Sponsors

  • Microsoft
  • Nebula
  • Google
  • SugarCRM
  • Facebook
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • WSO2
  • Alfresco
  • BlackBerry
  • CUBRID
  • Dell
  • eBay
  • Heroku
  • InfiniteGraph
  • JBoss
  • LeaseWeb
  • Liferay
  • Media Temple, Inc.
  • OpenShift
  • Oracle
  • Percona
  • Puppet Labs
  • Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
  • Rentrak
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
  • SourceGear
  • Urban Airship
  • Vertica
  • VMware
  • (mt) Media Temple, Inc.

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Mobile Platforms
Location: Portland 255
Marko Gargenta (Twitter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.39, 18 ratings)
Learn to develop an Android application from start to finish. In this hands-on tutorial, you will learn design principles and we provided code snippets to put together an Android application. By end of this tutorial, you will understand main building blocks for Android application development. Read more.
PHP
Location: D135
Kristopher Wallsmith (OpenSky), Jeremy Mikola (Exercise.com), Dustin Whittle (AppDynamics)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
An in-depth tutorial on today's cutting edge PHP libraries including Symfony2, Doctrine2, Doctrine MongoDB ODM, Twig and Assetic. Get up to speed on PHP 5.3 in a hurry! Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: E143/144
Donna Benjamin (Creative Contingencies)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
Inkscape is a cross platform, GPL, graphics editor. Its native file format, Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) is a W3C open standard. This tutorial guides participants through a series of tasks designed to introduce Inkscape's interface and tools, and build foundation skills for creating and modifying vector graphics. Read more.
Programming, Python
Location: Portland 252
Tags: python, tdd, handson
Matt Harrison (FusionIO)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 10 ratings)
Python is used all over the place and gaining in popularity. This introduction to Python assumes you know how to program, but don't know Python. You'll learn the basics, write some code and hopefully leave being able to grok Python. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: D136
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 14 ratings)
The class examines (from a geek perspective) seven basic principles of good presentation, covering preparation, content selection, delivery techniques, and handling questions...or the lack thereof. It also explores a dozen simple and practical techniques for making your slides not suck. Read more.
Data: Roulette
Location: C123
Gleicon Moraes (7co.cc)
Average rating: *....
(1.88, 8 ratings)
Ever had to dig into a system that misused the most basic features of a RDBMS ? Better yet - after the whole NoSQL storm had you wondered why it didn't shown before when you had to twist your schema to fit into something it was not designed for ? Check on this anti-patterns collection and feel better that you are not alone - and how you can benefit from it even not having big data around. Read more.
Mobile Platforms
Location: Portland 255
Keith Sutton (Adobe Systems Inc)
Average rating: **...
(2.75, 4 ratings)
This hands on tutorial will lead attendees through the entire process of building their first mobile application using Adobe's Open Source Flex SDK ( http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/site/Home) and compiling it, packaging and installing it on Android and BlackBerry operating systems. Beginners are welcome! Read more.
Business, Community, Education
Location: D136
Wade Minter (TeamSnap), Andrew Berkowitz (TeamSnap)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 9 ratings)
Getting everyone in your company or development team on the same page can be a challenge. This on-your-feet workshop will teach fast, fun improv techniques for helping your group to bond as a team. Learn the secrets of improv-based team building from two professionals who have decades of experience working in open source, Internet start-ups and corporate training. Read more.
Java: Trends
Location: A107/108
Bob Lee (Square Inc. )
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
Ever wondered whether you should use a weak reference or a phantom reference? If you answered "yes" or "phantom who?," this is the talk for you. Walk in with a working knowledge of the language, and walk out an expert in references, referents, reclamation and other garbage collection necromancy. Read more.
Location: B118-119
Tom White (Cloudera)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
Apache Whirr is a way to run distributed systems - such as Hadoop, HBase, Cassandra, and ZooKeeper - in the cloud. Whirr provides a simple API for starting and stopping clusters for evaluation, test, or production purposes. This talk explains Whirr's architecture and shows how to use it. Read more.
Java: JVM
Location: A105
Martin Odersky (Typesafe)
Average rating: ***..
(3.89, 9 ratings)
Multicore processors are on every desk now. How are we going to make use of the extra power they provide? A promising solution is parallel programming using collections. Programing by transforming and aggregating collections is simple and powerful, and can be parallelized well. In this talk I will describe the design principles behind the Scala collections framework which implements these ideas. Read more.
Java: Craftsmanship
Location: A105
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Many Java frameworks and servers depend on a maze of twisty XML files wherein many get lost. In a system where the source code is unavailable, such an approach allows for customization. But when you can modify the source, the configuration files are unnecessary. After all, you can make the code do what you want. And it is less verbose and more understandable. Read more.
Java: Trends
Location: B110-111
Fabiane Nardon (RBS Group), Bruno Souza (SouJava)
Average rating: **...
(2.86, 7 ratings)
New languages, work environments, technologies, and devices. Clouds roll in bringing new rules. Is open really the source of the future? If the future is now, what comes later? Java developers thread on a fine line between working standards and bleeding edge science-fiction experiments. What are the possibilities for the future? Read more.
Noah Pepper (Lucky Sort), Homer Strong (Lucky Sort)
Average rating: ***..
(3.18, 11 ratings)
We produce gorgeous LaTeX reports while harnessing the power of R on the backend. The data is pulled from our PostgreSQL database, the analysis and visualizations are fast and distributed thanks to Redis. We'll talk about weaving together open source tools to build powerful analytics reporting engines that rival the commercial alternatives. Read more.
Event
Location: Oregon Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.79, 24 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 conduct our third Ignite event at OSCON. Read more.
Perl
Location: D135
Tags: perl, unicode
Average rating: ***..
(3.12, 8 ratings)
Growing exponentially over the last decade, Unicode text now comprises over 95% of the documents retrieved over the web, while in other collections, it is often 100% Unicode. This tutorial shows Perl programmers how to manage Unicode data. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 256
Dean Wampler (Typesafe)
Average rating: ***..
(3.31, 13 ratings)
You've heard that Functional programming (FP) is good for concurrency. Mastering FP will improve all the code you write. FP changes practices like TDD; learn how design is more structured and tests are more precise. See why FP-style functions and data structures are actually more reusable than objects. Leave with new tools that eliminate bloat, improve code quality, and speed development. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: E143/144
Evan Prodromou (StatusNet Inc), Brion Vibber (StatusNet, Inc.), Zach Copley (StatusNet, Inc.)
Average rating: *....
(1.00, 1 rating)
StatusNet (http://status.net/) best known as the Open Source microblogging platform, has a powerful plugin system for building new social networking applications. In this tutorial, the core developers of StatusNet show how to build server-side plugins, API clients, and custom themes to make your own social network tools. Read more.
Javascript & HTML5, Tools and Techniques
Location: Portland 251
Jason VanLue (Envy Labs)
Average rating: **...
(2.69, 13 ratings)
We've all heard about HTML5 & CSS3, but do we know how to effectively apply all of the new properties and features to our websites? In this tutorial, practical application is the name of the game. We'll cut through the theory and show you how to design and build functional websites using the newest HTML5 tags and CSS3 properties. Read more.
Lance Albertson (Oregon State University Open Source Lab), Peter Krenesky (Open Source Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
Ganeti is a cluster virtualization management software tool built on top of existing virtualization technologies such as Xen or KVM and other Open Source software. This hands-on tutorial will give an overview of Ganeti, how to install it, how to get started deploying VMs, & administrative guide to Ganeti. The tutorial will also cover installing & using Ganeti Web Manager as a web front-end. Read more.
Python
Location: D136
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
Pyramid is the web framework at the core of the Pylons Project. It's a "pay only for what you eat" framework. You can get started easily and learn new concepts as you go, and only if you need them. It's simple, well tested, well documented, and fast. This course will present Pyramid and lead you through the creation of a an application as the concepts from the framework are introduced. Read more.
Event
Location: Expo Hall
Average rating: ***..
(3.92, 24 ratings)
Grab a drink and kick off the 13th edition of OSCON by meeting and mingling with exhibitors and fellow attendees. Read more.
Event
Location: Hall B
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 37 ratings)
Step right up and join us at the O'Reilly OSCON Carnival. There will be games, clowns, sumo wrestling, log rolling, tattoos, and lots more. There's free food, free wine, and free beer. You’ve never seen a carnival like this. Trust us. Read more.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: D138
Clinton N. Dreisbach (Relevance, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.83, 6 ratings)
8 years ago, I moved from my tuned Linux desktop to OS X. This closed-source platform has attracted many developers with its BSD underpinnings and excellent user interface. Can a developer pampered by sleek design ever go back? I'm going to show you how to break the closed-source habit and run a true open-source environment without sacrificing usability. Read more.
Emerging Languages
Location: E144
Tucker Taft (SofCheck)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
This talk will introduce the new programming language ParaSail which is focused on two themes: programming should be by default parallel, with programmers working harder to make things sequential if necessary, and second, all checks should be performed at compile-time, including checks for race-conditions, uninitialized variables, out-of-bounds array indices, null pointers, numeric overflow, etc. Read more.
PHP
Location: D137
Luke Welling ([Redacted])
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 9 ratings)
There are few professions where laziness is as much of a virtue as it is in software development. Your average run of the mill - do the bare minimum so I can get back to watching TV - immediate gratification laziness won't do. Software demands hardcore, strategic laziness, striving not just to do less today, but to do less in the future too. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 255
Rob Pike (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.06, 18 ratings)
The Go programming language was designed to make programming productive and efficient. Go is a concurrent language that compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. This talk is an introduction to Go that focuses on how the design of the language helps it achieves those goals. Read more.
Cloud Computing
Location: Portland 251
Cloud is the biggest user of Open Source, but also a threat - people are building their apps on Cloud Platforms that are closed. Stratos is an Apache Licensed project for a Cloud Platform-as-a-Service. We will take a deep dive into this multi-tenant, elastic, metered cloud runtime that includes Tomcat, ESB, Registry and more. This will be a detailed session aimed at developers and infra experts. Read more.
Mobile Platforms
Location: Portland 252
Average rating: ****.
(4.15, 13 ratings)
PhoneGap is an open source Mobile framework for developing native applications for multiple devices. The developer programs using standard, well known Web technologies but gets access to device features using JavaScript apis. Build the app with web technologies, wrap it in the PhoneGap framework for device access, deploy on iOS, Android, Blackberry and more! One application, many platforms! Read more.
Emerging Languages
Location: E144
Brian Rice (Slate programming language)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 5 ratings)
Slate is a self-hosted dynamic language based on prototypes and multi-dispatch. It melds the Smalltalk and Lisp traditions, while attempting to incorporate ideas and idioms from a variety of sources. Slate is being re-invented using Atomo as an incubator along with direction from Newspeak and functional programming. Read more.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: D138
Ryo Chijiiwa (Laptop and a Rifle.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 14 ratings)
Ever wish you could live in a cabin in the woods? Geeks, with their high income, superior problem solving skills, and ability to work remotely, are often in a better position to realize such Thoreauvian dreams. Based on my own experiences of going from the cubicles of Silicon Valley to the backwoods of Northern California, the talk will cover the ins, outs, hows and whys of life in the woods. Read more.
Perl
Location: Portland 256
Jesse Vincent (Best Practical)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 17 ratings)
Come learn about the Perl community's plans for our 2012 release: Perl 5.16. We'll look at how we're refactoring the core language, the Perl distribution and the Perl development community. Read more.
Emerging Languages
Location: E144
Joe Pamer (Microsoft)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Programming today exhibits a voracious appetite for information, and one of the most important trends in languages today is to make access to data and services fluent and seamless. Come and see the latest from the F# team, and learn how we are extending F# to embed the analytical programmer instantly in a world of typed data and services, whether they be web, enterprise, client or local. Read more.
Mobile Platforms
Location: Portland 252
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 11 ratings)
Just a few years ago, most people used just a single personal computer, and application developers only needed to worry about single-device applications. Today, people expect to use applications on their desktops and seamlessly switch to phones, tablets or even televisions. Instead of just building an iPhone app, companies should think about the multi-device trend when designing a mobile strategy. Read more.
Data: Roulette
Location: Oregon Ballroom 203
Krishna Sankar (Tata America International)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
Algorithms are getting raunchier, tools more potent and competitions more intimate! Let us mix analytics tools (like R & Mahout) and a dash of algorithmics to work on BigData Analytics competitions and see if the answer is always 42. In the process we will explore and apply a few good algorithms, to the Heritage Health competition … Read more.
Products & Services
Location: E142
John Newton (Alfresco Software), Jeff Potts (Alfresco Software)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
This informative and interactive session will explore the open source alternative to Microsoft Sharepoint. Read more.
Programming
Location: E145
Average rating: ****.
(4.69, 13 ratings)
In "topics we're looking for", the call for papers has the phrase "open, open, open". And the word "open" appears eleven times. The word "source" appears thrice. This talk is about "source, source, source." It is the intelligibility, the accessibility, the understandability of the *source* code and data which creates community and collaboration. Presenting source patterns and anti-patterns. Read more.
Emerging Languages
Location: E144
Ola Bini (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Seph is a new experimental language. It is based on pure differential prototype based object orientation, with immutability and polymorphic dispatch built in deep. Seph uses the new features in Java 7 to full effect, by compiling highly dynamic code to use method handles and invoke dynamic. It's got light weight threads and the mature concurrency primitives from Clojure. Read more.
Emerging Languages
Location: E144
Daniel Spiewak (Novell)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
Object-functional languages have a number of desirable properties and have proven very useful in practice. Unfortunately, the merger brings with it a raft of complexities, being the root of nearly all of Scala's infamous complexity. This talk will present a new framework for resolving these issue, based around the notion of statically-typed functional object prototypes. Read more.
Perl
Location: Portland 256
Tags: perl_6
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 21 ratings)
Over the past eighteen months Damian has revisited some of his most popular Perl 5 modules and reimplemented them in "native" Perl 6. In this talk he will walk through the changes needed to port several of those modules, a journey that gives a surprisingly thorough overview of how the two languages differ, as well as insights into the relative strengths of each. Read more.
Community
Location: E145
Dave Neary (Red Hat), Dawn Foster (Puppet Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Every community manager knows that community metrics are important. But they all have their own set of hacky scripts for extracting data from various tools. Building on the work of Pentaho, Talend, MLStats, gitdm and a host of others, we built a generic community dashboard for the MeeGo project. This presentation will cover the data we extracted, how we did it, and how you can do it too. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 255
Mike Amundsen (Layer 7 Technologies)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 15 ratings)
One of the key properties of RESTful Web applications is the ability to evolve over time. Too many Web APIs don’t evolve; they just get old, and useless; they rot. Why? Because they are little more than URI-based RPC calls returning serialized objects. Instead, Web APIs should rely on well-crafted media-type messages driven by links; they should be more RESTful. Read more.
Mobile Platforms
Location: Portland 252
Joe Bowser (Adobe Systems)
Average rating: **...
(2.60, 10 ratings)
A cautionary tale of all the documented and undocumented quirks involved with developing applications with web technologies on Android. This will cover the fundamentals, as well as the obscure facts about developing Android Web Applications in the real world. Read more.
Terry Chay (Automattic, Inc. (WordPress))
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
The weird thing about cloud computing is the programmer becomes the system administrator. What is involved in doing this if you are a LAMP person? Read more.
Cloud Computing
Location: Portland 251
Tags: cloud, ruby
Wesley Beary (Heroku)
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 7 ratings)
Cloud computing scared the crap out of me - the quirks and nightmares of provisioning cloud computing, dns, storage, etc on AWS, Terremark, Rackspace, etc - until I took the bull by the horns. Come see me demonstrate tools and examples that will allow you to skip the headaches and cut straight to the cloud. Read more.
Python
Location: D133
Joshua Boverhof (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab), Shreyas Cholia (NERSC)
Average rating: **...
(2.33, 3 ratings)
RESTful HTTP web services have many advantages over the "big" web services paradigm of SOAP/WSDL/XML Schema. RESTful services are simpler to create, use, and test. REST/HTTP is native to the web, thus it's easy to digest these services from Javascript or a backend. NEWT is a RESTful web API to NERSC HPC resources, used by other scientific portals. Read more.
Emerging Languages
Location: E144
Karl Naden (Carnegie Mellon University), Jonathan Aldrich (Carnegie Mellon University)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 4 ratings)
Plaid is a new programming language with native support for typestate and permissions. Typestate captures the changing states an object can be in, allowing the object's interface, representation, and behavior to change. A gradual (optional) type system tracks the typestate of objects, using permissions like "unique" to reason in the presence of aliasing. The PL's power is demonstrated by examples. Read more.
Perl
Location: Portland 256
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.79, 28 ratings)
Once again, Perl's own Dr. Evil emerges from his secret lair on a remote Pacific island to beam a devastating onslaught of dangerously useful software ideas directly into your unsuspecting frontal lobes. Read more.
Emerging Languages
Location: E144
Matt Youell (New Monic Labs)
Average rating: **...
(2.86, 7 ratings)
Imagine a language with no objects, functions, or variables. Wheeler intersects relational, declarative, reactive, and aspect-oriented programming approaches to create a surprisingly simple language that you can learn in about 10 minutes. (Assuming you are willing to bend your brain into the proper pretzel shape.) Read more.
Emerging Languages
Location: E144
Bob Nystrom (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 5 ratings)
Magpie is a brand new language that borrows the shiniest bits from other languages. From Lisp, it takes multimethods and extensible syntax. From ML, it takes pattern-matching and records. From Ruby it takes classes, and a passion for clarity and readability. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 255
Piers Cawley (Thermeon)
Average rating: ***..
(3.29, 24 ratings)
Languages with first class functions are different. Callbacks and `each' are just the start - the fun really begins when you start learning from the Lisp guys and writing code that writes code that writes code. Think differently about your Javascript and do more with less code Read more.
Perl
Location: Portland 256
Piers Cawley (Thermeon)
Average rating: ***..
(3.61, 18 ratings)
"I'm sorry I coined the term 'objects' for this topic ... the big idea is "messaging"' - Alan Kay Stop thinking about objects and start thinking about the messages you're sending and how they can be handled and you will have simpler methods. In this talk we cover a couple of key patterns and see how they open the door to simpler, clearer, more extensible code. Read more.
Community
Location: E145
Audrey Eschright (Elevated Code / Stumptown Syndicate), Sherri Montgomery (Open Source Bridge / Ignite Portland / Mentor Graphics), Christie Koehler (Mozilla / Stumptown Syndicate)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
A fun, comprehensive overview of how to host a successful code sprint, hackathon, (un)conference or workshop. Read more.
Education
Location: D138
Jacinta Richardson (Perl Training Australia)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
You have so much you want to teach, how do you structure it so that your training course is both interesting and challenging? How much theory can you squeeze into an hour before your attendees have forgotten where you started? How do you structure your course to account for classes which move slower or faster than average? This talk will cover all of these answers and more. Read more.
Cloud Computing
Location: D139/140
Stewart Smith (Percona)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This is part survey, part critique of the various Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation and Durability models available from various modern databases and data stores used in modern Web and Cloud environments. Read more.
Perl
Location: Portland 256
A.Sinan Unur (Unur)
Average rating: *....
(1.60, 5 ratings)
HTML5's canvas element allows graphics generation to be offloaded to the client's web browser. Various Perl modules make it easy to take data in various "spreadsheet" formats and turn them into easily chartable data. This presentation will demonstrate a simple web application built using Perl's Dancer to tie these elements together. Read more.
Government
Location: F150
William Schroeder (Kitware, Inc.), Brian Wylie (Sandia National Labs), Marcus Hanwell (Kitware, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 5 ratings)
Open source serves as a superb platform for collaborative R&D and the practice of Open Science. In this panel three members of the research community discuss ways to fund, support, and grow research programs based on open source practices. Read more.