Making News: Gilt Ireland COO Fidelma Healy

HBC Tech OCT 28, 2013

"The Story of the Gilt Load-Testing Platform": Gilt at Scala.IO

HBC Tech OCT 28, 2013

Gilt on the Go 4.0

HBC Tech OCT 25, 2013

For iOS engineers, iOS 7 offers a lot to get excited about: Background data tasks, UIKit dynamics, new gestures, a freshly Ive’d-up design language…the list is long. Born from that excitement, this week the Gilt mobile team released a pretty major update to our flagship iPhone app. Much is new about this latest iteration of our mobile experience, but here are two new things worth highlighting: A new look and...

Gilt's Kevin Scaldeferri on Enabling Micro-service Architectures with Scala (Video)

HBC Tech OCT 25, 2013

Scala Self-Types: Gregor Heine's Presentation at Dublin Scala Users Group (slides)

HBC Tech OCT 24, 2013

Here’s Gilt Principal Software Engineer giving his talk on Scala self-types during the Dublin Scala Users Group’s most recent meetup, which took place earlier this week at Engine Yard’s Dublin office. In his talk, Gregor explained how to use self-types to assemble application components at compile time and examine the problems and risks involved in using self-types. He also discussed Scala-style dependency injection and showed how self-types are a typesafe...

Welcome Brendan St. John!

HBC Tech OCT 24, 2013

We’re excited to welcome Brendan St. John to the Gilt Tech fold! Brendan works out of our Dublin office and is part of our test architecture team. Before joining Gilt, Brendan worked on a mobile payments platform; prior to that, he spent time doing test automation and systems administration. In addition to programming in Java, he has experience developing small projects with Ruby and C#. He also knows some Scala–our...

Gilt Co-Founder/CTO Michael Bryzek Is a Judge at Tonight's MIT $100K Pitch Contest

HBC Tech OCT 23, 2013

Tonight Gilt co-founder and CTO Michael Bryzek will be judging Products and Services business ideas for the $100K Pitch Contest, part of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. For the Pitch, MIT students and researchers have 60 seconds to deliver their business proposals to a panel of judges, who then offer instant feedback. Michael (an MIT alum) and the other panelists will judge contestants based on the viability of their business...

The Talks From Last Weekend's Pacific Northwest Scala Conference

HBC Tech OCT 23, 2013

Over the weekend Portland, Ore. played host to the first-ever Pacific Northwest Scala Conference: two days of presentations, talks and open sessions. Sponsored in part by Gilt, and co-organized by Gilt Principal Software Engineer Kevin Scaldeferri, PNWScala featured an impressive roster of speakers from Twitter, Meetup, Typesafe, and other great companies. In addition to Saturday’s full menu of prepared talks, Sunday featured ad hoc, unconference-style sessions for people to suggest...

Apple Features Gilt Push Notifications in Today's Safari Mavericks Launch

HBC Tech OCT 22, 2013

Earlier today, Apple’s Craig Federighi presented a demo of Safari’s new push notification system that featured the implementation we put together at www.gilt.com/sale/women. You can watch the special event online here (catch the Gilt references at the 18:30 mark), or you can glance at the screenshots below. The Mavericks operating system will allow us to send members push notifications to their desktops/laptops on Safari. Like our iPhone/iPad push notifications, this...

Dublin Scala Users Group Meets Tonight!

HBC Tech OCT 22, 2013

If you’re in Dublin this evening, stop by Engine Yard for the Dublin Scala Users Group monthly meetup. The fun begins at 7 PM; RSVP here. Tonight’s agenda: “Self-types in Scala” by Gilt Principal Software Engineer Gregor Heine In this talk, Gregor Heine will explain how to use self-types to assemble application components at compile time and examine the problems and risks involved in using self-types. He’ll also discuss Scala-style...

Gilt's Knitting Ninjas

HBC Tech OCT 21, 2013

Gilt’s Ninja Team is known for making beautiful things to look at, so it isn’t surprising that their ranks include several talented artisans. This winter the Ninjas are learning how to knit scarves, and they’ve invited the rest of Gilt Tech to join them. Every Friday at 5 PM, from now until the snow falls, you’ll find the Ninjas gathered in a conference room, wearing serene looks on their faces...

Monthly NYC Java Users Meetup Comes to Gilt Tonight

HBC Tech OCT 21, 2013

We’re excited to host (for the first time!) the New York City Java Users Group’s monthly meetup, which takes place tonight at 6:30 PM at our 2 Park Ave. office. In addition to a recap of JavaOne 2013 by NYC JUG co-organizer Timothy Fagan, tonight’s event features a presentation on security by Bojan Simic from Contrast Security. To RSVP, just click here.

Goblin: A Minimal and Beautiful Testing Framework for the Go Language

HBC Tech OCT 18, 2013

Inspired by the flexibility and simplicity of Node’s Mocha, but frustrated by the rigorousness of the Go way of testing, my friend Marcos Nils and I set out to create a new tool to write self-describing and comprehensive code. The result (and just in time for Halloween): Goblin. What do I get with Goblin? Preserve the exact same syntax and behavior as Node.js’s Mocha Nest as many Describe and It...

Infiniti Cars and Fashion Stars: Making Adaptive Product Pages at Gilt

HBC Tech OCT 17, 2013

In December Gilt will sell two exclusive models of the Infiniti Q50, each designed by heavyweight fashion designers Zac Posen and Thom Browne. For past car sales we’ve used our standard product detail page, which includes multiple views of the product on sale, a short product description, and a list of materials used to make the product. One challenge for us in building attractive car sales pages is that we...

Scala Days 2014 Announced!

HBC Tech OCT 17, 2013

Gilt Featured at Fordham Technology Summit on 10/16

HBC Tech OCT 15, 2013

Today in Hot Writing Utensils: the Gilt Pen

HBC Tech OCT 11, 2013

As someone who spends lots of time making the rounds in NYC’s tech community, I meet lots of people who live squarely in the future. Programmers, product managers, UX designers, database administrators, pythons (well, Pythonistas), and other technologists who use complex, costly machines to develop exciting new ways for all of us to communicate better and faster. People who carry fancy, expensive iThings in their pockets, invent cutting-edge technologies, and...

"Symmetry, Scala & Software": Eric Bowman Presents at the Next Refresh Dublin

HBC Tech OCT 11, 2013

Gilt VP Architecture Eric Bowman is the next featured speaker at Refresh Dublin: an event series, inspired by the Refreshing Cities movement, that explores the relationships between design, UX and technology. On Tue 10/15, Eric will present “Symmetry, Scala & Software”–an updated iteration of his Scala Days talk–at the Science Gallery in Dublin. More details: The concept of symmetry is pervasive across many fields: art, architecture, mathematics, even fashion. In the past...

Hadoop vs. Aster: A Quick Comparison

HBC Tech OCT 10, 2013

If you’ve got more data than money, you’re probably checking out open source data analytics platforms. But how well do these no- or low-cost alternatives perform in comparison to their more expensive, licensed counterparts? Curious about the answer, I recently conducted an experiment to determine the feasibility of using Hadoop instead of Aster, the licensed analytics platform the Gilt data team uses to store and manage our vast data resources....

Gilt Mobile Engineer Featured in New MoMA Exhibition

HBC Tech OCT 9, 2013

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