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Past Events

January 15, 2014
Mark Harwood: What's New in Elasticsearch 1.0

Time: 5:00 PM
Location: 3rd floor - CAMPUS LONDON, 4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX


In this presentation, Mark Harwood, Software Engineer at Elasticsearch Inc, will cover forthcoming developments in the code base, including:

  • Aggregations
  • Snapshot / Restore
  • Distributed Percolation

He'll also be sharing more on the future of Elasticsearch's integration with Apache Hadoop, Kibana and Logstash. Attendees will leave with a solid understand of where Elasticsearch is heading and how these code bases can make their lives easier.

About Mark Harwood

Mark Harwood is a software engineer at Elasticsearch and long-time contributor to Lucene. Prior to joining Elasticsearch Mark was Chief Scientist at BAE Systems Detica, designing search and visualization systems on multi-billion document solutions for analysts in commercial and government clients.

November 7, 2013
Ian Plosker presents The Triumph of Simplicity: how database complexity will be replaced by simple services

Time: 6:30 PM
Location: SkillsMatter, 116 - 20 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DP


Dijkstra once said that "complexity sells better." While this may be the case in the short run, long run trends appear to counter this. Over the past 5 years cloud computing has gained such traction that the idea of a startup buying servers is laughable. What had formerly been done with hardware is now done simply with software, and further what is done with software is now done easily by services. At the same time a plethora of new databases have emerged to fill a host of storage and querying niches. While in general IT operations have gotten easier, less labour intensive, and cheaper, the operations of databases have not. The level of complexity in storing and querying data has exploded. In this session we will explore we why this is the case and discuss how database software eventually will be overrun by simple services.

About Ian Plosker

Ian Plosker is the CTO and cofounder of Orchestrate.io, a service that eliminates the need to run databases. Prior to Orchestrate.io, Ian worked at Basho Technologies, the makers of the open source database Riak. There Ian worked customers to build clusters supporting tens of thousands of operations per second. He has been developing software professionally for over 10 years and programming since childhood. He has developed everything from CMS to bioinformatics platforms to corporate competitive.

September 17, 2013
Brian LeRoux presents Killing Phone Gap and Going Beyond HTML5: View the Podcast


HTML5 is exciting, but whats next? Emergent projects from the leading vendors of web browsers may give us a clue. Chrome OS, Firefox OS, Windows 8 all offer the ability to develop system applications with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This new breed of web technologies comes super charged with powerful access to the operating system internals, sensors, and data - sometimes called Device APIs.

The misguided Web vs Native debate grows even fuzzier in light of these new technolgies.In this session Brian LeRoux will review the current state of Packaged Apps, how the standards process is shaping up, the natural relationship to Device APIs, and how this all relates to the nihilistic PhoneGap project.

About Brian LeRoux

Brian LeRoux leads the open source PhoneGap project team at Adobe (currently undergoing incubation as Apache Cordova). He's been with the PhoneGap project from its very humble beginnings at Nitobi Software. You can follow Brian on Twitter @brianleroux