That Conference - Graph Database Talk

Wed, Aug 09, 2017

I gave a talk at That Conference this year titled Graph Databases - What Why How. This was my first conference talk, and I was a bit nervous about it. Luckily the session attendees were awesome and had many great questions. This helped the time fly by, and before I knew it my 60 minutes were up! Slide deck for those interested.

This was my first year attending That Conference, and it was very impressive. Clark Sells did a killer job putting this even together. The kids had a blast at the water park. Unfortunatly they were a bit young for the family sessions. I think they will enjoy the conference aspect more once they are at least six years old.

All in all, I can't wait for That Conference 2018!

Keep Hacking!

Andy Glassman

Hack & Tell - Brainstorm Session

Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended the Hack & Tell - Brainstorm Session @ Digital Measures. I think it went really well. I really enjoyed the open discussion, and sharing of ideas and side projects. I'll schedule another session like this before the next Hack & Tell.

Let me know if you liked having the brainstorming session on the same week as the Hack & Tell, or if you'd like it a week earlier to have more prep time between the meetup event, and the Hack & Tell event.

Another big thanks to SafeNet Consulting, whose sponsorship paid for the Raspberry PI. Congrats to Trent Rogers, I hope you get a lot of good use out of it! Another big thanks to Digital Measures for the space, and pizza. Keep hacking!

Relevant Links:

Keep Hacking!

Andy Glassman

MATC - Lightning Talks

Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended the Lightning Talks @ MATC last night. This was our biggest event yet, with 57 RSVPs!

I'd like to thank all the MATC students that took the time to come, and ask awesome questions. A big thanks for Richard Hsu, and Jonathan Kupcho for putting together stellar presentations as well.

Here are the presentation materials:

Speaker: Jonathan Kupcho

Topic: Frontend vs Backend

We've all heard the terms "frontend" and "backend" developer. What do we mean by these labels? If you asked 5 people to define these labels, you'd get 5 different answers. This talk will help you understand the nuances of frontend and backend development of modern applications.

Presentation Slides

Speaker: Andy Glassman

Topic: Approaches to Testing

Unit, Integration, End to End, Smoke, Failover, Load... The list of test types and approaches goes on and on. I'll attempt to hit on the major test types, test approaches, and their reasons for existing. I'll also go over some common roles within a development team.

Presentation Slides

Speaker: Richard Hsu

Topic: Scala

Scala is the most popular JVM functional language. In this talk I will try to go through everything I know about Scala; including brief language features, development environment, ecosystem, and how to keep up!

Presentation Slides

Thanks, and keep an eye out for the next meetup announcement. I'm looking into doing a presentation on Cassandra, or Couchbase.

Andy Glassman

Redis Workshop

Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended the Redis Workshop.

I think it went well considering this is the first time we've tried the workshop format.

Here are the materials:

Presentation: Link (Google Slides)


  • Redis Overview
  • Problem / Solution Description
  • Pivotal Web Services setup / deploy

Workshop Code:­

  1. Pre-solution code
  2. Branch for Spring Data solution
  3. Branch for Redisson solution
  4. Spring Data solution branch also contains manifest.yml files for PWS deploys.

Improvements for next workshop style meetup:

  1. Omit Vagrant, and use Virtual Box directly.
  2. Supply an image rather than having to pull and run Vagrant.
  3. Pull code from inside the Virtual Machine to avoid differences in git configurations (windows line endings).

Thanks, and stay tuned for announcements on February's meetup @ MATC.

Andy Glassman

Rapid Innovation with Node-RED

Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Great crowd last night at the MilwaukeeJS meetup! Rapid Innovation with Node-RED! Try out Node-RED, wire up some fun, innovative flows, and shoot me an email. I'd love to see what you all come up with. If you have any questions on how to get started, or get stuck, just shoot me a email, or meetup message. Link to the presentation


  1. Getting started with Pivotal Web Services

Keep Learning & Innovating,

Andy Glassman