Cathy Petti joins Ancestry leadership to spearhead developments in tech and consumer health

Posted by Camille Penrod on July 31, 2015 in Health, Technical Management

Ancestry recently announced the launch of AncestryHealth in beta and the appointment of Cathy Petti as the new Chief Health Officer (CHO) of AncestryHealth. She joins our strong and growing leadership team with the initiative to guide our robust genomics, bioinformatics, privacy and security teams in a health-focused strategy and empower consumers to take charge of their… Read more

2015 Hack Days at Ancestry

Posted by Christopher Bradford on April 29, 2015 in Inside our Offices, Technical Management

Several years ago, we introduced FedEx Day at Ancestry: a 24-hour hackathon to build something fun & innovative, work with people other than your everyday team, and learn new technologies and skills. Participation is voluntary and we noticed that the number of people participating was starting to decline. We gathered feedback from the teams and made… Read more

Lesson Learned: Sharing Code With Git Submodule

Posted by Seng Lin Shee on February 26, 2015 in Agile, Development, Technical Management

You are probably aware of Git Submodules. If you haven’t, you may want to read about it from Atlassian and Git itself. In summary, Git provides a way to embed a reference to a separate project within a main project, while treating both projects as separate entities (versioning, commits etc).  This article applies to any… Read more

Big Data for Developers at Ancestry

Posted by Seng Lin Shee on September 25, 2014 in Agile, API, Big Data, Development, Performance, Technical Management, Testing

Big Data has been all the craze. Business, marketing and project managers like it because they can plot out trends to make decisions. To us developers, Big Data is just a bunch of logs.  In this blog post, I would like to point out that Big Data (or logs with context) can be leveraged by… Read more

Migrating From TFS to Git-based Repositories (II)

Posted by Seng Lin Shee on August 8, 2014 in Agile, Development, Inside our Offices, Technical Management

Previously, I wrote about why Git-based repositories have become popular and why TFS users ought to migrate to Git. In this article, I would like to take a stab at providing a quick guide for longtime TFS / Visual Studio users to quickly ramp up on the knowledge required to work on Git-based repositories. This… Read more

Controlling Costs in a Cloudy Environment

Posted by Daniel Sands on June 24, 2014 in API, Development, DevOps, IT, Performance, Technical Management

From an engineering and development standpoint, one of the most important aspects of cloud infrastructure is the concept of unlimited resources. The idea of being able to get a new server to experiment with, or being able to spin up more servers on the fly to handle a traffic spike is a foundational benefit of… Read more

Dealing with Your Team’s Bell Curve

Posted by Daniel Sands on June 6, 2014 in Development, DevOps, Technical Management

I recently came across this article on the INTUIT QuickBase blog and was intrigued by the premise. It asserts that inside any team or organization, you will have a bell curve of talent and intelligence – which most would agree to. It’s not a bad thing, it just happens. Regardless of how well staffed you… Read more

Migrating From TFS to Git-based Repositories (Part I)

Posted by Seng Lin Shee on April 29, 2014 in Agile, Development, Technical Management

Git, a distributed revision control and source code management system has been making waves for years, and many software houses have been slowly adopting this system as not only their source code repository, but also as a way software development projects are managed. There is much debate about using either a centralized or distributed revision… Read more

On Track to Data-Driven

Posted by Aaron Ling on December 25, 2013 in Big Data, Distributed Computing, Technical Management

Ancestry.com becomes more and more aware of the value of the data our website generates every single day. We have a lot of customers coming to the website to discover, preserve and share their family history. They come from different parts of the world and are looking for information that helps them tell the story… Read more

Featured Article: Migration to Continuous Delivery at Ancestry.com

Posted by Seng Lin Shee on December 7, 2013 in Agile, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Technical Management, Testing

Starting with the adoption of Agile development practices, Ancestry.com has progressed to a continuous delivery model to enable code release whenever the business requires it. Transitioning from large, weekly or bi-weekly software rollouts to smaller, incremental updates has allowed Ancestry.com to increase responsiveness and deliver new features to customers more quickly. Ancestry.com has come a… Read more