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Open Source Convention OSCON 2014

1 Comment | This entry was posted on Jul 26 2014

It was great to be back in Portland to attend OSCON again and again was inspired by a community of enthusiastic people that truly love open source software. People travel from all over the US and overseas for the event. All with different careers but often using the same tools and always a love for sharing software and experiences.

Topics covered over the five days ranged from web front and backend technologies as well as compiled languages to philosophical talks on what is open source and open source communities and hardware such as RaspberryPi, Arduino wireless scanning devices.

I focused my time on technologies that I already use or intend to use for my work as a web developer. These included AngularJS, PHP and Golang. As all technologies are evolving so quickly it can be hard to keep up so it helps to be at a convention where you are immersed in it all. It was great to hear that Golang and AngularJS really are being embraced in the commercial world as leading technologies.

I was reminded how I want to adapt some hardware into the work I do. Either Arduino, Raspberry Pi and quadcopters. There is so much happening in to tech world and I just want to get immersed in it all.

See you next time, Portland.

 

OSCON 2012

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jul 26 2012

For some years now I’ve been inspired to travel to the United States to attend the Open Source Convention OSCON in Portland. I hoped to learn what new open source tools and resources developers from around the world are using to get their work done.

This year I made the journey and it was well worth it. About 3000 people attended over the five days and they are all so passionate about open source software. Most are developers but all are working with open source software in one way or another. Everyone is very willing to share their skills and experience.

A main focus of the conference was Open Stack (http://www.openstack.org/) which is an open source alternative to Amazon’s cloud services and the primary thing I hoped to learn about when leaving Melbourne. Open Stack is being embraced by many businesses and the founders from NASA have moved on to build their own businesses that use Open Stack technologies. As some speakers discussed there is still a lot of work to do before Open Stack has all the features required to be a complete cloud services platform but it’s looking very promising.

I also got a lot out of talks about PHP, Vim, Twitter’s Bootcamp and system performance tuning.

I also met lots of interesting people. Sitting down to lunch I found myself sitting next to Sebastion Bergman who created PHPUnit and on another day with an Open Stack founder Josh McKenty. I also met some Ubuntu community members and some people behind MySQL (and MariaSQL), Linode, Rackspace and many more.

Everyone is pushing the open source movement in the same direction. Forward. It was a fantastic event and I hope to attend next year. However tomorrow in day one of Defcon which I’m very excited about.