Tonight Matt Isaacs represents Gilt at the Brooklyn iOS Developer meetup’s monthly event! Matt, a Senior Software Engineer on our mobile team, will discuss how we’ve streamlined testing by adopting Sauce Labs’ Appium and other automated tools. He’ll also talk about some of the technical and cultural pain points related to mobile testing, and discuss Gilt’s approach to mitigating these issues. Speakers from CBS Sports, FiftyThree and Small Planet will also present at tonight’s sold-out meetup, which begins at 7 PM at Huge in DUMBO.



Last night Gilt Senior Director, PMO Heather Fleming and Director of Program Management Justin Riservato headlined Agile NYC's monthly meetup and told the audience all about the “Triangle of Truth,” the “Cone of Uncertainty,” and other slightly Illuminati-sounding things! Check out their slides above and tweet us what you think!

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Thanks to DataStax for featuring our recent, hands-on Cassandra workshop—part of our free tech courses initiative—on their Planet Cassandra blog! Go here to learn more about the class, taught by Niall Milton of DigBigData and DataStax.

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The NYC HTML5 meetup group is one of our favorites to attend, so we’re super-excited that Gilt Lead Software Engineer Eric Shepherd is one of the featured speakers for April! Eric’s talk, “Matrix of Detection," goes a li’ something like this:

Imagine a three-dimensional space created by X, Y, and Z axes. On the X axis, device detection determines the right quantity of code for the device; on the Y axis, resolution detection responds to the user’s screen size; and on the Z axis, feature detection further tailors the experience to the browser’s capabilities. With users located at points within this three-dimensional matrix, a single application can be served to everyone.

The night’s other featured speakers include Leonard Bogdonoff and Deni Spasovski. The meetup takes place Wednesday, April 16 at Conde Nast’s headquarters. There’s currently a wait list, but a spot might become available so sign up and see what happens!

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Gilt Senior Director, PMO Heather Fleming and Director of Program Management Justin Riservato are the featured speakers at Agile NYC’s  meetup this evening at Pace University! Heather and Justin will demonstrate how an Agile PMO can help your organization make sure they are tackling the right work at the right time and with the right teams. They’ll share a retrospective on their multiple iterations, from “Request for Work” processes to “Swagathons” and something called “The Social Experiment”—and discuss how trust is really the key to scaling Agile at Gilt. 

The address for tonight’s event is 163 William St. (second floor); starting time is 5:30 PM. Go here to register.

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On Tuesday, April 15, Gilt Senior Software Engineer Sean Sullivan will present the appropriately-themed “Taxes and Payments at Gilt" at the Portland Java Users Group's monthly meetup. Come learn all about Gilt's checkout system and order-processing back-end!

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The Gilt tech team celebrated the end of another productive week with a bagels, bubbly and brined salmon!

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To carry the “things that begin with B” theme to its logical conclusion, one of our #bigdata books showed up as well.

Happy Friday!

Thanks to Alex Gorbatchev at npm awesome for blogging about Shmock, Gilt Principal Systems Engineer Jonathan Leibiusky’s Express-Based HTTP Mocking Library for Node.js! “Being able to mock APIs is a very powerful tool for BDD,” Alex writes. “You can prototype, design and test your consumer before implementing a line of code.”

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Yesterday we introduced you to Program Manager Justin Vitale and his favorite furnishings. Today we welcome Fidan Kasra, who also joins our Program Management Office as a Senior Program Manager! Fidan will be working with our distribution team, which is part of Gilt’s Back Office.

Originally from Texas, Fidan just moved to New York City from Germany, where she worked at a major ecommerce company as a project manager in charge of logistics projects. Prior to that, Fidan worked as a consultant—helping fashion retailers around the globe with supply-chain and merchandising initiatives. She’s passionate about retail operations and technology, and we’re ecstatic to have her join the team!

In her spare time Fidan likes to travel and explore different cultures and languages. And despite her Texas roots, she owns no cowboy boots.

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We’re excited to add Justin Vitale to Gilt’s Program Management Office! Justin joined Gilt in May 2011 as a member of our IT department, and very recently made the switch to our PMO. He’ll continue working on IT projects and bringing along his fancy furniture, including his red velvet rope, wherever he goes.

Originally (“and proudly!”) from the Jersey Shore, Justin has lived in NYC since 2007. Outside of work he “lives and breathes” hockey and golf. “I’ve been playing both sports since I was eight or nine, and I won’t stop until my legs literally fall off,” he says. We’re committed to helping Justin to keep his limbs attached, so we’ve already started him off on a strict athletic regimen that includes some of his longtime favorite sports as well as some brand-new ones.