Adam Wiggins

Adam Wiggins
Founder, Heroku


Adam Wiggins is an entrepreneur, open source enthusiast, and programming bad-ass from San Francisco. He is a cofounder of Heroku. His past projects include Gyre (open source, web-based Rails debugger) and the Bitscribe agile screencasts, including the one that coined the term atomic coding.

He’s released some Rails plugins such as yaml_db and axeman, and is a contributor (two recipes) to the book Advanced Rails Recipes by Mike Clark & Chad Fowler, due out in March.


Products and Services
Location: D135-136 Level: Novice
James Lindenbaum (Heroku), Orion Henry (Heroku), Adam Wiggins (Heroku)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
What is Heroku really? What can I build? Where is this going? What's the difference between Heroku and a cloud computing platform like Amazon? What if I want to build really serious stuff? By popular request, the Heroku team will answer your questions and talk about the future of Heroku. Read more.
Location: Portland Ballroom 253 Level: Expert
Adam Wiggins (Heroku)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Got a Rails app that needs even more speed? Adam Wiggins of Heroku will show you how to write a custom Nginx module to bring blinding speed to critical code paths (and do HTTP tricks that can't be done with Rails and Mongrel alone), using examples from Heroku's own authentication module ngx_heroku_gate. Dust off your C compiler and prepare to push the limits of nginx, Rails, and HTTP. Read more.
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