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New languages get pragmatic

By John Labovitz
August 4, 2010

Safety, security and reliability were common themes at the recent Emerging Languages Camp. In this piece, John Labovitz examines the thread of pragmatism that runs through many of the new programming languages discussed at the camp.

OSCON Wrap-up: Leaving a legacy

By Kevin Shockey
July 26, 2010

...open source community asking itself, "how can we fix x (any of the world's challenges) with open source?"

Why fragmentation is a good sign for Android

By Mac Slocum
July 26, 2010

Author Marko Gargenta says Android fragmentation is a sign the project is accomplishing its goal of appearing on many devices and platforms. In this video interview, he talks about Android's growing popularity and why fragmentation was built into the nature of the project.

How open source can improve health care

By Brian Ahier
July 22, 2010

As the health IT industry ramps up to meet the meaningful use rules, the opportunities for open source to provide solutions are increasing. At OSCON, Radar blogger Brian Ahier spoke with three men with unique perspectives on health care and open source: David Riley, head of the CONNECT initiative, Brian Behlendorf, formerly of Apache and now working with CONNECT, and Arien Malec, coordinator for NHIN Direct.

Day one of the health care IT track at O'Reilly's Open Source convention

By Andy Oram
July 22, 2010

Nine talks representing the breadth of a vital programming area can't be summarized in one sentence, but for me the theme of the day was open source advocates reaching out to solve pressing problems that proprietary vendors will not or cannot address.

Cloud Summit

By Kevin Shockey
July 21, 2010

Whether you think your organization is ready, or not, cloud computing is a reality.

The art of community leadership

By Brian Ahier
July 18, 2010

I stopped by the Community Leadership Summit 2010 as I was preparing for OSCON this coming week. It is an open unconference-style event, now in its second year, that's held the weekend before OSCON. Everyone who attends is welcome to lead and contribute sessions on any topic that is relevant. In these discussion sessions the participants can interact directly,...

Crowdsourcing the search for aliens

Crowdsourcing the search for aliens
By James Turner
July 12, 2010

Seti@Home brought distributed computing to the masses nearly a decade ago. Now, Jill Tarter and her SETI colleagues are upping the ante with a new telescope and a crowdsourced data-crunching project. Tarter, a speaker at the upcoming OSCON convention, discusses her work in this Q&A.

Hardware hacking heaven

Hardware hacking heaven
By Edd Dumbill
July 9, 2010

Hacking isn't just for software anymore. A full range of open source hardware hacks -- everything from Arduino to parallel programming to small-form computing -- will be discussed at OSCON this year. With the current slate of tools, it's never been easier to write code that runs on low-power, small-format devices. And many of these tools are familiar to conventional software developers.

Mobile, desktop or cloud: Where does the future of open source lie?

By James Turner
July 7, 2010

In this Q&A, OSCON speaker and GNOME foundation executive director Stormy Peters discusses the risks of cloud computing, the continued importance of desktop computing, and the interesting relationship between new mobile form factors and free software adoption.

The next wave of programming languages

The next wave of programming languages
By Mac Slocum
July 6, 2010

The upcoming OSCON conference will showcase a host of new programming languages in the first Emerging Languages Camp. Alex Payne, BankSimple co-founder and the Camp's co-organizer, explains why new languages emerge and he reveals which languages have captured his attention.

Open source and the VA's health transformation

By Andy Oram
June 29, 2010

Joseph Dal Molin, co-founder of the WorldVistA project and a speaker at the upcoming OSCON convention, discusses the Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA system and its expansion as an open source effort.

Open source and health care already have a history

By Andy Oram
June 24, 2010

Fred Trotter, a longtime developer in the open source healthcare world and a speaker at next month's OSCON conference, discusses the history of open source and health IT in this podcast interview.

Does the world need another programming language?

By James Turner
June 22, 2010

In this Q&A, Google principal engineer Rob Pike discusses development of Go, a new programming language. He also looks at the current state of programming languages and explains why we're in the midst of a language "renaissance."

Giving patient data meaningful use

By Andy Oram
June 21, 2010

Arien Malec, coordinator of NHIN Direct, has led a uniquely open, community-based project to define health data exchange standards. In this podcast, Malec discusses health care privacy, the difficulties of securely exchanging patient information, and the types of applications NHIN Direct can facilitate.

From Apache to Health and Human Services

By Andy Oram
June 17, 2010

In this podcast interview, Apache co-founder Brian Behlendorf discusses the CONNECT project and the role data can play in improving patient care and the medical system.

NASA technology leads to better medical decisions

By Alex Howard
June 16, 2010

In this podcast, Chris Mattmann, a senior computer scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discusses objected-oriented data technology (OODT) and health IT.

Nominations Open For O'Reilly Open Source Awards 2010

By Edd Dumbill
April 16, 2010

The O'Reilly Open Source Awards will be hosted this July at OSCON 2010 in Portland, OR. The awards recognize individual contributors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, and collaboration in the development of Open Source Software. Past recipients for 2005-2009 include Brian Aker, Angela Byron, Karl Fogel, Pamela Jones, Bruce Momjian, Chris Messina, David Recordon, and Andrew Tridgell. The nomination...


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