Becca Refford

Philly ETE 2019 – Anatoly Polinsky – Machine Learning: from ABCs to DEFs

Abstract I’d like to introduce you to this new, 60 year old, kid on the block: “Machine Learning”. Some math + some stats, but mostly “what”s, “why”s and “how”s of different problems it solves, and of course some code, since that’s what machines speak best. While we’ll ride along with mouthfuls such as “stochastic gradient … Read More

Philly ETE 2019 – Dorothy Danforth – Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should: selecting the best technologies (AR, VR, Voice, etc) for your use case

Abstract As technologists, it’s our job to stay on top of, and advocate for, new approaches. There are many valid reasons an enterprise might want to adopt cutting edge or experimental technology. That said, gratuitous use of technology without a well-vetted business case can be exceedingly costly and more likely to stifle innovation than support … Read More

Philly ETE 2019 Keynote – Brian Goetz – FP vs. OOP: Choose Two

Abstract This talk is about the fictitious divisions we invent, and how they harm the progress of our industry. In particular, we’ll look at the supposed tension between Functional Programming and Object-Oriented Programming, and hopefully see that the tension is all in our heads. About Brian Goetz Brian Goetz is the Java Language Architect at … Read More

Philly ETE 2019 – Keith Gregory – So you want to migrate to AWS

In 2009, Amazon Web Services was simple: EC2 for compute, S3 for storage. In 2019, it’s far more complex: well over 100 services, covering the entire software life-cycle. This talk is intended for the person who is looking at AWS as an alternative to running in a data center, and focuses on the important topics and strategies for a successful migration.

TechCast #111 – ETE 2019 Keynote Jessica Kerr

In this episode, host Ken Rimple talks to Jessica Kerr about how we work with software, and how Atomist, the automation tool that she engineers, makes delivery easier. They discuss the current state of open source, making sense of documentation, and why software is such an exciting field to be in right now. Jessica also shares … Read More