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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
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.
Location: Meeting Room J2
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.
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
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.
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.
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?
(The Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis)
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.
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.