Matt Farina



CloudDevelop 2015 - A Dive Into Containers and Docker

Docker, containers, rkt, kubernetes, the Open Container Project, CoreOS, and RancherOS are some of the new buzzwords in cloud. If you’ve read any articles on them you may have been left thinking this is the new hot technology space but you’re unsure of how to leverage it in your own environments. You may even still be wondering how this, in a practical sense, is different from working with virtual machines or the other platforms you’ve been using... Read More

Past Presentations

CloudDevelop 2014 - Why OpenStack Matters And How You Can Get Started

Cloud computing is going through a change for two big reasons. The revelations from Edward Snowden are causing cloud and data location strategies to change. And, enterprises are entering the cloud market with new use cases... Read More

BDPA - HP Helion

To help the Black Data Processors Association of Detroit have a better understanding of OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, I co-presented to the local organization on these technologies. Read More

DrupalCamp MI 2013 - Secure Your Site

Attacks on sites for small businesses are on the rise. According to a recent study by Verison, more than 70% of attacks were for businesses with fewer than 100 people. This is just one of many metrics showing sites are being attacked. Sites of all shapes and sizes are being attacked and successfully hacked.In this session we'll look at what's happening and some practical measures to protect sites, data, and end-users. View The Slides

DrupalCon Denver - Front-End Performance Improvements

According to a study done by Strangeloop, 97% of the time it takes to render a page happens in the front end for mobile devices. For desktop computers it's at 85% of the time. We put performance as a gate in Drupal to help speed it up. The biggest area for gains is in front end performance... Read More

DrupalCon Denver - Faster Mobile Sites

Mobile websites are not known for their fast performance. This combined with the massive uptake in mobile computing over the last few years has cast a bright light on mobile website performance. While the Drupal community has been focused on performance for many years in the form of technologies like memcache, APC, database clusters, and other serving technologies these only minimally impact the performance an end user experiences. On mobile devices 97% of the time a page takes to load happens in the front end... Read More

DrupalCon Denver - Using Sass & Compass In Drupal Theming

In recent years, front end development tools have come a long way. Gone are the days of suffering through remembering multiple browser vendor prefixes. We can now focus on what matters most: Writing the code that makes our designs unique. Matt Farina and Nathan Smith will be presenting on how to use Compass/Sass in your Drupal workflow, significantly speeding up the processes of working with CSS. They will guide you past the mental hurdle of "not invented here" and explain how Ruby and PHP can be the best of friends. Or rather, how using Sass does not require much Ruby knowledge at all... Read More

DrupalCamp MI 2011 - Building Faster Websites

Performance matters for websites and web applications. In this presentation we focused on practical ways to speed up a websites performance as seen by the end users. View The Slides

DrupalCon Chicago - Faster Front-End Performance

Focusing on making web pages render faster in browsers is an under hyped form of performance optimization. While most performance sessions focus on varnish, memcache, and other technologies to scale a site or make the server run more efficiently we will focus on making pages render faster in browsers. This includes image, JavaScript, and CSS optimization as well as some browser characteristics we can use to our advantage... Read More

Museum Computer Network Conference 2010 - Event Calendars

Event calendars for museums, where there are complicated rules, is a difficult problem. At the MCN 2010 we presented a solution built on top of the iCal specification that met the challenging needs of museums. View The Slides

Design4Drupal Boston 2009 - Introduction to jQuery in Drupal

For designers who want to learn to code this was an introductory session teaching how someone can leverage jQuery as it is present inside of Drupal. View The Slides

Design4Drupal Boston 2009 - How we can make Drupal better

Learning to contribute to open source in general and Drupal specifically can seem like a daunting task. In this session we introduced the contribution process and discussed hurdles. View The Slides

DrupalCon DC - Building Church Websites With Drupal

Churches are not like businesses. They're not even like non-profits. Churches (and other ministries) are unique in their goals, their approach, and their challenges. In this session, Mustardseed Media Inc owner, Bob Christenson, and his Developer and Podcast Co-Host Matt Farina, will present how they build church community-style websites using Drupal on a daily basis, talking about the modules and approaches used to create successful sites... Read More

Geeks and God Interactive Church and Web 2.0 Conferences

Two conferences that I co-organized and presented at on the topic of websites for churches and ministries. In the conferences we spoke about leveraging the web and web based technologies to enable ministries to be successful.

Creative & Technical Arts Conference 2007 - Podcasting

At a time when podcasting was relatively new, Bob Christenson and I presented about podcasting. We covered technologies anyone could use along with the process of putting together a show and episodes.