LRTF 2017 Session Lineup


Lisa Huang

Lisa Huang

FlightGold, inc

Instant Mobile Web: An Accelerated Mobile Pages primer

3:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom B

In Oct 2016, mobile and tablet internet usage exceeded desktop for the first time worldwide! With **over 50% of your users on their phones**, is your web app optimised for them?

[Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)](https://www.ampproject.org/) is an open-source initiative, a Javascript library for building **lightening speed mobile web apps**. As of May 2017, there are over 2billion AMP pages and growing! The Washington Post, eBay, Airbnb - these are just some companies who are using AMP in their web products

We will look under the hood and learn about how **AMP optimizes mobile web performance** with resource allocation, invisible ink, sandbox iFrames and more. Attendees will learn about what makes AMP pages lightning fast on mobile, and get up and running with a **code demo.**

Attendees will learn first hand about:

1. How AMP addresses mobile user pains
2. How to build a valid AMP page with navigation, embedded media, and user interactivity.
3. Future AMP integration with progressive web apps (PWA)

This talk is suitable for beginner and intermediate developers with experience in Javascript. [Click here for Presentation slides](bit.ly/AMPCorgi)

About Lisa

Lisa Huang is a co-founder of FlightGold, a Fullstack engineer based in San Francisco Bay area. Lisa has a background in digital marketing, building mobile-optimized web apps and a keen Rubyist. She is a self-taught developer and started her coding journey with FreeCodeCamp projects.

In her off time, you can find Lisa exploring the West coast and hacking on Arduino.


Don Schenck

Don Schenck

Red Hat

Creating Bots with the Microsoft Bot Framework

2:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom C

Every wonder how a bot works? How it carries on a conversation, or helps you book a hotel room?

The Microsoft Bot Framework is not just about Skype. You can build bots for Skype, Facebook, Slack, SMS and much more. You can leverage your existing C# skills and create interactive bots that can assist users.

In this session you will see a bot created in real time, as well as learn about the considerations for building a useful and successful bot.

About Don

A developer who has seen it all, Don is a Microsoft MVP and currently a Director of Developer Experience at Red Hat, with a focus on Microsoft .NET on Linux. His mission is to connect .NET developers with the Linux and open source communities. Prior to Red Hat, Don was a Developer Advocate at Rackspace where he was immersed in cloud technology. He still enjoys cooking and studying human behavior, and still hates the designated hitter rule.

Don's overarching belief is this: "A program is not a communication between a developer and a machine; it's a communication between a developer and the next developer."


Bryan Soltis

Bryan Soltis

Kentico

Building Your Evil(?) Empire with Azure Functions

2:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom B

By now, you've probably heard about how awesome Azure Functions really are. From offloading functionality to automating processing, they allow you to harness the cloud to your bidding, whether it’s the dirty work of processing your data or informing your henchmen about your next plot to take over the world. Whether your preference is C#, JS, Python, or a slew of other languages, you can program just about anything with Azure Functions and execute it with triggers, timers, or HTTP requests. In this session, Kentico Technical Evangelist and Azure super-fan Bryan Soltis will show you add Azure Functions to your arsenal and build amazing cloud solutions.

About Bryan

Bryan Soltis is the Technical Evangelist at Kentico and an avid .NET developer. With over 18 years of web development experience, Bryan has completed projects for Microsoft, IMG, HP, and other Fortune 500 companies. A former Azure VTSP, Bryan has developed numerous applications with Microsoft’s cloud and Kentico, including custom software development, integrated solutions, and globally-available enterprise applications. As a Technical Evangelist, Bryan enjoys working with the development community and educating developers on best practices, new technologies, and utilizing the .NET, cloud, and Kentico to their fullest potentials. And he really likes beer.


Sean Sparkman

Sean Sparkman

Infinity Interactive, Inc.

Build Your Mobile App with Notifications

9:30 AM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom B

Learn how to add notifications, remote and local, to your application. Whether it’s an iOS, Android, or Windows, it’s easy to add notifications. We will take a look at using AWS Notification Service, Azure Notification Hub, and even doing your own Push Notifications with PushSharp.

Push notifications are a mainstay for making a polished and well-rounded application. It's important on how you handle your notifications and display them. The wrong sound or not navigating to the item can make for a poor user experience.

About Sean

I have been writing software for over two decades. I am a father of two and husband. For six years, I have been a Team Lead and Senior Developer for Infinity Interactive, Inc. I have run a user group here in Dallas that focuses on Xamarin called DFW Mobile.NET for 4 years. In April 2015, I was awarded the Xamarin MVP Award for contributing the development community. I have a strong passion for software development of all kind and love problem-solving.


Jason Craft

Jason Craft

APS Payroll

Technical Debt: The Silent Killer

9:00 AM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom A

Technical Debt: The Silent Killer
=========================

Overview
-------------
Technical debt is no different from any other debt or liability a company holds. If left alone for enough time, it will slow down development to a crawl and halt the company's innovation in its tracks. Therefore, it must be paid off over time to prevent a technological apocalypse.

This talk will showcase a few different strategies to pay off technical debt. Each strategy takes a balanced approach that does not encourage rewriting applications plagued by technical debt. Rewriting may be the most effective way of reducing technical debt, but it is impractical for most software companies. Features still need to be delivered while paying off technical debt. No matter the development process used by your company, you can incorporate these strategies into your workflow.

Reasons for Accumulation
--------------------------------------
Technical debt accumulates due to various factors beyond control of a company's developers. These problems must be addressed in the strategy for combating it. Developers must communicate the importance of implementing solutions to these problems to other departments at the company. Other departments may not understand why paying off technical debt is so important, but they can understand the consequences if the debt accumulates for too long.

Problems leading to technical debt accumulation:

+ Lack of development resources
+ Not enough executive buy-in
+ Features taking precedence over platform stability
+ Ignoring metrics that point to legacy code problems
* The "Just one more thing, first" attitude

Development Strategies
-----------------------------------
Complex problems often require complex solutions. Developing a sound strategy for paying off the company's technical debt should be at the forefront of every developer's mind. Every viable strategy will require time to implement and will not instantly solve the technical debt problem. These strategies must be incorporated into the development process and adhered to so that the technical debt may be paid over time. For most software companies, this will be a long road, but persistence and vigilance always pay the best dividends.

Outcome
-------------
This talk will equip every attendee with strategies to tackle their company's technical debt issues and improve their development processes.

About Jason

Jason is the Software Development Manager for APS Payroll. In short, he's a web developer with 9+ years experience of delivering high-quality products to amazing customers across the country. He dabbles in NodeJS, Scala, and React, but currently uses PHP and the Sencha ExtJS framework for his professional endeavors. He leads an unparalleled software development team in crafting software that consistently beats out competing products from Fortune 500 companies.


Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

Mainstream Technologies, Inc.

Lying with Data: Designing Honest Dashboards

2:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom A

Unfortunately data can lie, and it’s not even intentional. Everyone from business owners to consumers want insights from the software they use daily. But how can we make sure that the data is being visualized accurately and effectively? Learn how to craft honest and insightful dashboards by avoiding common pitfalls inherent with data visualization. This design centric presentation goes through the entire process of dashboard design including: data visualization, creating a color palette, accessibility, and working with data.

About Jeremy

Jeremy Jones is currently the Lead Designer and Front End Developer at Mainstream Technologies. Jeremy has over 13 years’ experience that spans both print and digital media. His most recent position was a four-year term as Creative Director for an Inc. 5000 company. His earlier experience in the digital space includes Web Design, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX) and front-end development.


Jon Robinson

Jon Robinson

The QA Consultancy

Automation 101

3:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom A

Automation is often misunderstood, and means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I want to help change that. By drawing on my years of experience building and managing automation teams within a variety of environment, I will walk you through the things you should or shouldn't do. I'll help you understand what things need to be considered, and what things you should simply pass on. I'm not going to teach you how to automate, but I AM gonna to teach you how to succeed at it.

About Jon

Jon has helped build and lead a wide variety of teams across all aspects of QA over the past 11 years, and recently launched The QA Consultancy, which specializes in helping organizations improve their overall Quality. Having worked with organizations like HomeAdvisor, ScrippsNetworks, and Victoria’s Secret in the past, Jon has battle-tested his sometimes unique approach to QA in some incredibly demanding environments. He recently worked with Denver Public Schools and their CareerConnect program providing mentoring and internships to high school students, and was a pilot employer sponsor for their CareerResidency apprenticeship program at HomeAdvisor.


PJ Hagerty

PJ Hagerty

Logz.io

From Turing to Big Data: A Look at Computing and Analytics

1:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom C

A look at where computing and analytics began and where it is headed.
The basis of all DevOps and development starts with our measurements. We need to understand what role analytics and metrics plays in modern computing. To find out, we look at where analytics began in the advent of computer science and where we stand today, with an eye toward the future.

About PJ

Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Developer Advocate at Logz.io, PJ is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.


Greg Jordan

Greg Jordan

Graph Story

Up & Running with Graph Databases

8:30 AM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom B

A summary of what attendees will learn:

- An understanding of graph databases
- Introduction to data modeling with Graph databases
- Setting up a graph database
- Connecting to the graph and CRUD operations
- Building a graph enabled application

About Greg

Greg Jordan is the Founder & CEO of Graph Story, the leading graph database-as-a-service provider. Greg is also the author of Practical Neo4j and has over 15 years of programming experience in various languages with a focus on data driven projects. Greg is avid speaker and writer on the topic of graph databases and has been working with graph databases since 2011. Greg holds two Master's Degrees and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Memphis.


John Riviello

John Riviello

Comcast

Introduction to Web Components & Polymer

2:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom A

With the updates to iOS and Android phones released earlier this year, Web Components are now supported natively. With libraries such as Polymer that are built on top of Web Components, it is now possible to easily create fast Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) without the overhead of a framework. In this workshop, we'll begin with a brief introduction to Web Components and Polymer, and then dive into hands-on experiences with the core aspects of Web Components: the <template> tag, Custom Elements, and the Shadow DOM.

This workshop assumes an understanding of HTML, CSS & JavaScript. No prior experience with Web Components, Polymer, or any library or framework (Web Components or otherwise) is required.

About John

John Riviello is a Distinguished Engineer and Lead Frontend Developer at Comcast where he works on the XFINITY customer websites and web applications. He is also the author of the Lynda.com course "CSS to Sass." In his free time, he prefers surfing waves over surfing the internet.


Shawn Weisfeld

Shawn Weisfeld

Microsoft

CI/CD with VisualStudio.com and Azure

9:30 AM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom C

In this talk we will take a simple ASP.NET MVC application and check it in to VisualStudio.com Source Control. We will then use the online Build tools to automate builds on check-in. Then using the online release management we will automate deploying it to our Dev, QA and Production environments. All the while ensuring that we keep all of the configuration for each of these environments safe.

About Shawn

Shawn (http://www.shawnweisfeld.com, shawn@shawnweisfeld.com) is passionate about building awesome applications and websites with .NET technologies and Azure. He is currently a Cloud Solution Architect for Microsoft based in Austin TX and founder of http://UserGroup.tv. Read his full bio at http://about.me/shawnweisfeld


Chris Lorenzo

Chris Lorenzo

Comcast

Web Components: A simpler and faster React

11:00 AM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom B

React pioneered the component based frontend and revolutionized how we think about building a web application. Let’s leverage the patterns we learned from React with the latest web primitives and see if we can #UseThePlatform to build a better web.

We’ll discuss how to simplify your application while we compare React to Web Components with Google Polymer. As mobile becomes the dominant experience, we'll see why now more than ever initialization time & overall performance matters. Lastly, you’ll get to hear how Comcast is building its next generation single page apps for millions of customers using the latest browser APIs, Redux and Web Components with Google Polymer. You’ll walk away from this talk feeling motivated and empowered to simplify your architecture.

About Chris

Chris has worked at Comcast for 10 years -- currently as a Senior Principal Engineer. He enjoys building/motivating teams and ramping up new projects using the latest patterns and web primitives. Besides coding in Javascript, He loves spending time with his family and helping out in the community. Chris is also heavily involved with local colleges and schools to mentor the next generation.


Deanna Vickers

Deanna Vickers

Doo Drop

A Remote Possibility

1:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom A

#Making Remote Work, Work


1. You've just started a remote job and want to know how to do it well.

2. You're intrigued by the idea of working remote but feel intimidated by managing your time at home.

3. You've been doing it a long time and just need some motivation to get out of your pajamas occasionally.

If any of these describe you, this session is going to help you make the most of working at home. You'll learn how to reap the rewards of having autonomy in your day while also bringing a lot of value to your job.

Get answers to some often asked questions about remote work:

- Where can I find a remote job?
- How do I keep from being bored?
- How can I make sure I'll wake up and get to work in the morning?
- What do I do about house distractions (pets, kids, lawn or cleaning services)?
- What do I do when my internet goes down?

Lastly, once you are working remotely, it's helpful to have some methods for battling the loneliness of working on your own day to day. You'll walk away armed with many ideas to help keep your day your own without being "on your own."

About Deanna

I'm Deanna, an Entrepreneur and Product Owner from Nashville, Tennessee. What I enjoy most is working with others in the tech community to increase harmony among my peers. I am on boards and organizing teams for several tech events/organizations in Nashville including Music City Code, Nodevember and WomenGetIT. I also created an app idea called Doo Drop which is a mobile app geared to get people outside, be active and spend quality time with their dogs. I'm learning to code so I can work on Doo Drop and a few other app concepts of mine.

I had a fear of public speaking so I started learning to sing and play guitar as a fun way to overcome my fear.


Erik Ostermueller

Erik Ostermueller

Fidelity Information Services

Java Performance in 30 Minutes

8:30 AM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom A

The clock is ticking! With just 30 minutes of troubleshooting, how close can you get to finding the root cause of a Java performance problem in production? What observability tools would you use? What subsystems would you investigate?

This presentations shows one approach to getting the most out of your 30 minutes and aims to show that much more is possible than is generally thought, even for Java developers with little exposure to performance tuning.

You will learn to identify the most widespread, repeated and pernicious Java performance defects using walk-throughs of more than a dozen server-side performance puzzles that are ready to run on your own machine.

As an antidote to pervasive and lackluster average response times that are multi-second throughout the industry, this presentation provides a long absent, easy-to-follow performance training regimen that we all should master early on in our careers.

This presentation is your guided tour to how much is really possible in 30 minutes.

#Learn the P.A.t.h. Checklist

## Persistence -- the 'P' in P.A.t.h.
Learn the 3 most common SQL performance anti-patterns and how to detect them.

## Alien Systems -- the 'A' in P.A.t.h.

Alien systems are those your Java JVM communicates with over a network.
Learn how to detect slow network requests from your JVM and identify exactly the code making the requests.
Also learn how to avoid a huge security vulnerability with a very common network optimization.

## threads -- the 't' in P.A.t.h.

Learn how to use jstack to take thread dumps that point to slow executing code. No need for a the Java profiler in production.

## heap -- the 'h' in P.A.t.h.

Learn the fastest way to assess whether GC processing is unhealthy, and learn a few tips for diagnosing memory leaks.

About Erik

Erik Ostermueller has spent the last 10 years or so years tuning high throughput Java financial systems in North and South America, Europe and Asia. In 2011, he wrote a paper for an international performance conference titled “How to Help Developers (Finally) Find Their Own Performance Defects” that won “Best Paper” and the “Mullen Award” for best speaker [1]. The proceeds of this award financed an 8-city speaking tour in the US, Canada, UK, and Italy.

Founder of heapSpank.org and wuqiSpank.org and a contributor to JMeter-Plugins and other open source projects.

[1] https://www.cmg.org/about-cmg/awards-scholarships/


Taylor Otwell

Taylor Otwell

Laravel

Building Web Applications With Laravel

2:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom B

In this talk, the creator of Laravel we'll take you on a tour through Laravel and how it can be used to build modern, robust, and testable web applications. The talk will cover the entire MVC stack from routing to views, as well as other services provided by Laravel such as the dependency injection container, background job processing, real-time events, and database interaction.

About Taylor

Taylor Otwell is the creator of the Laravel PHP framework, which has become the most popular PHP web framework in the world. Taylor is also the founder of Forge and Envoyer, which provide server provisioning and deployment solutions for PHP.


Brian McKeiver

Brian McKeiver

BizStream

Build a Big Data .Net MVC App in 30 mins

8:30 AM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom C

Learn how to create an ASP.Net MVC application that communicates with government based Big Data, or Open Data as it is commonly referred to. In 30 mins we will create a .Net solution that will utilize open source libraries to connect to publicly available API endpoints. With the returned datasets we will generate a quick user interface that includes how to filter, query, map, and aggregate the data. Attendees can expect to leave this session with the knowledge on how to unlock the untapped potential that many government entities provide today.

About Brian

Brian McKeiver is Co-Owner & Solutions Architect at BizStream, a software development company in Allendale, MI. He has over 15 years of experience leading his company that employs 25+ developers and technologists. In addition to his expertise in web development, integration, and digital marketing, Brian is active with the tech community via his blog at Mcbeev.com. When Brian isn’t working, he spends time with his wife and 3 daughters and is an avid sports geek.


Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson

Microsoft

Have Your Best Season Yet: Becoming a (Microsoft) MVP

1:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom A

Learn how following your passion and deepening your technical area of focus can help you create a wide-sweeping impact and how you can be awarded as an MVP! The MVP community is comprised of over 4,000 MVPs worldwide, and offers you a rich and diverse network of talented tech experts who can help you learn new skills and advance your career. As an MVP, you also gain insider access to Microsoft product development teams, and a plethora of other benefits. Come join the discussion and learn how to reap the rewards of your best season yet!

I delivered this talk at CodeMash in Sandusky, Ohio, and had a panel of 7 MVPs speak for part of the session to educate attendees on how they can be awarded in the future. Many of the attendees noted on Twitter that this was their favorite session of CodeMash. Attendees have appreciated the transparency and awareness I bring to the MVP nomination process through this talk. It is also a great way for attendees to meet Microsoft MVPs and make connections with other community leaders since much of the talk is driven by questions from the audience. This talk is ideally suited to community leaders and those active in the community (speakers, bloggers, etc), but is also suitable for attendees who are new to the community and looking to build connections to widen their impact.

I keep things fun by bringing candy or a small giveaway to encourage participation and to keep people bright eyed in the event that the talk is scheduled after lunch.

About Lisa

Lisa Anderson is Microsoft’s US Central Region Community Program Manager – responsible for the Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals Program (MVP) and Regional Directors Program in the Central United States (all of the states in between the coasts). In her previous role at Microsoft, Lisa worked in the Microsoft Services group as a Technical Account Manager responsible for managing Premier Services account portfolios for several enterprise customers in the legal and commercial real estate industries. In her four years at Microsoft, Lisa has also been a community leader for Microsoft’s MACH program (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) and assists in recruitment and interviewing efforts for university hires all over the USA.

Lisa attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) and earned a BA in psychology. She aims to combine her background and passion for psychology to help people in the tech industry do their best work and lead their most fulfilling and balanced lives. She can be found at technical conferences speaking about how positive leadership strategies can help leaders and community members become more successful and productive.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys traveling (she has visited 13 countries outside the US so far and always planning her next trip!). When not on the move, she enjoys a nice brandy Old Fashioned and Wisconsin Fish Fry back at her parents’ home in Wausau, WI. Her other interests include cooking, hiking, skiing, and petting cats.


Bill DeVoe

Bill DeVoe

Velocity Partners

Lean-Agile Learning Through Games

1:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom B

Most agile practitioners first learn agile by reading a book, attending a class, or attending local meetings. But learning lean and agile concepts works best when we're able to put some concrete examples and practice behind the concept. By adding a set of games and exercises that teach and reinforce lean and agile concepts to our toolboxes, change agents can provide some practical basis for conversations both inside and outside their organization. Being able to talk beyond anecdote and theory and actually demonstrate why something works the way we think it does is a powerful statement.

The games in this session will cover a variety of lean and agile concepts, including:
- Preferring small batch sizes and maximizing customer value
- Identifying bottlenecks and the differences between local and system-wide optimizations
- Encouraging experimentation and risk-taking
- Demonstrating the need for good communication
- Backlog prioritization and delivering on commitments

Following the workshop, attendees will have access to all of the workshop games and be able to run these exercises and games with their teams, managers, and executives.

About Bill

Bill DeVoe has been in IT for almost 25 years and has spent almost 20 years of that as an agile practitioner, trainer, and coach. He has coached and trained local teams, distributed teams, managers, and executives in lean, agile, Scrum, Kanban, and scaled agile topics. He has led transformations at everything from the team level to the enterprise level. Bill has spoken at many conferences over the past 5 years on a variety of topics, including agile transformations with HR and Finance, working with distributed teams, and transforming a team to Scrumban.
Bill is the Principal Agile Evangelist for Velocity Partners, a near-shore development company specializing in distributed agile development. He is a Certified Scrum Professional, a SAFe Program Consultant, and licensed Management 3.0 Facilitator.


Hassan Bazzi

Hassan Bazzi

Vidy

Building Light-weight PWAs with Speeeeed

10:30 AM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom A

The world is moving towards PWAs. Everyone wants apps to load faster, perform better, and provide richer content. The task of building PWAs can be a daunting and long, but what if I told you there are tools to make it easy and fun? Together, we'll explore ways of developing the latest in web technologies at a fraction of the time needed. We're talking about production-ready applications, and not just some random prototyping. Open source communities around the world have been tirelessly developing incredible tools and CLIs. These tools are sometimes overlooked by the community and are sometimes simply buried in the deep worlds of Open Source. Worry not, we will learn about these tools so you can take them right back to your daily life and instantly make an impact on your productivity and quality. We'll boot-strap apps in minutes, easily develop them, and serve them to the masses with a touch of a button. Are you ready to go to the next level?

About Hassan

Hassan is a software engineer and designer with a massive passion for performance and easy UX. He started coding at the age of 12, and has since been painting a world where performance and amazing user experiences don't have to collide (and hopefully the paints aren't too expensive :P ). Hassan is also a core contributor on the Preact team and focuses his work on Preact CLI. His day to day includes building products and engineering startups. He currently leads web engineering on a new video platform called Vidy. Hassan's passion for web development took him half-way across the world from Lebanon to San Francisco where he hopes to advance the web. He hopes that one day emergent markets like Lebanon can enjoy the web at the same level and accessibility of advanced countries. Outside of work, Hassan loves to play soccer, explore remote places in the world, and tries to keep it interesting with novel events and experiences.


Micah Silverman

Micah Silverman

Stormpath

SOLID Principles in Action: from Slack to Twilio

11:00 AM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom A

SOLID principles make software more flexible and maintainable.

In this talk, I touch on each of the principles:

Single responsibility principle
Open/closed principle
Liskov substitution principle
Interface segregation principle
Dependency inversion principle

However, rather than talk about them in the abstract, the talk focuses on a specific code example. The example starts out as a Slack integration that shows a random "Magic the Gathering" card in a channel when a certain command is issued. I refactor the code to integrate with Twilio and demonstrate each principle along the way.

The example is written as a Spring Boot application and all source is available on Github.

About Micah

Micah Silverman is Stormpath's Java Developer Evangelist. With 22 years of Java Experience (yup, that's from the beginning), he's authored numerous articles, co-authored a Java EE book and spoken at many conferences. He's a maker, who's built full size MAME arcade cabinets and repaired [old electronic games](http://afitnerd.com/2011/10/16/weekend-project-fix-dark-tower/). He brings his love of all things Java to a conference near you!


Robert Lentz

Robert Lentz

Elyxor

Real Life IoT - Principles for Success

10:00 AM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom A

Elyxor has worked through some real-life IoT projects to transform business processes in the Industrial IoT (often called M2M) space. As the industry matures, it is becoming more clear that well designed business and technology IoT architectures can result in (1) elimination of process waste resulting in saved time and cost, (2) improved data insights to your business, (3) changing experiences for individuals interacting with a business process, and (4) changing how we communicate with customers.

These results sound great, but along this journey and various engagements, we have learned some principles that are needed to make such a project or transformation successful. The discussion is to share these concepts so that your future projects contemplate these items and take the best first step toward a successful IoT solution construction effort.

In our presentation, we will support this discussion with some real-life stories and experiences to provide context. In our role of IoT system integrators and business consultants, we have been able to solve problems in various industries and with different tech stacks.

About Robert

Previous to joining Elyxor, Rob was Chief Revenue Officer for Smiley Technologies (STI). Rob brings a broad knowledge of strategic planning, marketing, and sales, as well as software architecture and R&D expertise to the Elyxor team. Prior to STI, Rob held executive roles at Acxiom, a 1+ billion dollar global marketing services firm, where he held a number of roles, including VP of Revenue Strategy, VP of International Delivery Services (with 600 associates across 9 countries), and Country Operations Leader for the Dutch and German businesses. In addition, Rob has held technology and operations leadership roles at Celarix, Dazel, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and GE. Rob also enjoys his role on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business Advisory Board, including some time as an adjunct faculty. Rob is bi-lingual, with proficiency in German, and has spent large portions of his career working outside the US. Rob holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a BS in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer. Rob is based out of Little Rock and leads the Elyxor office at this location.


Kevin Chenal

Kevin Chenal

Dassault falcon jet

Machine Learning : a business case of text classification

2:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom C

This talk provides an overview of a supervised classification problem applied to talk classification in a business context. It will go over the reasons on why we have chosen a machine learning approach and the different steps we have followed to solve this problem (establishment of a training set, feature engineering, algorithms, etc.).

About Kevin

Kevin Chenal is a Data Engineer at Dassault Falcon Jet. Graduated in Embedded Systems, he started as a mobile developer (Android and IOS) before focusing on the data field. For the last 3 years, his primary mission was to ensure accuracy of the information for the business through multiple channels (Reporting, ETL, Machine Learning, Master Data Management).


Shawn McKinney

Shawn McKinney

Symas

The Anatomy of a Secure Web Application Using Java EE, Spring Security and Apache Fortress

1:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom C

The idea for this talk started several years back, when I first began full-time with Symas. I was working on a project that spanned multiple companies with my friend and colleague, John Field, who's a security architect at EMC, now Pivotal.

At the time, we were working on a process to migrate legacy COBOL apps from running on their native IBM z/Series mainframe platform to run on top of open systems architectures, i.e. Linux.

These were massive programs with millions of lines of code, built over decades. Their conversion processes required mimicking the mainframe's legendary security controls onto Linux platforms, using what was available to us via native and non-native security controls.

This meant dealing with a multitude of security concerns across every tier of the system and into many of its sub-layers as well. Mandatory access controls were enforced on every node in the system.

Linux systems had to be hardened to the nth degree and at the same time, multiple grains of authorization were required within the platform layers. Fortunately, everything we needed to do all this was already readily available and usable, and easily found within the public domain.

Only open, established, and timeworn practices were being targeted. That is, technologies released under permissible licenses, like the Apache software license, and these things were allowed into the final design. Our problem wasn't with how to design the security system, per se, nor how to build it. Strangely, those were the easy parts.

The hard part for us was how do we convey the contents of its complex design to others in a way that is understandable? Because, many of us are not, shall we say, security afflicted, so despite recommending only best practices, their concepts remain arcane, complicated, and generally not known to the masses.

To break through this complexity barrier, John and I borrowed an idea remembered from our youth, and that is those science textbooks that depict the human anatomy. You remember the ones that use translucent pages, each with a particular organ, all overlaying together comprising the comprehensive image of the human body, complete with all of its sub-systems?

We thought this a good way to communicate our complicated security system design to others. We adapted this idea for our end-to-end security design layout. Each image corresponds with an individual security component contained within a typical web app from it's outer to innermost layers.

What's unique about this particular talk is that it started with those initial visual images of a typical web security system architecture.

Next, a test application was created to go along with those anatomy images. The test app mimicked a typical web system, complete with test pages, links, buttons, database tables, et cetera, all of which are under tight security controls of various types.

The goal of the test app was to create a comprehensive tutorial demonstrating all of the pertinent security controls that were contained within the anatomy diagram. Finally, we added instructions to install, deploy, and run the test app and published it all to GitHub.

The project is called The Apache Fortress Demo, and we used it in our live demos and it could also be used by anyone else who wants to try it out at home. During our live demos, we would simultaneously dissect and discuss the web system security functionality, switching between the Power Point slides visually depicting the images and into the concrete demo to show how it all worked in a live system.

Link to test application in github: https://github.com/shawnmckinney/apache-fortress-demo

About Shawn

Software architect at Symas. Apache Directory PMC. Member of the OpenLDAP Engineering Team.


Josh Cypher

Josh Cypher

Emma, Inc.

Continuous Testing With React, Storybook, and WebdriverIO

10:30 AM
Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom B

Working in a continuous testing environment requires us to think on multiple levels about how we test our code.

We have our core component library which we can sandbox and experiment with in React Storybook. We can test our components thoroughly here in *multiple browsers* to check compatibility and function.

Then we assemble our components in a react app, where we implement another level of unit and functional testing.

Our react app has very specific goals, which we can acceptance test through WebdriverIO (Selenium). All of this can run in the background *and* on a continuous integration server as part of our build process so we can continually iterate on our code without fear of introducing breaking changes.

This tight feedback loop is key for pursuing continuous deployment and rapid delivery of code and allows us to go further with greater confidence than before.

In this talk, we will walk through some tooling and explore examples of how you can implement continuous testing in your delivery lifecycle using thing like React, Redux, Storybook, Mocha, Jest, WebdriverIO, Selenium, and GO CI.

About Josh

Josh Cypher is a QA Engineer at Emma, Inc. Before Emma, he spent five years as a product manager, learning to code in an effort to better understand his developers. When he took the leap into automated testing, he never looked back and has continued to apply testing principles across the whole delivery process.

Josh is an avid cyclist and often commutes to work on his beloved Bianchi road bike. In his off hours, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and his dog, Alistair. He is a board & video game enthusiast, woodworker, and an excellent campfire cook.


Corrie Moore

Corrie Moore

INA

    No WAF'ing Matter

    10:00 AM
    Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom B

    There are vulnerabilities everywhere. Additionally, there are malicious people who can and will take advantage of these vulnerabilities. As developers, it is our responsibility to protect ourselves from these attackers.



    Because it is near impossible to write secure code 100% of the time we must rely on features that will help recognize when our code is being attacked, and help prevent it in the future. One way we can do this is by implementing a Web Application Firewall (WAF). A WAF will protect web and cloud applications by providing a set of rules that will cover some of the most common attacks such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection. Both XSS and SQL Injection rank first and third in the Open Web Application Security Project's (OWASP) list of top ten most critical web application security risks.

    About Corrie


    Ryan Tablada

    Ryan Tablada

    Prototypal

    Productive Front End Test Driven Development That ACTUALLY Works

    1:30 PM
    Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom B

    Often the phrase "Rapid Application Development" means writing code that is mostly meant to be thrown away, but does it have to? With Acceptance Testing and the right tooling, you can be confident that your productive and rapid application development workflow will live on and not break for years to come (yes YEARS).


    In this talk, we'll look at live coding a CRUD interface for a T-Shirt store fully test driven.We'll be using Ember, Ember CLI, Bulma, and QUnit as a base to confidently make the application.At the end, we will have a tested application with Continuous Integration on TravisCI and auto deployed to Surge.sh.

    About Ryan

    Ryan started in the fire of the startup world working on projects in many different fields and training Junior Developers at The Iron Yard.
    He has made his way as a contributor in the Laravel, Node, Adonis, and Ember communities.
    Ryan now works at Prototypal working on Embercasts, training, and large interactive web applications for large companies across the US.


    Dan Petit

    Dan Petit

    ServiceMaster

      Pipeline as Code: A Model for Scaling CI/CD

      9:00 AM
      Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom C

      Many companies begin their journey into DevOps by using open-source tools to stand up simple but effective continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) pipelines for one or two small, leading-edge teams—as a proof-of-concept. These early successes are often followed by an overwhelming demand for more—more teams, more functionality, more traceability, and faster turnaround. DevOps teams may soon find that their initial effort, as effective as it was, does not scale consistently or quickly. After all it was only a proof of concept. This inability to scale slows the momentum created by the early successes. Dan Petit shares his experience with this exact situation, describing how creating a reusable pipeline-as-code script library allows development teams to manage their own pipelines in a self-service approach while simultaneously preserving quality and auditability. He describes the characteristics of the pipeline-as-code model, including its major components and control mechanisms. Finally, Dan explores techniques for capturing, visualizing, and learning from available telemetry, to help drive best-practices and ensure pipelines have consistent quality across all teams.

      About Dan

      Dan Petit has been deep in the development world for most of his working life, serving as a developer, consultant, architect, and technical leader for a wide-variety of companies in the aerospace, telecommunications, insurance, hospitality, logistics, and service industries. Dan is the director of development operations at ServiceMaster, the leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Dan and his team have been responsible for ServiceMaster’s DevOps practice and transformation, reducing cycle time of application changes from weeks to hours across dozens of agile development teams. He authored the book Real Visual Basic and numerous technical articles. Reach Dan at dan@danpetit.com.


      Kylie Schleicher

      Kylie Schleicher

      VML

        Thrill of the Hunt: Return to Exploratory Testing

        3:30 PM
        Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom C

        Some of the most interesting stories come from the career paths of software testers. What did you do before you started testing? Everyone has a before. Everyone has a moment they can point to when they realized quality assurance was something they might enjoy, and that it was an actual job. Then, came test automation.

        Automation divided the discipline into distinct groups: pro-manual, pro-automation, and bored.

        Uncover how exploratory testing can re-ignite a discipline and pave the way for more to enter testing as a career path.

        About Kylie

        Kylie Schleicher is a managing director, technology at VML, a full-service global marketing agency, where she is responsible for the strategies and standards used to verify applications and digital experiences. With 18 years in the discipline, Kylie is dedicated to relentlessly improving the quality assurance practice. She works directly with clients to evolve their approach to quality to streamline validation and improve delivery confidence.

        Kylie is a graduate from Baker University and a Certified Manager of Software Quality (CMSQ). Outside of work, she enjoys weekend renovation projects, reading, spending time with her family, and live music.


        Blain Purtle

        Blain Purtle

          No WAF'ing Matter

          10:00 AM
          Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom B

          There are vulnerabilities everywhere. Additionally, there are malicious people who can and will take advantage of these vulnerabilities. As developers, it is our responsibility to protect ourselves from these attackers.



          Because it is near impossible to write secure code 100% of the time we must rely on features that will help recognize when our code is being attacked, and help prevent it in the future. One way we can do this is by implementing a Web Application Firewall (WAF). A WAF will protect web and cloud applications by providing a set of rules that will cover some of the most common attacks such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection. Both XSS and SQL Injection rank first and third in the Open Web Application Security Project's (OWASP) list of top ten most critical web application security risks.

          About Blain


          Mark Carleo

          Mark Carleo

            Real Life IoT - Principles for Success

            10:00 AM
            Thursday, Oct. 5 Ballroom A

            Elyxor has worked through some real-life IoT projects to transform business processes in the Industrial IoT (often called M2M) space. As the industry matures, it is becoming more clear that well designed business and technology IoT architectures can result in (1) elimination of process waste resulting in saved time and cost, (2) improved data insights to your business, (3) changing experiences for individuals interacting with a business process, and (4) changing how we communicate with customers.

            These results sound great, but along this journey and various engagements, we have learned some principles that are needed to make such a project or transformation successful. The discussion is to share these concepts so that your future projects contemplate these items and take the best first step toward a successful IoT solution construction effort.

            In our presentation, we will support this discussion with some real-life stories and experiences to provide context. In our role of IoT system integrators and business consultants, we have been able to solve problems in various industries and with different tech stacks.

            About Mark

            Mark Carleo is founder and Managing Partner at Elyxor and has more than 35 years of experience in IT, software development, and project management. As CTO of Retail Convergence, Mark led the development and operations for Ruelala.com, a successful private sale e-commerce retailer. Mark was also co-founder and CTO of Celarix, an application service provider of supply chain management and execution tools acquired by GSX in 2003. Celarix's advanced multi-tenant SOA architecture and high-performance rules engine is used by leading retailers and manufactures to manage global manufacturing orders and shipments. Earlier, he was a partner with CSC Consulting, a large global professional services organization, where he focused on IT operations, order management, and supply-chain applications with retail, consumer products, and industrial companies.


            David Hudson

            David Hudson

            Few

            A brutal journey: Lessons learned while traveling the world as a CEO/CTO.

            3:00 PM
            Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom B

            About David

            David is CTO at Few and has been developing websites and applications for 20 years and is responsible for bringing optical kerning to the web. His work has been featured by web giants like Jeffery Zeldman, Eric Meyer, and The Next Web.


            Nick Volgas

            Nick Volgas

            Information Network of Arkansas

            Being Lazy in the Cloud - Finding Efficiencies in AWS to Make Life Easier

            3:00 PM
            Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom C

            # Being Lazy in the Cloud - Finding Efficiencies in AWS to Make Life Easier

            AWS out of the box tends makes things more difficult than they need to be. I'll show you some easy ways to simplify your interactions with the AWS cloud that will free up time and make your life easier. Some of my tips may even save you some money!

            ## whois

            My name is Nick Volgas and I'm a software developer turned sys-admin wannabe. I started using AWS for both work and personal projects in 2015 and have spent a large amount of my time automating and tooling myself out of having to work in any way possible. I've gotten both an AWS Solutions Architect Associate certification as well as an AWS DevOps Professional certification. I'm currently the Director of IT Operation at the Information Network of Arkansas and this is my second year presenting at LR Tech Fest.

            ## Description

            AWS provides a wide array of tools and methodologies for hosting your infrastructure in the cloud. Out of the box, however, I've found myself wishing things that should be simple would be just that...simple! I'll walk you through some of the inefficiencies encountered by the normal user and how to overcome those. I'll show you some examples of AWS-provided time savers as well as some home-grown processes. I'll provide any code I demo on my github account for use after my talk and will provide links to write-ups on how to perform each task I demo. Did I mention I will demo each of these LIVE?

            ## Examples

            Here are some examples of things I'll explain that will make your life easier:

            - Account switching made easy
            - Auto-deletion of old backups
            - Consolidate billing across accounts

            About Nick

            My name is Nick Volgas and I'm a software developer turned sys-admin wannabe. I started using AWS for both work and personal projects in 2015 and have spent a large amount of my time automating and tooling myself out of having to work in any way possible. I've gotten both an AWS Solutions Architect Associate certification as well as an AWS DevOps Professional certification. I'm currently the Director of IT Operation at the Information Network of Arkansas and this is my second year presenting at LR Tech Fest.

            I am originally from Memphis, TN and moved to Little Rock, AR in 2011 after graduating from Rhodes College. In my free time I enjoy home brewing beer, mountain biking, off-roading, traveling, spending time with my wife, and trying to eat at every restaurant in town.


            Aaron Cook

            Aaron Cook

            Exlyor

              Embedding Test Automation into your DNA

              10:30 AM
              Friday, Oct. 6 Ballroom C

              The requirements for test automation have changed over the years. No longer is it acceptable for a test automation team to receive code and then begin the often arduous task of developing automated tests. Test automation needs to be embedded within the DNA of an organizations SDLC, enabling faster feature development, higher quality releases, and faster turnaround adapting to your market or customer’s changing requirements. Those organizations that are not yet adopting test automation will find themselves challenged in keep up with the pace or business, regardless of the industry in which you operate.

              This talk will share with you some of the fundamental concepts of modern test automation along with practices on when to leverage specific techniques. This talk is fairly test tool agnostic however we will cover some of the popular tools available to organizations today.

              About Aaron