Bigcommerce's San Francisco office had the pleasure to host the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner event earlier this month. The topic was on "Pathways to Tech", how Bigcommerce girl geeks with diverse backgrounds are now in tech space. We had MJ Chun (Senior Product Manager), leading the panel discussion with
Last week, Bigcommerce had the opportunity to host the Automated Testing San Francisco meetup [http://www.meetup.com/Automated-Testing-San-Francisco/events/226545162/] in our office. David Vydra [https://www.kifi.com/david-vydra], Manager @ GE Software, was the speaker and the meetup was organized by Leo Cheng [https://twitter.com/leokcheng/]. David's
In this post, I'll introduce you to some Amazon EC2 automation concepts and how they can be leveraged to run an elastic, role-based infrastructure. Examples given assume the use of Puppet (Master), but the concept should be portable to other configuration managers, as well as other, conceptually-similar infrastructure providers. Background
Last Thursday, we at Bigcommerce had the opportunity to host the november SFNode meetup [http://www.meetup.com/sfnode/]. There were 3 speakers: Rich Trott [https://twitter.com/trott], Joe McCann [https://twitter.com/joemccann], and our very own Mick Ryan [https://twitter.com/evilbits]. Rich Trott on contributing to
During the month of October, Bigcommerce's San Francisco office participated in the U.S. State Department TechWomen [http://www.techwomen.org] program. We hosted two Emerging Leaders, Glacier Bambisa from South Africa and Kenza Khomsi from Morocco. MJ Chun, one of our product managers, mentored Kenza in learning about product
Last week the news broke [https://twitter.com/YahooInc/status/658610580996141056] that Bob Lord would be joining Yahoo! as their new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He starts his new role in 2 weeks. > Excited to welcome our new Chief Information Security Officer @boblord [https://twitter.com/boblord]! https://t.
This week, we had the pleasure of hosting Dave Lester [https://twitter.com/davelester] in our San Francisco office to give his talk " Production-Ready Containers: Using Aurora and Mesos [https://speakerdeck.com/dlester/production-ready-containers-using-aurora-and-mesos] ". Dave is an Open Source Developer Advocate at Twitter and gave us the rundown of how
Preamble I recently spoke with Sebastian Machuca (a Sydney-based engineer) about the concept of having FK constraints in Dev and Staging environments, but disabled in Production. Here is the ensuing dialogue, edited for brevity and for making-me-look-like-a-genius. Our dialogue was good, but we were unable to come up with a
Four months afterour first acquisition [https://medium.com/@Mr.P/the-strategy-of-mergers-acquisitions-99c31996f691], I’m thrilled to announce that Bigcommerce is expanding to Downtown Austin! We were looking for anoffice befitting a startup [https://medium.com/@Mr.P/when-your-startup-needs-a-bigger-office-1695b8c84755], with the charm and character that would fostercreative work [https://medium.com/@Mr.
Past Thursday, we at Bigcommerce [https://www.bigcommerce.com/] hosted our first Advanced Apache Spark meetup from our SF office on the topic "How Spark Beat Hadoop @ 100 TB Sort" [http://www.meetup.com/Advanced-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/223665950/]. Thanks to Chris for coming up with such great topics with emphasis on
Most system monitoring tools and load test tools output line graphs, where data values are averaged per second or per minute, and the resulting set of averages is then plotted joined with lines. In doing this averaging and connecting with lines, important information is lost , along with lots of interesting
One week after Bigcommerce and PayPal announced [https://twitter.com/PayPal4Business/status/601509383046963200] a strategic partnership, we were fortunate to host Max Levchin in our SF office. Max was one of the original cofounders of PayPal where he served as the CTO until its acquisition by Ebay in 2002. In
At Bigcommerce, we’ve recently migrated our search infrastructure from MySQL full-text indices to Elasticsearch [https://www.elastic.co/]. Running searches using MySQL full-text indices would take a long time on large stores and occasionally cause web requests to time out. Because full-text indices aren’t scalable, we saw instances
This week we had the honor of hosting the creator of YSlow and HTTP Archive, former Head Performance Engineer at Google, and overall performance Boss -Steve Souders [https://twitter.com/Souders]to speak onDesign + Performance [https://www.stevesouders.com/docs/d+p-fluent-20150422.key]. He opened by talking about the gap