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

Java Based Containers in Kubernetes

Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Thanks to all who came to the Kuberenetes presentation tonight!  I hope some of you take the time to try out the platform (or Docker swarm), and report back on your findings. Feel free to PM me with any questions or comments. Link to the presentation (Lots of great links to details, and blog articles!)


  1. Stay tuned for some really cool, hands on stuff Jonathan Kupcho and I are putting together with Pivotal Web Services.  In the meantime, check out this project I have setup to deploy to PWS using TravisCI.

  2. Come check out my presentation at the next MilwaukeeJS meetup - Rapid Innovation with Node-Red

Keep Learning & Innovating,

Andy Glassman

Graph Databases - What, Why, How

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Thanks again to all who attended last nights Java Meetup on graph databases. Here are the presentation slides.

Event Link