Schedule: Web Applications sessions

The perpetual beta model, user experience, frameworks, scaling, testing.

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Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Joe Gregorio (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.44, 16 ratings)
Overview of App Engine and its major components, including an overview of the APIs the SDK provides, the underlying technologies App Engine is built on. Tutorial is a hands on event where we will build multiple applications over three hours exploring many of features and APIs in App Engine. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J2
Jim Brandt (Best Practical Solutions)
Average rating: ***..
(3.54, 13 ratings)
In difficult financial times, all businesses are looking to do more with less. Automating repetitive tasks with computers is one way to do this. This tutorial will discuss how to use open source tools to implement workflow using real-world examples. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J3
Chris Messina (Google), David Recordon (Facebook), Joseph Smarr (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 12 ratings)
As evidenced by Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign, we have clearly entered the age of the social web. This developer-oriented workshop will emphasize the use and application of free, open building blocks for enabling social networking features on your site or service, and provide illuminating insights from some of the key figures creating these technologies. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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Location: Meeting Room J2
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 12 ratings)
Scaling is a perennial problem. One day you are happily serving 10,000 users and suddenly that pesky CNN picks you on you and you have to deal with a million users. It isn't all about putting the latest hardware, more disk or more RAM. Scaling is a subtle art of discovering pain points in the application and using various Open Source software and technologies to get you to where you want. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J3
J Chris Anderson (Couchbase)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 16 ratings)
Apache CouchDB can serve complete web apps, without a middle-tier application server. Because these apps can be deployed to any running CouchDB node (including user's local machines), they present potential for end-user innovation, but because of view source but also through peer based replication. We'll learn to use the CouchApp JavaScript and HTML framework to build sharable applications. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A1
Randal L. Schwartz (FLOSS Weekly podcast)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
An introduction to the Seaside Smalltalk web development framework. Presumes basic knowledge of object-oriented programming using Smalltalk GUIs, such as Squeak or VisualWorks. Covers Seaside concepts of components and html templating, including continuations for advanced callbacks and some persistence solutions. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Philippe Gamache (Parler Haut, Interagir Librement), Damien Seguy (Alterway Consulting)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 6 ratings)
In this laboratory, we will carry out a safety audit of an Open Source web application. We will work on a real application. The laboratory will end with the handing over of the report to the authors of the application so they can have an outside view on the safety of the application. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J2
Eric Day (craigslist), Brian Aker (HP)
Average rating: ***..
(3.82, 11 ratings)
This tutorial will show you how to get started with Gearman, the flexible job queuing system used to power websites such as LiveJournal and Digg. We'll cover common architectures, installation, APIs, and deployment. A few use cases will be described and built, including a Map/Reduce cluster and database-driven URL mining application. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Ballroom A2
Chander Ganesan (Open Technology Group, Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
The GeoDjango project provides a set of extensions to the python Django framework that allows for the easy and rapid development of spatially enabled applications. Using GeoDjango's model-driven design methods, PostGIS's spatial database extensions to PostgreSQL, and OpenLayers, we will explain and demonstrate how to build powerful spatially enabled applications. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Location: Meeting Room J3
James Walker (StatusNet Inc), Addison Berry (Lullabot)
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 11 ratings)
Drupal is a highly modular, Open Source Content Management System with a wealth of powerful add-on modules. Learn to harness it all and build dynamic websites with Drupal from authors of the book, Using Drupal. Read more.
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Location: Exhibit Hall 3
Jonathan Steinert (SixApart)
Average rating: **...
(2.48, 23 ratings)
Many people know how to use memcached, the popular caching system powering much of web1+. Most folks, though, don't know how not to use it, and how improper usage can cause data problems, poor site/application performance, and an incredibly grumpy DBA. Learn what memcached is good for, and what it's not good for from those that have learned the wrong way. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B3
Stuart Langridge (Canonical)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Ubuntu One isn't just a set of services for Ubuntu, it's a platform for you to build your own services too. Stuart Langridge explains the APIs Ubuntu One offers to developers and shows some examples of applications you could build that take advantage of storage in the cloud and synchronised databases for your apps: build your own on the desktop or the web to work collaboratively with Ubuntu One. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J2
Jacinta Richardson (Perl Training Australia)
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 9 ratings)
Everyone else is using Model-View-Controller (MVC) frameworks to create their websites, but Perl has so many! How is an MVC-novice to choose between Catalyst, Jifty, Gantry, Maypole or many of the others? Come along for a whirlwind tour of these frameworks and more and see their strengths, their failures and make an informed decision about which one you'll use for your next project. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Eric Day (craigslist), Brian Aker (HP)
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 19 ratings)
Come learn the fundamentals of how to leverage Gearman, the open-source, distributed job queuing system. Originally designed to scale LiveJournal.com, Gearman is now faster than ever and can help you build your own scalable applications. Gearman's generic design allows it to be used as a building block for almost any use - from speeding up your website to building your own Map/Reduce cluster. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Peter Zaitsev (Percona Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 6 ratings)
Sphinx Full Text search engine became increasingly popular over years powering search for number of Alexa 100 sites as Craigslist and NetLog. Sphinx combines powerful full text search features with ease of use and high performance. Being specially designed for indexing database content it is natural fit for modern database powered web sites. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
Adam Christian (Sauce Labs Inc)
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.
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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.
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Location: Ballroom A4/A5
J Chris Anderson (Couchbase)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
CouchDB's web API and offline replication capabilities make it ideally suited to power a sea-change in the relationships between users and service providers. I'll talk about the benefits and challenges of the P2P web as well as give a brief overview of the technologies that make CouchDB an "obvious" extension to the current architecture of the web. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J2
Perrin Harkins (We Also Walk Dogs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
In the past few years, many new web proxy servers have come onto the scene with new performance promises and features. At the same time, FastCGI has become more widely used, giving people a possible alternative to mod_perl. This talk will help you choose the right architecture for you by presenting a useful set of benchmarks and a comparison of strong points and key features. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A2
Randal L. Schwartz (FLOSS Weekly podcast)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
Nearly all Web Applications need persistent solutions to be effective. For Perl and Ruby, the choice is generally "use an Object-Relational Mapper to put data into an SQL database", but with Smalltalk's object model, pure-object storage is also available as an option. We'll look at ORM and Object solutions for web apps built with Seaside, including a few commercial solutions like GemStone/S Read more.
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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.
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Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
John Woodell (Google, Inc. ), Max Ross (Google, Inc. ), Ted Han (Videojuicer)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
Using JRuby, apps created with Ruby frameworks like Rails or Merb can now be deployed to Google's highly scalable infrastructure. This talk, will provide an overview of App Engine, with attention to current features and apis. We will also show some demos, including deployment to the production environment, and provide some insight into (and best practices for) using the App Engine Datastore. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J2
Andrei Zmievski (Analog)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 8 ratings)
Scaling up takes you only so far. Every Web business serious about its future needs to think about scaling out. Distributed systems are a key component of this strategy, but they aren't as difficult as they sound. This session will cover several distributed technologies and their use with PHP. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
Rod Cope (OpenLogic, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Rails caching is difficult and complicated. It takes some work to set it up, but it's even harder to make sure you always clear the right cache when data gets changed. This session demonstrates how to build an automatic generation-based action caching mechanism built on memcached that can handle edits from any angle while guaranteeing that users never see stale data. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Dan Diephouse (MuleSoft), Paul Brown (Multifarious, Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 12 ratings)
What would you do if you were tasked with building a Twitter clone which was highly scalable, made from open source components and deployed in this infamous thing we call the cloud? Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A1
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.
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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.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Jason Weathersby (Actuate Corporation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
This session will detail using BIRT to create interactive content for your intranet and external web based applications. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Meeting Room J3
Patrick Hogan (NASA), Randy Kim (NASA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
We are entering an era when 3D visualization technology will become as standard as 2D web browsers are today. NASA World Wind is standards-based, open source technology oriented to stimulate innovation. Just as public highways built for the common good opened up huge opportunities for society, so too NASA World Wind client *and* server technology provides a public domain 3D highway. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Ken Yagen (MuleSoft)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
This session details how developers can use Mule -- an open source enterprise service bus (ESB) -- to develop, deploy and integrate composite applications on both sides of the firewall, and how Mule can work with complementary technology to address virtualization concerns. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A7
Lennart Regebro (Independent)
Ten years old, Zope is the granddaddy of open source web frameworks. It introduced many new concepts that have spread through the web framework world. But not all of them was such great ideas. This talk is about the bad ideas that your framework risk end up repeating. It also talks about how these problems have been fixed in Zope, and why Zope still is the leading edge of web development. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Elaine Wherry (Meebo)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 8 ratings)
Baroque harpsichordists excelled at taking simple melodies and creating elaborate, beautiful pieces of music. But in their desire to push the boundaries of experimentation, these keyboard virtuosi eventually ornamented the music beyond the limits of good taste, making the composer’s original melody unrecognizable. Something similar happens in web design. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A2
Derek Gottfrid (The New York Times)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
We have embarked on a mission to share more of what we do on the development side of The Times. So far, we’ve done that via conference presentations, open-source software, blog posts and (most recently and probably most importantly) our APIs. We see our site as more than just a source of news and information: it’s a platform on which news and information become building blocks. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Meeting Room B2
Erik Meijer (Microsoft)
By leveraging the fact that the iterator and the subject/observer design pattern are dual, we show how LINQ query comprehensions and imperative iterators and foreach loops, provide a compositional programming model for reactive and distributed programming. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J3
Douglas Crockford (Yahoo! Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
How JSON overcame intolerance, inurement, and death threats to become the preferred data interchange format. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Ballroom A1
Kelaine Vargas (Urban Forest Map)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
The Urban Forest Mapping Project will map every tree in San Francisco using online input from community members as well as official data, and calculate the ecosystem services the urban forest is providing. This web-based, open-source application makes use of crowd-sourced data from "citizen scientists" to help us use our urban natural resources to increase sustainability. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
Paul Scott (DSTV Online)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
XMPP is a cheap, low bandwidth alternative to the web in bandwidth poor countries. This talk will show how we have used XMPP networks to address social problems like gansterism, drug abuse and HIV AIDS. 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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