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Brian Thompson

Director of Engineering, Mindgrub

Brian Thompson, a former outdoorsman turned web developer, currently leads a team of 20+ developers in the creation and maintenance of digital experiences. As the Director of Web Engineering at Mindgrub Technologies, Brian oversees all of the web projects in addition to the odd robotics project. During his time as a tech guru, Brian has built and maintained websites across a variety platforms and through a variety of traffic spikes. Through this work he has had to handle website availability for high traffic video sharing websites (doing upwards of 5 million unique visitors per day), crowdfunding websites for Beyonce and other celebrities, and other e-commerce websites processing hundreds of thousands of orders per day. He can frequently be found writing code (PHP and NodeJS), maintaining infrastructure, managing his team, and baking…where he has a reputation for delicious cakes and sweet treats.

Servicing Your Website Visitors With Browser Service Workers

Any cloud provider out there will give you a SLA of 99.<some number of 9s>%. For those who need even more security in their uptime, a CDN can easily be added to help increase durability. But, none of these solutions are immune from problems and most definitely won’t cover you when your backend servers start returning 504 errors nor will they help you if there is network congestion clogging the pipes.

Luckily, there is new functionality being added to browsers that can help us with this. Come learn about Service Workers which can be added to your website with just a few lines of code and immediately increase the performance, scalability, and availability of your WordPress website (or any website). We’ll go hands-on with the code to show exactly how to implement this new tech on your favorite WordPress website so you can go back to your hotel room and add it to your website. We’ll also talk about what’s coming next and limitations of the current system as well as some real world implementations of this system. If you want to be on the cutting edge of tech, this is the session to attend!

Friday, February 23rd

4:00 - 4:30

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