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Ben Collins-Sussman

Ben Collins-Sussman
Engineering Manager, Google, Inc.

Website | @sussman

Ben is a member of Google’s Open Source Program Office, working on projects to promote the spread of open source software both inside and outside the company. He is a technical lead for Google Code’s open source project hosting service, available at http://code.google.com. He helped port Subversion to Google’s Bigtable technology, which now runs across numerous machines and serves over 80,000 open source repositories. Prior to Google, Ben spent five years with Collabnet as one of the original designers and founders of the Subversion project. He is still active in the Subversion community and is also a co-author of the O’Reilly book “Version Control with Subversion”. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and enjoys speaking with Brian Fitzpatrick at various conferences on topics both serious and irreverent.

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.
OSCON 2008