Personal schedule for Alex Spehr

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Jesse Vincent (Best Practical)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
SD is a disconnected, replicated bug tracking system designed to let developers track and resolve bugs without sacrificing the flexibility of the modern workflows that distributed version control systems have made possible. This talk will teach you how to start becoming more productive with SD without giving up your existing bug tracker. Read more.
Fundamentals, People
Location: Ballroom A1
Cat Allman (Google), Leslie Hawthorn (Elasticsearch)
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 7 ratings)
Leslie Hawthorn and I co-present this talk for beginners who are interested to getting involved but don't know where or how to start. We cover the basics of: -why you might want to get involved -what you can get out of participating -more than coding is needed -how to chose a project -how to get started -etiquette of lists and other communication -dos and don't of joining a community Read more.
Programming
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Wez Furlong (Message Systems, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.38, 8 ratings)
Stressing out about meeting deadlines for delivering software? A good development process can make a world of difference to the quality of your work and work environment. I'd like to share my experiences and tell you about the process that I use to manage my development teams at Message Systems. Read more.
Design & Usability, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J3
Sigurd Magnusson (SilverStripe)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 16 ratings)
Web 2.0, Ajax, usability, and thoughtful graphic design are now commonplace, but open source web applications are lagging behind. Learn techniques that will make your project easier to use, more productive, less prone to user-frustration, and more successful. Read more.
Design & Usability, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J3
Juhan Sonin (Involution Studios)
Average rating: ***..
(3.86, 7 ratings)
Sex and Design Axioms describes the minimal rule set for designing interfaces: the foundational concepts that are required knowledge for designers and engineers to create usable and elegant interfaces. It is the analog for The Elements of Style by Strunk and White on user interface that encompasses layout, interaction, visual design, and prototyping tenets. Read more.
Business, Emerging Topics, People, Programming
Location: Ballroom A8
Danese Cooper (Open Source Hardware Association), David Smith (REvolution Computing)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 14 ratings)
Risk and chance play a huge part in our daily lives, yet the human brain doesn't come pre-loaded with the right software to make intuitive decisions about them. This talk is to provide some illumination in the basic principles to help you understand and quantify risk, and to introduce you to the open-source language R, an essential tool for finding statistical solutions to your own problems. Read more.
Emerging Topics, People
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Benjamin Mako Hill (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
This talk provides a humorous description of an argument in favor of free and open source software based on what I call "antifeatures:" functionality that technology developers charge users to not include. From DRM to crippled OSes to digital cameras, I will show off many of the most egregious antifeatures and describe how open source both makes them impossible and helps users work around them. Read more.
Event
Location: Meeting Room C1/C4
OSCamp 2009, a community organized event designed to share and improve the essential skills required to participate in collaborative, free and open online projects. The event features a mix of educational presentations and hands-on coaching from experts in participatory communities. Read more.
Desktop Applications, Mozilla, Programming
Location: Ballroom A1
Mark Surman (Mozilla Foundation), Asa Dotzler (Mozilla)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 10 ratings)
Using the <video> tag in HTML5, developers can do all sorts of things that are hard or impossible with plugins. In this presentation, Mozilla's Mark Surman and Asa Dotzler paint a picture of the open video future and demo the cool stuff you can do with web video when it's properly integrated with a page. Read more.
PHP, Programming
Location: Meeting Room J2
Sebastian Bergmann (thePHP.cc)
Average rating: **...
(2.75, 4 ratings)
How do you write untestable code and anger an ancient goddess? These and other questions will guide us while we discuss testability, an often forgotten attribute of software design and quality. Starting from untestable code fragments, the audience will learn why the code is untestable and how it can be refactored for testability. Read more.
Business, Emerging Topics, Linux, Mobile
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.), Leslie Hawthorn (Elasticsearch)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 9 ratings)
In this talk, Chris DiBona will bring the audience up to date on recent Google activities in open source. We will specifically cover advances in Android’s open source deployment infrastructure, including the Gerrit and Repo tools, and the directions those tools are taking. Read more.
People
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Come see your favorite open source projects for updates on what they've been doing while you were out partying (or job-hunting) all year. What has Mozilla been up to? What's going on with the FreeBSD Kernel? Have MySQL and PostgreSQL finally killed each other off? Join us for a 1 1/2 hour session of 5-minute project updates, combined with both intentional and unintentional humor. Read more.
PHP
Location: Meeting Room J2
Luke Welling ([Redacted]), Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 9 ratings)
Web applications are like trees. Slice through them and you can judge their age by looking at the growth rings. You've probably abandoned PHP4 compatibility by now, but are you taking advantage of practices that have made web application development a mature discipline? Come with us on a tour of PHP best practices in 2009. Read more.
People
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Michael Schwern (eval Empire)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 13 ratings)
Geeks have a special relationship with The Truth. Nothing is more important than correcting a falsehood, no matter how small, and nothing is more odious than not telling The Truth. Unfortunately the meaning is often mangled and the end result is the opposite, a lie. This leads to misunderstanding, mangled interfaces and the myth of the stupid user. Read more.
Business, People
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Andy Lester (petdance.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 8 ratings)
An engaging, frank discussion of the job interview, its failings, and how to make it work for all involved. Effective interviewing reframes the interview as what it really is: The candidate's first day on the job. This session, aimed at the specific needs of the technical professional, shows how manager and candidate must work together for their common benefit. Read more.
Emerging Topics, Web Applications
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Bruce Lawson (Opera Software ASA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 12 ratings)
A pragmatic look at HTML 5 by experimenting with converting a real site to HTML 5 - how does it work? Where it useful and where is it annoying? How is support in current browsers? Read more.
Administration, Databases, Linux, Programming
Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
David Dooling (The Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
It has long been know that free/libre/open source software (FLOSS), especially GNU/Linux and Perl, played a major role in the Human Genome Project. This presentation will discuss the use and development of FLOSS in the post-genomics era, focusing on its pervasive use in sequencing the first cancer genome at The Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Read more.
Emerging Topics, Mozilla, Programming, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room B2
K Lars Lohn (Mozilla Corporation), Ted Mielczarek (Mozilla Corporation), Austin King (Mozila Corporation)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Mozilla's open source crash reporting system premiered in Firefox 3.0. Combining the Google Breakpad and Mozilla Socorro projects, Mozilla has created a system that allows millions of client applications to report crashes back to a central location for analysis. This talk is intended for people interested in how the new Firefox crash reporting works and how it is applicable to other projects. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • SourceForge.net
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • MySpace.com
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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