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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.
Linux, Programming, Python, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
wesley chun (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 13 ratings)
Python is an interpreted, cross-platform, object-oriented programming language that is popular for a wide range of applications, one of which is Internet programming. This tutorial introduces current Python programmers to three distinct areas of Internet programming, each in self-contained one-hour lectures with a demonstration of code following each lecture topic. Read more.
Emerging Topics, Programming, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A2
Peter Saint-Andre (Cisco), Jack Moffitt (Collecta)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 12 ratings)
Jabber/XMPP technologies are the gold standard for real-time messaging, presence, and collaboration over the Internet. This interactive tutorial provides a fast-paced introduction to XMPP, including many practical guidelines and "gotchas" that will help you get off to a fast start with XMPP-based software projects. Read more.
Location: Ballroom A2
Moderated by: Tom Deryckere
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Mobile app and Mobile web development is still in it's infancy when talking about development practices, tools and platform convergence. Several Open Source projects and standards are emerging in this field. During this BoF session some of the tools and approaches will be discussed and experiences will be shared. Special focus will be put on tools that overcome device fragmentation! Read more.
Mobile
Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Brian LeRoux (Nitobi Inc.), Rob Ellis (Nitobi Inc.), Brock Whitten (Nitobi Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 6 ratings)
Created at iPhoneDevCamp 2008, PhoneGap is an open source initiative for bringing native device capabilities to mobile browsers. Use PhoneGap to author apps in HTML and JavaScript and still take advantage of native mobile device capabilities like geo location, camera, vibration and sound. Learn to build apps for iPhone, Android, Nokia S60 and Blackberry and how to contribute back to the project. Read more.
Databases, Emerging Topics, Programming, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J2
Jamie Taylor (Metaweb), Toby Segaran (Google), Colin Evans (Metaweb)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
Semantic Technologies provide a simple, standardized methodology for representing, combing and sharing data and serve as the foundation for creating communities of open data. These technologies are both easy to learn and easy to use. This tutorial will introduce you to semantic programming using a variety of open source tools and programming techniques that you can use on your projects today. Read more.
Event
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 18 ratings)
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a web site? Teach a hack? We’re going to find out when we try our first Ignite event at OSCON. Damian Conway is scheduled to end OSCON Ignite in style. Want to present at Ignite? Read more.
Event
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 12 ratings)
Winners of the Google O'Reilly Open Source Award will be announced during this fun evening event. Read more.
Event
Location: Meeting Room N
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
At the Sunlight Labs hackathon, Sunlight Labs will be working with developers on two major projects: 1. Parsing sites at for our 50 state project to get every state legislature in a common data format, and 2. Adding data into Sunlight's newest project, Congrelate. Read more.
Emerging Topics, Python, Security, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
Neal McBurnett (Internet2)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
The open source ElectionAudits software was used in Boulder Colorado's groundbreaking election audit in 2008. Recent advances in auditing practices can help increase confidence in elections. This new Django-based app ties together voter-verified paper ballots, batch reporting, verifiably random selection of batches, hand counts, and statistical analysis. Come, and help audit in your state! 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.
Business, Emerging Topics, Government, People
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Danese Cooper (Open Source Hardware Association), Greg Elin (Sunlight Foundation), Brian Behlendorf (Mithril Capital Management LLC), Silona Bonewald (SLC), Michael Tiemann (Open Source Initiative)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
Panel of movers and shakers in the movement to open government using the principals of Open Source. Read more.
Apache, Cloud Computing, Databases, Programming
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Mike Olson (Cloudera)
Average rating: **...
(2.82, 17 ratings)
Hadoop is a powerful open source tool for analyzing large volumes of data. I'll provide an overview of Hadoop's architecture and describe some real-world use cases. Read more.
Mobile
Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Tim Bray (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
The good news is that you can do what the title says, and pretty easily too. The even better news is that the platform and market are radically open. There are some warts and some bad news too; this talk is a personal narrative covering the lessons, pleasing and painful, learned in the course of my first hands-on Android project. Read more.
Emerging Topics, Government
Location: Ballroom A1
Adina Levin (Socialtext), Debra Bowen (State of California), Silona Bonewald (SLC), Ilan Rabinovitch (Ooyala), Kevin Marks (TummelVision.tv)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
This panel will discuss accessing open government initiatives and creating new services around existing government data on the internet. The idea is to get a point of view from each step of the process for open government initiatives, from producer and publisher, to standards advocate, to consumer and user, and to elected representative. Read more.
Event
Location: Exhibit Hall 2
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Have a drink and mingle with other OSCON participants, and see the latest products, projects, services, and gadgets from sponsors and exhibitors during the Expo Hall Reception. The OSCON Author Meet and Greet will be held there as well at the same time. Read more.
Event
Location: Meeting Room N
At the Sunlight Labs hackathon, Sunlight Labs will be working with developers on two major projects: 1. Parsing sites at for our 50 state project to get every state legislature in a common data format, and 2. Adding data into Sunlight's newest project, Congrelate. Read more.
Business, Cloud Computing, Emerging Topics, Ubuntu
Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum (CSC))
Average rating: ****.
(4.37, 19 ratings)
In today's computing world, it can often feel like we are drowning in wave after wave of new trends such as mashups, service oriented architecture and cloud computing. This sea of concepts are simply the manifestation of an underlying change in IT. In this session we will explore what is happening and why open source is the dominant model for the future. Read more.
Design & Usability, Government, People
Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Louis Suarez-Potts (Oracle / OpenOffice.org)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
OOo has succeeded in engaging thousands of contributors around the world. Many are not technical. How was this done? As well, governments are now adopting OpenOffice.org: Why? And, how do the local and localization communuties contribute to this adoption? Finally, what lessons can other Foss projects take from OpenOffice.org's accompishments? Read more.
Emerging Topics, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Nick Diakopoulos (Georgia Tech), Brad Stenger (Ars Technica)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
The era of traditional journalism is giving way to something else. We think that something else is Computational Journalism. CJ recognizes the need for internal production and for public-facing news delivery innovations. What journalists provide in terms of services, interfaces, and business models are in flux. To settle things, smart experiments (often using Open Source APIs) are critical. 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.
Perl
Location: Meeting Room B2
Casey West (Casey West Consulting)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
"Spreadsheet::WriteExcel":http://search.cpan.org/~jmcnamara/Spreadsheet-WriteExcel-2.25/ is a great Perl module for generating useful Spreadsheets with multiple worksheets, cell formatting, and data validation. You can use these spreadsheets for simple reporting, of course, or you can use them as an alternate interface to a data heavy application. Read more.
Cloud Computing, Emerging Topics, Programming
Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Rich Wolski (University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB))
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 14 ratings)
We will present Eucalyptus -- Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your Programs to Useful Systems -- an open source software infrastructure that implements IaaS-style cloud computing. The goal of Eucalyptus is to allow sites with existing clusters and server infrastructure to host an elastic computing service that is interface-compatible with Amazon's AWS. 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.
Programming, Python, Ubuntu, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room B3
Gary Poster (Canonical, Ltd.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Study gains and losses in how Launchpad, a collaboration web service for the open-source community, used a Python component library from Zope 3 to help manage a large project. Discuss when the approach might be appropriate. Code examples include automatic REST web service generation. Demonstrate how the component architecture might be leveraged in popular frameworks such as Django. Read more.
Security
Location: Ballroom A7
Chris Shiflett (Analog)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 6 ratings)
Perception is as important as reality. In this multifarious talk, I'll introduce some of what I have learned about cognitive psychology, exploring topics such as change blindness and ambient signifiers, and I'll show some real-world examples that demonstrate the profound impact human behavior can have on security. Read more.
Desktop Applications, Mobile, Programming
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Ricardo Signes (Pobox.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 5 ratings)
Email: you see it every day. It's on your desktop. It's in your servers. Through the magic of modern technology, it flows invisibly through the air and into your PDA! Your cellular phone conducts silent and arcane conversations with distant servers, speaking the ancient language of SMTP and the unknowable dialects of IMAP. Surely all this technology means progress of mankind... or does it? 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.
Business, Databases, Java, Programming
Location: Ballroom A2
Roland Bouman (XCDSQL Solutions / Strukton Rail)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Nowadays, data is everywhere: databases, spreadsheets, the web...if only we could access it at on time, at the right place, in the right form... Turning data into information is a struggle. Like diamonds are mined and cut to create jewels, so must data be extracted and transformed to create information. Learn how the open source data integration tool Kettle helps to fight your data dragons. Read more.
Products and Services
Location: Meeting Room C3
Prabath Siriwardena (WSO2 Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
SOA security needs to be by design, not as an afterthought. This session will demonstrate implementing Message Interceptor Gateway security pattern with WSO2 ESB, WSO2 WSAS and WSO2 Identity Server - together with the OpenID/Information Cards integration pattern at the front end. Read more.
Desktop Applications, Mozilla
Location: Ballroom A1
David Ascher (Mozilla Messaging), Dan Mosedale (Mozilla)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 9 ratings)
Thunderbird 3 is nearing release -- in this developer-oriented talk, David Ascher and Dan Mosedale will talk about what Thunderbird 3 will mean to people who want to take an active role in managing their email lives. 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.
Mozilla, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A1
Matthew Gertner (Independent)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Although web applications are catching up with their desktop counterparts, there is still ground to cover. Prism, a project initiated by Mozilla Labs, is an attempt to bridge this gap. In this talk, we explain why Prism represents a superior web client for running web applications. We use a live demo to show how easy it is to use Prism to customize a popular web app. Read more.
Steven Bengston (Pioneers of the Inevitable)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Know Javascript, HTML, and CSS? Interested in music, and exploring what's possible when you combine the power of Mozilla, add-ons, and music on the web? Songbird, a desktop media player powered by Mozilla's XULRunner/Firefox platform, allows you to build Javascript extensions to create new digital media mashups using open APIs, and media web services. Read more.
Business, Emerging Topics
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Matt Asay (Adobe), Zack Urlocker (MySQL), Matt Deuel (Virgin Mobile), Jeffrey Hammond (Forrester Research), Barry Klawans (San Francisco International Airport, IT&T Department)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
In a time of tight IT budgets, open source has attracted much attention due to its cost advantages. But what is hype and what is reality? Join industry veterans, analysts and end-users as the look at the true costs and cost savings of open source. Participants will discuss how smart open source implementation can save money and where investments need to be made. Read more.
Ruby, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A7
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Ever cringe when you're asked to enter your email address and password to a third party service? This talk will cover how to build and consume services which protect users privacy with OAuth and other techniques. Read more.
Event
Location: Meeting Room N
At the Sunlight Labs hackathon, Sunlight Labs will be working with developers on two major projects: 1. Parsing sites at for our 50 state project to get every state legislature in a common data format, and 2. Adding data into Sunlight's newest project, Congrelate. Read more.
Event
Location: Foyer
We have set up a tour of the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation: The Tech Museum Guided Tour with Our Open Source Curators in Downtown San Jose, CA. Two tours available Friday, July 24, 3pm and 4pm. OSCON attendee special, 50% off Tour and Admission Special: only $8 in advance; $10 day of tour. 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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