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Emphasis on "source"

Location: E145
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The “source” is the code. It is also the “data”. It is the documentation, the artwork, the community. If the exposition is impenetrable, a friendly license can’t encourage uptake. Conversely, proprietary implementations which are immediately understandable are often desirable. We will examine successful and failed projects and examine how attention to the craftsmanship of the source trumps openness.

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Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz


Robert (a/k/a r0ml) Lefkowitz is a frequent speaker on the intersection of software and literacy. He has previously been a CTO at a math education startup, and held senior technology positions in the telecommunications and financial industries. He is a Distinguished Engineer of the ACM.

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Alison Chaiken
07/28/2011 1:43pm PDT

r0ml shows again why he’s one of the most popular speakers in our community. A talk with an important point to make that was immensely entertaining to boot.

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Jerry Hilts
07/27/2011 3:52pm PDT

Once again, r0ml’s presentation was outstanding: entertaining and humorous while making interesting and profound points.