The crowd from last night’s NYC Tech Talks event at Gilt—not an empty seat in the house!
Last night a standing-room only (!) crowd of software engineers, CTOs and other technologists came to our Manhattan office to catch “Scaling Gilt: From Monolithic Ruby App to Distributed Scala Micro-Services,” a tech talk by our very own Yoni Goldberg. Yoni, a lead software engineer on our personalization team, gave a lively presentation that highlighted the reasons why we’ve adopted a micro-services architecture, the lessons we’ve learned along the way, and a few key questions every tech team should ask before developing a micro-services architecture of their own.
Check out Yoni’s slides here:
Yoni’s presentation was co-hosted by Gilt Tech and NYC Tech Talks, one of NYC’s top meetup groups for engineers. In addition to a fantastic crowd of tech professionals from Gilt, Facebook, Etsy, LinkedIn and other top companies, the night featured delicious food, post-presentation drinks and mingling, and lots of great conversations.
Here’s a photo-recap of the night’s fun:
This way to the meetup!
For dinner we ordered an assortment of scrumptious sandwiches from Num Pang, who—a few hours before the meetup—tweeted a preview pic at us along with a note: “Excited to cater at Gilt tonight!” (We were even more excited to eat their food.)
Plenty of beer for plenty of software engineers!
Gilt engineer/software sartorialist Nathan Stilwell greets some of our guests.
Early arrivals hung out in our cafe.
NYC Tech Talks co-organizer Mike Brittain officially kicked off the evening by welcoming the audience.
Gilt CIO Steve Jacobs followed with a brief introduction to Gilt and Gilt’s tech culture before introducing Yoni.
Yoni gives the audience a general overview of our MSA—450 micro-services and counting!
The audience listens attentively to Yoni’s talk.
As part of his presentation, Yoni created Podium: a Node.js app that enabled attendees to submit questions in advance of the meetup and vote for their favorites. A sampling of submissions:
More questions for Yoni!
Yoni talks Scala shop with NYC-based technologist Russell Holbrook.
Gilt engineer Ryan Caloras enjoys a post-presentation beer with some of our guests.
Thanks to everyone who attended last night’s event! Hope to see you at our next meetup: Full-Stack Engineering on Jan. 28.
(Photos by Craig Williston.)