How to Get a Chump Like Me to Start Using Your Open-Source Framework*
"Frameworks. We can't live with 'em, we can't live without 'em."
If you provide an open-source framework, I am the kind of guy you’re looking for. I am a chump, a subgenius, the guy who would fall in the dirt if he were unable to stand on the shoulders of giants. I have a degree in English, for crap’s sake, but somehow I’ve been able to pull together enough grey matter to run platform developer-relations teams at a couple of big public companies and as a consultant to more than a dozen startups (both open-source and otherwise).
In this talk I’ll apply my completely substandard technical skills to the question of open-source frameworks, both server-side (like CakePHP and CodeIgniter) and client-side (like JQuery, JQuery, and JQuery). Why do some succeed where some fail? I will include a bunch of technical content and examples so you can laugh at the way I write code in front of an audience.
Jeffrey McManus has spent nearly a decade as a consultant, developer, and writer. He has managed platform businesses and developer relations for two iconic internet businesses, eBay and Yahoo!. He was eBay’s first technology evangelist and led eBay’s platform evangelism team when eBay was opening its web services platform to third parties. He also championed new technologies within the company, such as corporate blogging, RSS, wikis and open source, creating eBay’s first open source developer community.
Jeffrey co-founded and led the Yahoo! Developer Network team, which opened Yahoo! properties to innovation by third-party developers and established the company as a platform leader in less than a year’s time. He and his team also created Yahoo! Gallery, a site that enables third-party developers to share their applications and mash-ups with Yahoo! users. He and his team were responsible for convincing Yahoo’s lawyers to release the Yahoo! User Interface library (Y!UI) as open source.
Jeffrey has served as a product manager and developer relations specialist at technology startups. He has written or co-written six books on software development. He frequently speaks at conferences such as OSCON, O’Reilly Emerging Technology, Web 2.0 Expo and MySQL Developer’s Conference, as well as corporate groups, on both strategic and tactical issues pertaining to emerging technologies. As a consultant, he has engaged with stealth-mode startups, established small businesses, local and federal government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to consulting, speaking and writing, Jeffrey also developed and manages the consumer document-sharing site Approver.com. He currently heads the Tinypug project, an open-source initiative that makes it easy to create collaborative online innovation portals.