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Business Leadership Day
Location: F 151
Rachael Madsen (Optimal Design Software LLC), Beverly Block (Optimal Design Software LLC)
Average rating: **...
(2.17, 6 ratings)
In today’s market, even a small startup has to pay attention to licensing, intellectual property, and liability. We will share what we’ve learned in the process of building a 2-person company to develop custom software for a gaming convention. Topics covered will include legal issues and considerations in designing a small program with the potential to grow into a larger product. Read more.
Python
Location: D135
wesley chun (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 9 ratings)
An update from last year's well-received public service talk, we'll discuss the evolution of Python & answer common FAQs. There are those who worry that Python 3 is backwards-incompatible to Python 2. We address that issue, discuss what the main differences are, mention migration, the roles of 2.6/2.7 & other transition tools, and conclude with an update on what has been & yet needs to be ported. Read more.
Javascript & HTML5
Location: Portland 251
Nathaniel Schutta (ntschutta.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.81, 32 ratings)
Believe it or not, the JavaScript party hasn't stopped. What other libraries are out there? What do they offer? This talk will survey the field of modern JavaScript libraries getting you up to speed on what's new. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 256
Thiago Macieira (Intel)
Average rating: ***..
(3.23, 13 ratings)
The past 15 years have seen many languages be created to solve problems that languages before it couldn't solve or had not solved properly. In 2011, our old and familiar C and C++ languages received an upgrade: C11 and C++11. The changes to C++11 are so important it is almost a new language. This talk will present some of the most interesting changes aimed at making a developer's life easier. Read more.
Python
Location: D135
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
Grace Murray Hopper's famous motto, "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission", has many useful applications -- in Python, in concurrency, in networking, as well of course as in real life. However, it's not universally valid. This talk explores both useful and damaging applications of this principle. Read more.
Sponsored Sessions
Location: E142
Greg Brockman (Stripe)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
Applications are only as reliable as the database they use. At Stripe, we've developed a set of practical techniques for running MongoDB without downtime even in the face of catastophic machine failure. This session will cover a range of these techniques (and the tales behind their development). Read more.
Python
Location: D135
Rachael Madsen (Optimal Design Software LLC)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 9 ratings)
The Traveling Salesman Problem is a classic example of an NP-Complete task that is much more difficult than it seems on the surface. There are a number of algorithms available for solving it. In this session, we will look at different options for implementing complex mathematics within Python. We will evaluate the different options in relation to the specific algorithms used. Read more.
Python
Location: D135
Mike Biglan (Concentric Sky), M Wiggins (Concentric Sky), Josh Bothun (Concentric Sky)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
The underlying bootstrapping (i.e. "startproject") and environmental setup process in Django has remained mostly unchanged for many years. Djenesis decouples bootstrapping from Django while allowing a user to choose their template or setup an existing project. Just as important, it also sets beginners up with a smoother learning-curve and simplifies environmental setup. Read more.
Python
Location: D135
Craig Kerstiens (Heroku)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
Django's unique app structure enables developers to break their application into functional units from the start of a project. The next step is to move from many Django apps in a single project to many services that talk across defined contracts and API's. We'll walk through practices for doing this and how Django enables it easily, but also the places it introduces complexities. Read more.
Business
Location: E145
Tim Sammut (Cisco Security Research and Operations)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)
The use of Open Source Software in products or services can create numerous benefits; however, it simultaneously presents security challenges that are often overlooked. How do you learn of new vulnerabilities in OSS that you use? How do you effectively manage and track those issues? How do you disclose issues to your customers? This session will address these questions and many more. Read more.
Community
Location: D138
Cheryl Miller (greenlight for girls Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Greenlightforgirls.org is a Brussels-based, international NGO promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls of all ages and backgrounds. We promote female role models from technical sectors to youngsters, and run events which inspire girls to study and pursue careers in technical areas, including computers. With this knowledge, we believe girls will save the world! Read more.
Python
Location: D135
Jacob Kaplan-Moss (Revolution Systems, LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
You'll often hear that some web framework "doesn't scale". Well, it's true! Django, like all web frameworks. offers a ton of shortcuts for common cases, but as sites grow these shortcuts come at the cost of performance. However, you don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater; come to this talk to hear how you can win back performance while hanging on to the framework you love. Read more.
Python
Location: D135
Andy McKay (Mozilla)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Mozilla's add-ons site serves a few billion hits a day through Python. This talk covers how the site is built, how it scales, the fun we had on the way and tools that you can use from it. Read more.
UX
Location: D137
Hadley Wickham (Rice University / RStudio)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 21 ratings)
Learn the essential bits of cognitive psychology to create effect visualisations that convey what you want them to convey. Read more.
Python
Location: D135
Lynn Root (PyLadies SF)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
Are you a woman wanting to break into the engineering field? Or do you know any women wanting to learn how to code, but don't know how to help them? Perhaps our nerdy ladies are a bit shy to ask for help. That's okay! I'll give you some tools to nudge you in the right direction. Read more.
Javascript & HTML5
Location: Portland 251
Alice Boxhall (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)
There are millions of software users with disabilities worldwide, yet many web application developers aren't aware of the techniques which can be used to make their software accessible. This talk will give an overview of what accessibility means and why it's important to you, a run-down of the technology and techniques for achieving it, and a look at how browsers provide accessibility support. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: E147
John Goulah (Etsy), Erik Kastner (Kickstarter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 14 ratings)
Its common to discuss the production environment in public but it is a black art on how to construct the development environment correctly, in fact it is a common problem that development doesn’t closely mirror the production experience. We will address why this is important, some common anti-patterns, and how it can be done correctly. Read more.
Python
Location: D135
Eric Wills (University of Oregon/Vizme)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)
Metaclasses are a commonly misunderstood and misrepresented topic in Python. This session will introduce metaclasses, explore the added functionality they provide, and look at some real world examples of metaclasses as we use them in server-side web development at Vizme. Read more.
Javascript & HTML5
Location: Portland 251
Bastian Hofmann (ResearchGate GmbH)
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 23 ratings)
Nowadays many modern web applications are solely relying on JavaScript to render their frontend. But if you want to create mashups, load data from many different places or include external widgets into your site, you are quickly running into boundaries because of browser and security restrictions. In this presentation I will talk about techniques helping you with such problems. Read more.
Business
Location: E145
Mishi Choudhary (Software Freedom Law Center), Deb Nicholson (Open Invention Network), Justin Colannino (Ropes & Gray LLP)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
The intense commercial competition between technology companies is driving large volumes of complex and often multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. With the de facto possibility of patenting software related ideas in various countries, free and open source software developers must understand the patent risks inherent in the development and distribution of their software. Read more.
PHP
Location: E144
Steve Meyers (Utah Open Source Foundation)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 4 ratings)
Most developers are developers, not DBAs, yet many smaller companies have inadequate database experience in-house. This is largely because databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL don't necessarily require a full-time DBA to administer. It's become more important for developers at smaller companies to have some basic knowledge of how to keep their database happy. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 256
Nathaniel Manista (Google), Augie Fackler (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 24 ratings)
Have you ever wished you could know early in a project's development which choices you were making that would later harm the project as it grows in longevity, scale, and complexity? We'll share with you how thanks to software architectural principles and testing discipline, and we'll share with you a few laughs as we relate the bumpy road we took on our way to finding out how ourselves. Read more.
Business
Location: E145
Diane Mueller (ActiveState), David Mertz (IBM developerWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Companies are thinking long & hard about legal & regulatory implications of cloud computing. No matter what efficiency gains are, Legal often directs IT to steer clear of any service that eliminates their ability to keep sensitive information out of the hands of Federal prosecutors. As the fog clears on the US Patriot Act, best practices are emerging to enable corporations to move to the cloud. Read more.
Data
Location: E144
Leon Stein (Decide)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
These days it is not uncommon to have 100s of gigabytes of data that needs to be sliced and diced then delivered fast and rendered quickly. This talk seeks to cover some strategies for caching large data sets without tons of expensive hardware, but through software and data design. Read more.
Keynote
Location: D135
Edd Dumbill (Silicon Valley Data Science), Sarah Novotny (NGINX), Gina Blaber (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
OSCON belongs to its attendees, and we want to hear what you think of this year’s show. Join the organizers to talk about what you loved and hated about OSCON, and what you’d like to see next year. Read more.
Business
Location: E145
Jacinta Richardson (Perl Training Australia)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
You have a great business idea and your friends and colleagues are supportive and tell you that you can do it. The forms have been filled in, you've said goodbye to your rat-race job, and you're investing your energy into getting things done. Still, despite how compelling your idea is, you're not making any money and your savings are dwindling. What are you doing wrong? Read more.
Data
Location: Portland 252
Andreas Kollegger (Neo Technology)
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 18 ratings)
In this session, Andreas Kollegger will take you on a whirlwind tour of the current NoSQL landscape. He'll give a crash course overview of the four main categories of NoSQL databases, and discuss what's currently lacking to make the enterprise adopt NoSQL, and how to solve it. Read more.

Sponsors

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