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QCon New York 2016 : Sessions to consider, Day Two

So you may have your schedule for day one of QCon 2016 down, but are you ready for day number two? For today, I’m going into the weeds on Java, but also taking a good look at containers, dabbling with microservices, viewing some coding competition and learning how developers can be instrumental in social change.

Be sure to view the full schedule and explore all your options, but these are the sessions that really stick out to me as either potentially very educational or simply just interesting.

Scheduling a Fuller House: Container Mgmt @Netflix

10:35am, Salon A/B

Hey, I started day one with Netflix, why not day two?

What was behind the 42 billion hours of content streamed to customers from Netflix last year? Containers. In this talk, Netflix engineers Andrew Spyker and Sharma Podila will talk about why they decided to make the jump to AWS EC2 as well as details about their aptly named “Titus” project.

Come ready to learn about implementing container scheduling systems, building and operating a container cloud and what you need to know before building a cluster management system. Time to Netflix and build.

Applying Java 8 Idioms to Existing Code

11:50am, Salon C

With all this .NET talk going on, it might be time for some Java – Java 8 specifically.

In this one, Trisha Gee, a Java expert and developer advocate at JetBrains, will show attendees what they may be missing out on in Java 8, particularly things like Lambda Expressions and the Streams API. She’ll also dive into a talk about refactoring code, including how you can automate your refactoring and when you should actually put the brakes on your refactoring efforts.

It’s geared towards intermediate developers, but beginners are encouraged to come, too. Just be prepared to learn.

Improving Resilience by Creating Storms in the Cloud

1:40pm, Salon D

My third session pick for day two is focused on assuring the availability of services through fault-injection. Michalis Zervos is a software engineer at Microsoft, and he will explain how his team uses fault injection to test and break services, identifying key potential failure points.

Even if you’re not a tester, an increasing movement towards DevOps and knowledge of the entire application lifecycle seems to make this a valuable session for who has a hand in producing their company’s software. Its difficulty level is slated at intermediate.

“It’s in the best interest of IT companies and their customers for engineers and managers to embrace the failure testing culture and understand the importance of it,” Zervos said in an interview with QCon representatives. “With that in mind, we want to share our learnings on the subject and try to promote fault injection as a crucial tool for achieving high-availability.”

Reactive Programming for Java Developers

2:55pm, Salon C

We’ve talked about Java 8 today, so let’s talk about Java 9.

Rossen Stoyanchev is a Spring Framework committer at Pivotal, and he’s going to show us how to approach reactive programming in Java. Specifically, he’s going to talk about the JDK 9 java.util.concurrent.Flow class, which implements features from Reactive Streams.

Intermediate discussion; recommended for anyone who wants to improve their Java knowledge or anyone who wants to learn about reactive programming principles.

Low Latency Microservices in Java

4:10pm, Salon C

Am I obsessed with Java today? Probably. But I’m also choosing this session because I’m a sucker for learning about microservices.

Here attendees will get a chance to learn about the main differentiators between microservices and monolith architectures — a topic that never seems to get old — and how JVM can help developers manage large-scale microservice deployments. The speaker, Peter Lawrey, CEO of Higher Frequency Trading Ltd, will also show us make asynchronous messaging simpler and how to handle failure from large scale, low latency implementations of microservices.

This will be a pretty tech-heavy talk, and is recommended for advanced developers.

An Approach to a Container-Happy Tech Department

5:25pm, Salon A/B

Ok, let’s break away from the Java. On to containers — and how to use them appropriately.

Michael Venezia, the principal architect of engineering at Viacom, will explain what people need to know before they decide to start “bringing containers home,” as Venezia puts it. His big thing? You need to have a plan.

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