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Falling In and Out of Love with DynamoDB

Join PhillyDB and PhillyAWS for an evening of database and AWS presentations.

Our feature presentation is "Falling In and Out of Love with DynamoDB"

Amazon's DynamoDB offers the opportunity to offload the cost of maintenance and deployment of a web-scale NoSQL database, but comes with its own challenges.  Tim Gross will discuss application and schema design as well as operations and cost-control measures in the context of his experience in building production applications with DynamoDB.  He'll cover some hard-learned lessons and whether DynamoDB is really the best option for common real-world use cases.

Tim Gross develops software and infrastructure for DramaFever, an online television network, where his current focus is building distributed web services on the AWS and AppEngine platforms, working on libraries to improve caching and data access scalability, analytics, and devops.

We're also lining up some lightning talks.  If you'd like to add one on a database or AWS topic, contact me or Aaron Feng.

Hope to see you there!

PhillyDB will meet on the 16th floor of the MSB.  Note that the meeting may be listed at the front desk under the name 'Philly Tech Groups' or 'Technically Philly Groups'.


6:00 - pizza and socializing
6:30 - presentations
8:00 - beverages at Nodding Head Brewpub

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  • Tim G.

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback and discussion last night. You can find my slides here:

    June 19, 2013

  • G P.

    Good talks & discussion. Look forward to more

    June 18, 2013

  • Josh H.

    This event was dynamite! A deep and detailed look at real projects using DynamoDB on AWS, and all good and bad lessons learned along the way. VERY informative, great lightning round talks, clean central location. Great job!

    June 18, 2013

  • Michael R.

    Thanks Hector!

    June 18, 2013

  • Hector C.

    I don't actually think this will work with DynamoDB because of the value size constraints, but the following data modeling strategy presented by Boundary engineers is an effective approach to storing and retrieving time-series data in key/value databases:

    Figured I'd share because it came up as an open question during the talk.

    June 18, 2013

  • Andrew T.

    Looks like a cool topic. I'm also interested in talking with anyone that has used CouchDb/Couchbase.

    June 18, 2013

  • Josh H.

    Possibly bringing a guest.

    June 18, 2013

  • Larry F.

    Marketing communications pro specializing in graphic design for web and print. Seeking fulltime opportunity to work with a company as a front end designer (entry level developer).
    Looking forward to meeting everyone.
    for info: designer58@comcast/net

    June 17, 2013

  • Deepak M.


    June 17, 2013

  • Dan L.

    Yep. I'll be bringing some RIPE probes if anyone is interested.

    June 10, 2013

  • Douglas M.

    I <3 AWS.

    June 9, 2013

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