24 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

Topic

Andre

  Source Favicon
By Todd Hoff of High Scalability 2 years ago.
Email

Luiz André Barroso , Distinguished Engineer at Google, talks about this fundamental property of scaling systems in his fascinating talk, Warehouse-Scale Computing: Entering the Teenage Decade . Google found the larger the scale the greater the impact of latency variability. When a request is implemented by work done in parallel, as is common with today's service oriented systems, the overall response time is dominated by the long tail distribution of the parallel …

highscalability.com Read
  Source Favicon
On Scout ~ The Blog 12 months ago.
Email

…heavy-weight, poor-fitting shirts. They are tastefully designed, American Apparel - Tri-Blend (otherwise known as the most comfortable shirt you'll own). If you're attending RailsConf, shoot us an email so we can meetup and improve your wordrobe at the same time. Or, just look for us ( Andre and Derek). We don't always rest our arms on each other, but when we do, we look like this:

scoutapp.com Read
  Source Favicon
On Scout ~ The Blog over 1 year ago.
Email

I was leading the design on this and warned Andre not to expect any works of art in the beginning. Instead, my plan was to simply show up for work: work on design a bit every day, valuing rapid experiments and lots of mockups. The first week was rough - it started out a bit like this:

As we focused in on a style we liked, I started applying more polish and things came together. In all, I created 24 iterations of the homepage. Iterations often had several alternates as well.

About half-way …

scoutapp.com Read
  Source Favicon
By Todd Hoff of High Scalability over 2 years ago.
Email

In It's Time for Low Latency Stephen Rumble et al. explore the idea that it's time to rearchitect our stack to live in the modern era of low-latency datacenter instead of high-latency WANs. The implications for program architectures will be revolutionary . Luiz André Barroso , Distinguished Engineer at Google, sees ultra low latency as a way to make computer resources, to be as much as possible, fungible, that is they are interchangeable and location independent, effectively turning a datacenter into single computer.

highscalability.com Read
  Source Favicon
By Todd Hoff of High Scalability over 2 years ago.
Email

Rings echoing in my head as I listened to a fascinating presentation by Luiz André Barroso , Distinguished Engineer at Google, concerning Google's legendary past, golden present, and apocryphal future. His talk, Warehouse-Scale Computing: Entering the Teenage Decade , was given at the Federated Computing Research Conference . Luiz clearly knows his stuff and was early at Google, so he has a deep and penetrating perspective on the technology. …

highscalability.com Read
  Source Favicon
By Dave of David Bolton Strikes Again over 4 years ago.
Email

I still used BBSes a lot (I was a particular fan of Active BBS, and my friend Andre's Mindflux BBS, both in Sydney), but when the internet first hit the mainstream I switched from BBS to internet and barely looked back. I built my first webpage in 1995. When I think back to the head start I had in that area, I really should rule the internet now!

I'd always had a general idea I wanted to be in business — for some strange reason I found accounting books fascinating — so when …

davidbolton.net Read
  Source Favicon
On Scout ~ The Blog over 1 year ago.
Email

The Scout gang (including founders and co-dictators-for-life Derek and Andre) will be at Rocky Mountain Ruby Conference in beautiful Boulder, Colorado next week.

If you're going to be there, let us know . We'd love to take our relationship beyond our support email address (if you're ready for that).

scoutapp.com Read
  Source Favicon
On Scout ~ The Blog over 1 year ago.
Email

Every man has their breaking point when it comes to deadweight code. Andre and I hit ours recently and decided to spend all of last week focusing soley on cleaning up Scout (a Rails app). Our goals:

Faster tests - our tests took 8 minutes to complete. While it's the perfect amount of time to catchup on Daily Show clips, it really tested our patience making application-wide changes.

Removing deadweight - unused CSS rules, database tables + columns, views, and assets. It's …

scoutapp.com Read
  Source Favicon
On Scout ~ The Blog almost 2 years ago.
Email

There was a clear turning point for Andre and I with Scout - it happened in October 2010. It led to one of our most popular blog articles, "We Just Undid Three Months of Dev work. Here's What We Learned."

I'll be telling that story at the Fort Collins New Tech Meetup tomorrow evening. If you're a developer starting a business (or struggling turning a side project into one) drop by. If you're interested in heckling me, stop by too!

scoutapp.com Read
  Source Favicon
On Scout ~ The Blog over 2 years ago.
Email

Scout being around for a long time. 2011 saw the start of our grand succession plan: both Andre and I brought home baby girls this year. While my two-month old daughter is lacking focus at this point, I'm confident she'll be ready to take over my share of Scout by 2035.

2012

I've never been more excited about Scout. We eliminated a lot of cruft from Scout in 2011 that's freeing us up to make monitoring even easier in 2012. Thanks for your continued feedback, bug reports, …

scoutapp.com Read