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MarkLogic User Group London: Matt Turner

See below for details of Matt's talk.


Even More Important: DEMO JAM! (See not-so-far below)

Now that Spring has pretty much sprung, it's time for another exciting MUGL meeting.

This time our featured speaker will be Matt Turner, MarkLogic CTO for Media.  Matt lives in New York but made a brief appearance at our last MUGL meeting.  We managed to convince him to stop by on his next visit to London and give us a proper presentation.

Title: Live from MarkLogic World, from Semantics to Search

Abstract:  Live on stage at the MarkLogic User Group London, Matt Turner, MarkLogic's Chief Technologist for Media Solutions, will attempt to channel the groundbreaking, innovative and amazing topics from the recent MarkLogic World conference.

Hear the mission impossible project stories, see the great customer apps and (if all goes well) get a first hand look at some of the new MarkLogic features.

This meeting will be at a new venue for us, The Jugged Hare near the Barbican.  Free beer and nibbles as usual.  Roll up and join the fun.  Despite the short notice, we hope you'll be able to fit it into your schedule.

The next MUGL after this one is not confirmed yet but is in the planning stage.  It is expected to be just a few weeks later, during the week before XML London, and will be a bit of a change of pace.  More details as soon as it's all arranged.


Demo Jam

Matt is the original creator of the Demo Jam, originally a internal-only competition among MarkLogic consultants and engineers, but now a regular feature of XML conferences around the world.

Matt has agreed to host a smaller scale Demo Jam at this MUGL after his main talk.  This one will be limited to four slots (it's usually 10) because of time constraints, but all the usual fun will be included.

In Matt's words:

Bonus: one of the traditions that I started at MarkLogic is the Demo Jam. This is an open ended contest where folks get 5 minutes to show whatever they want and the crowd (you) is the judge with noise levels measured with a real sound meter.

I'm game to host this as the end of our session - there should be time for 4 slots so ping me (via meet up) in advance if you are interested in doing a Demo Jam (as in grabbing the mike for 5 minutes after everyone is good and warmed up [and liquored up -Ed]).

At the moment the prizes are: 1st place: Pride, 2nd place: some pride, 3rd place and below: nada.  We might be able to improve on that . . .

If you'd like to enter the Demo Jam all you need is something to show that is clever, amazing, silly (or all three) that the crowd will respond to.  Post a message here on MeetUp or contact me (or Matt) directly to reserve a slot.  Remember, you're strictly limited to five minutes, no exceptions, so cut straight to the chase.  And have fun with it.



Due to a communication mixup (on my part) I posted that this meeting would be at our usual location, but the Theodore Bullfrog was not available on such short notice.  This meeting will be happening at the Jugged Hare near the Barbican instead (see above for directions).  We still have a private room.

Sorry for the mixup, totally my fault.  Please update your diaries and we hope that you can still make it to this meetup.



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  • Ken T.

    If you're interested in the quickly setting up MarkLogic clusters on EC2, the github link is

    May 31, 2013

  • Paolo M.

    The question I forgot to ask: considering the ability to scale instances up and down in EC2, is there anything in ML 7 that will allow automatically reconfiguring memory and other settings to adjust to the new environment?
    For example, resizing an instance from small to large would most likely require some configuration tweaking. At the moment the one approach guaranteed to bring the optimal settings involves reinstalling ML. Surely it must be possible to "suggest" and "apply" configuration changes based on number of cores, RAM, etc.

    May 24, 2013

    • Ron H.

      This very topic came up in a conversation I had with John Snelson a few months ago. I suggested adding "Recalculate Defaults" button on the memory settings page. With AWS the "hardware" configuration can change very frequently. Whether it got into the system as a New Feature Request I don't know.

      May 24, 2013

  • Lee P.

    May 24, 2013

  • Lee P.

    Hi Paolo,

    EC2 makes those changes quicker and easier. There is no "suggestion" feature. This knowlegebase article has information on how to size caches to memory which you could easily codify - (you'll need a support login). With EC2 - or any vm container - these changes can be made in a fairly straightforward way. In all cases one needs forest replicas as the forests will be unavailable while volumes are unmounted and remounted or while instance is replaced.


    May 24, 2013

  • Charles F.

    Remember to register for XML London!

    May 24, 2013

  • Abdul K.

    Apologies.. Can't make it today

    May 23, 2013

  • Ellis P.

    Please note that Gareth Barber won't be going, since he's doing research on cows in Taiwan (he's on holiday, but has forgotten to change his status).

    May 22, 2013

    • Ron H.

      Cows? Taiwan? I look forward to hearing the story behind this.

      May 23, 2013

  • Adam R.

    Sorry have to pull out at the last moment, im sure you will all have fun.

    May 23, 2013

  • Ruth S.

    Wish I could make it!

    May 22, 2013

  • Martin D.

    Won't be able to make it after all. Have fun!

    May 20, 2013

  • Jose M.

    Unfortunately I won't be in London.

    May 17, 2013

    • Ron H.

      ¿Viajar a España, amigo?

      May 17, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Bah sorry, I'm off for a long weekend that Thrusday

    May 13, 2013

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