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Going to Barcelona Ruby Conference 2013

Alena Vasilenko

BaRuCo 2013, a Barcelona Ruby Conference, will be held during September 14–15. The event will feature 17 sessions on the hottest topics of the Ruby ecosystem. They range from practical aspects (such as code refactoring, garbage collection, pattern design, etc.) to more philosophic discussions on “Building a culture of quality” and Ruby’s future. Read the agenda here.

Altoros contributes to the event as a sponsor along with such companies as Heroku, Basho, Engine Yard, Zendesk, GitHub, and many others. If you want to meet Robert Claeson, our Managing Director UK, face to face there, just let us know in the comments.

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Altoros at Cloud Expo 2013: Measuring Hadoop Performance

Alena Vasilenko

Hadoop can be deployed in many different ways. Still, it is complicated to evaluate performance of your deployment without years of experience in configuring and tuning such systems. Andrei Yurkevich, CTO of Altoros, spoke at Cloud Expo in NY about the ways you can objectively measure Hadoop performance. The session revealed the results of benchmarking Apache Hadoop on Ubuntu, RedHat, and SmartOS hypervisors and provided recommendations on how to evaluate the performance of Hadoop clusters deployed in various environments.

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Why CoffeeScript

Alena Vasilenko

Developers who are used to object-oriented languages, such as Ruby or Python, may find JavaScript ambiguous. However, it is the only language that is interpreted by browsers. CoffeeScript is an amazing language that compiles into JavaScript and may run even faster than a native JavaScript code. Read the article Why CoffeeScript, written by Nicolas Oga, Ruby Developer from Altoros’s office in Argentina, to learn how this language can help you to write less lines of code as well as keep the code readable and clear. You will know why some people like/don’t like this language and will find some tips on how to make an easier start with CoffeeScript.

Enjoy the full article: Why CoffeeScript!

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Speeding up Ruby Tests

Alena Vasilenko

Test driven development is quite a popular thing that allows you to stay on the safe side and be sure that the system works correctly. However, there are some routines that make tests in Ruby really slow. In this post, you will read how to save some precious seconds when you start Ruby on Rails tests. You will learn how to avoid re-starting the tests each time when any changes to a file are made. This post also explains how to check the test coverage of your app.

To learn how to make your Ruby/Ruby on Rails tests work much faster, read the full article.

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Diving into Ember.js: Part 1

Alena Vasilenko


Good news from Nastia Shaternik, a Ruby Developer at Altoros. She prepared a tutorial on how to create an Ember.js application from scratch without any bootstrapping tools. She uploaded the source code, so you could take a look at a commit history to catch on to her idea. This is the first part of the tutorial, the updates will arrive soon!

Find the full version of the article here. Have a nice reading!

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Big Data Analytics 2013 in London Gathered over 550 Attendees, Altoros Was Among Them

Alena Vasilenko

BDA is one of the most prestigious events in UK organized for large enterprises. The business leaders from various industries met to share their experience in dealing with huge volumes of data and using this data intelligently. Data science, advanced data analytics, rich visualization were among the hottest topics discussed. The featured sessions demonstrated how data analysis can increase product quality and profitability, how to monetize data stored in a company, how to address streaming data, social media data, and many other useful insights into the issues posed by data size and complexity.

Many information-driven companies prepared compelling presentations for the seminar part of the event. The attendees could only select one seminar they want to visit, so Altoros competed for the audience with such market leaders as HP, QlickView, 10gen, Telefonica UK, etc.

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The Ruby Community Is Blooming: More than 100 Ruby Experts Attended the Local Ruby on Rails User Group

Alena Vasilenko

May 25, 2013, more than 100 Ruby gurus came to a local Ruby on Rails User Group from different corners of Eastern Europe. It became a good tradition for the members of the group to meet at least four times a year to find what’s new in the Ruby world. This time they discussed continuous integration with the Travis CI service and Jenkins, talked about creating single-page applications with AngularJS, dwelled on configuring virtual environment with Vagrant and Cloud Foundry, and exchanged views on many other topics.

“Travis CIwhat’s inside?” by Piotr Sarnacki (Poland), a Rails contributor and Ember.js enthusiast, opened the event. He shared his real-life experience from inside, since he currently works on Travis CI as a part of OSS Grant Program, sponsored by Engine Yard.

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Altoros’s Insight on Big Data Week in Moscow: Big Data—Big Work!

Alena Vasilenko

The three-day conference included a number of sessions on real-time data analytics, development of prediction services, data science algorithms, cutting-edge tools for dealing with big data, methods of Hadoop optimization, etc. In this post, Kirill Grigorchuk, an R&D Engineer at Altoros, will share his impressions about the event.

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Altoros Became a Gold Microsoft Partner with 100% Customer Satisfaction

Alena Vasilenko

Altoros is proud to be certified as a Gold Microsoft Partner. The company has demonstrated excellent expertise in delivering software solutions using MS technologies, which was proved by the highest customer satisfaction rate. Based on the survey that was conducted by Microsoft, 100% of the interviewed Altoros customers are satisfied with the service and are ready to recommend the company to their partners. 87% of respondents reported that they are ready to work with us again.

In addition, such Altoros’s customers as ePocket Solutions AS, Watch & Trade ltd., Io Genetic AS, IT4you AS, and Locus Logistics AS provided positive feedback and confirmed great quality of the projects delivered by the company.

Extensive expertise of the employees is one of the key requirements to a gold partnership applicant. Altoros’s engineers have proved their skills by successfully passing a number of Microsoft exams, including Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD), Microsoft Certified Applications Developer (MCAD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and many other.

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LA Ruby Conference: Where Is My Scalable API?

Alena Vasilenko

During February 21-23, 2013, California became a residence for hundreds of Ruby enthusiasts who came to attend the Los Angeles Ruby Conference. Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin was selected as the venue for the conference, so drive, beauty, and technology of this place permeated the air and created a special vibe.

As usually, the participants could network to discuss the latest frameworks and exciting real cases, as well as learn how to increase productivity of Ruby-based apps with Ruby-compatible tools. During the lightning talks, the speakers also covered refactoring of large apps that feature complicated business logic and demonstrated how to build recommendation systems using Ruby.

Altoros could not stand aside and joined the Ruby wave. Juan Pablo Genovese, a passionate Ruby developer who has been working with this language since 2006, left Altoros’s office in Argentina and rushed to the City of Angels. He had a rather intense schedule, since he was in on all the three days, contributing as a coach and a speaker.

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