Topic: Software Development
Paul Buchheit, creator of Gmail and founder of FriendFeed, which was recently acquired by Facebook, talks with Sarah Milstein about Facebook as a platform, openness online, how he evaluates companies he invests in and why anyone can be important online.
Speed should be feature #1 on any website. Urs Holzle of Google lists some of the ways that individual websites and the Internet as a whole could be sped up. Google's effort range from advancing browser technology to hosting fast versions of public resources like DNS. They have also studied how websites could be sped up by updating key protocols like TCP. Every website could be sped up by 30-200% without changing any application code.
Describing the codes used throughout MySQL and explaining their limitations, Sheeri K. Cabral -- founder of the MySQL user group in Boston, Massachusetts -- discusses the use of time zones by that data system. The majority of her lecture is technical, but her concepts are easy to follow and she offers a variety of methods to recording precise times and mending the system's failure to hold time zones.
Technology reporter Glenn Fleishman discusses a number of current networking and mobile issues. Beginning with an examination of a newly found hole in the 802.11 standard, he also discusses WiFi security issues and how both enterprises and the personal users are dealing with them. Glenn also reviews such topics as location data, the now legal ability to jailbreak the iPhone, and his objections to the DMCA.
Beginning with a bit of history, Michael Widenius, co-founder and CTO of MySQL AB, gives a lecture on MySQL, MariaDB, and the purpose of his company. The topics branch to include developments and improvements in the MariaDB, as well as the general direction of the company.
Greg Wilkins, CTO of Webtide, the main developers of Jetty, discusses the ins and outs of so-called "long polling" or "server push" techniques and the technologies and projects that make them practical. Greg talks about the CometD project, websockets, and some of the problems these technologies solve. Just like AJAX before it, server push will open up new opportunities to create richer Web applications.
Brian Aker, an open-source hacker and former Director of Architecture at MySQL AB, gives an analysis of No-SQL -- a class of non-relational data stores. Adding humor and a blunt comparison of the pros and cons of these data stores, he explains the basics of the No-SQL system and its applications.
Mark Callaghan of Facebook describes some of the uses Facebook makes of MySQL and the challenges Facebook's database team has in their large-scale deployment of MySQL. Facebook has thousands of MySQL database servers, which gives them unique insights and challenges.
Sebastian Stadil discusses how Scalr assists businesses in expanding their use of cloud computing. In addition to his appearance at Gluecon he reviews both technological and economic aspects of what business have to consider. He reviews some of the more difficult aspects of cloud computing and details his company's business model as a very small organization.