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VividCortex Is Joining SolarWinds!

I’m excited to share the following news, cross-posted from the VividCortex blog. VividCortex is Joining SolarWinds! By Amena Ali and Baron Schwartz We’re excited to share that VividCortex is now part of the SolarWinds family. We believe this change will help to accelerate the adoption of our product as well as the pace of our product development....

Bringing DevOps to the Database

Most teams find it hard to “do DevOps” in the DB for several reasons. This talk summarizes what I’ve learned over the last decade, studying teams that succeeded as well as those that tried. I’ve distilled it all into concrete, practical steps you can take to improve. Databases are special because they’re stateful, and DevOps reflects this: in practice,...

Kelly Shortridge Presents Security Delusions at QCon NYC

QCon is one of my favorite technical conferences. The content is unbeatable—it’s curated and sourced talk-by-talk by experts who chair each track. The experience is top-notch for speakers and attendees, and the conference is structurally inclusive and welcoming. I spoke at QCon San Francisco last year, and I was slated to speak at QCon NYC this year—but...

Bringing DevOps to the Database

Applying DevOps principles and practices to the database can make software development processes faster, better and cheaper. Yet most companies do not include their databases in their DevOps initiatives because they face a variety of challenges to make it work. Why is it hard to apply DevOps to databases? How can we get better at it? This talk addresses...

Optimizing Database Performance and Efficiency

It’s easy for modern, distributed, high-scale applications to hide database performance and efficiency problems. Optimizing performance of such complex systems at scale requires some skill, but more importantly it requires a sound strategy and good observability, because you can’t optimize what you can’t measure. This session explains a performance...

Three DevOps Podcast Appearances

Over the past few months, I’ve been invited to be a guest on several podcasts that focus on DevOps and software engineering. I’m posting links to those below, for those who are interested. You can find these podcasts on iTunes or anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Real World DevOps The Real World DevOps podcast is hosted by Mike Julian,...

The Mighty Music Player Is Like IPod Shuffle for Spotify

I bought a Mighty Vibe, which is like an iPod Shuffle for Spotify. It’s a small, simple, easy-to-use music player that downloads music from your Spotify account and frees you from your phone. It supports wired and Bluetooth headphones. In my testing it’s easy to set up, works well, and sounds great. It’s much nicer than the mp3 players I’ve bought...

Everything You Need to Know About PostgreSQL EXPLAIN

Does EXPLAIN confuse you? You’re not alone. This talk will help you understand what EXPLAIN output means, how to interpret it, what’s good/bad in a given EXPLAIN plan, and how to change queries, indexes, or schema to get better query execution plans.

It's Never Done, Thus It's Already Done

Last week I “finished” a new medium-sized book (an ebook—that is, a PDF). But even as we downloaded the final PDF from Google Docs and uploaded it to our company website, I already had a file full of errata and omissions. Some of these are substantial problems, but my opinion remained almost unwavering: ship it. It was 20 years ago in college...

Feelings Aren't Facts

I was raised in an environment where feelings were minimized, denied, brushed aside. In some circumstances, acknowledging feelings could even be risky. As a result, I adopted a mostly unconscious perspective on feelings which didn’t serve me very well. Recently, however, I’ve become more aware of my feelings, and I’ve been surprised and pleased to...

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