Welcome Zachary Cohn!
#gilttech welcomes Zachary Cohn to our ground-breaking personalization team! A mathematician and data scientist by training and past experience–he holds a PhD in Mathematics from Stanford–Zachary brings to the team a wealth of machine learning expertise applied to online personalization. When he’s not analyzing data or working on improving our recommendations capabilities, he enjoys playing chess, running, and cycling. Welcome, Zachary!
How to Test Android's Parcelable Interface
Android applications invariably seem to have many places where you have to pack data into an Intent or Bundle in order to pass it on to another component. I have found that packing a single Java object in the payload is far more maintainable than using several primitive key/value pairs. If you decide to add or remove an a field to the object later, you won’t have to go back...
RSVP for Tonight's Product and the People Side: An Interview with Gilt's Dominique Essig
Tonight Gilt Vice President Product Management & User Experience Dominique Essig is the featured speaker/interviewee at The People’s Side, a meetup group for discussing the people side (culture, communication) of start-ups. Dom will discuss “the people side” of product development as well as her experience building product teams at Gilt. There are still a few spots left–go here to RSVP!
Team Data at Last Night's Fashion 2.0 Panel
That’s Gilt Principal Data Scientist Igor Elbert smiling at far right, and Gilt Data Team members Roger Huang, Anna Szostek and Michael Hansen sitting in the front row. Igor was one of the panelists at last night’s “Smart Data & Market Intelligence” event put on by Fashion 2.0. In the coming weeks we can expect to see some musical chairs-ing among this team: Roger’s presenting on clickstream data at Gilt...
Gilt to Help Judge This Weekend's AngelHack Brooklyn!
AngelHack Brooklyn’s taking place this weekend (May 31-June 1) at HUGE HQ, and we’re going to help pick the winners! AngelHack organizes hackathons around the world (more than 70 in 2013) and offers its winners some great prizes–including free entry to its HACKcelerator program and cash. If you’d like to register, go here!
Gilt Participating in NYC's First Computer Science Opportunity Fair
Reaching out to young and aspiring technologists is a major priority for the #gilttech team. From hosting Girls Who Code to inviting Bronx Academy of Software Engineering students to tour our offices, we’ve derived immeasurable value from outreaching to the next generation of software engineers, mobile developers, and program managers. So when our friends at the New York City Economic Development Corporation invited us to participate in NYC’s first Computer...
"Data-Driven Personalization" at Gilt (Video)
Here’s Gilt Lead Software Engineer Will Chiong presenting at last night’s #gilttech-hosted Full-Stack Engineering meetup on our ongoing personalization efforts. In this short talk, Will gives an overview of how his team summarizes customer behavior data and uses that data to make recommendations. Thanks to Will and the night’s other speakers–Mike Brittain of Etsy and Wes Chow of Chartbeat–as well as all our guests! (Bonus thanks to friend-of-Gilt Mike P....
Gilt Featured at Tomorrow's "Fashion 2.0: Smart Data & Market Intelligence" Event!
Jedis 2.5.0: New Updates to Jedis Just Released
Gilt Principal Systems Engineer Jonathan Leibiusky continues to improve Jedis, his popular open source Redis Java client! Back in March, he released a version that included enhancements to JedisCluster’s connection handling and JedisCluster multi-threading. Jedis 2.5.0, the latest version, features HyperLogLog support, makes ShardedJedisPool closeable, and includes even more JedisCluster fixes. Go here to check out the latest version and here to learn more about what Jedis can do.
Gilt Featured in Postgres Weekly
We love Cooper Press’s informative weekly e-newsletters for software engineers, so it’s always exciting to see #gilttech mentioned in one of them! This week Postgres Weekly cites our recently released Postgres case study, adding that “If you’re in need of use cases and case studies their[s is] a great one.” Thanks to Postgres curator Craig Kerstiens for the cite!
Gilt Lunches with Brandon Philips of CoreOS
Last Friday CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips stopped by Gilt’s NYC office to give a short demo and have lunch with some of our engineering team. A few non-Gilt engineers also joined us in learning more about what CoreOS (Linux for massive server deployments") does and how. Thanks to Brandon for interrupting his vacation to join us!
Full-Stack Engineering Comes Back to Gilt This Tuesday!
After enjoying a relaxing (?) three-day weekend, get back into the heavy-duty tech-talk swing of things by coming to 2 Park on May 27 for the Full-Stack Engineering meetup! Even compared to past FSE speaker lineups this Tuesday’s is especially strong, with presenters representing three of NYC’s top tech companies: Mike Brittain, Director of Engineering at Etsy, will discuss “Advanced Topics in Continuous Delivery” Wes Chow, CTO at Chartbeat, will...
Gaslight at Gilt: Scenes From Yesterday's Free AngularJS Class
Here’s Gaslight Co-Founder and Developer Chris Nelson at the Gilt podium, leading yesterday’s free AngularJS class at our NYC office. Sixty technologists from Gilt, Urban Compass, OnDeck Capital, AppNexus and other companies joined us for the all-day course, which covered everything from client-side routing to dependency injection with services and factories. Some pics: #gilttech Software Engineers Ryan Caloras (Personalization, left) and Kevin Li (Loyalty, right) with their friend, Anthony Zhang...
EnterpriseDB Features Gilt as a "PostgreSQL Pro"
EnterpriseDB recently published on its Open Enterprise blog an informative Q&A with Gilt Co-Founder and CTO Michael Bryzek that focuses on our long-time use of PostgreSQL. Read the interview to learn all about the early days of Postgres at Gilt, including the reasons why we chose Postgres over other database technologies and what we continue to value most about it. An excerpt: Q. What was your biggest surprise or ‘a-ha!’...
Welcome Kevin Schultz!
Please welcome Kevin Schultz, the newest member of Gilt’s mobile team! Kevin will focus on Android and will push our update to release. In a past life Kevin worked with fellow Gilt Senior Software Engineer Matt Isaacs (Mobile) and Lead Software Engineer Brian Ballantine (Personalization), which suggests that some sort of colonization is taking place (no complaints–they’re all amazing!). He’s also been a mechanical engineer and worked on nuclear submarines,...
Last Night's "Mobile Engineering at Gilt" Presentation in Dublin
Here’s Gilt Senior Software Engineer Chirstine Yokoyama presenting at Engine Yard’s Dublin office last night! Christine discussed our mobile engineering practices and technologies at the monthly meeting of the Dublin Scala Users Group. Thanks to everyone who joined us (we counted around 50 of you)–hope to see you next month!
Dr. Martin Odersky at Gilt, 5/19/2014 (video + photos)
On Monday night Gilt had the great and unforgettable honor of hosting a talk by Dr. Martin Odersky–author of Scala, the programming language used by Gilt and so many other top companies worldwide; and Chairman, Chief Architect and Co-Founder at Typesafe. Software engineers from Comcast, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Twitter, Palantir Technologies and dozens of other companies joined us for the event, held at Gilt’s Midtown Manhattan office. Scala engineers...
Gilt Featured at Tonight's Product Council NYC Event
Tonight Product Council NYC gets in on the Internet Week NY action with a fun and interactive real estate-themed event featuring MakeSpace (“your closet in the cloud”) and RentHackr (“hacking a better way to find apartments”). Gilt VP of Product Management and User Experience Dominique Essig will join fellow Product Council members Phil Thomas Di Giulio (Tremor Video) and Matthew Shadbolt (New York Times) in appearing on tonight’s panel and...
A Very Special Guest Visited Gilt This Afternoon
We’re definitely getting this week off to an unforgettable start!: Here’s Scala creator and Typesafe Chairman Dr. Martin Odersky with the Gilt tech team earlier today. Dr. Odersky spent an hour answering our questions about Scala, Java 8, and much more. Later tonight he returns to 2 Park to give a talk on “Scala–The Simple Parts.” Many thanks to Dr. Odersky for his generosity, and to Typesafe for helping us...
Scaling Gilt with PostgreSQL: From One Database to Many (Case Study)