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Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick
Founder and CTO, Tock

Website | @therealfitz

Brian Fitzpatrick started his career at Google in 2005 as the first software engineer hired in the Chicago office. Brian leads Google’s Chicago engineering efforts and also serves as engineering manager for Google Code and internal advisor for Google’s open source efforts. Prior to joining Google, Brian was a senior software engineer on the version control team at CollabNet, working on Subversion, cvs2svn, and CVS. He has also worked at Apple Computer as a senior engineer in their professional services division, developing both client and web applications for Apple’s largest corporate customers. Brian has been an active open source contributor for over ten years. After years of writing small open source programs and bugfixes, he became a core Subversion developer in 2000, and then the lead developer of the cvs2svn utility. He was nominated as a member of the Apache Software Foundation in 2002 and spent two years as the ASF’s VP of Public Relations. Brian has written numerous articles and given many presentations on a wide variety of subjects from version control to software development, including co-writing “Version Control with Subversion” as well as chapters for “Unix in a Nutshell” and “Linux in a Nutshell.” Brian has an A.B. in Classics from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Latin, a minor in Greek, and a concentration in Fine Arts and Ceramics. Despite growing up in New Orleans and working for Silicon Valley companies for most of his career, he decided years ago that Chicago was his home and stubbornly refuses to move to California.

Sessions

People, Tutorial
Location: Portland 255 Level: Novice
Michael Schwern (eval Empire), Selena Deckelmann (PostgreSQL), Brian Fitzpatrick (Tock), Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), Andy Lester (petdance.com), Kirrily Robert (Freebase.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.94, 17 ratings)
Whether we like it or not, no matter how much you immerse yourself into technology, you have to deal with other people. Geeks tend to be bad at people, and there are few resources to learn from. This tutorial gathers together lessons from some of the best geeks who have learned to deal with people to make yourself or your project run smoother and happier. Read more.
Programming
Location: Portland 255 Level: Novice
Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Tock)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 16 ratings)
In past years we've talked about Subversion "best practices." In this talk we'll discuss the worst blunders to avoid when using Subversion in your open source project: bad layouts, ridiculous hook scripts, file locking, too much access control, confused merges, versioning derived objects, mixing locales, and other painful mistakes. Read more.
People
Location: Portland 252 Level: Novice
Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.), Shane Warden (O'Reilly Media), Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Tock), Karl Fogel (Open Tech Strategies, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
This panel of career open source geeks has ample experience in open source community disasters and failed projects, and how they happen. Join them for examples, stories, and Q&A around why projects fail and how you can identify bad trends before your project crashes. Read more.
People
Location: Portland 255 Level: Intermediate
Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Tock)
Average rating: ****.
(4.23, 13 ratings)
All software has users, though most developers have forgotten how to respect them, trust them, or "sell" their software to them in an exciting (but honest!) manner. This talk will focus on anecdotes and strategies for keeping software design uncomplicated, making software fast, and putting usability above programming convenience. Read more.
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