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SFRails – Tech Bridge to DC | Maintainable Load Testing | FastAPI | Rails 4.2

  • Nov 20, 2014 · 6:30 PM


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

7:15  Talks   

• Lightning Talk : Tech Bridge to DC -  Alyssa Ravasio 

• Talk 1:   Maintainable Load Testing - Samer Masry
•  Lightning Talk:  Efficient, standardized queries and responses with FastAPI - Keith Horwood
•  Talk 2: What's new in Rails 4.2 - Ryan Clark

8:30 End

Lightning Talk: Tech Bridge to DC

Opening up valuable data about our national park system and bridging the worlds between DC and Silicon Valley. 

About the Speaker:

Alyssa is the founder and CEO of, a startup that helps you discover and book epic camping spots. She is a graduate of Dev Bootcamp and also has a degree from UCLA in Digital Democracy. Her deepest passion is helping shape how the internet changes our humanity and our planet. 

Talk 1:  Maintainable Load Testing

Understanding how your application performs under load is key to delivering a stable performant experience to your customers.  Though replicating production level traffic on your load test system can be a huge engineering undertaking.  Ruby + JMeter + NewRelic makes a powerful combination.  I know … JMeter, but it’s an industry standard and can still pack a punch when driving traffic.  It can be difficult to construct the test and maintain but when combined with Ruby and NewRelic Insights it becomes one part of the best load testing systems you’ll ever setup.  Let me show you how!

About the Speaker:

Samer is currently a Co-Founder at Sprouts Tech and open source contributor.  He’s been working with Ruby on Rails for the past 7 years building sustainable products.  Besides coding and working with clients, he splits his time cycling, surfing, running, and his amazing wife and newborn child.

Lightning Talk: Efficient, standardized queries and responses with FastAPI

Standalone API servers are becoming increasingly common in web development. With the surge in single-page applications (SPAs) and third-party API services, developing a standard way to query API endpoints (HTTP GET) and display their contents (JSON) is an issue every application developer runs across.

FastAPI provides fast and easy solution for this problem by standardizing query parameters, using standard interfaces (output structure) for your rails models or child models (belongs_to, has_many), and assembling efficient raw SQL queries to grab all of your data at once. It then assembles the results in an easy-to-manage JSON string.

About the Speaker:

Hey, I'm Keith. Originally from the Toronto, Canada area I've been developing software since I was a kid - being able to make it out to the Valley has been a dream come true. I'm most passionate about emerging web technologies and the creation of tools and abstractions that help solve common development problems.

Talk 2:  What's New in Rails 4.2

About the Speaker

Ryan Clark

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Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them. (@BlurbBooks)

Other Sponsors is the maker of IronMQ, a scalable cloud-based message queue, and IronWorker, an elastic task queue/worker service.'s services are designed for doing things asynchronously and operating at scale. (@getiron)

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  • Chris W.

    Had a great time at this meetup. Thank you hosts and organizers!

    November 21, 2014

  • Don St. D.

    Thanks so much for the Organizers, Speakers and Host: Blurb. This was a great meet-up presentation and I'm looking forward to sharing it with the team here at Telmate.

    Telmate is making money, growing and looking for talented engineers of all kinds - drop us a line and we'll talk.

    November 21, 2014

  • Sheri W

    Sorry -- I never cancel last minute like this but weather is making it very difficult to get there!

    November 20, 2014

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