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Tools & Techniques
Location: Portland 255
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Average rating: ****.
(4.16, 51 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.
Python
Location: Portland 256
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Chander Ganesan (Open Technology Group, Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.94, 16 ratings)
The Django framework is a fast, flexible, easy to learn, and easy to use framework for designing and deploying web sites and services using Python. In this session, we'll cover the fundamentals of development with Django, generate a Django data model, and put together a simple web site using the framework. Read more.
Python
Location: Portland 251
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Jacob Kaplan-Moss (Revolution Systems, LLC), Frank Wiles (Revolution Systems, LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 14 ratings)
So you've written a Django site... now what? Writing the application is just the beginning; now you've got to put it into production! In this hands-on workshop we'll walk through the creation of a full Django deployment environment running on a cluster of (virtual) machines. Read more.
Community
Location: D135
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
The best, most effective presentations capture the audience quickly, hold their interest effortlessly, educate and entertain them in equal measure, and sometimes even inspire them. This tutorial explores seven basic principles (and dozens of specific techniques) for achieving those goals in any kind of technical presentation. Read more.
Python
Location: D137/138
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Mike Mueller (Python Academy)
Average rating: **...
(2.88, 17 ratings)
Although Python programs may be slow for certain types of tasks, there are many different ways to improve performance. This tutorial will introduce optimization strategies and demonstrate techniques to implement them. Participants will learn how to decide what might be the optimal solution for a certain performance problem. Participants are strongly recommended to bring laptops. Read more.
JavaScript
Location: Portland 251
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Mike Hostetler (appendTo), Jonathan Sharp (appendTo LLC.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.03, 30 ratings)
JavaScript is not a dirty word. The language itself is quite elegant. However, competing implementations by differing browsers has given it a bad rap. Yet, in this age of Ajax it is a must-have for any successful web application. Join this group of JavaScript gurus, who co-authored the O'Reilly jQuery Cookbook, for a tutorial session covering reliable techniques: intermediate to advanced. Read more.
Python
Location: E145/E146
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 21 ratings)
Design patterns can be very useful in Python (as in any other language) but there are right ways and wrong ways to choose which ones to implement, and how to implement. This advanced tutorial offers many practical examples of "the good, the bad, and the beautiful" ("the ugly" doesn't apply to Python!-) and some theoretical underpinnings for them. Read more.
Python
Location: Portland 252
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Pinax is an open-source platform built on the Django Web Framework that dramatically reduces the time it takes to develop Web sites. By providing common components in a high-extensible framework, Pinax increases the speed at which websites can be developed and launched. Features include account management, integration with OpenID and OAuth, invitations, friendships, groups, tagging and more. Read more.
Databases
Location: Portland 255
Jonathan Ellis (DataStax)
Average rating: ***..
(3.79, 24 ratings)
NoSQL (or NOSQL -- Not Only SQL) is sometimes justly criticized for being too broad a category, but after thirty years of the relational database being the instinctive choice for data storage, publicizing the concept that One Size Does Not Fit All is a Good Thing. This talk will present some axes along which to evaluate database products, applied to some of today's popular NoSQL products. Read more.
Python
Location: Portland 252
Mike Biglan (Concentric Sky), M Wiggins (Concentric Sky)
Average rating: **...
(2.92, 12 ratings)
We were fortunate this past year to develop two of the larger Django applications out there – in the span of 12 weeks: michaelmoore.com and Santa Fe Institute's santafe.edu. Between the two, these sites have multiple layers of memcached caching, multiple web servers and database servers, integrated site search (Lucene/SOLR and Google GSA), DjangoCMS, and integrations with iCal and Alfresco. Read more.
Hardware
Location: D135
Bryan Smith (Fossetcon)
Average rating: ****.
(4.56, 16 ratings)
The Sheevaplug is the first device in the latest Plug Computing trend. Packed in the form factor of an ac adapter(wall wart); it sports a 1.2Ghz processor consuming only 3 watts of power when idle. Its small foot print and massive processing power make it the greenest 1.2Ghz system currently on the market. The Sheevaplug houses an ARM5 processor and more I/O than you can imagine. *nix required Read more.
Python
Location: Portland 252
Tobias Ivarsson (Neo Technology)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 7 ratings)
In this session you will learn how to use the Neo4j Graph Database for persistence in Django web applications. A graph database, such as Neo4j, is a database that models data as a graph data structure with focus on the relationships between entities, and each node as its own entity, rather than the structure of data records. This makes it a good fit for object oriented web frameworks like Django. Read more.
Education
Location: D133
Bryant Patten (National Center for Open Source and Education)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)
... or at least the part of it we call K-12 education? School budgets are tight, schools need to transform into 21st Century Learning Centers and no one is sure how this can happen. Except perhaps the FOSS community. This talk is targeted at FOSS project leaders and community members and will explain how our skills, knowledge and experience can be invaluable to educators in our home towns. Read more.
Paul McCullough (City and County of San Francisco)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
San Francisco's Street Address Management System is used by numerous agencies to edit and report on the city's geospatial street addresses. The application helps the city reduce duplicate data maintenance work, improves the accuracy, consistency, and quality of the data - and should lower the cost of delivering services to citizens. Read more.
Java
Location: D137
Howard Lewis Ship (TWD Consulting)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 12 ratings)
Aside from learning Clojure's syntax and approach to functional programming and concurrency, there's also the more mundane issues: What editor do I use? How to I build large projects? How do I share my work with others? This session will discuss IDEs and plugins, command line build tools, and web sites. Read more.
Business
Location: E145/E146
Tarus Balog (The OpenNMS Group, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 9 ratings)
The idea of working in open source is appealing to many, but the question remains: how to make money doing it? This presentation will present some of the things learned by a person who has run a pure open source business since 2002 in the hope that it can help and inspire others. Read more.
Zohar Babin (Kaltura), Jason Levitt (Spirit.io), Tab Atkins Jr. (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.05, 19 ratings)
Admist a number of proprietary alternatives such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX, the HTML 5 specification now offers competitive multimedia features that promises a more open platform for RIA development. What are the tradeoffs? This session will look at the current state of the art, and then invite a conversation about the future. Read more.
Matt Jadud (Allegheny College), Christian Jacobsen (University of Copenhagen)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 6 ratings)
This talk will introduce Plumbling, a set of tools to support artists and makers in the programming of low-cost, open-hardware platforms like the Arduino. Plumbing is a library of parallel components written in occam-pi, a small language with a long history. Read more.
Community
Location: D136
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 15 ratings)
In this lively discussion we'll give an update on the Google activities over the last year, including an overview of Android, Chrome, ChromeOS, Go and other releases. We will also present a milestone report on the summer of code. Read more.
Business
Location: E145/E146
Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy), Karen Sandler (GNOME Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 12 ratings)
Developers regularly encounter issues with the legal infrastructure of software. Co-presented by a lawyer and a software developer, this presentation is a tightly packed overview on the need-to-know issues of copyrights, patents and trademarks for busy developers who wish to simply know the bare essentials, so they can get on with their work while still remaining well-informed on legal issues. Read more.
Matthew Russell (Digital Reasoning Systems)
Average rating: **...
(2.69, 13 ratings)
A non-classified case study that describes how we've built a stack based on MALLET, Hadoop/Cassandra, and Flare/Flex to build a highly scalable system for the U.S. intelligence community: MALLET lends itself to state of the art NLP, Hadoop/Cassandra yield a massively distributed back end, and Flare/Flex provide the tools for creating a great UI/UX capable of performing advanced analysis. Read more.
Hardware
Location: D135
Russell Nelson (Open Source Initiative)
Average rating: ***..
(3.12, 8 ratings)
Water parameters are hard to measure because water is, well, underwater. Using inexpensive sensors and an Arduino (compatible) we can measure water parameters such as temperature, turbidity, and salinity. Read more.
Ben Gerst (The New York Times), Vadim Jelezniakov (The New York Times)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 5 ratings)
User-generated content has become an integral part of NYTimes.com. And where there's a community, there are scaling issues. At The Times, we recently moved our entire community platform from our own internal hardware to the Amazon EC2 infrastructure. Join us as we discuss our adventures in the cloud so far. Topics will include cloud management, auto-scaling and deployment on the cloud. Read more.
Community
Location: D137
Average rating: ****.
(4.72, 18 ratings)
The GNU Manifesto asserted that software should not be copyrighted. Yet, the very definition is of Open Source software is the nature of the copyright license. To License software is to fail to make it free or open. It is time to make software truly open by placing it in the public domain. To license it is to fail. Read more.
Tools & Techniques
Location: D133
Tags: languages, go
Rob Pike (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 28 ratings)
A while back, it seemed that type-driven object-oriented languages such as C++ and Java had taken over. They still dominate education. Yet the last few years have seen a number of different languages reach prominence, often of very different styles: Python, Ruby, Scala, Erlang, Haskell, Lua, and many more. Surely there are enough languages. Yet new ones keep appearing. Why? And why now? Read more.
Diane Peters (Creative Commons)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
OCSON attendees are intimately familiar with the decisions surrounding software licensing: copyleft, attribution, and non-endorsement all mean something when discussing source licenses. With the rise of data as an asset, developers are turning their attention to data, often with the assumption that the same ideas apply. This talk will discuss why that's not the case and what to do about it. Read more.
Kirrily Robert (Freebase.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 10 ratings)
What do open data and open source software have in common? User rights, licensing, transparency, community, world-changing... open data shares a lot with the open source movement, but it has new challenges too. Come learn how open data and open source work together, and how the open data community is learning from open source's history and experience. Read more.
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 9 ratings)
Does Python have Design Patterns? You bet! Whatever the misguided meme going around is claiming to the contrary, every field of human endeavor has Patterns, and so of course does Python. This talk shows how and why, recapping what Patterns are all about, Design patterns in particular, and presenting examples of how they work best in Python, both singly and as part of a Language of Patterns. Read more.
JavaScript
Location: Portland 255
Mike Hostetler (appendTo), Jonathan Sharp (appendTo LLC.)
Average rating: **...
(2.32, 37 ratings)
jQuery UI is the official jQuery suite of interactions and widgets for building Rich Internet Applications. It makes building web interfaces as refreshingly simple as jQuery has made Ajax and the DOM. As simple as $('<p>Hello, World</p>').dialog(); Read more.
Trotter Cashion (Mashion, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.08, 13 ratings)
Having trouble ensuring that all your machines are provisioned properly? Find your system of bash scripts difficult to maintain? Come meet Chef and see how easy automated system provisioning can be. We'll cover the benefits of using a tool like Chef, how easy it is to get started with Chef Solo, and how you can scale up to hundreds and even thousands of boxes without breaking a sweat. Read more.
Python
Location: D136
Rob Lanphier (Wikimedia Foundation)
Average rating: **...
(2.44, 16 ratings)
There are a number of toolkits available that make it much easier than ever before to design delightful, intuitive user interfaces for the terminal window. This talk will explore several options for Python, including cmd, curses, newt/snack and urwid. I'll compare the different approaches for different application domains, and show some shortcuts for the impatient. Read more.
Community
Location: D137
Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 12 ratings)
There comes a time in a project's life when you have to make the decision: can this code be saved? Should we fix it, or declare technical bankruptcy to cancel our technical debts and start again? In this talk I'll look at when and how to make this decision without regrets. Read more.
Steven Parkes (smparkes.net llc)
Average rating: **...
(2.42, 12 ratings)
Testing is JavaScript's Achilles' heel: the language is powerful with good library support, but testing practices are cumbersome to non-existent. This talk demonstrates a set of tools that make test/behavior driven development in JavaScript as quick and effective as Java, Ruby, or Python, including aspects unique to JavaScript such as the browser environment and asynchronous programming. Read more.
Python
Location: D136
Tags: jython, python, jvm
Tobias Ivarsson (Neo Technology)
Average rating: **...
(2.29, 7 ratings)
Python is a great Programming Language. The JVM is a great runtime platform. Jython is an excellent implementation of Python for the JVM. But there is room for improvement. In this talk I will share with you how Jython is evolving to become even better in the future. Learn how you can take advantage of the improving Jython in your code. Read more.
Teyo Tyree (Puppet Labs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 10 ratings)
Efficient IT infrastructures must hold to several basic properties. Changes must be tracked. Automation must be maximized. Compliance against corporate standards must be preserved. Especially in days of limited resources, how can software help solve this problem? In this presentation, we'll show how Puppet can automate, enforce, and ensure sanity in the modern datacenter. Read more.
JavaScript
Location: Portland 255
Lennon Day-Reynolds (Dark Horse Comics)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 12 ratings)
Javascript has become the universal language of the web. Usable on client or server, it can be fast, flexible, and reusable across many sites and applications. To really master JS you need more than a framework: you need to grok some heavy-duty functional and OO concepts it took from weird languages like Scheme and Self. Come see where these ideas came from, and how to use them in your JS code. Read more.
Government
Location: D138
Tags: copyright, arts
Karl Fogel (Open Tech Strategies, LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 6 ratings)
In 2009, QuestionCopyright.org helped filmmaker Nina Paley release her award-winning feature film "Sita Sings the Blues" under a free license & an open source economic model. The film is now an audience hit, and the free license has resulted in more money for Paley than any traditional distributor could offer. This talk is an in-depth look at how open source is not just for software anymore. Read more.
James Bottomley (Parallels)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 9 ratings)
Linux Kernel practises have grown by evolution over nearly 20 years. This talk will investigate the practises it has arrived at and distill recommendations for running other open source projects based on what the kernel does right (and also what it does wrong). Read more.
Robin Anil (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 8 ratings)
Data is exploding all over the internet. There is immense knowledge within this huge volume of information that needs to be unlocked. We need to Mine patterns, Find clusters, Organize content and Predict the future. In this talk, we will show what these methods are and how the new Apache Mahout project is attempting to solve these problems in a scalable way by utilizing Hadoop. Read more.
Government
Location: D138
Tags: government
Joel Ebrahimi (Bivio Networks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
The reality of cyber attacks seems to be at odds with government efforts to promote more openness and transparency, but the fact remains that federal agencies ranging from the NSA to DISA still must take proactive steps to ensure that authorized users have access to authorized information at the authorized time. Read more.
Java
Location: Portland 251
Tags: java, gwt, ajax, web2_0
Average rating: ***..
(3.09, 11 ratings)
Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a development toolkit for building and optimizing complex browser-based applications. This talk will highlight new features in GWT 2.0. We'll discuss GWT 2.0 development mode, declarative UI, layout panels, and the new Google Plugin for Eclipse. Read more.
Tools & Techniques
Location: E145/E146
Tim Bray (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 27 ratings)
Computers are getting wider, not faster. If you want your code to run faster, it has to have some parallelism. This is hard, and threads probably aren't the answer. There is a lot of new concurrency technology on the scene. This talk surveys the 2010 state of the art in tools to empower developers to write concurrent code, and makes some predictions. Read more.
Perl
Location: Portland 256
Eric Wilhelm (Cisco, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.15, 13 ratings)
Long-running functions get in the way of distributed or interactive systems. Applying these "lazy component" designs and use-cases to your sequential code will make your APIs more open and easily reusable. Read more.
Federico Lucifredi (Canonical | Ubuntu)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Using off the shelf hardware, we integrate small, network-capable single-purpose devices delivering a true time source (via GPS) and a generator of perfect randomness (via Geiger counter). An entertaining introduction to embedded systems delivered while creating actually useful tools. Targeted at budding embedded system Developers and Administrators interested in the gory low-end details. Read more.
Education
Location: Portland 252
Florian Cramer (Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy), Michael Murtaugh (Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy), Aymeric Mansoux (Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
Open Source plays an increasingly important role in arts and design through Web applications and open licenses. The Networked Media design programme of the Piet Zwart Institute has, for years, employed Open Source more radically for all course work, on servers and clients, with a focus on the command line, coding and FLOSS philosophy to foster rethinking of media instead of off-the-shelf design. Read more.
Tools & Techniques
Location: Portland 255
Robert Johnson (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.29, 17 ratings)
One piece of software we've found to be particularly useful in scaling our site is Scribe, an open source system for aggregating massive amounts of logging data from thousands of machines, or more generally moving around large amounts of data in an asynchronous and mostly-reliable way. Read more.
Hardware
Location: D133
Bruce Momjian (EnterpriseDB), Matthew Momjian (Student)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 8 ratings)
Last year I presented a talk on home automation at OSCON, focusing on the hardware aspects. This year my home automation talk will cover the software aspects of controlling home automation systems. Practical applications include turning off all the lights at night, summoning everyone for mealtime, and broadcasting caller-id information to all computers. Read more.
Kevin Shockey (Mis Tribus)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 4 ratings)
With tectonic changes taking place in the print publishing industry, we will soon see a redefinition of what the terms "publish" and "book" mean. Aimed at product managers of open source projects, this session will teach anyone how to "publish" a "book" using open source tools. Participants will gain practical formatting and distribution knowledge necessary to publish their own ebooks. Read more.
Trotter Cashion (Mashion, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.58, 12 ratings)
Your QA cycle is broken and unit tests aren't enough to fix it. QA takes too long, is too error prone, and never covers as much as we need. To really do QA right, you need automated integration and acceptance testing tools like Cucumber. In this talk, we'll discuss why automated integration testing is a necessity, how you can do it, and why your coworkers and boss will thank you for it. Read more.
Government
Location: D138
Don Thibeau (OpenID Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
Citizen involvement via online interactions requires trust: trust by citizens that their identity data is protected by government websites, and trust by government websites that private data is accessed only by the citizen. This talk describes the Open Identity Framework created to meet government certification requirements while meeting the privacy requirements of citizens and private industry. Read more.
Tools & Techniques
Location: Portland 252
Michael Schwern (eval Empire)
Average rating: ****.
(4.89, 18 ratings)
SINNERS!! HEAR ME!! For too long have you lain contented and SLOTHFUL in the illusion that time is infinite! SOON the UNIX EPOCH will END and numbers will OVERFLOW their confines CLEANSING all in a flood the likes we have not seen since 1901!!! The SINS of your 32 BITS will chase your children and your children's children unless you REPENT NOW and cleanse your code of the 2038 BUG!! Read more.
Kevin Hoyt (Adobe Systems, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
Open source hardware has arrived, and it’s taking the market by storm. In this session get a gentle introduction to the world of electronics hardware featuring Arduino - an open source prototyping platform. We will collect sensor data for light, distance, temperature and humidity, send it wirelessly to the cloud, and then display all that beautiful data using the open source Adobe Flex SDK. Read more.
Keith Lofstrom (SiidTech)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Data center power usage is skyrocketing, generation is not. Large arrays of ultralight satellites will someday convert sunlight into computation and global internet communication without the economic and environmental costs of ground-based data centers. World-changing open source and open hardware technology. Read more.
Tools & Techniques
Location: D137
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 5 ratings)
This talk will be about what's happening in testing. The general argument is that we're moving away from testing units towards testing functionality through integration testing. Improved mocking libraries, scripted and emulated browsers, fixtures, and frameworks means that we can effectively test that a system works. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • (mt) Media Temple, Inc.
  • ActiveState
  • CommonPlaces
  • DB Relay
  • FireHost
  • GoDaddy
  • HP
  • HTSQL by Prometheus Research
  • Impetus Technologies Inc.
  • Infobright, Inc
  • JasperSoft
  • Kaltura
  • Marvell
  • Mashery
  • NorthScale, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • OpSource
  • Oracle
  • Parallels
  • PayPal
  • Percona
  • Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
  • Rhomobile
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • SourceGear
  • Symbian
  • VoltDB
  • WSO2
  • Linux Pro Magazine

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