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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.
Hardware
Location: D136
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Philip Lindsay (rancidbacon.com), Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 14 ratings)
The success of the Arduino physical computing toolkit has lead to a surge of interest in the world of hardware from both software and non-technical people. This workshop will provide an overview of what physical computing is, how Arduino works and how it can be used to add an interactive element to your projects. There will also be an opportunity to set up and use an Arduino board and software. 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.
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.
Hardware
Location: D135
Howard Lewis Ship (TWD Consulting)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 18 ratings)
Even if you are successful using open source sofware, there's something special about hardware: It's physical. You can touch it. You build it (not compile it). This is a talk about the Arduino open source physical computing platform; a cheap, useful, fun micro-controller ... and it's loads of fun, even if you break into a cold sweat at the thought of picking up a soldering iron. Read more.
Education
Location: D133
Tags: education
Karsten Wade (Red Hat/Fedora Project), Mel Chua (Red Hat)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
HFOSS, TOS (CMU/RIT), POSSE, UCOSP, and SoaS: what do these acronyms stand for, why is each a model for a type of open source in education interaction that could revolutionize the way the world learns, and what can you do to help? Read more.
Hardware
Location: D135
Mary Jane Kelly (Casaba Security)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 12 ratings)
What do you get when you mix fractals, 3D printers, robotics, open source, high-powered lasers, and non-orientable surfaces with wood, plastic, textiles, steel, cloth... and lots of coffee? A completely new range of geek fabricated items and appliances. It’s hacking in real life. Read more.
Products & Services
Location: E141
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 7 ratings)
Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN, a company formed by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony to protect Linux, will share his insights into the build-up and ramifications of the patent arms race for the open source community. He will discuss common legal pitfalls in this environment and provide open source companies and developers with tools and strategies that they can use to avoid these pitfalls. Read more.
Education
Location: D133
Jay Pfaffman (University of Tennessee)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Research suggests that what's keeping computers from being a normal part of school is now having enough hardware. (US average is about 4 kids per computer.) This session will describe technical implementation details as well as reactions from students, teachers, and technical support staffs. In general, the less people know about computers, the more they like Linux thin clients. Read more.
Government
Location: D138
Dave Geller (City and County of San Francisco)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
In this session members of the Emerging Technologies group for the City and County of San Francisco will discuss open government and open source initiatives enacted in 2009/2010. 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.
Average rating: ***..
(3.42, 12 ratings)
Running one of the worlds largest open source services is hard, but it is something that we at Google believe adds a lot of value. This talk will take you through my journey of working with several open source veterans as we built such a service at Google and the benefit we regularly get from a thriving open source community. 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.
Products & Services
Location: E143/E144
Tags: google
Tim Bray (Google, Inc.), Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 3 ratings)
Got questions about open source and Google? Come and talk with Chris DiBona, Tim Bray, and other Googlers during this free form hour of questions, answers, and general hanging out. 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.
Community
Location: Portland 252
Stephen O'Grady (Redmonk), Evan Prodromou (StatusNet Inc), Aaron Williamson (Software Freedom Law Center), Mark Hinkle (Socialized Software), John Pugh (Canonical, Ltd), Allan Foster (ForgeRock US)
Average rating: ***..
(3.11, 9 ratings)
Creating "free" web services will require more than just making web services using AGPL licensed software. We'll need trusted providers, protections around how data can be used and all the social aspects that the current web services have. We now have several free and open web services. Come hear what people are doing to define and create "free" web services. We need you! 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.
Business
Location: D138
Tags: patents
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
When you receive the dreaded legal letter about intellectual property infringement, what do you need to know so you can determine whether you’re dealing with a patent troll or actual competitor? Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network, will discuss four key steps, along with strategies, on how to make the right call. 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.
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.
Government
Location: D138
Deborah Bryant (Red Hat), Joseph Hall (Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University), Gregory Miller (Open Source Digital Voting Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
The Open Source Digital Voting Foundation is a three-year old non-profit foundation supporting a full time effort called the TrustTheVote Project. Learn about this imperative effort to create publicly owned, accurate, transparent, trustworthy, and secure voting systems using open source methods and a growing stakeholder community of elections officials and domain experts nationwide. Read more.
PHP
Location: Portland 251
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
Replacing double quotes with single quotes makes your PHP applications faster, right? This talk covers that and more, with advanced optimization techniques and beginner pitfalls. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perl
Location: Portland 256
Tags: perl
R Geoffrey Avery (Platypi Ventures)
Average rating: ****.
(4.41, 34 ratings)
Have something you want to say to many people? Want 5 minutes to do it? This is your chance. Want to see 16 speakers on a variety of topics? This is your session. Read more.
Python
Location: D136
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Learn how to write custom GIMP plug-ins in two languages: Script-fu, GIMP's native scripting language, and Python. Read more.
Operations
Location: D135
Tags: operations, fun
Average rating: ****.
(4.79, 14 ratings)
An interactive talk covering just the key points from 16 different topics, Infrastructure Automation, Cloud Computing, Configuration Management tools, the NoSQL movement, effective Monitoring, building Open Source Communities for Systems Administrators, Startup tips, and more. Come get your questions answered, hear the 5 minute version of the talk you missed - you choose your own adventure. 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.
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.
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.
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.
  • 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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