1-Day Intensive Workshops

Do you wish you or your team knew more about how to make your Ruby on Rails application faster? Performance work can be intimidating at first: it might feel like it's over your head, too boring, or too esoteric. I disagree. My one-day workshops teach the fundamental skills of making Rails web applications fast, and do it in a way that's accessible and memorable.

Make Your App Faster than "Fast Enough"

Ruby web applications don't have to be slow, and you don't have to do backflips or refactor your entire application into service objects and microservices to do it. Four of the largest Rails applications in the world are all monolithic Rails applications and they all have response times of less than 100 milliseconds on average - Github, Shopify, Basecamp and Cookpad. None of them use a lot of Javascript or single-page-app frameworks like Vue, React, or Angular (3 out of 4 use Turbolinks!). Frequently, squeezing more performance out of your application ends up being a simple one-line change. Performance optimization is about measurement and experience more than execution, which is why learning the fundamental performance skills of benchmarking, profiling, and measurement can save you and your team weeks of banging your head against the wall and blind, premature optimization. We'll also talk about provisioning and cost savings, including how to use multi-threading and auto-scaling to your advantage. You'll easily pay for your attendance just by what I'll teach you about reducing your server costs!

A 1-Day, One-On-One Intensive

My workshops are small, intimate intensives intended to give you a solid base of skill in performance measurement (benchmarking, profiling) and for us to work together on problems specific to the applications you work on day-to-day. Class sizes are 15 students or less so I can have plenty of interaction with every student.

You will learn:

  • How to find out exactly what parts of your application are slow
  • What performance problems in Rails applications are hard to fix and which are easy
  • Why premature optimization isn't just bad, it's a waste of time
  • How to build a performance culture in your organization
  • How Ruby's memory management works and what problems it can cause

And here is a complete syllabus.


"I really enjoyed that we learned on our own projects. It was less 'theoretical' and more hands on so I don't have to try to 'translate' in a messy, real dev environment vs. a sterile setup." - Rachel Sison

"After attending the workshop, our company improved response times, reduced queue times, and cut costs." - Ken Mayer

"I have a bunch of pull requests that came out of the workshop. I have more tools in my toolset that I could use for future consulting projects." - Ernesto Tagwerker

Upcoming Public Workshops

All public workshops are $700/seat. All attendees will also receive a complementary copy of the Web-Scale Edition of the Complete Guide to Rails Performance, a $200 value.

  • Minneapolis/RailsConf Friday May 3rd. Hyatt Regency (same as the conference hotel). Buy ticket.
  • New York City Monday June 3rd. Chelsea. Buy ticket.
  • New York City Wednesday June 5th. Chelsea. Buy ticket.
  • New York City Friday June 7th. Special Topic: ActiveRecord Deep Dive. Buy ticket.
  • Atlanta, GA Monday June 17th. Buy ticket.
  • Austin, TX Wednesday June 19th. Buy ticket.
  • Dallas, TX Friday June 21st. Buy ticket.
  • Denver, CO Monday June 24th. Buy ticket.
  • Chicago, IL Wednesday June 26th. Buy ticket.
  • Boston, MA Monday July 15th. Buy ticket.
  • Washington DC Wednesday July 17th. Buy ticket.
  • Philadelphia, PA Friday July 19th. Buy ticket.
  • Portland, OR Monday July 29th. Buy ticket.
  • Seattle, WA Wednesday July 31st. Buy ticket.
  • San Francisco, CA Friday August 2nd. Buy ticket.
  • San Francisco, CA Monday August 5th. Buy ticket.
  • San Francisco, CA Wednesday August 7th. Special Topic: ActiveRecord Deep Dive Buy ticket.

Group discounts available for bookings of 5 seats or more. Email me to reserve a group booking.

The course is always available by appointment for your company. I welcome combining with other companies in order to make a full class. Email me for details.

Who's this?

My name is Nate Berkopec. I'm a software developer and author of the Complete Guide to Rails Performance. I've previously worked for people like Getty Images, Intercom.io, ClickFunnels and more 500Startups and YCombinator startups than I can count. I was on Shark Tank once.