Personal schedule for Bill Karwin

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Databases
Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.23, 30 ratings)
In 10 years of fixing other people's SQL databases, I've noticed that the less the original developer knew, the more complex the databases are ... and the more complex the problems. Here I offer a refreshing approach for simple SQL database design. Read more.
Programming
Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Scott Chacon (GitHub)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 13 ratings)
Git is a new distributed version control system that is fast, flexible, works offline and supports powerful local branching and easy merging that encourages non-linear workflows and makes developers far more productive and efficient. This tutorial will introduce you to Git, rid you of your SVN sins, and teach you how to become more efficient and productive as a programmer. Read more.
Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J3
Matthew Russell (Digital Reasoning Systems)
Average rating: **...
(2.93, 14 ratings)
Dojo is an industrial strength JavaScript toolkit that drastically simplifies the effort it takes to develop an application for the open web. This 3 hour tutorial provides an intense introduction to all of the "good parts" of the toolkit and includes a number of demonstrations built in real time (as opposed to primarily being a lecture) in the spirit of a "labs style" environment. Read more.
Python, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
Jacob Kaplan-Moss (Revolution Systems, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
There's plenty of material (documentation, blogs, books) out there that'll help you write a site using Django... but then what? You've still got to test, deploy, monitor, and tune the site; failure at deployment time means all your beautiful code is for naught. This tutorial examines how best to cope when the Real World intrudes on your carefully designed website. Read more.
Administration, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Theo Schlossnagle (OmniTI/Circonus)
Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 23 ratings)
Internet traffic spikes aren't what they used to be. It is now evident that even the smallest sites can suffer the attention of the global audience. This presentation dives into techniques to avoid collapse under dire circumstances. Looking at some real traffic spikes, we'll pinpoint what part of the architecture is crumbling under the load; then, walk though stop-gaps and complete solutions. Read more.
Fundamentals, People
Location: Ballroom A1
Jim Brandt (Best Practical Solutions)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
While the OSCON conference materials are a great resource, much of the benefit from OSCON comes from the hallway track. This talk will educate first-timers on how to get the most out of OSCON. Read more.
Programming, Web Applications
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Steve Souders (Fastly)
Average rating: ***..
(3.95, 19 ratings)
Steve Souders, author of High Performance Web Sites and creator of YSlow, discusses his new insights into faster web pages including how to load JavaScript asynchronously, optimizing CSS, and sharding resources across multiple domains. Read more.
Emerging Topics, People, Security
Location: Meeting Room B2
James Tillman (Elections by the People Foundation, Inc.), Richard Benham (Elections by the People Foundation, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Over the last few years, developments in the use of Open Source for creating efficient, verifiable, and trustworthy voting systems present viable approaches to solving technical problems in elections systems. The next wave of development will build on these recent achievements in the field by integrating them into the real, often messy, world of election administration and law. 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.
Ruby, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
In December, Rails announced it would merge with Merb, and that they would be working together to bring many of the salient elements of Merb into the next version of Rails. Yehuda Katz, the maintainer of Merb (now on the Rails core team), will walk you through what's new, with a special focus on modularity, performance, and a clean plugin API, three new points of focus for the framework Read more.
Programming, Python, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
Adam Christian (Sauce Labs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Windmill is the best-integrated solution for Web test development and its success is largely due to its involved Open Source Community. This talk will get you writing and running automated tests and show off some of the most useful built-in tools for debugging and continuous integration. Read more.
Databases, Programming
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Bill Karwin (Karwin Software Solutions)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
SQL is from Mars, Objects are from Venus. This talk is for software developers who know SQL but are stuck trying to implement common object-oriented structures in an SQL database. Mimicking polymorphism, extensibility, and hierarchical data in the relational database paradigm can be confusing and awkward, but they don't have to be. Read more.
Location: Ballroom A7
Moderated by: Bill Karwin
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Gather with published and upcoming authors of programming books from the industry favorite publisher, Pragmatic Bookshelf. Join this informal chat about programming, writing books, job hunting, and career development. 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
Location: Ballroom A8
Chris Wanstrath (GitHub)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 5 ratings)
With all the hype surrounding multimillion dollar rounds of funding, it's easy forget there's another way to build a business: by being cheap and smart. By relying on open source, building in increments, and only buying what you need, it's possible to create a successful company on your own (or with a few co-founders). This talk will focus on just that: the frugal path to profitability. Read more.
Products and Services
Location: Meeting Room C3
Joaquin Ruiz (Gear6)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)
Dynamic content created by and targeted at consumers is fuelling today’s web traffic growth and driving the evolution of the software stack. This evolution is a reversal of trends seen 10 years ago where the enterprise was the driving force in software development. The web is in the driver’s seat. Read more.
Mozilla, PHP
Location: Meeting Room J2
Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 6 ratings)
On Download Day 2008 eight million users downloaded Firefox 3 and set a Guinness World Record. Firefox 3's in-product help is provided by support.mozilla.com, written in PHP and using a variety of FOSS tools. Learn how we scaled up for Download Day and how we support millions of users worldwide. Read more.
Databases, Emerging Topics, Java, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A2
Emil Eifrem (Neo Technology / Neo4j)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 7 ratings)
A graph db stores data in a network structure rather than in relational tables. This model is well suited for many web use cases such as tagging, metadata annotations, social networks, wikis and other network-shaped or hierarchical data sets. This talk will introduce Neo4j: a high-performance, transactional open source graph db, which frequently outperforms RDBMSs with >1000x for such use cases. 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.
Emerging Topics, PHP, Programming, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J2
Ever wondered if there is a easier way to manage releases for your website ? You will learn how to harness the power of the PEAR installer to make the release process as lean, mean and slick as possible so even your interns will be able to handle it. Read more.
Databases, Programming
Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
David Wheeler (iovation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 14 ratings)
You unit test your application API. You unit test your presentation layer. You write integration and acceptance tests. But your database is tested only as a side-effect to testing everything else. That's a pretty important part of the stack to just leave to the assumption it works as expected! Come to this talk to learn about the tools that enable integrated unit tests for your database. 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.
PHP
Location: Meeting Room J2
Brandon Savage (Mozilla)
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 8 ratings)
Most developers have heard of XDebug, but how many of them have actually used it to its full potential? Here we explore all the exciting things XDebug can do to improve code, from profiling to benchmarking to variable output. Read more.
PHP, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A8
Peter Zaitsev (Percona Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
So you have ambiguous task to optimize Web Site Performance and you have few resources and time available. How to make the biggest impact with them ? This presentation gives you insight in methodology show practical tips and tools for web site performance optimization. Read more.
PHP, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A8
Brian Shire (Facebook, Inc.), Graham Kelly (Facebook, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
The Alternative PHP Cache is an opcode and variable cache for PHP that can be used to improve PHP performance, scalability, and end user experience. Read more.
Databases
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Jonathan Ellis (DataStax)
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 13 ratings)
Replication. Partitioning. Relational databases. Bigtable. Dynamo. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to scaling your database, and the CAP theorem proved that there never will be. This talk will explain the advantages and limits of the approaches to scaling traditional relational databases, as well as the tradeoffs made by the designers of newer systems like Google's Bigtable. 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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