Trisha Gee



Trisha is a developer at 10gen (the MongoDB company). She has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, and has a wide breadth of industry experience from the 12 years she's been a professional developer. Trisha is a leader in the London Java Community and involved in London's Graduate Development Community, she believes we shouldn't all have to make the same mistakes again and again.


Discussion panel: "Freaks of the Freaks: Talking About Minorities in IT"

The session will start with short talks by two motivated women: Jessika Kerr and Kamila Sidor; but this year we will not limit ourselves solely to the issue of female empowerment. The invited panelists, together with the audience, will have a chance to discuss the gender/racial/cultural(im)balance of the IT community. Is the current sex ratio natural? Are opportunities equal? Why are those few people making so much fuss? Should diversity be fostered? Is there a gain somewhere? Or should we all just grow white beards? We hope to make the panel both inspiring and concrete. Come to listen, learn, and share your ideas.

What do you mean, backwards compatibility?

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The Java driver for MongoDB is the most... mature... of the NoSQL database’s drivers. It was designed without some of the modern Java features we now take for granted (generics, I’m looking at you), and is the sort of API that will be much easier with the eagerly anticipated lambdas in Java 8.

Although figures are hard to come by, the existing Java driver might even be the most used of all of all the MongoDB drivers. Which leads to a tricky question: how do you create a new API that utilises modern development patterns whilst retaining backwards compatibility for your users? These users are fundamental to the success of your business, and you do not want to upset them, alienate them, break their systems or make it hard for them to migrate to the New World Order.

In this presentation Trisha will share some of the pains experienced, and some of the solutions tried along the journey. You might even get a sneak peak of the new MongoDB Java driver before it’s due for release.

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