We see the power of cheap cloud hosting, OSS, and incubators to make building a web app cheap, and now the same is happening to hardware. The means of production is becoming democratized and agile hardware startups are popping up to solve problems IRL.
For most applications autoscale is not fire-and-forget, but it shouldn’t require a fancy PaaS, either. Jesse Proudman of Blue Box shows how to combine the New Relic API with the Fog gem to build your own autoscale system using any cloud infrastructure.
Joe Ruscio, CTO of Librato, demonstrates Silverline, an app-centric monitoring and workload management service. He shows how Silverline improves capacity planning, continuous deployment, RCA, alerting, and provides predictable degradation under load.
Rapleaf is an aggregation service for personalization data. Manish Shah describes how they help companies gain insight into customers, engage them more meaningfully, and deliver timely messages. They also help consumers understand their online footprint.
John Woodell, a JRuby developer from Google, describes the 1.4.0 release of Google’s AppEngine, which includes JRuby support. John focuses on the how AppEngine differs from other managed cloud hosting environments for Ruby web apps.
Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine and noted technologist, presents ideas from latest book, What Technology Wants. “[T]echnology as a whole is…a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies.”
Luke Kanies, Puppet’s original author, talks about how Puppet relies on modeling and why. Luke also discusses Puppet’s DSL, resource types, the acyclic graph at the heart of everything, and the guarantees about simulation mode, auditing, and logging.
Shelly Roche of Wordchuck.com discusses the i18n and l10n of web apps. She’ll cover the basics of i18n, common pitfalls, hidden challenges, and what she’s learned building Wordchuck, a service that streamlines the localization process.
Patrick Vlaskovits addresses some fallacies around customer development and describes multiple approaches on how to hack “Getting Out of The Building” such that product development decisions can be made with better, higher-quality data.
Want to get on the NoSQL bandwagon but don’t know where to start? Riak is one of the lesser known entrants into the NoSQL horserace. Learn about what Riak is and how you can design Riak schemas to store your data.
Vintner Jared Brandt was a technical product manager before the first dot-com crash. He and his wife spent a year in France learning biodynamic wine production methods before returning to Berkeley to found their winery.
Riak is a fault tolerant, highly-scalable key/value store. This talk focuses on the origins of Riak, the high level architecture decisions, the problems it solves, and what to consider when using it to build applications.
Qualitative Research expert Laura Klein helps you garner valuable feedback from current and potential users. She covers appropriate research for the various stages of the development cycle and what questions qualitative research can answer effectively.