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Announcing Spark Certification

By Ben Lorica
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: full disclosure — Ben is an advisor to Databricks. I am pleased to announce a joint program between O’Reilly and Databricks to certify Spark developers. O’Reilly has long been interested in certification, and with this inaugural program, we believe …

Announcing Spark Certification

By Ben Lorica
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: full disclosure — Ben is an advisor to Databricks. I am pleased to announce a joint program between O’Reilly and Databricks to certify Spark developers. O’Reilly has long been interested in certification, and with this inaugural program, we believe …

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 …

Proposing a Compelling Fluent Talk

By Simon St. Laurent
September 27, 2013

As the Fluent call for proposals nears its September 30th (Monday!) close, I’ve had more and more questions about what makes a good proposal. For Fluent, we’d like talks centered on the Web Platform and JavaScript, but the Call just …

Make us think: a call for Strata keynote videos

By Alistair Croll
June 29, 2013

Each year at Strata, we warm up the crowd in the main keynote sessions with short videos that will make people think. These videos demonstrate the ways that data, technology, and visualization are changing us. Some are funny; some are …

Talk Amongst Yourselves

By Simon St. Laurent
June 13, 2013

At the Fluent conference earlier this month, I asked the audience to talk to the rest of the crowd. It’s very easy to get caught up in which speaker to go see on which topic, but even the best presentations …

Tech events you don’t want to miss

By Jenn Webb
April 29, 2013

Each Monday, we round up upcoming event highlights from the programming and space. Have an event to share? Send us a note. IBM Impact Developer Unconference Date: April 28—May 2 Location: Las Vegas, NV Why you shouldn’t miss it: Tim …

Author by necessity

By Michael Daugherty
March 27, 2013

So what am I doing here? As President & CEO of LabMD, Inc., a uropathology medical laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, (we test blood, urine, and tissue for cancer and other medical issues), this is not my normal venue.  However, shockingly, I …

Who's using your API?

By Bruno Pedro
March 10, 2013

"Who's using your API" was the title of my presentation at the API Strategy & Practice Conference that happened on February 21 and 22, 2013 in New York City. One of the conference takeaways was the concern that almost everybody...

Copying is a fact, not a problem

By Jenn Webb
February 22, 2013

Piracy and DRM continue to be hot-button issues for authors and publishers, with heated arguments on both sides of the fence. I sat down with author Cory Doctorow at TOC NY 2013 to talk about the issues and how we …

The 0th Law of Data Mining

By Duncan Ross
February 13, 2013

Many years ago I was taught about the three laws of thermodynamics. When that didn’t stick, I was taught a quick way to remember originally identified by C.P. Snow: 1st Law: you can’t win 2nd Law: you can’t draw 3rd …

Design matters more than math

By Alistair Croll
February 8, 2013

At Strata Santa Clara later this month, we’re reprising what has become a tradition: Great Debates. These Oxford-style debates pit two teams against one another to argue a hot topic in the fields of big data, ubiquitous computing, and emerging …

Exploring web standards for high data density visualizations

By Nicolas Garcia Belmonte
January 30, 2013

Strata Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, the Strata Community Site will be providing sneak peeks of upcoming sessions at the Strata Conference in Santa Clara. Nicolas’ sneak peek is the first in this series.  Last year was a …

Deconstructing a Twitter spam attack

By Peter Laflin
October 15, 2012

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the effect fake Twitter accounts have on brands trying to keep track of social media engagement. A recent tweet spam attack offers an instructive example. On the morning of October 1, …

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Data News Editor

By Alex Howard
May 15, 2012

John Keefe (@jkeefe) is a senior editor for data news and journalism technology at WNYC public radio, based in New York City, NY. He attracted widespread attention when an online map he built using available data beat the Associated Press with Iowa caucus results earlier this year.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Data News Editor

By Alex Howard
May 15, 2012

John Keefe (@jkeefe) is a senior editor for data news and journalism technology at WNYC public radio, based in New York City, NY. He attracted widespread attention when an online map he built using available data beat the Associated Press with Iowa caucus results earlier this year.

O'Reilly Radar Show 5/10/12: The surprising rise of JavaScript

O'Reilly Radar Show 5/10/12: The surprising rise of JavaScript
By Mac Slocum
May 10, 2012

Fluent Conference co-chair Peter Cooper explains why and how JavaScript rose to prominence. Also, Steve Souders points the way to web performance tools and techniques.

Strata Week: Big data boom and big data gaps

By Audrey Watters
May 10, 2012

In this week's big data news, an IDC report points to the booming market for Hadoop and MapReduce (and if proposals for Strata are any indication, this is indeed a good time for big data).

Strata Week: Big data boom and big data gaps

Strata Week: Big data boom and big data gaps
By Audrey Watters
May 10, 2012

In this week's big data news, an IDC report points to the booming market for Hadoop and MapReduce (and if proposals for Strata are any indication, this is indeed a good time for big data).

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Human Algorithm

By Alex Howard
March 2, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Human Algorithm

By Alex Howard
March 2, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Human Algorithm

By Alex Howard
March 2, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Visualization of the Week: Visualizing the Strata Conference

Visualization of the Week: Visualizing the Strata Conference
By Audrey Watters
March 2, 2012

This week's visualization comes from The Information Lab and shows who was at the Strata Conference, how far they traveled, and the data their companies produce.

Visualization of the Week: Visualizing the Strata Conference

By Audrey Watters
March 2, 2012

This week's visualization comes from The Information Lab and shows who was at the Strata Conference, how far they traveled, and the data their companies produce.

Commerce Weekly: Small banks lagging in mobile

Commerce Weekly: Small banks lagging in mobile
By David Sims
March 1, 2012

As banking goes mobile, smaller banks must find a way to keep up. Also, Netflix data is deconstructed at the Strata Conference, and commerce-related highlights from the Mobile World Congress.

Commerce Weekly: Small banks lagging in mobile

By David Sims
March 1, 2012

As banking goes mobile, smaller banks must find a way to keep up. Also, Netflix data is deconstructed at the Strata Conference, and commerce-related highlights from the Mobile World Congress.

Big data in the cloud

By Edd Dumbill
February 22, 2012

Big data and cloud technology go hand-in-hand: but it's comparatively early days. Strata conference chair Edd Dumbill explains the cloud landscape and compares the offerings of Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Big data in the cloud

By Edd Dumbill
February 22, 2012

Big data and cloud technology go hand-in-hand: but it's comparatively early days. Strata conference chair Edd Dumbill explains the cloud landscape and compares the offerings of Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data

By Audrey Watters
January 26, 2012

We take a look at the big data obstacles and opportunities for genomics, digital humanities scholars respond to Stanley Fish's mischaracterization of what they do with data, and Hadoop World and the Strata Conference merge.

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data
By Audrey Watters
January 26, 2012

We take a look at the big data obstacles and opportunities for genomics, digital humanities scholars respond to Stanley Fish's mischaracterization of what they do with data, and Hadoop World and the Strata Conference merge.

Survey results: How businesses are adopting and dealing with data

Survey results: How businesses are adopting and dealing with data
By Alistair Croll
January 23, 2012

Feedback from a recent Strata Online Conference suggests there's a large demand for clear information on what big data is and how it will change business.

Survey results: How businesses are adopting and dealing with data

By Alistair Croll
January 23, 2012

Feedback from a recent Strata Online Conference suggests there's a large demand for clear information on what big data is and how it will change business.

Open question: Will you use mobile payment?

Open question: Will you use mobile payment?
By Mac Slocum
February 7, 2011

The flurry of activity around mobile payment is exciting to watch, but consumer adoption will ultimately determine its trajectory. Is a mobile wallet in your future?

Healthier living through mobile location data

Healthier living through mobile location data
By Bruce Stewart
January 25, 2011

RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs discusses the state of mobile location technology and how he sees it evolving in the near future (hint: we may be on the verge of "thoughtful" services).

360 | Flex 2011 in Denver, April 10-13, now accepting submissions

By RJ Owen
December 20, 2010

It's official: 360|Flex 2011 will be held in Denver, Colorado April 10-13 of 2011. The call for submissions was opened on the 360|Flex website today. f you've never been before or were thinking about going I'd advise getting tickets early, as this event is very likely to sell out. You can register here to get the early-bird price of $449. This price ends Jan. 7 when tickets go up to $599, so get them while you can.

360|Flex Day Three

By RJ Owen
September 23, 2010

The last day of 360|Flex started slowly and picked up steam quickly. I only had time to attend the general session and a morning session on Flex 4 component development by Michael Labriola before running out to the airport, but it was still a fantastic end to the conference.

360|Flex Day Two

By RJ Owen
September 22, 2010

360|Flex two continued to deliver on the high expectations set by the first day. Today opening with a keynote by Antonio Holguin. I also attended the Compilers tech talk, a session on states and transitions by Leonard Souza, and watched a great framework debate to close out the evening.

jQuery Boston Conference coming Oct 16-17

By Matthew David
September 1, 2010

Annual jQuery Conference coming to Boston October 16-17

Want a Free Pass to 360|Flex WADC?

By RJ Owen
August 26, 2010

John Wilker has started a contest over on the 360|Flex blog. The requirements are simple and the stakes are high - tell John why you want to go to 360|Flex in the comments and John will pick someone to win a free pass to 360|Flex in Washington D.C., September 19-22. Entrants will be judged on "zest for life and creativity", and the winner will be chosen by midnight on 8/30 (that's soon.) What are you waiting for - go leave a comment on the 360|Flex blog!

FITC Day 3 - Afternoon: Ralph Hauwert (take 2), Theo Watson and Emily Gobeille, Brendan Dawes and Yugo Nakamura

By RJ Owen
August 20, 2010

The final afternoon of FITC was packed full of inspirational speakers. I started the afternoon with an encore session by Ralph Hauwert, followed by what was probably the most inspirational session of all by Theo Watson and Emily Gobeille on their work in augmented reality through Interactive Installations. After that I learned about the future of digital interation design with Brendan Dawes and brought the conference to a close with renown creator Yugo Nakamura. Looking back on the past three days, I really can't say enough good things about FITC SF. This was one of the best conferences I've ever been to. I think adding the inspirational design element and the amazing host of speakers at this conference was a huge part of what made the experience so great. Each and every speaker I saw was both amazingly knowledgable, talented, humble and personable. The sessions were informative and fun. I'll definitely be back.

FITC Day 3 - Morning: Kristin Henry, Grant Skinner and Jeremy Thorpe

By RJ Owen
August 20, 2010

Flash In The Can: San Francisco went out with a bang today. On the final morning, I heard Kristen Henry talk about the Art and Science of Particles, Grant Skinner talk about building experiments in your spare time (and where to find it), and Jeremy Thorpe talk about The HyperCard Legacy (aka "punk programming.")

FITC Day 2 - Afternoon / Evening: Jared Ficklin, Eric Natzke and Robert Hodgin

By RJ Owen
August 19, 2010

I spent the afternoon of day 2 among a talented music visualization artist (Jared) and two of the masters of computer generated art (Eric and Robert.) Jared showed us how music can be visualized in the real, physical analog world with Eric and Robert showed different approaches to digital art. The conference day ended with another massive crowd game by Colin Moock and the official FITC party.

FITC 2 - Morning: Ralph Hauwert, Jim Corbett and Joa Ebert

By RJ Owen
August 18, 2010

After spending most of day one on design related topics, I was excited to hit some hard-core code on day 2. This morning I heard Ralph Hauwert talk about turning your passion into your job (and his is graphics in Flash), Jim Corbett talk about the internals of Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile, and Joa Ebert discuss The Apparat - his new tool set for Flash compression and engineering.

Flash In The Can (FITC) San Francisco

By RJ Owen
July 31, 2010

I'm heading out to FITC in San Francisco in a few weeks and am starting to get excited. I've never been to an FITC event, though I've certainly heard tell of it around secluded campfires and in the back rooms of dimly-lit bars. And in the open, and on the internet, and from a lot of people on twitter who agree that this conference is going to be great.

Report from 2010 Community Leadership Summit

By Andy Oram
July 19, 2010

The topics we covered were deep and serious: how to prod established community members to leave room for new ones and encourage their growth, how to involve women and minorities in technical projects, how to raise funds and whom to accept funds from. The conference could also get personal. By the second day of CLS we turned the center into our lounge.

QOW: Who is the best technical speaker you have seen?

By Rich Tretola
July 14, 2010

With conference season just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to ask: Who is the best technical speaker you have seen? Personally, I could go on with a laundry list of speakers who I really...

@RIARadio Episode 16: Doug, Dee, and D2W

By Garth Braithwaite
July 13, 2010

Just coming back from the Designer/Developer Workflow Conference in Kansas City, Organizer, Dee Sadler, and Keynote Speaker (and Adobe Workflow Guru), Doug Winnie, join us to discuss the conference. Hilarity ensues.

@RIARadio: Flashbelt Day 3 Interviews

By Garth Braithwaite
June 29, 2010

At our last day at Flashbelt we were able to squeeze in 8 interviews with 12 awesome people including: Val Head, Lisa Larson-Kelley, Josh Sager, Drew Blom, John Mindiola, Jobe Makar, Joel Stewart, Keith Peters, Ralph Hauwert, Richard Galvan, Shad Petosky, and Rob Reinhardt.

@RIARadio: Flashbelt Day 3 Interviews

By Garth Braithwaite
June 29, 2010

At our last day at Flashbelt we were able to squeeze in 8 interviews with 12 awesome people including: Val Head, Lisa Larson-Kelley, Josh Sager, Drew Blom, John Mindiola, Jobe Makar, Joel Stewart, Keith Peters, Ralph Hauwert, Richard Galvan, Shad Petosky, and Rob Reinhardt.

@RIARadio: Flashbelt Day 2 Interviews

By Garth Braithwaite
June 24, 2010

On the second day of Flashbelt we were able to snag a few terrifically talented people including: Seb Lee-Delisle, Jesse Freeman, Dave Schroeder, Bruno Fonzi, Stephen Braitsch, Mark Anders, Branden Hall, Wade Arnold, and John Lindquist. Seb Lee-Delisle and Jesse...


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