Threads Aren't Evil

Threads Aren'tĀ Evil

To skip to actual technical content go to slide 71 the first slides make no sense without narration.

Okay, so threads are pretty evil.

But they are also useful, and given the right development patterns: not impossible to work with.

In this talk you'll look at some real Ruby libraries where threads were applied to accomplish otherwise impossible tasks. We'll look at re-writing a synchronous library to support parallel execution for performance gains. We'll also talk about the operating system internals of exactly what makes a thread a thread.

If you're not comfortable with the "T" word (threads), this talk is the perfect introduction to practical concurrent programming in Ruby.


Richard Schneeman

September 26, 2017