Resque in Production - Background Everything

Headliner: David Copeland / Ruby, Rails, JavaScript developer

6:30 - 7:00: Open mic: get help; strut your stuff

7:00 - 8:15: Featured presentation

8:15 - 8:30: Jobs Offered / wanted / door prizes

Presentation Abstract:
Background processing can be powerful for scaling, performance, and general de-coupling of your architecture.  Resque is a popular means of doing this for Ruby and Rails apps, but if you aren't careful, you can create more problems than you solve.

We'll quickly review the basics of Resque, and then dive into what you need to think about when running code in a background job, including structuring your code, monitoring, error handling, and working in a multi-application environment.


David Copeland is a programmer and author.  He wrote "The Senior Software Engineer" and "Build Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby", and has over 16 years of professional development experience.  He's managed high-performance, high-traffic systems at LivingSocial (largely based around Resque), helped build the engineering team at Opower, and worked consulting gigs both large and small.  Currently, he's a lead engineer at fashion start-up Stitch Fix, building a platform that will change the retail shopping experience.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! Hope everyone is well. I posted some links to the forum if anyone's interested in more about resque.

    I'm looking to connect with the two gentlemen that were working on warehouse software. We chatted briefly at the end. We didn't exchange contact info, but if you guys are checking this, can you email me at dave (a) Thanks!

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative and well organized. Glad to see a growing eastbay ruby scene.

    January 17, 2014

  • Brian

    Will video of the presentation be available for viewing after the event? I'm keenly interested in attending but cannot. Thanks.

    January 15, 2014

    • Brian

      Ah. Thanks anyway. I'll have a look at the slides.

      January 17, 2014

    • Jonathan L.

      @Jon, do you know if the person from Autonomy (an old Ruby friend of yours) made a video of the presentation? Perhaps he can make it available.

      January 17, 2014

  • Jonathan L.

    Hey Folks, Here are the slides from tonights presentation: (aliased from

    The following are David Copeland twitter and github link:


    January 16, 2014

  • Jay G.

    Is this the best overview site on Resque?

    January 5, 2014

    • Jon S.

      Don't know, Jay. Hopefully you can attend tonight!

      January 16, 2014

  • M. Chun Ming T.

    Cautious word for people need software work done. Be careful of con artists trying to scam you in paying very high price for lousy software programs and websites. Watch out!!! Good luck. Maybe learn to program yourself.

    January 10, 2014

  • Evan

    This will help with scaling my systems!

    January 5, 2014

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