December 5-7, 2016
Vancouver, Canada

Outgrowing Spreadsheets, Moving to Rails

Excel spreadsheets are ok for quick analysis, but when the rows are too many and the formulas are too complex, recalc time slows to a crawl. Plus, sharing a spreadsheet is cumbersome due to security and version control headaches.

This presentation will take the audience through a conversion from an old, slow spreadsheet into a zippy Ruby on Rails app. We’ll discuss UX, extracting formulas, database loading, testing, and performance.

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Ray Hightower

8th Light

Ray Hightower founded and ran a technology company, WisdomGroup, for twenty-one years before selling the company to 8th Light in 2016. Today, Hightower serves on the senior leadership team at 8th Light. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed his Bachelors in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Details: RayHightower.com.

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