Velocity 2012 Tutorials

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Mission City B4
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Estelle Weyl (Standardista.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.26, 23 ratings)
While perceived download speed is vital to web application performance, mobile brings additional concerns to the table. Mobile devices have limited bandwidth, limited storage, limited memory and limited battery life. With mobile device constraints in mind, use best mobile practices to develop responsive, effective web applications that perform regardless of OS or device. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
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Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 24 ratings)
A team of just 4 people scaled Typekit from an idea to a service delivering fonts to hundreds of thousands of websites. In this talk, we'll discuss how cloud services and the right amount of thinking allow small teams to deliver huge websites without big headaches. Read more.
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Mission City B1
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Bryan McQuade (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.34, 50 ratings)
Come learn about the factors that influence web performance metrics such as onload, time to first byte, and above the fold time, as well as which web performance best practices can be applied to optimize each metric. We'll spend time doing deep dive analyses of example web pages to see which factors influence these metrics as well as what can be done to speed them up. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
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Jon Cowie (Etsy)
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 20 ratings)
I'll talk about how to make Chef a less intimidating learning experience for beginners and advanced users alike by getting under the hood, taking a critical approach and experimenting. I'll delve into the Chef source code with real world examples of writing Knife plugins. I'll show some best practices we adopt at Etsy and how we've made Chef an integral part of our Engineering team's workflow. Read more.
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Mission City B1
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Aaron Kulick (Xiphoid Industries), Cliff Crocker (SOASTA)
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(3.50, 30 ratings)
We (Cliff Crocker & Aaron Kulick) will take the audience through a working session that will leave them with a functional Web Performance Dashboard that they can customize to their individual needs. We will cover some of the available open source projects and tools as well as discuss the importance of synthetic vs real user monitoring (R.U.M.) and how they can be combined in a single pane. Read more.
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Mission City B4
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Matt Welsh (Google), Patrick Meenan (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.35, 17 ratings)
Measuring mobile website performance is often pretty hairy, involving a lot of mobile-specific knowledge. This tutorial aims to demystify the process by offering a deep dive into the many issues that impact mobile web performance, and cover some of the tools for measuring and tuning the performance of mobile sites. Read more.
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Ballroom EF
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Eddie Satterly (Splunk)
Average rating: *....
(1.92, 12 ratings)
Join Expedia to learn how they achieve operational efficiencies by using Splunk to ensure uptime, improve service delivery, optimize SEO/SEM and improve dev/ops collaboration. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
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Teresa Dietrich (WebMD), Derek Chang (WebMD)
Average rating: **...
(2.68, 22 ratings)
Using Outage and Incident Analysis templates we have developed and refined at WebMD, we will walk you through conducting your own investigation. We will cover everything from which data to collect, meaningful metrics to calculate, and how to feed your findings back into impacting improvements for the next event. We want to help you turn the trauma of an outage into a operational triumph. Read more.
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Mission City B4
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Luke Kanies (Puppet Labs)
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(3.00, 9 ratings)
Puppet is a great tool for getting real work done shockingly quickly, but it's also fantastically and easily extensible. In this talk, Luke Kanies, the founder of Puppet, will discuss how Puppet has focused on extensibility and its resultant benefits, including easier integration with other tools. Read more.
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Mission City B1
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Ian White (Neustar)
Average rating: **...
(2.46, 28 ratings)
Tools like YSlow and PageSpeed have popularized the notion that we can dramatically optimize the performance of our websites. But actually implementing those recommendations often puts a heavy burden on the development and deployment process. Come learn about real-world techniques using open source software to increase your website performance without drastically changing the way you develop. Read more.
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Ballroom EF
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Shahar Erez (VMware), Komal Mangtani (VMware)
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(2.75, 4 ratings)
Make your applications cloud ready while gaining application framework and architecture freedom of choice. Learn how VMware is simplifying, automating and standardizing the process of building, deploying and managing applications on hybrid cloud environments. Read more.
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Mission City B4
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Mitchell Hashimoto (HashiCorp)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
Whether you use Chef, Puppet, or just basic shell scripting, there seems to be no clear way to incrementally develop and test scripts to provision a system. In this talk I'll introduce using local virtual machines managed by Vagrant as a way to achieve this, shortening the feedback loop and increasing productivity and confidence of configuration management script development. Read more.
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Mission City B1
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Hooman Beheshti (Strangeloop Networks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.90, 20 ratings)
Two years ago, Velocity attendees watched as an unsuspecting website was subjected to automated optimization before their eyes in the workshop "The 90-Minute Optimization Life Cycle", rated one of the top 10 sessions of Velocity 2010. This year, Hooman Beheshti is back - this time to demonstrate the impact of advanced _mobile_ optimization techniques on another unsuspecting website. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
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Baron Schwartz (VividCortex)
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(3.53, 19 ratings)
If you've read "How to Lie with Statistics," are you immune to numerical tricks? Not a session for math geeks, this tutorial is instead about how to determine what matters and what doesn't, how to see what's missing as well as what you're shown, and how to turn numbers into knowledge Read more.
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Ballroom EF
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Jorge Castro (Canonical Ltd. / Ubuntu), Juan Negron (Canonical)
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(3.00, 1 rating)
Come join Juju experts who will answer your questions about writing your own Juju Charms to to easily deploy scalable services in the cloud. These tutorials are geared to software developers who want to contribute charms to the wider devops community in order to make deploying in the public and private cloud easier. Read more.

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