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Operations 209/210
Please note: to attend, your registration must include workshops.
Benjamin Black (Boundary)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
In this workshop, attendees will learn everything they need to know about how to get an application up and running on Riak. This is intended to be a very hand-on session. Benjamin Black, who has done production work in Cassandra and Riak, will lead the workshop. Read more.
Operations Ballroom CD
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Bret Piatt (Rackspace Hosting)
Average rating: *....
(1.67, 39 ratings)
This workshop will cover Cassandra design, deployment, and operations in both a theoretical best case target for those building their own facilities as well as an evaluation of how it can be deployed on various public cloud platforms. Read more.
Operations Ballroom CD
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Adam Jacob (Chef), Joshua Timberman (Opscode, Inc.), Christopher Brown (Opscode), Aaron Peterson (Opscode)
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 25 ratings)
Infrastructure is code – the separation between how you manage your infrastructure and how you build your applications is disappearing. Adam Jacob, CTO of Opscode and primary author of Chef, will teach you what this means in practice – through showing how to deploy real-world applications with Chef on EC2. Read more.
Web Performance 209/210
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Anne Sullivan (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 36 ratings)
The painful impact JavaScript has on page load times is well understood - scripts block downloads and rendering, even in newer browsers. In this workshop, we’ll cover tools and techniques for implementing progressive enhancement including Closure Compiler, Google Page Speed, and other JavaScript frameworks. Read more.
Keynotes Ballroom ABCD
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.)
Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders welcome you to Velocity Conference 2010. Read more.
Keynotes Ballroom ABCD
Arvind Jain (Google), Michael Kleber (Google)
Ads, widgets and other third-party content bring many benefits to your web pages and users. However, they often slow down your pages. We’ll share data on how page speed is affected by such content. We’ll also discuss recent work at Google to make ads as fast as possible, and what site owners and third-party content providers can do to make sure pages are not slowed down by them. Read more.
Web Performance 209/210
Mark Nottingham (Akamai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 29 ratings)
You probably already set Expires headers, and maybe you use a CDN or have put an accelerator in front of your static images. But that's not all that Web intermediaries have to offer -- if you know where to look. Come along for a grab bag of techniques, tools and ways to (ab)use HTTP to the best (and occasionally worst) advantage. Read more.
Operations Ballroom CD
Lee Thompson (Lee Thompson), Alex Honor (ControlTier open source automation project)
Average rating: ***..
(3.95, 22 ratings)
From the UNIX operating systems to development tools, toolchains are a part of our daily lives. As the complexity and pressures of modern web operations have mounted, the need for a toolchain for automated operations is even more evident. Join us as we examine these emerging toolchains and their reference open source implementations. Read more.
Operations Ballroom CD
Leif Hedstrom (Apple)
Average rating: ***..
(3.21, 14 ratings)
Apache Traffic Server is an Open Source project implementing a caching HTTP proxy server, donated to the Apache Foundation by Yahoo! We will examine the technical details behind TS, and three ways TS is used to speed pageload times for a very large website. Read more.
Web Performance 209/210
Jay Sullivan (Mozilla)
Average rating: ***..
(3.07, 15 ratings)
In this session Jay Sullivan, Vice President of Mobile at Mozilla, will address the evolution of rich application development capabilities within the Web browser for mobile phones, including the performance and features of the JavaScript language, support for HTML5 and richer AJAX interactions and the ability to access device capabilities data from Web applications. Read more.
Tom Cook (Dropbox)
Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 38 ratings)
A look at the tools and practices used at Facebook to support the #2 site in the world. Read more.
Operations Ballroom CD
Average rating: ****.
(4.07, 15 ratings)
Drizzle is MySQL redesigned to work in the modern world. One of the most important parts of that is designing for huge deployments and all of the operational and logistical challenges associated with that. Come and hear what we're doing to make your life easier! Read more.
Stoyan Stefanov (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 48 ratings)
Running PageSpeed - all checks. YSlow - A. So what's next to do? Well, you can cheat! You know that time is relative - one hour with your mother-in-law feels much longer than one hour on the beach. The same way you can bend the perception of the page loading time and make the page feel faster, even though the RTT is the same. Read more.
Web Performance 209/210
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 8 ratings)
Since the beginning, Rails has focused its energies on providing simple defaults for client-side performance. By embracing conventions, Rails has enabled users to gain the benefits of best practices without having to fully understand all the details. Learn how Rails has historically provided fast defaults, and how Rails 3 (and beyond) takes that to a new level. Read more.
Andrew Shafer (Pivotal)
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 25 ratings)
Change management is the combination of process and tools by which changes are made to production systems. Approaches range from cowboy style, making changes to the live site, to complex rituals with secret incantations, coming full circle to continuous deployment. This presentation will highlight milestone practices along this spectrum, establishing a matrix for evaluating deployment process. Read more.
Web Performance 209/210
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 37 ratings)
In 2009, Yahoo! introduced an overhaul of its flagship site, The move saw a shift from a mostly-static page to a dynamic, customizable, highly interactive page. What didn't change? Perceived performance by users. Learn the techniques that allowed a smooth transition for 100 million monthly users. Read more.
Operations Ballroom CD
John Willis (Enstratius), Damon Edwards (DTO Solutions)
Average rating: ***..
(3.94, 17 ratings)
In an orchestra, people with differing talents, timing, responsibilities, and tools all somehow come together to make a symphony. Is the task of achieving highly efficient and reliable IT operations all that different? In this light-hearted session based on real world examples, we'll examine the culture and tooling of highly effective and well orchestrated web operations. Read more.
Web Performance 209/210
Sergey Chernyshev (NY Web Performance Meetup)
Average rating: ***..
(3.41, 29 ratings)
Featured by Steve Souders at Velocity Fall 2009, Show Slow is an open source tool that helps keeping track of performance metrics gathered over time using Yahoo’s YSlow and Google's Page Speed Firefox extensions using web-based *ESTful beacons. It provides easy to understand graphical representation of metric changes over time that makes decision making quick and easy. Read more.
Operations Ballroom CD
George Reese (enStratus Networks LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 7 ratings)
An examination of the issues that auto-scaling generates in the realm of enterprise cloud computing. This session will cover how the role of capacity planning changes, using multiple clouds to support cloud-bursting and cross-cloud scaling, and finally implementing financial controls into your autoscaling management. Read more.
Napa 2
Moderated by: Alois Reitbauer
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Web Performance Tooling is continuously evolving. However instead of one single you need to use a big tool set where each tool does similar things but not quite the same. Eventually you find yourself using 10 different tools and having loads of incompatible data. This session will discuss real-world needs and tools support today and how it should be in the future. Read more.
Napa 1
Moderated by: Sergey Chernyshev
Bringing web performance to your local community is a way to educate and inspire people around you, get connected within the industry and provide service to local community. In any case, it's always good to talk to smart people about performance! Come join us to talk about local Web Performance community movement. Read more.
Keynotes, Operations Ballroom ABCD
John Adams (Twitter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 60 ratings)
Twitter has grown from a micro-blogging service to a real time communications system that is an underlying part of the web. With the rise of the service has come a scaling challenge, one that the operations and engineering team has met year after year. In this session, John will share some of their challenges from this year and to revisit the best practices that they've discovered along the way. Read more.
Event Ballroom ABCD Foyer
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Join participating sponsors and other companies as they present open positions from their respective companies. Thursday, June 24th 9:30am – 1:00pm. Read more.
Keynotes Ballroom ABCD
Imad Mouline (Compuware)
Many developers wrongly assume and performance and consistency when they enlist cloud computing services from these and other major cloud providers. But the truth is, developers must do the due diligence and insist on performance guarantees from the cloud provider. Read more.
Keynotes, Web Performance Ballroom ABCD
Robert Johnson (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.42, 40 ratings)
Last year we made Facebook twice as fast, but it turns out that that's the easy part. The hard part is keeping it fast as things are constantly changing. I'll be talking about the code frameworks, tools, and engineering culture that come together to keep our site moving fast as our engineering team moves fast to build new products. Read more.
Chris Blizzard (Mozilla Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 16 ratings)
Details coming soon. Read more.
Mike Belshe (BitGo)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 17 ratings)
Find out what the Chrome team is working on to make the world's fastest browser even faster. Read more.
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), Chris Blizzard (Mozilla Foundation), Mike Belshe (BitGo), Jason Weber (Microsoft) Moderated by: Steve Souders
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 21 ratings)
Come hear from the Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome teams about what they're working on, and let them know what the next generation of browsers need to have to make web apps fast. Read more.
Average rating: ****.
(4.21, 19 ratings)
The challenges of running a website are different to managing downloadable software or an open source project, and require different approaches to version control. This session will take a look at the counterintuitive idea of shipping trunk and branching in code, which allows your developers to rapidly iterate in production without upsetting your operations team. Read more.
Web Performance Ballroom AB
Lindsey Simon (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.59, 17 ratings)
Browserscope is a crowd-driven test framework for profiling browsers. The goal is to track browsers becoming faster, safer and more consistent for both users and developers. This talk will dive into some of the progress we've seen as well as how you can use, and others are using, Browserscope to store and present their test data pivoting on the user agent. Read more.
Web Performance Ballroom AB
Philip Tellis (SOASTA)
Average rating: ***..
(3.47, 15 ratings)
Money can buy more bandwidth, but to improve latency, you need to increase the speed of light (or electricity). Latency is a problem that all network apps face, but web app designers need to worry a little more. Find out why and what you can do about it. Read more.
Web Performance Ballroom AB
Aladdin Nassar (Microsoft -
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 14 ratings)
At this presentation, Hotmail will share with the Velocity Community its key findings surveying last-mile bandwidths and network latencies around the world. Read more.

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