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Saron Yitbarek is a developer, currently leading the Tech Jobs Academy program at Microsoft. She's also the founder of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code, and host of the weekly CodeNewbie Podcast, available in your favorite podcasting app.
Programmer turned publisher (but mostly programmer)
Avdi Grimm has been hacking Ruby code for over 10 years, and is still loving it. He is chief aeronaut at ShipRise, head chef at RubyTapas.com, and a Ruby Rogue. He lives in Eastern Tennessee with his wife and a steadily incrementing number of children.
Tom Brown develops user-centric identity software with Ruby, contributes to the opentransact protocol and participates at the Internet Identity Workshop. Tom has contributed code for federated and delegated identity to several open source projects as herestomwiththeweather on github. Prior, Tom developed network and security code for companies including VXtreme, Microsoft, Yodlee, WholeSecurity and BiometricAccess.
Kyle Rames is a senior developer for ShopKeep where he works in Ruby and Golang. In this role, he helps maintain their existing Rails backend and is helping to launch their next generation platform. Prior to coming to ShopKeep, he spent five years at Rackspace. He is a top committer to the fog gem and has previously maintained vagrant-rackspace and knife-rackspace.
Chris McCord is the creator of the Phoenix Framework and author of Metaprogramming Elixir. Chris has been an invited speaker on the Phoenix Framework at Erlang Factory 2014, ElixirConf 2014, ElixirConf Europe 2015, and NDC Oslo 2015. In addition, he has conducted Elixir workshops at RailsConf 2014 and CodeMash 2014.
Chris spends his days crafting web applications and teaching others the tools of the trade. He loves community outreach and helping to grow Elixir’s wonderful community.
Abraham's first taste of programming was writing violent choose-your-own-adventure games in TI-BASIC on his graphing calculator instead of paying attention during algebra class. A former civil engineer and minister, he learned web development through Dev Bootcamp Chicago and is currently solving problems in advertising technology as a software engineer at Centro. He studied the virtuous life in graduate school but has still failed to obtain it.
Baskin Robbins wishes it had as many flavors as there are JS frameworks, build tools, and cool new "low-level" languages. You just want to solve a problem, not have a 500-framework bake-off! And how will you know whether you picked the right one? Don't flip that table, because we'll use the "hype cycle" and the history of Ruby and Rails as a guide to help you understand which front-end and back-end technologies are a fit for your needs now and in the future.
One of the most fascinating things about this topic is the fact that it is almost never discussed in the community despite it being a primitive that is deeply involved in Enumerators! I became fascinated with this topic when I wanted to performance optimize Ruby for standard technical interview questions, like FizzBuzz and Fibonacci. I discovered that using Enumerator.new and then defining a basic Fibonacci was far quicker than defining a Fibonacci method with the same logic, and soon found that this was due in part to the concurrency built into Enumerators stemming from Fiber. The fact that this primitive is so incredibly engrained in Enumerators (which Rubyists use in virtually every project!) and yet has so little discussion surrounding it makes it the perfect topic to teach developers both old and young something interesting that they weren't aware of before. Understanding Fibers will help developers better understand Ruby better as a language, but also is another tool to add to their repertoire that is simultaneously esoteric and valuable, an exceedingly rare combination.
Collaboration and gaming web software using websockets need a way to mitigate impersonation attacks. Using the togetherjs protocol as an example, we will see how a participant can tamper with messages to impersonate other collaborators and how to prevent these attacks.
I was fortunate to spend a year and half working exclusively on open source software. Along the way, I learned that open source development requires a slightly different approach. In this talk, I will share my story along with some of the lessons I learned.
Teaching computers to play games has been a pursuit and passion for many programmers.
Game playing has led to many advances in computing over the years, and the best
computerized game players have gained a lot of attention from the general public (think Deep Blue and Watson).
Using the Ricochet Robots board game as an example, let's talk about what's involved in teaching a computer to play games. Along the way, we'll touch on graph search techniques, data representation, algorithms, heuristics, pruning, and optimization.
Sometimes we can forget that there's more under the (networking) sun than HTTP.
Rapid7's Metasploit team has been working for awhile on a new, pure-Ruby library
for Microsoft's SMB protocol. Doing work like this means analyzing wire traffic,
working with binary structs, and wrapping everything up into a nice, clean set of abstractions.
We'd like to share the developer workflows and lessons learned. If you've ever wondered how to set about building a library for a binary protocol, how to reverse-engineer the byte-by-byte traffic on a network, or thought it would be cool to understand Ruby's networking capabilities from the ground up, this talk is for you!
Phoenix is an Elixir web framework for building productive, reliable applications with the performance to take on the modern computing world. Together, we’ll review what makes Phoenix great and how it uses Elixir to optimize code for performance – without sacrificing programmer productivity. Along the way, we’ll see neat features like live-reload and generators and how Phoenix’s realtime layer takes on the modern web.
A juicy, melt in your mouth brisket. A beautifully orchestrated application. These don't just happen. They take experience, which is evolutionary. I have a technique for smoking a brisket, born out of iteration and experimentation, that makes a pretty good brisket. Software development and cooking have a lot in common. I'll tell you about my brisket, but really I'll talk about learning to process information quicker and more efficiently. This not only gives answers a place to land, but tastes good too.
Software connects people and ideas, but what if your ideas are flawed? Cognitive biases derail software development efforts. This talk can help you recognize and overcome them. Gain the benefits of patterns and examples through thoughtful mastery, without being bound by them.
Software engineering pushes us to our limits, not only of cognition, but, perhaps surprisingly, of character. Using the cardinal virtues as a framework, we can see that developers need courage to continue learning, temperance to prioritize goals, a sense of justice by which to discern obligations, and wisdom to optimize our path. By being honest about where we lack virtue, and implementing steps to develop character, we can perform test-driven development, or TDD, on ourselves. This process can help us grow not only as engineers, but as human beings.
Open bar and munchies at the conference center.
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