Tools of the Trade: Vim and Databases

  • Jun 19, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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DATE CHANGE: This was initially our May meetup - if you signed up then, I hope you can make June, but please do double-check your RSVP.

This month, we'll be talking Tools of the Trade. We've got two great talks - one defending the simple text editor, and one introducing you to some central distributed database concerns.

Doors and pizza around 6:30, talks starting a little after 7.

Kaitlin Devine is a Python developer, currently at the GSA. In her talk, she'll present on the VIM editor and her favorite techniques for coding with it. She'll also cover some simple customization tricks. Her other interests include electronics, gardening, and her dog Finnegan.

Jennifer Rullmann, an engineer at FoundationDB, will talk about fault tolerance in databases. She’ll discuss what you need to consider to ensure your database remains up and available to your application even in the face of catastrophe, including spilled coffee and unplugged network cables. She’ll bring along a tiny physical data center to demonstrate the ideas. Participants will be encouraged to wreak havoc by unplugging network and power cables – but no spilled coffee please!

Jennifer recommends the following readings for anyone who'd like to be up-to-speed for the talk:

What is durability? 

The network is reliable: war stories of what happens when the database is down


Thank you to our main sponsor Excella Consulting for providing pizza and refreshments.

Excella is hiring! Check out the open job opportunities page​.

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  • Shelah

    I left my MacBook air magsafe 2 power cord at this event. How do I get it back?

    June 27, 2014

  • Jamie

    Great to meet everyone last week. Here's a link to the Grace Hopper Conference I mentioned during the announcements:

    If you are paying your own way you can register as a "Transitional" attendee and get a reduced rate. You can also find past keynote speeches on YouTube.

    Hope to see you all there!

    June 22, 2014

  • Jennifer R.

    Morning everyone! I wanted to give you a couple of links about the Jepsen test that I talked about last night.

    This page has links to each blog post where the developer talks about each database he tested in great detail:

    This page is a blog post I wrote. It's mostly about FoundationDB, but if you skip down or search for 'summary of jepsen results', you'll find a big summary table with links to the individual tests. I used this table to create the graph we looked at last night:

    Finally, if you want to know more about the topics I discussed last night, consider joining our meetup group:

    Had a great time last night, it was nice to meet you ladies!

    1 · June 20, 2014

    • Kaylyn G.

      These are great! Thanks for adding them!

      June 20, 2014

  • Kaitlin

    Hey all, here's a shortlink for some of my vim notes from the presentation:

    2 · June 19, 2014

  • Cynthia W.

    I won't be able to make this one. I hope you all have a great time!

    June 19, 2014

  • Taylor P.

    Make sure you update your RSVP for tonight if you won't be able to make it! :)

    June 19, 2014

  • leemay n.


    May 21, 2014

  • Nina

    I need someone to assist me with my Java homework ASAP???????

    May 16, 2014

  • Elizabeth M.

    This is also an awesome Vim resource. I didn't realize how much MacVim was letting me use non-vimmy things like ctrl-v and arrow keys until I started using CentOS at work!

    May 13, 2014

  • cheri h.

    too bad. I'm out of town again :(.
    the topic sounds interesting!

    May 8, 2014

  • Elizabeth M.

    On the topic of vim, someone tweeted this Zelda-style game that uses vim keyboard... stuff. I can't say I was very successful playing it:

    1 · May 6, 2014

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