Velocity Conference Santa Clara 2012: Complete Video Compilation
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2012
Run time: 49 hours 35 minutes

Discover the latest tools, skills, and ideas in web performance and operations with this complete video compilation of O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference 2012. With a focus on practical, large-scale web development, Velocity consistently attracts the best minds in the world of web ops. This year, experts including Steve Souders, John Allspaw, Jay Parikh, Mike Brittain, and Stoyan Stefanov led sessions in four tracks: Web Performance, Operations, Velocity Culture, and—increasingly important—Mobile Performance.

Download these videos or view them through our HD player, and keep pace with the changing speed of the Web. Learn what’s worked (and equally importantly, what has not worked) in real world applications. The only things expanding faster than new techniques and technologies to build a faster, stronger Web are the expectations of web and mobile users—it’s a race you cannot afford to lose.

Here are just a few of the sessions you’ll receive in this video package:

  • SPDYing Up Your Site—Matthew Steele and Roberto Peon (Google)
  • A Web Perf Dashboard: Up & Running in 90 Minutes—Aaron Kulick (@WalmartLabs), Cliff Crocker (SOASTA)
  • Michelin Starred Cooking with Chef—Jon Cowie (Etsy)
  • Investigating Anomalies—John Rauser (Amazon)
  • Living With Technical Debt—Nathan Yergler (Eventbrite)
  • Dashboard Mania—Tim Lossen (wooga - world of gaming)
  • Mobile Web Application Performance—Estelle Weyl (Standardista.com)
  • Performance Lessons Learned from the PhoneGap Team—Brian LeRoux (Adobe Systems)
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      5.0

      Another excellent set of videos!

      By Jason

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        Comments about oreilly Velocity Conference 2012: Complete Video Compilation:

        For those who don't know, Velocity is O'Reilly's Web Performance and Operations conference. Similar to O'Reilly's other conferences Velocity brings together experts from many prevalent technology companies - including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Walmart, to name but a few. The conference was split into four tracks: Web Performance, Operations, Velocity Culture and Mobile Performance and focuses a lot of attention on web metrics and large scale web performance. The set weighs in at a whopping 54.5 hours for $400 (at time of writing). As with previous O'Reilly content that I have reviewed, the production quality of this set is amazing. Video is high definition, sound is crystal clear and while the set may seem pricey at first, the video set is a very viable alternative to attending the conference in person. Given the impact of performance on both user engagement and conversion optimization this set is invaluable to anyone building or maintaining a commercial web application.

        I still have a bunch left to watch - the set includes 100 videos! - but so far some of my favorite talks have been:

        A Web Perf Dashboard: Up & Running in 90 Minutes by Aaron Kulick and Cliff Crocker

        In this two part session Aaron Kulick (of the Walmart operations team) and Cliff Crocker (formerly of the same team) detail the steps required to build a performance dashboard using piwik, boomerang.js, webpagetest, graphite and a host of other open source technologies. It's a very interesting talk with the speakers explaining the rationale and gotchas when building an operations dashboard including lessons learned when working on Walmart's large scale web properties. It is also exciting to see a talk where the end result is a usable product in the form of a VM containing the dashboard created during the talks (though I have yet to find the link for said VM).

        Building for a Billion Users by Jay Parikh

        It is always fascinating to gain insight into the tools and techniques leveraged by software behemoths. In this presentation Facebook engineering VP Jay Parikh gives a great overview of Facebook's systems and processes focusing both on performance and operations concerns. Seeing the tools and techniques that Facebook uses to scale to billions of users is riveting and I look forward to doing some research into some open sourced tools such as phabricator that I hadn't previously heard of.

        Investigating Anomolies by John Rauser

        In this talk John Rauser of Amazon uses the London Cholera Epidemic of 1854 to illustrate the need to use data analysis (including high level statistical summaries, distribution of data and raw logs) to explain anomalies in software systems and thus make systems more bulletproof. This is a much less technical presentation than the others in the series, but the content was extremely interesting and an imaginative way to instill the need to research and identify system anomalies.

        Complaints

        My only real complaint is that I have yet to find some of the content provided by speakers during the conference (for example, the dropbox link for the Web Perf Dashboard VM discussed during the Aaron Kulick/Cliff Crocker talk). It would be nice if O'Reilly added links to supplementary content as this is the only thing lacking at this point.

        Summary (tl;dr;)

        As with previous titles I've reviewed I find the cost of this set ($400) very justifiable. It is inexpensive relative to the cost of a conference pass, not to mention travel and accommodation costs. You also get to see all conference tracks - something you can't do in person. The conference covers a number of technologies that i previously had no experience with (including Puppet, Chef, SPDY and Vagrant) and brings together many of the best and most famous minds in devops. It's really great stuff and if you have an interest in developing large scale web properties or instrumenting and/or boosting the performance of existing properties, this set is a must-have!

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        4.0

        Lots of metrics for web perfomance

        By yAnyO

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          Comments about oreilly Velocity Conference 2012: Complete Video Compilation:

          I've lots of good sessions focusing on what to measure to detect performance bottlenecks, even for mobile environments.

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          5.0

          Make your apps perform

          By sandyboy55

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            Comments about oreilly Velocity Conference 2012: Complete Video Compilation:

            The Velocity Conference motto is "Building a Faster and Strong Web". As such, the conference is focused on Web Performance and Operations. This conference is targetted for web professionals from companies of all sizes. I happen to be one of those web professionals. Unfortunately, this year I couldn't go. Or so I thought until I got access to this video compilation of all sessions! I am happy again.

            The whole gamut of web performance has been covered in this video sessions. All the sessions are pretty good so I am unable to say "this one was better than that one". Also, I haven't watched all the videos since it covers whole 3 days. I do make it a point to watch in my infinite spare time and I learn something new each time. Regardless, these videos are making me smarter and standing out at my work place. It's been incredible. I strongly recommend this compilation to anyone wanting to make a difference in their app

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