Ian McFarland, Principal and VP of Technology for Pivotal Labs, reprises his popular RailsConf 2010 talk. Ian describes the technical and social aspects of how Pivotal practices agile software development.
Daniel Lieberman of BitPusher says current trends in automation, reliability engineering, and cloud computing will combine and mature into a nearly-commoditized blend of operations and infrastructure. He describes ops practices during the transition.
Pivot Ryan Dy leads a discussion on upcoming HTML5 and CSS3 features. Ryan talks about how best to take advantage of the new features in the most modern browsers. Slides available at http://ryandy.com/html5
Cappuccino is an open source framework for building browser-based apps. It is designed exclusively for building apps, not websites, which lets the framework focus on high-level tasks and specialized performance optimizations.
Jose de Castro uses Rails and Sinatra to demonstrate the Tropo API for building real time communications apps. He discusses how media servers, SIP Servlets, and JRuby are used to create a standards-based stack for cloud communications.
John Boykin teaches us to recognize the seven most common sources of confusion and how to avoid them. Using case studies, John dissects each pattern, proposes a redesign to reduce confusion, and offers guidelines for making your website more intuitive.
@font-face in CSS creates new possibilities for web typography but there are technical and legal hurdles. Ryan Carver describes Typekit, a service addressing the problems with a centralized, updateable font-serving platform and web-savvy licensing model.
John Allspaw often sees stability and productivity benefits from deploying small code changes more frequently. This talk describes how to determine the right balance for your environment, as well as how effective your current operational processes are.
Making truly awesome stuff is hard. Pivot Carl Coryell-Martin proposes we identify common physiological responses and condense their design solutions into a pattern language. He presents a draft set of patterns in the context of crafting an iPhone app.
David Pollak maintains Lift, a Rails-like app framework for Scala. In this talk, he and Martin Odersky, author of Scala, live-code a 30-line, real-time, web-based chat application and discuss the Scala constructs that allow for such concise apps.
Isaac Hall of Recurly.com describes many of the hidden challenges in managing recurring billing online. He offers step-by-step tips, tricks, and firsthand experience on how to better architect and more easily deploy billing in your application.
Pivot Davis W. Frank presents Pivotal’s experience writing apps for Palm’s webOS. Including a live test-driven coding exercise, Davis covers agile development practices, our testing framework Pockets, and good development patterns.
Pivot David Stevenson introduces RSpec tools Remarkable and Contextually. Remarkable makes testing ActiveRecord and ActionController more declarative. Contextually simplifies testing the behavior of controllers against a variety of roles.