Meeting Information

November 2014 Ujug Meeting


Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Please RSVP on or meetup so we have enough great food!


5:30 - 6:00
6:00 - 7:00

Gabriel Dayley & Tom Valletta

Full Stack JavaScript
7:00 - 8:00

Matt Schuetze

Understanding Latency: Key Lessons and Tools


Full Stack JavaScript

Think JavaScript is just for the browser? More and more organizations are beginning to embrace the efficiencies that come from a homogenous technology stack. This presentation dives into the best practices and patterns for extending JavaScript to the server using Node.

Gabriel Dayley is a Software Architect for the LDS Church, where he's pushed the web as a strong platform for building applications. He is the founder of the Utah Google Developer Group and holds a B.S in Computer Science from Utah Valley University.

Tom Valletta is a Mobile Architect, Open Web Evangelist, and hack that has been developing for the web for fourteen years. His clients range across industries including defense, healthcare, technology, e-commerce, human resources and religion.


Understanding Latency: Key Lessons and Tools

Understanding application responsiveness and latency is critical not only for delivering good application behavior but also for maintaining profitability and containing risk. But when measurements present false or misleading information, even the best analysis can lead to wrong operational decisions and poor application experience. This presentation discusses common pitfalls encountered in measuring and characterizing latency, and ways to address them using some recently open sourced tools.

Matt Schuetze is the Director of Product Management at Azul Systems. He is responsible for managing requirements and charting product roadmaps for the Zing, Zing Platform Edition with WebSphere, and Zulu product families. Matt worked through the ranks at software companies Compuware and Micro Focus, from staff developer, to team lead, to development manager, to product manager. Since joining Azul, he contributed heavily to the implementation of the Zulu Enterprise open source offering, including its global launch in January 2014.


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2014 Meeting Schedule



Month Presentation Speaker
January 16 Restful services with Jersey Brian Hansen
The Science and Art of Backward Compatibility Ian Robertson
February 19 (DAY CHANGE!) IntelliJ John Lindquist

Java EE 7

Arun Gupta
March 20 Functional Browser Testing Sauce Labs
JavaScript Unit Testing Sauce Labs
April 17 Enterprise Mobile Strategy Kamal Thota - IHC
Effective SOA Derrick Isaacson - Lucidchart

May 15

Lambda Expressions Venkat Subramaniam
June 19 Codenvy Tyler Jewell
Building Web App UI with Vaadin Joonas Lehtinen
July 17
Java 8

James Weaver - Oracle
August 21 GitHub Matthew McCullough
Architecture for Continuous Delivery John Esser
September 18 Testing Roundup!

Various Presenters 

October 16 Information Security Jason Tracy
MicroServices Chris Hansen
November 20 Full Stack JavaScript Thomas Valletta
Gabriel Dayley
JVM Latency Matt Schuetze - Azul



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October 2014 Ujug Meeting


Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Please RSVP so we buy the right amount of food


5:30 - 6:00
6:00 - 7:00

Jason Tracy

How a Non-Coder perceives the World of Information Security
7:00 - 8:00

Chris Hansen

Microservice Architecture [Slides]


How a Non-Coder perceives the World of Information Security

An insight into how a security guy sees users, threats and technology and what he does in the face of that perceived reality in his every day work including the biggest stumbling blocks on the way to a mostly secure environment.

A little guidance can go a long way in helping you navigate the new world of distributed version control, and this talk will help you make informed choices of the Git features you'll use, the branching patterns you'll leverage, and the way you will integrate your chosen pattern with your team's development practices.

Jason Tracy is a veteran Information Technologist of 15+ years with experience in Networking, Systems, Telecommunications, Information Security and Technology Management including the coordination of large, Enterprise-wide deployments and initiatives.  He’s an avid reader, a reluctant (yet enthusiastic) conspiracy theorist, a husband and a father of five.


Microservice Architecture

Microservice Architecture has a lot of buzz right now, with industry leaders like Netflix and ThoughtWorks espousing its benefits. In this presentation we’ll define the term "microservice", discuss the inherent tradeoffs, and provide tips on making them work in the real world. 

Chris Hansen is the CTO of Zane Benefits, where his team is building a platform from the ground up using Microservice Architecture. Previously, Chris was an Architect at and Experticity. Chris's experience with RESTful services dates back to 2008, with Overstock's migration to a Service Oriented Architecture. At Experticity, Chris worked to establish patterns and tools for writing microservices.


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September 2014 UJUG Meeting


Testing Roundup!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

5:30 PM - 8:00PM

Please RSVP so we can order the right amount of food

Time Presenter Topic
5:30 - 6:00

6:00 - 8:00 Don Bogardus Selenium Best Practices [ Slides ]
Des Lownds Managing your Test Dataset with Jailer
Asad Abbas Performance Testing in Production and Optimization
Jason Porter Arquillian [ Slides ]
Richard Thomson Fitting Unit Tests to Legacy Code
Bret Little JavaScript Unit-testing Made Easy [ Slides ]

After the Presentations 
Parallel HR Breakout - Resume structure, formatting tips, and how to increase responsiveness to resumes from the initial application


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August 2014 Ujug Meeting


Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Please RSVP so there's enough Pizza


5:30 - 6:00
PIZZA from "The Pie"
6:00 - 7:00

Matthew McCullough of GitHub

GitHub (slides)
7:00 - 8:00

John Esser of

Architecture for Continuous Delivery



The Git version control system and GitHub collaboration platform offer a myriad of innovative and classic development workflow options. The wide range of opinions about these on the Internet can make it challenging to nimbly make wise Git workflow decisions for your team's next project.

In this presentation, Matthew will provide a tour of successful workflow patterns harvested from 7 years of studying and working with open source projects, small and large scale businesses, and governmental agencies employing everything from waterfall to fully agile processes. Flows will feature live demonstrations of the supporting Git and GitHub commands.

A little guidance can go a long way in helping you navigate the new world of distributed version control, and this talk will help you make informed choices of the Git features you'll use, the branching patterns you'll leverage, and the way you will integrate your chosen pattern with your team's development practices.

Matthew McCullough works for GitHub, Inc. and trains audiences around the world on the most effective use of the Git version control system and GitHub collaboration platform. In supplement to travel-based teaching, he writes books and records videos for O'Reilly and Manning on the topics of delivering technical presentations, the use of modern build and continuous integration tools, and version control industry best practices.


Architecture for Continuous Delivery is the leading online family history website, with more than 2 million subscribers, many petabytes of genealogical records, and more than 160 services. As the subscriber base grew and Ancestry began to expand its customer base the need to innovate more rapidly became paramount and a focus on enabling continuous delivery emerged.Attempting to do continuous delivery not only requires changes in culture, technical practices, and infrastructure, but also requires a system architecture that supports it. The challenge at Ancestry was to migrate from a monolithic, coupled stack to a more service-oriented one that allowed teams to deploy code independently to the website without extensive coordination.  Just like Ancestry, many companies that want to do continuous delivery find they can’t because their system architecture is the bottleneck.

This presentation will discuss’s transformation to a service-oriented architecture capable of supporting continuous delivery. We will discuss the architectural standards that guided the transformation and how we quantified architectural debt to determine which parts of the stack needed rework. Lastly, we will show how continuous delivery works in the context of the architecture

John Esser is currently the Director of Engineering Productivity and Agile Development at His team’s mission is to accelerate engineering’s ability to deliver value to the customer. He is the architect of Ancestry’s transformation to Agile development and continuous delivery. John has more than 25 years software development experience working for such companies as IBM, Corel, Callware Technologies, and Control4. His spare time is gobbled up by his beautiful wife, four teenage sons, reading lots of books, and fly-fishing for trout on the Provo River.


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