OSCON 2012 Tutorials

The first two days of OSCON (July 16-17) feature two full days of 3-hour tutorials led by experts and innovators. Please note: you must register for an OSCON pass which includes Monday and/or Tuesday tutorials to attend. Sponsored Tutorials happening on Tuesday, July 17 are open to all attendees with a badge (including Expo Hall Only passes).

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Location: D136
Gregg Pollack (Envy Labs), Carlos Souza (Envy Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.58, 12 ratings)
If you enjoy writing JavaScript then you'll really enjoy CoffeeScript, a new language which transcompiles into CoffeeScript. Inspired by languages like Ruby, Python, and Haskell, it allows you to write less code to get more done. In this course students will learn the basics of CoffeeScript using the Code School in-browser challenge engine. Read more.
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Location: E145-146
Hadley Wickham (Rice University / RStudio)
Average rating: ****.
(4.38, 21 ratings)
Learn the basics of R for data science: what makes R special as a language, and what R packages are most important for data manipulation, visualisation and modelling. Read more.
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Location: Portland 251
Nathaniel Schutta (ntschutta.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.10, 30 ratings)
Interested in HTML5? Want a chance to play around with the latest and greatest in web app development? This workshop is for you! We'll cover feature detection, web forms, the new HTML elements, take a spin around the canvas, and we'll finish up with offline/local storage. Read more.
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Location: Portland 252
Matthew McCullough (GitHub, Inc.), Tim Berglund (GitHub)
Average rating: ****.
(4.47, 34 ratings)
Matthew McCullough, trainer for GitHub.com, and Tim Berglund, co-presenter of the O'Reilly Git Master Class videos and Mastering Advanced Git videos, will guide you through the fundamentals and a few intermediate elements of Git in three hours of lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises. Read more.
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Location: Portland 256
Martijn Verburg (jClarity), Ben Evans (jClarity)
Average rating: ***..
(3.18, 17 ratings)
Based off the popular title 'The Well-Grounded Java Developer', this tutorial covers four major themes (Java 7, Functional programming, polyglot programming and modern concurrency) which we believe that all Well-Grounded Java developers should be aware of, and start practising to stay ahead of the game in 2012 and beyond. Read more.
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Location: D137-138
Jacob Kaplan-Moss (Revolution Systems, LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.47, 19 ratings)
Django is a high-level web development framework designed for rapid development of database-backed web sites. This tutorial is designed to introduce developers to Django. It will take attendees from a blank screen to a fully-functional web application. I'll cover all the basics you need to know to get started with Django. Read more.
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Location: E143-144
Peter Scott (Pacific Systems Design Technologies)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 9 ratings)
Normally it takes three days of classes for a beginner to get familiar with Perl. We don't have three days, so we're going to speed things up... just a bit. This tutorial will cover the basics and enough of the more advanced features to bootstrap the learning process for Perl novices. Read more.
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Location: D135
Kevin Shockey (Mis Tribus)
Average rating: **...
(2.29, 7 ratings)
With an infinite marketplace, every product must compete for resources and attention. Most projects turn into a resource management issue; how much do you have and how what do you use it on? One of the most successful ways to get the resources you need is to secure your own financing. This tutorial examines popular alternatives and gives free culture case-studies to identify best practices. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Steve Francia (10gen)
Average rating: ***..
(3.76, 21 ratings)
This hands-on session will introduce the audience to building applications with MongoDB - the open source document-oriented NoSQL database. The tutorial will take the user through building a simple location-based (like foursquare) from start to finish. Attendees will finish the session with a working application they use to check into locations around Portland from any HTML5 enabled phone! Read more.
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Location: D139-140
Samantha Starmer (REI, Recreational Equipment, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)
The future of design is everywhere a user touches our product or service—digital or physical. Web and other digital practitioners must move beyond the screen to designing a holistic customer experience that is seamless across channels and devices. In this interactive workshop, Samantha will provide specific tools for designing for a full experience lifecycle across all channels and touchpoints. Read more.
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Location: E145-146
Krishna Sankar (Tata America International)
Average rating: **...
(2.33, 12 ratings)
Social media has become the true mirror of the society & no doubt, Twitter is silver behind the glass. An understanding of the underlying network models reflected by the tweets & associated metadata enables one to infer and predict. In this tutorial, we will derive domain metrics like Cliques and Brand Rank by applying SNA principles via Twitter APIs. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Ricardo Signes (Pobox.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.09, 11 ratings)
Moose continues to emerge as the new standard for writing OO libraries in Perl. It provides a powerful, consistent API for building classes with a minimum of code. It can be customized with reusable components, making it easier to refactor your code as you go. This tutorial will explain what Moose is, how its parts work together, and how to start using Moose today to get more done with less. Read more.
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Location: D136
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.92, 40 ratings)
The class explores 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.
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Location: Portland 256
Garrett Smith (CloudBees)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 25 ratings)
In the Matrix, the hero Neo learns Kung Fu in 30 seconds. But in the real world, it takes a three hour OSCON tutorial to master such a skill! In this tutorial, you'll learn what makes Erlang so powerful and how to use it to build your own scalable, fault tolerant distributed systems. At the end, you you'll wake up, turn to your friends and say, "I know Erlang". Read more.
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Location: D139-140
Sebastian Bergmann (thePHP.cc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)
Today's web applications require frequent updates, not just by adding or upgrading its features, but by maintaining and improving the software's existing code base. This tutorial teaches PHP developers how to use Jenkins, the popular continuous integration server, to monitor various aspects of software quality through continuous integration and continuous inspection. Read more.
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Location: Portland 251
Average rating: ***..
(3.41, 22 ratings)
The Canvas element is one of the most exciting features added to HTML since the marquee tag. You can draw 2D graphics, implement special effects, edit photos at the pixel level, and bring rich animation to both desktop and mobile browsers alike; no plugins required. By the end of this workshop you will have good running code. New for 2012: adv. audio, WebGL, and mobile canvas support. Read more.
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Location: Portland 252
John David Duncan (Oracle Corp.), Craig L Russell (Oracle Corporation)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 17 ratings)
A tutorial on setting up MySQL Cluster 7.2 and developing hybrid SQL/NoSQL applications using the Cluster/J and Memcached APIs. Read more.
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Location: E143-144
Kevin Falcone (Best Practical Solutions), Alex Vandiver (Best Practical Solutions)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Request Tracker (RT) is an enterprise-grade ticketing system. It’s designed to help your organization track what needs to get done and what still needs doing. From basic customer service to advanced back-office workflows, RT is flexible enough to keep your processes smooth and effective. Read more.
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Location: D137-138
Daniel Hinojosa (evolutionnext.com), Dianne Marsh (Netflix)
Average rating: **...
(2.56, 9 ratings)
Koans are small Zen lessons, Scala Koans are small Zen lessons -- in Scala! Koans, as little exercises, are designed to provide tidbits of knowledge that when bundled together provide an in-depth understanding, Each Koan comes complete with their own little epiphanies of joy. Scala Koans have been a favorite for developers helping them make their path to Scala Nirvana. (laptop required) Read more.
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Location: D135
Christie Koehler (Mozilla / Stumptown Syndicate), Audrey Eschright (Elevated Code / Stumptown Syndicate), Sherri Montgomery (Open Source Bridge / Ignite Portland / Mentor Graphics)
Average rating: ***..
(3.73, 11 ratings)
A fun, comprehensive tutorial on how to host a successful code sprint, hackathon, (un)conference or workshop. Read more.
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Location: F150
Tags: openstack
Average rating: **...
(2.29, 14 ratings)
Monty Taylor, manager of Automation and Deployment at HP, will be our guest speaker and will be running a lab session. This will be an in-depth, hands-on session on how to set-up OpenStack. We'll walk through setting up devstack, with the end result of creating a working OpenStack development environment by the end of the night. Read more.
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Location: E145-146
Tags: postgresql
Christophe Pettus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 8 ratings)
You have your shiny new PostgreSQL source tarball or package, but what to do with it? In one intense tutorial, we'll go through everything need to install, configure, and maintain your new, tuned, replicated, back-uped PostgreSQL installation. Read more.
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Location: Portland 251
Gregg Pollack (Envy Labs), Olivier Lacan (Envy Labs), Christopher Green (Envy Labs), Tyler Hunt (Envy Labs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.39, 18 ratings)
So you know the basics of jQuery and Selectors, but you want to solidify your knowledge with jQuery events, ajax, effects, and code organization. This course picks up where Intro to jQuery 1 left off, jumping straight into the most useful jQuery techniques. We'll cover Events, AJAX, Effects, and Code Organization in detail, utilizing the Code School engine so you can code in the browser. Read more.
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Location: D135
Oscar Baechler (Baechler Creative, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
Blender is a 3D animation suite that excels at every part of the animation pipeline, and has found its way into Hollywood blockbusters and AAA game titles. This introductory presentation will teach you 3D pipeline in a nutshell, followed by a hands-on demo where attendees can model, sculpt and render their first 3D project. Read more.
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Location: E143-144
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.91, 22 ratings)
This tutorial provides a overview of the most important new features introduced in Perl 5.10 to 5.16, along with practical examples of how those features can improve the performance, robustness, and maintainability of your code Read more.
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Location: Portland 252
Estelle Weyl (Standardista.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.30, 20 ratings)
Web development without Photoshop, IDs or classes? Improve your development time, reduced maintenance costs, SEO, accessibility and site performance with CSS. This skills-based workshop will cover including selectors, specificity, media queries, backgrounds, gradients, animations, browser quirks, debugging and basic to advanced best practices. Read more.
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Location: D137-138
Philip Lindsay (rancidbacon.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.27, 11 ratings)
Have you always wanted to create hardware devices to interact with the real world? Heard about the Arduino electronics prototyping platform but not sure how to get started? When you attend this workshop you will: set up an Arduino board & software; learn how the Arduino fits into the field of physical computing; and make your Arduino respond to button presses and blink lights. Hardware is fun! Read more.
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Location: D136
Alan Dipert (Relevance, Inc.), Clinton N. Dreisbach (Relevance, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.94, 18 ratings)
Clojure is a general-purpose language with direct support for Java, a modern Lisp dialect, and support in both the language and data structures for functional programming. Learn Clojure and you'll become a better all-around programmer. You'll also be able to write applications that have the beauty and elegance of a good scripting language and the power and reach of the JVM. Read more.
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Location: D139-140
Tags: javafx
Stephen Chin (Oracle)
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)
This session will introduce you to the JavaFX 2 platform from the perspective of a seasoned Java developer. The breadth of JavaFX APIs will be explained through several examples that we will build out during the course of the session. Read more.
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Location: Portland 256
Rik Arends (Cloud9 IDE Inc), Bert Belder
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 21 ratings)
Want to write Node.JS applications and want someone to show you the ropes? In this workshop we will go through a quick paced introduction to node.JS, and will introduce the basic principles of writing evented IO applications. For the more advanced developers it will be interactive on the depth of certain subjects. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Paris Buttfield-Addison (Secret Lab Pty. Ltd.), Christopher Neugebauer (chris.neugebauer.id.au), Jonathon Manning (Secret Lab Pty. Ltd.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.58, 19 ratings)
In this session you'll learn why you can't consider UX and design an optional extra when designing mobile apps for Android, how to tell an awesome app from a terrible app, and the basics of both designing and coding for the latest and greatest Android platform (Android 4.0 and beyond). Stylish apps aren't just for that other mobile platform, and Android is surprisingly easy to get started with. Read more.
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Location: F150
Tags: openstack
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)
Join us for a day-long program exploring OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure platform. Originally founded at NASA and Rackspace, OpenStack has grown to be a global software community of developers collaborating on a standard and massively scalable open source cloud operating system. Read more.
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Location: F151
Kevin Shockey (Mis Tribus)
So, you want to run a business; or, maybe you want to turn your Open Source project hobby into a day job. What ever the reason you're reading the Business Leadership Day description, this one-day track has the basics to help bootstrap your business skills. Read more.
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Location: Portland 252
Average rating: *....
(1.70, 10 ratings)
Organizations and individuals seriously involved in Android development should consider testing as a pillar in their strategy. In this session we will analyze the components available in the Android platform to support unit testing, Test Driven Development, performance tests, test automation, code coverage analysis and Continuous Integration. Read more.
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Location: Portland 251
Nathaniel Schutta (ntschutta.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.28, 25 ratings)
The word just came down from the VP - you need a mobile app and you need it yesterday. It needs to be polished and have that design stuff too. Oh and it needs to be on all the major platforms in time for the big marketing push next month. After a moment of panic, you wonder if it's too late to become a plumber... Read more.
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Location: E145-146
Andrew Gerrand (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.22, 18 ratings)
Dive headfirst into the Go Programming Language with this hands-on tutorial. Following the successful "Tour of Go" from OSCON in 2011, this pragmatic tutorial walks through the process of building a complete, useful, and idiomatic Go program. Participants will learn the Go language, libraries, and tools and have fun writing a real Go program. Read more.
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Location: D137-138
Alasdair Allan (The Thing System, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
This tutorial will walk you through connecting an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to an Arduino or other external hardware using an RS-232 adaptor. This is hardware hacking for iOS developers. You'll learn how to build iOS applications that talk to the real world, talk to sensors that talk back, and make iOS part of the Internet of Things. Read more.
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Location: Portland 256
Dane Springmeyer (MapBox / Development Seed)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 15 ratings)
Learn how to make beautiful, fast, and interactive maps for web and mobile using the latest open source tools. Technologies discussed will include Node.js, Mapnik, TileMill, MapBox, CartoDB, and TileStache. TileMill wil be the central tool used for hands-on learning. We will showcase how both technical and non-technical users can turn raw data into hosted and embeddable maps. Read more.
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Location: D135
Jeremie Miller (Singly), Thomas Muldowney (Singly)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Learn how to build apps on a unified open source API combining data from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Github, Foursquare, Instagram, Tumblr, Linkedin, Fitbit, Wordpress, Runkeeper, Dropbox, and more, includes hands-on hack time to get a working dev environment up and running. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Tags: perl
Randal L. Schwartz (FLOSS Weekly podcast), Peter Scott (Pacific Systems Design Technologies)
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 10 ratings)
In this tutorial, brian d foy will cover aspects of his latest book, Mastering Perl, which is practical advice for working programmers on creating enterprise-quality Perl programs Read more.
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Location: D139-140
Michael Ernst (University of Washington), Werner Dietl (University of Waterloo)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 13 ratings)
Are you tired of null pointer exceptions, SQL injections, concurrency errors, mistaken equality tests, and other run-time errors? A compile-time tool named the Checker Framework has found hundreds of such errors in Java code. Come learn how you can use the tool to improve your own code. For those who don't use Java, we will explain the concept of pluggable type-checking that underlies the tool. Read more.
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Location: D136
Wade Minter (TeamSnap), Mark Cornick (TeamSnap), Emily Dobervich (TeamSnap)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 14 ratings)
Getting everyone in your company or development team on the same page can be a challenge. Back for a second year, 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.

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