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Java & JVM
Location: E145/146 Level: Novice
Dianne Marsh (Netflix), Bruce Eckel (Mindview, LLC)
Average rating: **...
(2.74, 27 ratings)
Scala is an amazing and elegant language. It's also powerful, and overwhelming if you try to absorb it all at once. Our goal, based on our book Atomic Scala, is to present the language in small bites you can quickly grasp, to give you a foundation on which to build more knowledge. You’ll finish this half-day tutorial feeling strong and ready to learn more about Scala. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: Portland Ballroom Level: Novice
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 40 ratings)
Once again Damian Conway returns from the untamed wilderness of deepest Vim, bringing with him yet another collection of tips, tools, and tricks to make your text editing still more unspeakably powerful. Read more.
Location: E144 Level: Novice
Elizabeth Leddy (East of Eaton)
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 9 ratings)
Plone is one of the oldest open source Python communities that still releases today. Despite a decade of trials and tribulations, the community is stronger than ever thanks to a unique Python subculture that is passed from "generation to generation". This talk will cover 10 lessons over 10 years on nurturing an open source community that builds character in addition to software. Read more.
Tools and Techniques
Location: E145 Level: Intermediate
Tim Berglund (DataStax)
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 14 ratings)
GitHub has a number of important collaborative features beyond here Git hosting. Come to this talk for a whilrwind tour of forks, pull requests, project sites, and more! Read more.
Location: E146 Level: Intermediate
Michael DeHaan (AnsibleWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 7 ratings)
Ansible is a radically simple data-driven configuration management, orchestration, and task management framework. It requires no agents on your remote machines, requires no bootstrapping, and works over SSH. Read more.
Location: D139/140 Level: Expert
Joel Pobar (Facebook)
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 9 ratings)
The PHP language resists efficient execution. Like many other web languages, PHP offers programmers the conveniences of dynamic typing, and late binding for functions and classes. Facebook's HipHop VM (HHVM) is a new execution engine for PHP that combines ahead-of-time and just-in-time techniques to try save precious CPU cycles. We'll explore HHVM, and deep dive on the bits that makes it go fast! Read more.
Java & JVM
Location: Portland Ballroom Level: Intermediate
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.05, 42 ratings)
Learning the syntax of a new language is easy, but learning to think under a different paradigm is hard. This session helps you transition from an object-oriented imperative programmer to a functional programmer, using Java, Clojure and Scala for examples. Read more.
Open Hardware
Location: Portland 251 Level: Intermediate
Matt Biddulph (Thington Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 13 ratings)
Learn how to build a fully functional GSM phone capable of voice, SMS and data. All you'll need is a SIM card, an Arduino, a few cheap hardware components and a soldering iron. We'll talk about writing a realtime state-machine to act as an operating system, and how to embed this GSM functionality in your own non-phone hardware devices. Read more.
Location: Portland 256 Level: Intermediate
Sanjay Radia (Hortonworks), Suresh Srinivas (Hortonworks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 8 ratings)
Hadoop 2.0 offers major HDFS improvements: new append-pipeline, federation, wire compatibility, NameNode HA, performance improvements, etc. In this session, we'll describe these features, their benefits and the development underway for the next HDFS release. This includes data management features, added support for storage devices and improvements to performance, diagnosability and manageability. Read more.
Location: D137/138 Level: Novice
Camille Fournier (Rent the Runway)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 18 ratings)
Most companies large and small have shared internal libraries and systems. But ownership of that code often falls onto people with different priorities than the users of the code. We will discuss how you can use open source practices to run internal code bases effectively, provide learning opportunities for employees, and improve your final products. Read more.
Location: Portland 255 Level: Intermediate
Johan Euphrosine (Google)
Average rating: **...
(2.85, 26 ratings)
It's widely accepted that learning any new programming language will improve your programming skills in general, but we don't often talk about how. This talk will cover some of the my takeaways after learning Go that have improved my Python and Java skills, as well as cover some bits about why Go is a great choice for those itching to learn a new language. Read more.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: Portland Ballroom Level: Intermediate
Tim Berglund (DataStax)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 43 ratings)
A quick and fun exploration of prime numbers, Markov chains, graph theory, the underpinnings of public key cryptography, and more. Down with continuous math! Up with the discrete! Read more.
Location: E146 Level: Intermediate
Jonathan Thurman (New Relic)
Average rating: ***..
(3.71, 17 ratings)
Puppet and Chef have grown to have their own conferences, but what about the other tools you use? Lets talk about some unsung tools of DevOps that you should be using to augment your existing toolset. Read more.
Location: E147
Michael Widenius (Monty Program Ab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Time has changed since the start of Open Source. Companies has now started to understand that they can use open source without having to pay for it. How can one today create a viable business around open source software? Read more.
Location: E145 Level: Novice
Moderated by: Clinton Dreisbach
It's not technical, but it's fun! Come meet other OSCON attendees interested in playing RPGs and play a game. No experience needed. I'll bring a favorite fantasy RPG; bring your own games, too. We can discuss the open source/open publishing movement in RPGs to be relevant. Read more.


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