July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Cache money: Tips for going fast in a slow world

Michael May (Fastly)
11:30am–12:10pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Sponsored E 143/144
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When it comes to caching, we fall into two categories – those who make phat stacks of cache money and those who suffer from cache anxiety. We know caching aggressively improves performance; however, advanced caching strategies for event-driven content or user-specific content are often neglected for fear of complexity or lack of understanding. In this talk, we’ll cover HTTP caching, old and new strategies for caching historically ‘uncacheable’ content, and secret features of HTTP accelerators like Varnish. Whether you’re already stacking cache or just seeking a prescription for one, you’ll leave with a deeper understanding of caching and accelerating applications that you can take and apply to your Rails, Django, etc. apps.

This session is sponsored by Fastly

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Michael May


Michael May is an engineer at Fastly, where he spends way too much time thinking about caching. He co-founded CDN Sumo, hates over-abstraction, and isn’t afraid to go back to basics. Hailing from deep in the heart of Texas, he enjoys BBQ, cowboy boots, and things that go fast.