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Tuesday, October 4 • 16:45 - 17:30
Is Automating This Worth My Time?

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Is automation worth the time? Is it worth your time? The answer is surprisingly complex! Often, the correct response is to leverage existing APIs and services to enable you to do the most important work of all – the things that only humans can do, turn your ideas into reality. Sometimes the answer is a financial one – will the time and money I save from automating this task be worth the time and money wasted automating it? Sometimes the answer is related to performance! Can the computer routinely do this faster than I can? Can it routinely do this faster than 10 other humans? In this talk we analyze the various ways of removing the undifferentiated heavy lifting that computers are so good at and letting humans do the work. Finally, I want to share some best practices from my career experience about the way you automate things! I'll talk about automating everything from launch abort systems at NASA and SpaceX to webcam pictures on your laptop. There will be a live demonstration so come prepared to come on stage and battle a computer!


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Randall Hunt

Developer Advocate and Software Engineer, Amazon Web Service
J. Randall Hunt is a Developer Advocate and Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services in Los Angeles. Python is his favorite language but he can sometimes be found in the dark realm of C++. Randall is the author of gitshots, apodtwitter, isthe7running as well as a contributor to... Read More →

Tuesday October 4, 2016 16:45 - 17:30 PDT
Grande Salle