SF Python – Project Night

Project nights are either a hit or miss for me. Either you work on something useful, or just meet random people and there is a luck factor.

This is the first time I have been to a Python Meetup in SF, although Python is my primary language. I met some interesting people, learned about their projects. Also Thumbtack has a cool office.

Elastic Search SF – January

I have been working on a few interesting projects on Elastic search at Path. A lot of thought goes into the configuration of elastic search nodes and this meetup was extremely helpful in identifying the optimal architecture for a growing data set.

1. Chris Pomeroy gave a talk on using Elastic search on Google computer engine.

2. Antoine gave a talk on using Kibana 4 and the shield plugin.

3. Boaz Leskes, an Elastic search core developer, gave a talk on scalability. A very interesting and informative talk on identifying the number of shards, replicas, shard size, system config etc.

I ll also be attending ElasticON, the first elastic search conference at San Francisco.

MatchStick – Launch event

Once again, Being a huge fan of Mozilla and the open web, I attended the launch event of matchstick. Matchstick is a completely open hardware and open software based HDMI streaming stick, that will help you videos on your TV. You can also share your screen via matchstick just like apple TV or a chromecast.

Beta Brakers Game Jam

It has been a while since I have been to a overnight hackathon. I stumbled upon beta breakers game jam, an overnight hackathon sponsored by Vungle. When I was identifying sources to build a game in JavaScript, I found this excellent resource – Code avengers. I highly recommend this tutorial.

HP Sprout SDK meetup

Tablet and mobile computing has taken the world by force. I still use my laptop as my primary device, although the time I spend on mobile has always been on the rise. Recently, I was at the HP sprout SDK meetup. It is definitely a very innovative product. I was able to capture a video on my iphone, that will give you a good idea of the capacitive touch mat.

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SF Elastic Search – October

I have been maintaining the elastic search cluster ever since I joined Path and it has been a phenomenal experience, especially when compared to Solr. I was at the Elastic search meetup at newrelic HQ in San Francisco to attend the October meetup. It was a very good experience and I learned a lot about internals of Elastic search.

Redis SF – Meetup

Redis is just awesome

I have been using Redis for a while now, and for a variety of purposes. It is always very interesting to learn how other developers use Redis. At this month’s meetup, Yao (@thinkingfish) gave an excellent talk on how Redis is used as a cache at Twitter. The scale at which Twitter operates is mind blowing.

Rust SF – Feb meetup

It is always fun to be at Mozilla HQ. A bunch of open source contributors, (a lot of them with beards – a person with pogonophobia might get a panic attack) discussing a new programming language. It was a very interesting meetup with a bunch of talks
* Exportable Macros
* Rust implementation of the Cap’n Proto serialization library
* Testing in Rust

Rust SF is a very active group and I highly recommend it.