My five favorite talks from OSCON

This week I went to Portland, Oregon for the O’Reilly Open Source Convention. OSCON is one of my favorite conferences because of the quality and diversity of the talks. Usually when I go to an event I am too busy presenting, working our booth, or meeting with customers and partners to fully enjoy the sessions. This year I resolved to not let that happen again and I managed to enjoy many great talks and learn quite a bit.

System management with Chef

Joshua Tiberman and James Casey gave a great workshop on getting started with Chef.

Adventures in Node

Faisal Abid presented on getting started with NodeJS and Express.

MongoDB on AWS

Charity Majors presented on the experience Parse had with scaling MongoDB on Amazon Web Services.

How Gigaspaces built their community with GitHub

This talk really resonated with me as we recently announced AppDynamics X which leverages GitHub for enabling our developer community.

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The art of giving critiques

Emma Jane Westby presented on how to give and get actionable critiques. She did a great job explaining the difference between good and bad feedback and showed how communities can better collaborate.

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I have learned from going to many events that some of the best content comes from the time between the sessions. If you find yourself at a developer conference in the future make sure to spend time in the common areas and engage with the speakers and other attendees. See you next year at OSCON!

AppDynamics goes to OSCON

The AppDynamics team is in Portland, Oregon this week to showcase AppDynamics at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention. This event is a great opportunity to meet with the community and connect with thought leaders in the open source world. Stop by our booth for office hours if you’re in the area this week!

AppDynamics at OSCON

If you are attending OSCON join my birds of a feather sessions to talk about scaling PHP in the real world and quantifying the value of DevOps.

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AppDynamics goes to Velocity

The AppDynamics team went to Santa Clara, California this week for O’Reilly’s Velocity conference. If you aren’t familiar with the Velocity conference, it is the premier web performance conference. The event was packed with great sessions from the world’s foremost experts on web performance. The AppDynamics team was in full force presenting, exhibiting, and hosting office hours for our community.

AppDynamics Booth

While I was at Velocity I picked up some interesting facts about the business impact of performance:

Our very own Steve “AppMan” Burton presented with John Martin of

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AppMan made a special appearance for Velocity. AppMan was well received to say the least:


If you are in the bay area and missed Velocity, you should join Web Performance Days unconference hosted at Google.