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Emerging Tech SIG: Developing the Next Generation of Web Applications on a Shoestring

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    Topic: The bar for web applications keeps rising with demands for increasing richness and scalability delivered on tighter time frames and budgets. Buy a Feature is a real-time, interactive, serious game that allows product managers to learn from their customers through play. Buy a Feature runs in most browsers without add-ins and was built in less than 1 man-year using the Lift web framework and Scala programming language. Buy a Feature is deployed on a standard J2EE app server and on a dual-Opteron machine supports 2,000 simultaneous players and serves 700 pages per second.

    Presenters: Join the Buy a Feature team, Dan O'Leary and David Pollak, as they discuss the technology and agile process that made Buy a Feature a reality. Bios: David Pollak has been developing commercial software since 1978. He invented the real-time spreadsheet used by financial traders to manage multi-billion dollar portfolios. Over the years, David has founded and sold companies, run engineering teams, and developed web frameworks. He currently lives with his wife, twins 4 year olds, dog, 2 cats and 3 goldfish in San Francisco. Dan O’Leary is CTO for Enthiosys, Inc. working on delivering innovation games to the web. He has over 20 years experience in commercial software experience including 10 years focused on mission critical enterprise software products. At Callidus Software, Dan was Vice-President of Engineering, where he delivered a high performance rule-based enterprise incentive management system called TrueComp. Prior to Callidus, Dan was a Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems where he designed and built development tools supporting Java/C++ development. Dan has a M.S.E. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Computer Science from Western Michigan University.