Jason Clark

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Jason Clark

New Relic

Biography

I fell in love with programming as a young boy watching my dad work in Clipper and dBase III (no, really). The obsession sparked there continues to this day. I work for New Relic, and in my spare time contribute to the Shoes project. When not at work, I enjoy cycling, homebrewing, and hanging out with my family.

Open Source Bridge 2017

Sessions for this user

* Failing Well

It's a fact of life--software breaks. But all is not doom and gloom. How we detect and handle errors drastically impacts the quality of both our systems and our lives. Knowing what to track, when to page, and how to find system weaknesses is critical.
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Jason Clark

Proposals for this user

* Rack 'em, Stack 'em Web Apps

While Rails is the undisputed king of Ruby web frameworks, it’s not the only option. Rack is a simple, elegant HTTP library for small Ruby web applications. This makes it ideal for microservices and applications where performance is a must.
Theory 2017-03-31 17:27:10 +0000
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* The Space Between Teams

It starts small--a manageable codebase, a tight-knit team, everyone headed the same direction. But with success comes growth, and soon it’s hard to keep track of all those teams. Problems emerge in the gaps between what one team provides and another expects. Let’s look at how New Relic has faced these growing pains.
Practice 2017-03-31 17:28:37 +0000
Jason Clark

Open Source Bridge 2016

Sessions for this user

* Real World Docker

Let’s deep dive into how New Relic transformed itself to run on Docker.
Practice
Jason Clark

* GDB: A Gentle Intro

We love Ruby for its elegance, its simplicity, its flexibility. But our favorite language perches atop a whole world of native code, and that other world occasionally intrudes.
Practice
Jason Clark

Proposals for this user

* Kafka for the Rubyist

Is your app flooded with incoming data, requiring ever growing herds of unicorns or pumas to keep up? Ever wished your background job queue was more resilient, or that you could choose to reprocess the queue after the fact?
Theory 2016-04-07 16:49:36 +0000
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* Peeking into Ruby: Tracing Running Code

Your Ruby app is in production, but something isn’t quite right. It worked locally, it passed CI… why’s the running app acting weird?
Practice 2016-04-07 16:46:30 +0000
Jason Clark

Open Source Bridge 2015

Sessions for this user

* Testing the Multiverse

It’s a basic principle of testing that minimizing dependencies will make you happier, faster, and more productive. But what happens when you can’t?
Cooking
Jason Clark

Proposals for this user

* Get Your Shoes (Back) On!

Years ago the enigmatic Rubyist _why created Shoes, a tiny GUI toolkit for writing fun, simple applications in Ruby. Shoes served as the foundation for Hackety Hack, a programming environment specially designed to be accessible to kids.
Chemistry 2015-01-17 00:40:15 +0000
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* Homebrewing, Simple as Ruby

With a peculiar vocabulary, strict traditions, and heaps of arcane lore, brewing beer yourself can be overwhelming to the uninitiated… not unlike learning programming.
Hacks 2015-01-17 00:38:40 +0000
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* Patches: Stories of Open Source

Open source software is awesome. It provides the tools for our jobs, our hobbies, and our dreams. And anyone can contribute! Despite that openness, though, I hesitated for years before getting involved.
Culture 2015-01-17 00:36:36 +0000
Jason Clark

Open Source Bridge 2014

Sessions for this user

* Don't Let Your Tests Flake Out

The build's red with a test failure. You re-run the tests and suddenly all is well. What's going on?
Cooking
Jason Clark

* Extending Gems - Patterns and Anti-Patterns of Pluggable Gems

The Ruby community has a strong tradition of building extensions to popular gems. But simple mistakes can make gems harder to extend than they need to be. Drawing from real-world examples, we'll examine the patterns of coding, configuration and documentation for maximizing your gem's flexibility.
Chemistry
Jason Clark

Proposals for this user

* DIY::Thread.profile - Light-Weight Profiling in Pure Ruby

Whether your application is concurrent or not, there's insight to be gained from Ruby's threading support.
Chemistry 2014-04-02 23:07:33 +0000
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* Programming in the Small - Teaching my 5 Year Old Ruby

My children are growing up in an age of devices, phones and tablets, that hide so much of the underlying machine. Come with me on my journey to teach my daughter how computers really work, using Ruby and a love for drawing and games as our guides.
Culture 2014-04-02 23:05:10 +0000
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* Spelunking in Ruby

We've all heard, "With good tests, you don't need a debugger." But faced with unfamiliar or poorly covered code, tests can fall short. Debugging tools are indispensable for taking that next step, and the Ruby ecosystem provides many options to help.
Cooking 2014-04-02 23:03:05 +0000
Jason Clark