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Rails for the Enterprise: Staying Railsy While Scaling Complexity

A special thank you to our new sponsor - Coupa Software!

Pizza and beer will be served!

Rails for the enterprise is a complex beast -- seemingly tame, but ready to strike with complexities you didn't even know existed. Come hear how one scrappy startup tackled challenges in developing for the enterprise. Learn how David Williams, Coupa VP Technology, took the product from Rails 1.0 in 2006 to Rails 3 (3.1 coming soon!). See the code that has over 160 controllers and gives customers like McDonald's,, Pandora, and the Cal Academy of Sciences the ability to easily requisition billions of dollars of goods.

Coupa makes badass procurement applications. We are hiring!

David's bio:
David is vice president of technology at Coupa Software, where he has been building the company's e-procurement and expense management suite on Rails since early 2006.
Prior to joining Coupa, David held numerous roles in Oracle's Applications group, working on both transactional and architectural aspects of enterprise software. One of his first projects there was building core infrastructure for Oracle Exchange, a B2B marketplace platform.
David is a graduate of Caltech, where he majored in engineering & applied science and literature. He is an information packrat, enjoys unraveling complexity, and is a recovering undead mage. In his spare time, he tinkers with a steam-powered time machine, but it's unlikely to go anywhen.

  • 6:00 - 6:45 Networking, Pizza, Beer
  • 6:45 - 7:00 Introductions
  • 7:00 - 7:30 Tech Talk: David Williams, VP Technology
  • 7:30 - 7:45 Special Guest & Raffles!  TICKET RAFFLE TO MONGODB CONFERENCE and more!
  • 7:45 - 8:30 (or whenever!) More "Networking"

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  • Rob R

    Great talk by David... Lots of real world experience conveyed concisely and compellingly. Coupa hosts were highly available, engaging and hospitable. Good Q&A, too.

    November 20, 2011

  • Steven W.

    Very nice talk and well prepared.

    November 19, 2011

  • Stephen A.

    It was a good talk. I took away quite a few good points. "We make customizable software, but we don't like to write custom code."

    November 19, 2011

  • Sudhir R.

    Companies sharing real world Rails experience -- exactly what I want from the meetup! Food and beer -- what more could we ask for?

    November 18, 2011

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