Signals from the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Amsterdam

Key insights from DevOps, Web operations, and performance.

People from across the Web operations and performance worlds came together for the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Amsterdam. Below, we’ve assembled notable material from the event.

The Physical Web: A bridge between the Web and physical devices

The app-for-everything approach doesn’t scale, but the Web does. Scott Jenson, project lead for Physical Web at Google, outlines a vision for the Physical Web — an open approach to design and implementation that brings Web interaction to the physical world. “Let’s take the URL bar and bring it in the future,” Jenson says.

Track down security vulnerabilities in third-party code

Do you know what’s lurking in the third-party code you use in your Web apps? Guy Podjarny and Assaf Hefetz, both from Snyk, show ways to track and control the security issues third-party code introduces.

How do you find operations expertise?

John Allspaw, Etsy CTO and Velocity program chair, explains how he ended up in a master’s program in human factors and systems safety (you can check out his thesis). He draws connections between his academic experience and the practical work featured at Velocity.

Thinking about thinking

“How do you think about how people think in the systems that you’re building?” Courtney Nash, O’Reilly strategic content director and Velocity program chair, uses concrete examples to explore this twisty question.

Designing for security outcomes

Eleanor Saitta, security consultant at, stresses the importance of security design, threat modeling, and the unique needs and goals of the people interacting with security systems.

You can see more keynotes and interviews in the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Amsterdam playlist.

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