Schedule: Tools & Techniques sessions

Stay productive and discover new ways of working as you develop your software. Hear the best talks on today’s tool challenges including distributed version control, concurrent programming, scaling, metrics, and visualization.

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Location: Portland 251
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Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 28 ratings)
As application complexity increases, observing it in action becomes harder. Traditional tools are not very useful when going across programing languages. DTrace is a revolutionary tool that allows you to observe applications in AMP stack and those written in languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, C, C++ and much more. This session will teach you DTrace and demonstrate techniques of using it. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
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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.
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Location: D136
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Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 12 ratings)
This talk will introduce the world of 3D animation to novices and beginner users. Using Blender, users will learn how to perform many tasks, including modelling (mesh editing, subsurfing, etc), texturing (procedural and image-based), material design, animation, and lighting. Intermediate users will also learn a lot from this tutorial, as the new version of Blender, 2.6, has significantly changed. Read more.
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Location: Portland 256
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Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 35 ratings)
My latest book The Productive Programmer shows developers how to supercharge their effectiveness. It consists of two parts: mechanics and practice. The mechanics section covers productivity principles like acceleration, canonicality, focus, and automation. The practice section shows how productive thinking and questioning assumptions makes you a better developer. Read more.
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Location: E145/E146
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Average rating: ****.
(4.09, 22 ratings)
This tutorial explores new concepts in web security. After a solid grounding in well-known exploits, I'll demonstrate how traditional exploits are being combined together and with other technologies to launch sophisticated attacks that penetrate firewalls, target users, and spread like worms. I'll then discuss some ideas for the future to help you provide a better, more secure user experience. Read more.
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Location: D133
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.
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Location: D133
John Koleszar (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.29, 7 ratings)
With the introduction of WebM video, high quality, royalty-free, open-source video is finally a reality. Already natively integrated into the majority of HTML5 web browsers, WebM’s VP8 video codec is drawing tremendous support from content owners, video encoding tool producers, and hardware vendors, and has been discussed as an open video alternative for the HTML5 specification. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Portland 255
Tags: google, wave
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 6 ratings)
Check out the progress on the open sourcing of Google Wave along with the state of the federation protocol. Read more.
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Location: D138
Evan Prodromou (StatusNet Inc)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Email had Sendmail; the Web had Apache; blogging had WordPress. What software projects are driving the development of a federated social Web? Evan Prodromou, founder and CEO of StatusNet Inc., will give an overview of the protocols for social federation and what Open Source projects are doing to support them. Read more.
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Location: D136
Nick Barcet (Canonical UK Ltd)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
What to expect and how to upgrade you Ubuntu Server to 10.04LTS. Read more.
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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.
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Location: D137
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.
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Location: Portland 252
Adam Feuer (Grameen Foundation), Adam Monsen (Grameen Foundation USA), Van Mittal-Henkle (Grameen Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Open source software is a key ingredient in solving some of the worlds' most difficult problems. This is particularly true with the problem of poverty. Join us to dive into the problem of poverty, find out why it demands both open source software and Agile methods, and explore lessons learned from an existing project in this area, the Grameen Foundation's Mifos Initiative. Read more.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Location: D138
Tags: google, oss, process
Dan Bentley (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Make Open Easy is a collection of tools that help developers work on open source code that is embedded in a monolithic (and possibly closed-source) codebase. I describe the motivations, the design process, the tools, the users, and the results. Read more.
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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.
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Location: D136
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.
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  • 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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