SFRails - ElasticSearch & Logging | Xiki and Ruby | Fred Stevens-Smith


6:30 Food/Beer/Networking 
7:00 Intros/Sharing of Tips and Tools 

7:15  Talks 
•  Talk 1:  ElasticSearch and Large-Scale Custom Logging -   Ryan Clark
•  Lightning Talk: 
•  Talk 2: Design for Technology Companies:Why you should never use Photoshop again.

8:30 End

Talk 1:  ElasticSearch and Large-Scale Custom Logging

ElasticSearch is awesome and we use it to manage the logs for all of our customers' deployed applications on Ninefold. I'll be talking about how we use tools like Chef, Logstash, Thor, and beaver to bring it all together. 

About the Speaker:

Ryan Clark is a full-stack developer for Ninefold. He has been working with rails since 2.0.2 and Ruby version 1.8. Now he focuses his time on large scale deployment problems and more infrastructure than he knows what to do with. 

Lightning Talk: Xiki and Ruby

It's time for the command revolution!  A demo of the new Xiki features, and how to create the simplest possible interface on top of ruby code.  We all have a list of things we do over and over - running unit tests, starting the server, deploying.  Xiki lets you create notes and run commands directly from them.

About the Speaker:

Craig Muth has been evolving Xiki for over 10 years. He is the founderof, and the founder/organizer of the pairprogramming hack events in San Francisco.

Talk 2: Design for Technology Companies:Why you should never use Photoshop again.

About the Speaker

Fred Stevens-Smith,  RainforestQA

Fred doesn't consider himself a developer, but really he is. He loves design, coding coffeescript, motorbikes, climbing and photography.

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  • Doug P

    What was the open source CI tool that was mentioned at the beginning of the meetup?

    June 20, 2014

  • Craig M.

    Thanks for the amazing response, all! If open interactive formats like Xiki are something you'd like to see in the future of tech, please consider backing the campaign! -

    June 20, 2014

  • Fred S.

    For those of you that are interested in the articles I mentioned on Jobs to be Done in my talk, check out
    - the original post:
    - brilliant overview from Basecamp's designer Ryan Singer:

    If you have any follow up questions, @fredsters_s :)

    2 · June 20, 2014

    • Marco A.

      Thanks again for the talk. Really interesting idea.

      June 20, 2014

  • Don St. D.

    Great Meetup - excellent education and a big time saver learning from other people's experiences, failures and successes. Thanks for organizing this Meeting and for the presenters sharing their experience with everyone.

    As I mentioned last night, Telmate's technology leads our industry, and we're growing. We need Technologists and Developers. We hire Junior and Senior level people with experience in Rails and other technologies that will allow us to expand our lead in Telephone, Video and Tablet systems that help all our customers decrease recidivism. Drop me a note if you are looking for employment, we're looking for you.

    June 20, 2014

  • Aaron R.

    Looks like plenty of people are looking to get hired as well! Check out our whitetruffle page and send me a message if you are a good fit:

    Thanks to all the presenters and especially the Xiki fireworks!

    June 19, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Looks like everyone is hiring for RoR talent :) So is Check out our SFRails Discussion page for my post.

    June 19, 2014

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    We're looking to hire a Ruby on Rails Developer at Podomatic. Strong passion for developing and an active github account desired.

    June 19, 2014

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    I am looking to hire a Senior Ruby on Rails Developer (Remote) Full-time with benefits! Why fight the traffic when you can work from home. Please let me know if you're interested in more details? Thanks, [masked]

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Luke M.

    Veteran web developer, but new to RoR. All the Cool Kids say it's the shizzle.

    2 · June 3, 2014

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