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Introducing Sails v1

Mike McNeil
February 23, 2017

Introducing Sails v1

Spanning Cloud Apps is generously supporting an evening in Austin, TX with Mike McNeil and Gabriel Schenker.

Mike will demonstrate the brand new release of the Sails framework and Waterline ORM, and show how to take advantage of some of the new features like strong data types and support for SQL transactions. He'll also discuss a few of the lessons and weird tricks he and the rest of the team learned along the way, including:

• the secret power of assertions (make your Node.js packages more stable, and faster to debug)
• the quickest way to run real-world benchmarks on your app or module (see how it performs at scale)
• three "low-hanging fruit" performance gotchas (avoid pitfalls and take advantage of V8 optimizations)

Gabriel is going to demonstrate how to containerize an existing Node JS application and deploy it to a Docker Swarm. He is also going to show how to setup the environment to reduce friction in the development process and how to make an application secure using secrets.

About Mike:

Mike is the creator of Sails.js, one of the most popular open-source frameworks for Node.js. He is also the CEO of its primary corporate sponsor, The Sails Company (YC W15). Mike's passion is to improve the day to day of software development, and to make it more accessible to people of all experience levels and backgrounds.

Mike has his roots in helping organizations design and implement custom web & mobile experiences, with an emphasis on realtime technology. Since 2012, he and the rest of the Sails core team (http://sailsjs.com/studio) have developed digital products and scalable APIs for startups, SMBs, and the Fortune 500. Earlier this year (2017), they launched Sails Flagship, a new platform on top of Sails which provides a suite of additional services, production-quality tools, and support for enterprise use cases.

About Gabriel:

Gabriel N. Schenker started his career as a physicist. Following his passion and interest in stars and the universe he chose to write his Ph.D. thesis in astrophysics. Soon after this he dedicated all his time to his second passion, writing and architecting software. Gabriel has since been working for over 25 years as a consultant, software architect, trainer. He has been nominated a Docker Captain and since January of this year he is working as Principal Curriculum Developer at Docker Inc (http://docker.com). Gabriel is working from home in Austin, Texas. Gabriel is passionate about software development and tries to make the life of developers easier by providing guidelines and frameworks to reduce friction in the software development process. During his spare time Gabriel likes hiking in the mountains, cooking and reading.

Mike McNeil

February 23, 2017

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