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A few sessions and events you have to see during QCon San Francisco 2016

QCon is just around the corner, and no doubt it’s one of the most professional conferences around. It offers talks, tracks and workshops designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers to learn about the latest technologies.

But then there’s the ultimate conference question: which sessions you can’t afford to miss?

No doubt it’s a hard question, and that’s why we’ve decided to publish this post. We turned to QCon’s speakers themselves and asked them what sessions they’ll be attending. Get your badges ready, and make sure you don’t miss out on these recommendations.

1. Matthew Miller – Apprenda

Matthew is a software architect at Apprenda, that will be on the “Containers Everywhere” track. In his talk, Matthew provides an overview of Kubernetes, the open source cluster management / container orchestration system originally built by Google.

We asked Matthew what sessions he’s most excited about, and he recommended checking out Matt Ranney’s talk “What Comes After Microservices?“. He noted that:

“Matt gave a great talk on Uber’s architecture at QCon NY and afterwards we had an open space discussion on what’s coming next (so I can’t wait to find out what he’s come up with)”.

Matthew also mentioned Uttara Sridhar’s talk on Amazon ECS “Amazon ECS: a Platform to Run Production Containers“.

Be sure to catch Matthew’s Talk: Building a Microservices Platform with Kubernetes:

Location: Bayview AB
Day: Monday
Time: 10:35am

2. Charity Majors – Honeycomb.io

Charity is a co-founder and engineer at Honeycomb.io, a startup that does interactive, iterative debugging of complex systems. She’s looking forward to Ines Sombra’s “Distributed Systems War Stories” talk, since “Ines is amazing and war stories are always fun”.

She’s also excited about Kiran Bhattaram’s “Operational Antipatterns“; Jeff Hodges’ “How ‘Let’s Encrypt’ Shipped“, and Lisa Phillips’ “Evolving Devops” as, in her own words, “this is gonna be a great party”.

Charity herself will be talking about ways to fail at microservices, particularly from an organizational level: humanops, not techops. After asking on Twitter what problems people had experienced while rolling out microservices, Charity got a flood of real talk about organizational dysfunctions; “Turns out the engineering is always the easy part; it’s making the organizational changes needed to support high quality software that’s really, really hard.”

Location: Ballroom A
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:10pm

3. Baruch Sadogursky – JFrog

Baruch is a Developer Advocate at JFrog, a universal artifact repository and distribution platform. Baruch, along with Viktor Gamov (Solution Architect with Hazelcast) will be doing the second season of the rebooted Java Puzzlers. It’s an interactive talk, in which they ask the audience the questions and throw t-shirts to the winners.

Baruch has a number of tracks he’s interested in, such as the all-time-popular track “Architectures You’ve Always Wondered About”, or the “Bare Metal Performance” track that he describes as the track that’s “all about the hardcore we all love”.

Regarding the talks themselves, he would like to check out “How Slack works” – “just because you wanna know how Slack works”, and Sergey Kuksenko’s “Speedup Your Java Apps With Hardware Counters“.

Don’t miss out on “Java Puzzlers NG S02: Down the Rabbit Hole”:

Location: Ballroom BC
Day: Tuesday
Time: 1:40pm

4. Nicholas Durkin – OverOps

Nick is a Monitoring Engineer at OverOps, that tells you where, when and why your Java code breaks in production. Nicholas is interested in a number of tracks, but he has a few “must see” sessions he plans on going.

The first one is Matti Pehrs “Scaling the Data Infrastructure at Spotify”; “It’s interesting to see how data infrastructures work in a large companies such as Spotify”.

Also, Nick will be attending Devon H O’Dell “Building a Debugging Mindset”, in hope to get an answer to the question why debugging is so inherently difficult.

Be sure to check out Nick session about “The New Way to Debug Java in Production”, in which he’ll uncover the dark science of production exceptions. He will be joined by Steve Rogers, Director of software engineering at Viator, a Tripadvisor company. The both of them will cover the current state of methodologies and tools used to troubleshoot Java errors in production.

Location: Seacliff D
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:35am

5. Don’t Miss Out on These

If you’re into Star Wars Lego, you can try your luck in one of the raffles that will take place on Tuesday, at 6:15pm. And be sure to check out the other social events QCon has to offer to attendees.

Also, the OverOps team will also be around so be sure to stop by our booth to get some swag that includes our monstrous T-shirts and coasters.

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Our RuntimeException T-Shirt

If you’re at the conference and would like to chat, drop us a message here or on twitter and we’d be happy to meet up. Ask us what we think about WestWorld 😉

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