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Full-stack developers

By Mike Loukides
April 10, 2014

Since Facebook’s Carlos Bueno wrote the canonical article about the full stack, there has been no shortage of posts trying to define it. For a time, Facebook allegedly only hired “full-stack developers.” That probably wasn’t quite true, even if they thought …

Prefer goals over controls

By Matthew McCullough
February 21, 2014

  Bruce Eckel is well known for his books in the field of programming, such as Thinking in Java, Thinking in C++, and Atomic Scala as well as his co-leadership of the Java Posse. And yet, on top of his …

Prefer goals over controls

By Matthew McCullough
February 21, 2014

Bruce Eckel is well known for his books in the field of programming, such as Thinking in Java, Thinking in C++, and Atomic Scala as well as his co-leadership of the Java Posse. And yet, on top of his work …

Proposing a Compelling OSCON Talk

By Simon St. Laurent
January 15, 2014

The OSCON call for proposals closes on January 30th. I’ve seen some great explanations of how to write a conference proposal generally, and my co-chair Matthew McCullough has an excellent presentation on how to write proposals and presentations:   Tailoring …

Tim O’Reilly Urges Developers and Entrepreneurs to Make Moonshots

By Josh Simmons
December 17, 2013

  At OSCON 2013, Tim (@timoreilly) asked us to aim higher and work on difficult problems while highlighting the most important trends that should be guiding open source developers and entrepreneurs. To illustrate his points, he offered up great examples …

Will Developers Move to Sputnik?

By Meghan Blanchette
August 22, 2013

Barton George (@barton808) is the Director of Development Programs at Dell, and the lead on Project Sputnik—Dell’s Ubuntu-based developer laptop (and its accompanying software). He sat down with me at OSCON to talk about what’s happened in the past year …

In Praise of the Lone Contributor

By Kathryn Barrett
August 2, 2013

Over the years, OSCON has become a big conference. With over 3900 registered this year, it was hard not to look at the packed hallways and sessions and think what a huge crowd it is. The number of big-name companies …

Open Source convention considers situational awareness in cars, and more

By Andy Oram
July 29, 2013

Every conference draws people in order to make contacts, but the Open Source convention also inspires them with content. I had one friend withdraw from an important business meeting (sending an associate) in order to attend a tutorial. Lots of …

Open Source In The Classroom

By Jon Roberts
July 25, 2013

To teach computer programming to a young person with no experience, you must imagine what it’s like to know nothing about languages, algorithms, data structures, design patterns, object orientation, development tools, etc. Yet the kids I’ve seen in high school …

Why Choose a Graph Database

By Michael Hunger
July 23, 2013

By this time, chances are very likely that you’ve heard of NoSQL, and of graph databases like Neo4j. NoSQL databases address important challenges that we face today, in terms of data size and data complexity. They offer a valuable solution …

A Hands-on Introduction to R

By Ray DiGiacomo, Jr.
July 23, 2013

R is an open-source statistical computing environment similar to SAS and SPSS that allows for the analysis of data using various techniques like sub-setting, manipulation, visualization and modeling. There are versions that run on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and …

Get Hadoop, Hive, and HBase Up and Running in Less Than 15 Minutes

By Mark Grover
July 19, 2013

If you have delved into Apache Hadoop and related projects, you know that installing and configuring Hadoop is hard. Often, a minor mistake during installation or configuration with messy tarballs will lurk for a long time until some otherwise innocuous …

Augmenting Unstructured Data

By Jesse Anderson
July 17, 2013

Our world is filled with unstructured data. By some estimates, it’s as high as 80% of all data. Unstructured data is data that isn’t in a specific format. It isn’t separated by a delimiter that you could split on and …

Scaling People, Process, and Technology with Python

By Dave Himrod
July 15, 2013

NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Dave’s talk or the many other cool sessions, click over to the OSCON website where you can use the discount code OS13PROG to get 20% off your registration fee. …

Six Ways to Make Your Peer Code Reviews More Effective

By Emma Jane Westby
July 11, 2013

NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Emma Jane’s talk or the many other cool sessions, click over to the OSCON website where you can use the discount code OS13PROG to get 20% off your registration …

HTML 5 Geolocation, SharePoint Tech, Strangeloop, and More

By Jenn Webb
June 24, 2013

Each Monday, we round up upcoming event highlights from the programming and technology spaces. Have an event to share? Send us a note. Intro to Raspberry Pi : Ed Snajder explains what a Raspberry Pi is, how it differs from …

Intro to Raspberry Pi, Wharton Web Conference, Agile 2013, and More

By Jenn Webb
June 17, 2013

Each Monday, we round up upcoming event highlights from the programming and technology spaces. Have an event to share? Send us a note. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised webcast: Jonathan Stark discusses the coming wireless wave and how it …

SPTechCon, iPhone Bootcamp, OSCON, and More

By Jenn Webb
June 10, 2013

Each Monday, we round up upcoming event highlights from the programming and technology spaces. Have an event to share? Send us a note. HTML5 Application Development Class: This two-day training class offers a small class size and individual attention for …

Open source won

By Roger Magoulas
July 30, 2012

I heard the comments a few times at the 14th OSCON: The conference has lost its edge. The comments resonated with my own experience — a shift in demeanor, a more purposeful, optimistic attitude, less itching for a fight. Yes, …

Democratizing data, and other notes from the Open Source convention

By Andy Oram
July 25, 2012

There has been enormous talk over the past few years of open data and what it can do for society, but proponents have largely come to admit: data is not democratizing in itself. This topic is hotly debated, and a …

Social networks are not communities, and other discussions from the Community Leadership Summit

By Andy Oram
July 16, 2012

The Community Leadership Summit this past weekend roused thoughts in me about the predictions and analyses I’ve heard over the past few years about social networking and to contrast them with what we were saying about community. I realized that …

Have a healthy conference

By Andy Oram
July 9, 2012

In honor of the third health care track at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, I invite everyone to join me in five ways to have a healthy conference.

Download my Tutorial Slides

By Kevin Shockey
July 1, 2012

I've uploaded the slides for my OSCON tutorial "How to Organize and Fund Free Culture Projects." Definitely, the hardest set of slides I've ever had to put together. It combines four months of searching, reading, researching, condensing, simplifying, and writing...

OSCON Business Leadership Day

By Kevin Shockey
June 29, 2012

I encourage you to give the Business Leadership track a look. You'll need to have the tutorial pass to attend, and while I hope all of the tutorials are great on Tuesday, if you're bored, please stop by room F 151.

Tutorial As a Startup Update

Tutorial As a Startup Update
By Kevin Shockey
June 27, 2012

All I can say at this point, is that it's hard to get people to engage over the Internet. Anyone claiming that it's easy to get an audience, a community, or project to respond and take action is, extremely lucky.

The State of Open Source

By Kevin Shockey
June 26, 2012

Look at Pepsi and Coke. Do you think that they are willing to accept a decline in any aspect of their brand? No, they keep pushing, making sure everyone knows what they are drinking. I propose a similar campaign for open source. Let us make sure that users of cloud computing, for example, know what they are using. They are using free and open source software. Google Drive anyone?

Synching Up Your Life

By Kevin Shockey
June 25, 2012

You never now when you're an accident or failure aware from disaster. Having a multiple layer backup and recovery strategy is merely standard operating procedure.

Open minds and open source community

Open minds and open source community
By Sarah Novotny
August 8, 2011

The c-chair of OSCON reflects on the big ideas that I was hearing from the conference, as the open source community continues on its journey "from disruption to default".

Report from Open Source convention health track, 2011

By Andy Oram
July 30, 2011

OSCon shows that open source health care, although it hasn't broken into the mainstream yet, already inspires a passionate and highly competent community.

Report from Open Source convention health track, 2011

By Andy Oram
July 30, 2011

OSCon shows that open source health care, although it hasn't broken into the mainstream yet, already inspires a passionate and highly competent community.

The future of community

By Robert Kaye
July 28, 2011

We're at the beginning of a community renaissance, says Jono Bacon, and we're soon going to see a repeatable body of knowledge that will allow us to push communities forward.

Nebula looks to democratize cloud computing with open source hardware

Nebula looks to democratize cloud computing with open source hardware
By Alex Howard
July 27, 2011

Newly launched Nebula will combine open source software with open source hardware developed into an appliance. If Nebula succeeds, its "cloud controller" could enable every company to implement cloud computing.

OSCON subcultures

By Andy Oram
July 25, 2011

Fun observations about the Open Source convention, and a few comments on the Community Leadership Summit

OSCON Preview: Interview with Eri Gentry on a biologist's coffeehouse

By Andy Oram
July 21, 2011

BioCurious is a Silicon Valley gathering place for biologists and other people such as artists who are fascinated by biology. It serves for learning, sharing, and an incubator for products and ideas.

OSCON Preview: Interview with Greg Biggers on DIY clinical trials

By Andy Oram
July 21, 2011

Opening up clinical trials can accelerate findings, reveal more data of value to future trials, and--perhaps most important--make participants feel really good about doing it. An interview with OSCon speaker Greg Biggers.

OSCON Preview: Interview with Eri Gentry on a biologist's coffeehouse

By Andy Oram
July 21, 2011

BioCurious is a Silicon Valley gathering place for biologists and other people such as artists who are fascinated by biology. It serves for learning, sharing, and an incubator for products and ideas.

OSCON Preview: Interview with Greg Biggers on DIY clinical trials

By Andy Oram
July 21, 2011

Opening up clinical trials can accelerate findings, reveal more data of value to future trials, and--perhaps most important--make participants feel really good about doing it. An interview with OSCon speaker Greg Biggers.

popHealth open source software permits viewing and reporting of quality measures in health care

By Andy Oram
July 11, 2011

popHealth culls quality measures from electronic health records and formats them either for convenient display--so providers can review their quality measures on the Web--or for submission to regulators who require reports on these measures.

OSCon preview: Shahid N. Shah on medical devices and open source

By Andy Oram
July 6, 2011

Connecting medical devices to electronic health record systems, and the roles of open source software, regulation, and clinical improvement.

Inviting participation in OSCON Data

By Sarah Novotny
March 2, 2011

This year, data comes of age at OSCON. We're announcing a new conference on data tools and infrastructure, to be co-located with OSCON in July 2011.

Sarah Novotny joins OSCON for 2011

By Edd Dumbill
September 28, 2010

The O'Reilly Open Source Convention will be returning to Portland, Oregon, July 25-29 2011, with program chairs Edd Dumbill and Sarah Novotny.

The Watering Hole - A Little Social Engineering

The Watering Hole - A Little Social Engineering
By James Turner
July 27, 2010

In any organization, your most vulnerable security assets are the ones standing around the water cooler...

Wrap-up of the health care IT track at O'Reilly's Open Source convention

By Andy Oram
July 27, 2010

The first health care track to be included in an O'Reilly conference grappled with the task of opening up health care. Two contradictory trends make the field difficult for IT to advance.

VistA scenarios, and other controversies at the Open Source health care track

By Andy Oram
July 23, 2010

The history and accomplishments attributed to VistA, the Veterans Administration's core administrative software, mark it as one of the most impressive software projects in history. Still, lots of smart people in the health care field deprecate VistA and cast doubt that it could ever be widely adopted.

The Watering Hole - Maybe He Should Look for the Flock BoF?

The Watering Hole - Maybe He Should Look for the Flock BoF?
By James Turner
July 21, 2010

I have to admit, I didn't know what a BoF was either when I went to my first Oscon...

What to do before OSCON

By Kevin Shockey
July 17, 2010

Oh yeah, there's the conference too, but this is the real reason to be in Portland next week.

Mirah: Taking Performance to the Next Level with Java's Ruby

By Timothy M. O'Brien
July 12, 2010

Charles Oliver Nutter discusses his latest attempt to bring the usability and clarity of Ruby to the JVM. In this interview Nutter discusses Mirah, a new, Ruby-like language which can be compiled to bytecode. He discusses some of the advantages of being able to compile to bytecode and how Mirah relates to JRuby.

What I like about the health care technology track at the Open Source convention

By Andy Oram
May 19, 2010

The health care technology track at the Open Source convention touches on core areas for improvement: patient-centered care, the use of mobile devices, administrative efficiencies, and the collection, processing, and display of statistics to improve health care

Going back to Portland

Going back to Portland
By Kevin Shockey
May 19, 2010

In my opinion, not since Gutenberg's invention of the printing press has their been as dramatic change in the distribution of the written word as we are experiencing right now.

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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