1. This is an impromptu interview on-site at Pivotal Labs, with VP of Engineering Edward Hieatt. Pivotal Labs (pivotallabs.com) specializes in agile & pair programming, and much of their work (not all) involves Rails and SaaS. Edward talks about what makes Pivotal different, and what characteristics make a successful software developer in the modern SaaS ecosystem. Thanks to Edward and to Pivotal CEO & founder Rob Mee for making this possible!

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  2. Asim Jalis, Lead Member of Technical Staff at salesforce.com who works on infrastructure, talks about the challenges of operating a debugging a cloud platform that serves multiple mutually-untrusting customers who are entrusting their most valuable (and sensitive) business data to salesforce.com's infrastructure. Asim has worked at prominent software companies Symantec and Microsoft, and he discusses some differences between developing shrink-wrapped software and developing SaaS. (Note: Despite my best efforts, there's about 20 seconds of lost audio from 4:20-4:45. I couldn't get Camtasia to do anything sensible on my 2GB, 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo machine, even when all other apps are closed and without any hardware plugged in. I'll be finding another program as soon as I can.)

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  3. Raffi Krikorian, Twitter's Director of Engineering, talks about why Twitter is moving away from Rails, how and why Twitter is refactoring their complex application into a set of simpler services in a Service-Oriented Architecture, how things might have been different if that had happened early on, and what skills make a developer successful in the fast-moving world in which companies like Twitter operate.

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  4. A team from Splunk, including two PhD's who were Armando Fox's former students, explains how Splunk's technology lets you analyze your SaaS app's log files both to debug performance problems and to analyze the behavior of your users. Their new "log analysis as a service" offering, Storm, lets you get your logs analyzed without installing any software.

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  5. Twitter's Dan Webb talks about the present and future of JavaScript, the consequences of moving a lot of functionality from server-side code to JavaScript code, and how Twitter's user experience team had to grapple with problems related to making these decisions in order to make sure Twitter can deliver a consistent 95th-percentile experience to millions of users.

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Short impromptu interviews with engineers at leading companies in the SaaS ecosystem. These videos supplement the material in the online SaaS course ( saas-class.org ) and accompanying textbook ( saasbook.info ).

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    great info! The fixed hours and sustainable pace part at the end is especially important. More workplaces should take note of that.

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