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Josh Toft
Josh Toft

Identifying Non-Heap Class Leaks

At Wealthfront, a significant portion of our backend applications are written in Java. The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) uses Garbage Collection (GC) for memory management, this forces us to pay close attention to its characteristics and behavior. Every JVM service we run accumulates JVM and application-level statistics, spools these metrics into a statsd server, and […]

April 18, 2016

Rob Conroy

Build System Integration Testing with Chef

At Wealthfront, we’re constantly pushing to use cutting edge technologies to take advantage of new language features, improved compilers, new libraries, and the like. Downtime in our build system would be a big problem with how often we like pushing new code to production, so we want a process that would allow us to upgrade parts […]

April 05, 2016

Richard Guan

Joining Wealthfront as a DevOps New Grad

I started at Wealthfront two weeks ago, and I can already say with little doubt that it was the best opportunity for me. Having taken Andy’s career advice, I was determined to start my career in the Bay Area and wanted to join a mid-sized company with momentum. I had followed the fintech space for […]

June 24, 2014

Artem Veremey

DevOps at Wealthfront

A DevOps engineer starting a new position fully expects to be handed over keys to a custom model helicopter (aka company’s infrastructure) and encouraged to take a daring flight on day one. No two helicopters are quite the same, and flying a different model is not quite as intuitive as riding a new custom bike. […]

November 12, 2013

David Fortunato

Continuous Deployment: API Compatibility Verification

We haven’t said much about our continuous deployment system recently. Mostly that’s because there hasn’t been much to say. We invest in systems and infrastructure through a process called proportional investment: we spend time on areas that cause us problems and our deployment infrastructure has performed well, requiring little incremental investment. However, recently we made […]

March 19, 2013
Kevin Peterson
Kevin Peterson

Hurricane Sandy puts YAGNI to the test

On Sunday night, Oct 29th, we learned that most US equities markets would be closed the next day due to Hurricane Sandy. This is very unusual: the only times the market has been closed since the four days following 9/11 have been the National Days of Mourning following the deaths of Presidents Reagan and Ford, […]

November 13, 2012