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My Two Upcoming Talks at Velocity 2012

Posted by Mike Brittain on April 30, 2012
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I’m looking forward to speaking at Velocity Conf this summer on two very different topics:

Building Resilient User Interfaces

Large-scale sites are complex systems, where every page is likely generated with data pulled from multiple back-end data stores and services. Yet, not every piece of data on the page is critical to the user experience. The front-end of your site (i.e. front-end applications, templates, and user interface) needs to be designed to tolerate service outages. Features that your users will see need to have not just manual configuration flags, but also the ability to fail gracefully when a back-end service is unavailable. It’s important to note that in many cases, your site’s users will never realize the difference.

This talk is focused on getting front-end engineers, application developers, and product managers to think about their sites and products with an operational mindset. Topics covered in this talk will include:

  • Identifying data sources used throughout your site
  • Front-end design patterns for failure modes
  • De-coupling non-critical user interfaces
  • Effectively communicating failure to your community
  • Validating failure scenarios with “Game Days”
  • Configuration flags

In this interview, I describe more of what this is all about.


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Logs

A wealth of performance and debugging data can be found in your web server logs. Graphs and trend lines are far better tools than a terminal and the find utility for analyzing what’s happening in your logs. In this talk, we’ll demonstrate some simple workflows for converting what’s in your logs into graphs.


Attending Velocity Conf 2012

If you’re planning to attend Velocity this year, use the discount code “BRITTAIN” to get a 20% discount on your registration fee.