Headliner: Xavier Shay
6:30 - 7:00: Open mic: get help; strut your stuff
7:00 - 8:15: Featured presentation
8:15 - 8:30: Jobs Offered / wanted / door prizes
You don't need Memcached. You don't need MongoDB. You might not even need a database! This talk will cover techniques for coding to interfaces to avoid adding extra complexity to your infrastructure. I will draw from numerous real world case studies, both from Square and previous projects, to teach you the how, why and when you should be focusing on the abstractions rather than the technology.
Xavier Shay recently emigrated from Australia to San Francisco to work on the engineering team at Square. Prior, he worked on large Ruby projects at The Conversation, NZX, Redbubble, and mentored many more.
In 2010 he presented a world tour of a training course titled "Your Database Is Your Friend". He has been working with Ruby for half a decade, and has published and contributed to over 80 open source projects according to GitHub.
We often meet at the Biryani House (Shattuck @ University) around 5:00pm for snacks and tech talk. Either Rich or Jon will be there... or someone else from the group. Join us if you can and enjoy the food and the discussion.