Melissa Dyrdahl

Biography

  • Movember Mohawks

    Movember Mohawks

    This year Pivotal Labs enlarged the definition of Movember to include mohawks, a mustache for your head. Watch as the SF Pivots get their heads shaved for a good cause! We're so happy to have...

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  • Parse: A Better Way to Develop Mobile Apps

    Parse: A Better Way to Develop Mobile Apps

    Many mobile developers find themselves rewriting the same server code for every app. Co-founder Kevin Lacker talks about Parse, a service that helps you build mobile applications without writing...

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  • Hadoop for Rubyists

    Hadoop for Rubyists

    Is your MySQL groaning under too much data? Tired of waiting hours for analytics rake tasks? Loren Siebert discusses leveraging your existing Ruby codebase by building Hadoop Map/Reduce jobs...

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  • Travis: Distributed CI for OSS

    Travis: Distributed CI for OSS

    Erik Michaels-Ober, Fellow at Code for America, discusses Travis CI, a modern distributed open-source build system for continuous integration.

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  • Business Intelligence Tools for Engineers

    Business Intelligence Tools for Engineers

    The analysts and engineers at ModCloth.com spent the past year building business intelligence tools to measure their business. Evan Tahler, Jennifer Suit, and Kate Zimmerman describe their agile...

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  • Frank: Cucumber Tests for Native iOS Apps

    Frank: Cucumber Tests for Native iOS Apps

    Frank allows you to write automated acceptance tests for native iOS apps using cucumber. You could describe it as Selenium for iOS. Pete Hodgson from ThoughtWorks shows some Frank tests and...

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  • Introduction to Go

    Introduction to Go

    Keith Rarick of Heroku introduces the Go programming language, including code examples and discussion of its motivation, design, and philosophy. He covers Go's syntax, type system, concurrency...

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  • MongoDB Redux

    MongoDB Redux

    Chris Westin from 10gen discusses more in-depth uses of mongoDB and answers questions from the audience.

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  • Remote Pair Programming: People and Technology

    Remote Pair Programming: People and Technology

    Long-time Pivot Joe Moore had to learn how to effectively remote pair with developers across the country. He shares the lessons he's learned about the technologies and personal interactions that...

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  • SoundSeed.me

    SoundSeed.me

    Jared Cosulich of Irrational Design recently started a new music site, SoundSeed.Me. He discusses the process as he launches a new product, getting it built, finding the first users, iterating,...

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  • Metrics, Metrics Everywhere

    Metrics, Metrics Everywhere

    If you don’t measure it, you can’t optimize it. Coda Hale of Yammer talks about service-level performance metrics, how they use them to guide their development strategy, and how you can improve...

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  • Backbone.js

    Backbone.js

    Backbone.js is a lightweight MVC framework for organizing JS code and simplifying common AJAX and event-driven DOM update use cases. Pivot Jay Phillips shows how to get started with Backbone.js...

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  • Performance and Scalability: Make Your App Just Fast Enough in an Agile Way

    Performance and Scalability: Make Your App Just Fast Enough in an Agile Way

    Veteran Pivot David Stevenson gives his thoughts on the when, why, and how of performance optimization in Rails. He touches on a few of the approaches that make sense and the best tools for each...

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  • Hardware is the New Software

    Hardware is the New Software

    We see the power of cheap cloud hosting, OSS, and incubators to make building a web app cheap, and now the same is happening to hardware. The means of production is becoming democratized and agile...

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  • Demystifying Autoscale: The Tale of an API Mashup

    Demystifying Autoscale: The Tale of an API Mashup

    For most applications autoscale is not fire-and-forget, but it shouldn’t require a fancy PaaS, either. Jesse Proudman of Blue Box shows how to combine the New Relic API with the Fog gem to build...

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  • Librato Silverline: Application Monitoring and Workload Management Service

    Librato Silverline: Application Monitoring and Workload Management Service

    Joe Ruscio, CTO of Librato, demonstrates Silverline, an app-centric monitoring and workload management service. He shows how Silverline improves capacity planning, continuous deployment, RCA,...

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  • Artful Personalization

    Artful Personalization

    Rapleaf is an aggregation service for personalization data. Manish Shah describes how they help companies gain insight into customers, engage them more meaningfully, and deliver timely messages....

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  • JRuby on AppEngine

    JRuby on AppEngine

    John Woodell, a JRuby developer from Google, describes the 1.4.0 release of Google's AppEngine, which includes JRuby support. John focuses on the how AppEngine differs from other managed cloud...

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  • What Technology Wants

    What Technology Wants

    Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine and noted technologist, presents ideas from latest book, What Technology Wants. "[T]echnology as a whole is...a living, evolving organism...

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  • Model Driven Management with Puppet

    Model Driven Management with Puppet

    Luke Kanies, Puppet's original author, talks about how Puppet relies on modeling and why. Luke also discusses Puppet's DSL, resource types, the acyclic graph at the heart of everything, and the...

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