has somewhat become commodity in the meantime - not only for big players, but also for smaller companies that rely on flexibility and resource utilization. In his presentation "Implementing Infrastructure as Code", Kief Morris, cloud practice lead at ThoughWorks, shares some key principles and recommendations on how to leverage cloud based infrastructure.

3 weeks until QCon New York: New Talks, Podcasts, & Workshops

by Wesley Reisz on  May 16, 2016

Marking its 5th anniversary, QCon New York returns June 13-15. This is QCon New York’s last year holding the event in Brooklyn. Next year, QCon moves to a new venue in Manhattan.

QCon SF 2016 Registrations Open, Program Committee Announced, & Last year’s Top 10 Lists

by Wesley Reisz on  May 10, 2016

The 10th Annual QCon San Francisco, a practitioner-driven conference designed for software architects/tech leads/leaders who influence innovation in their teams, has opened registrations. QCon SF will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and has tickets on sale for $1695 through May 14th. There will be a full 3-day conference from Nov 7-9 and two days of workshops from Nov 10-11.

How Business Mapping Increases Agility at Lloyds Bank

by Ben Linders on  May 10, 2016

Tony Grout and Chris Matts spoke about the emerging areas of business mapping and skills liquidity at QCon London 2016 and how they apply them at Lloyds Bank. They showed how they deploy these techniques and explained how they combine business strategy with the abilities and aspirations of people to improve collaboration between business and technical stakeholders. InfoQ interviewed them.

Q&A with John Willis on Burnout in the Software Industry

by Ben Linders on  Apr 14, 2016

InfoQ interviewed John Willis about what made him decide to talk about burnout, the possible effects of burnout for a person, how burnouts are impacting the software development industry, leading indicators of a potential burnout and how they can be used to prevent burnouts, and suggestions for dealing with mismatches between employees and organizations that can cause a burnout.

QCon NY: 4 Confirmed Keynotes, Google/NASA/Uber/And More Abstracts Posted, Final Workshops Confirmed

by Wesley Reisz on  Apr 08, 2016

An annual software conference designed for software architects/tech leads/leaders who influence innovation in their teams, QCon NY strives to achieve a mission helping software development teams adopt new technologies and practices. We're expecting 800 attendees and that doesn’t include the over 100 speakers, trackhosts, and committee members who guide and direct the conference.

“Monkeys in Labs Coats”: Applied Failure Testing Research at Netflix

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 27, 2016 1

At QCon London 2016 Peter Alvaro and Kolton Andrus shared lessons learned from a fruitful collaboration between academia and industry, which ultimately resulted in the creation of a novel method for automating failure injection testing at Netflix. Core learnings included: work backwards from what you know; meet in the middle; and adapt the theory to the reality.

Applying Feedback Techniques

by Ben Linders on  Mar 17, 2016

Dan North talked about models and techniques for giving and receiving feedback and how to apply them effectively at the QCon London 2016 conference.

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