1. What makes an application scale? What should you worry about early on and what can wait?

    Over the last 3 years, Achievers has learned many lessons and gained fundamental knowledge on scaling our SaaS platform. CTO Dr. Aris Zakinthinos will present and discuss the decisions we’ve made including language choice, server architecture, and much more; join us while we share tips, tricks, and things to absolutely avoid.

    Throughout the evening you will have the opportunity to talk to the development team behind the Achievers Platform and ask questions on scaling best practices.

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  2. August 8, 2012
    Presenter: Zakir Hemraj, Dev Team Lead, Achievers

    Choosing a web framework these days is like buying toothpaste. Every option seems to have outrageous benefits and a religious following to boast, but they’re all trying to solve the same problem: making it easier for you to build web applications.

    PHP is our language of choice, but even within the PHP ecosystem, there are dozens of web frameworks to choose from. In this talk, Zakir Hemraj explores the pros and cons of three of the most popular PHP frameworks out there: Zend, CakePHP, and CodeIgniter.

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  3. June 13, 2012
    Presenter: Dr. Aris Zakinthinos, CTO, Achievers

    Ever wish you were an SQL ninja? Do you think query optimization is something only DBAs should be worried about? Do you want to know what really happens behind the scenes when you SELECT foo FROM bar?

    At Achievers, our dev team is dedicated to building a web app that performs blazingly fast. As a result, we're constantly taking a deeper look at all the queries that get executed in our database and fine-tuning them for optimal performance.

    In this talk, CTO Dr. Aris Zakinthinos delivers a highly technical, hands-on presentation on optimizing MySQL queries. From using the MySQL "explain" function, to truly understanding indexes, this presentation is relevant to any developer who interacts with a database.

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  4. Cross-site scripting? SQL injection? Cross-site request forgery? Most developers have only a basic understanding of the most common security risks affecting today's web applications.

    It's no secret that web application attacks are on the rise. In the last year, there have been numerous stories of high profile websites being attacked and losing revenue, customers, and credibility.

    During this talk, Matt York dives into all aspects of the Open Web Application Security Project’s (OWASP) top 10 security vulnerabilities. You’ll see in-depth explanations, real world examples, testing techniques, and remedies.

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We're a Sequoia-backed, SaaS technology company based in Liberty Village, Toronto. Our journey over the past few years has seen many ups and downs. From raising three rounds of financing, to building a kick-ass technology platform, we've learned a lot


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We're a Sequoia-backed, SaaS technology company based in Liberty Village, Toronto. Our journey over the past few years has seen many ups and downs. From raising three rounds of financing, to building a kick-ass technology platform, we've learned a lot about growing a company and the infrastructure needed to support it. Now it's our turn to give back. We'll be hosting monthly tech talks to help share the things we've learned.

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