Christoph Otto's favorites

Favorite sessions for this user

* "Don't Give that Book Away!": Why Every Project Needs an Open Source Book

So your project needs a book? Do you write it yourself, or do you approach a publisher? This talk walks you through everything that factors into this decision providing real world examples of projects and companies offering open source books.
Cooking
Tim O'Brien

* "Why did you do that?" You're more automated than you think.

Your brain is really good at surviving in neolithic Africa, but not because of our powers of higher levels of thought; they're much too slow. Humans are so successful as a species because we're champions at automating things, including our own thoughts and behaviours. What's fascinating is that we're profoundly unaware of just how much our own lives run on automatic, and just how much our own behaviour is influenced by external factors. Join internationally acclaimed speaker Paul Fenwick as we examine the fascinating world of the human mind.
Culture
Paul Fenwick

* Beaming Up With Alien and Lua

lua is an extension language that is used in everything from mail filters to World of Warcraft. Learn how you can script C libraries with lua and alien.
Chemistry
Brandon Philips

* Bitcoin 101

An introduction to the cryptocurrency system called Bitcoin. The cryptography, the economics of currency bootstrapping, and the traction its getting today.
Culture
Don Park

* CoApp -- An open source package management system for Windows

The CoApp project is bringing real open-source style package management to Windows; this session demonstrates the basics of creating and consuming CoApp packages.
Cooking
Garrett Serack

* Drupal Distributions, an Open Source Product Model

Drupal has the ability to bundle contributed modules, configurations and settings, and custom code into a single package that can be easily installed and further configured by end users. The end result is an application-in-a-box focused on a specific set of requirements. Now that you or your business has invested hundreds or even thousands of hours creating your masterpiece, what do you do with it?
Business
Lev Tsypin

* ePUB - What, Why, and How

ePUB is the open e-book standard. Building on previous open standards, the ePUB format allows for flexible and flowing documentation, perfect for viewing on a variety of devices where the forced page sizing of other formats fails. We'll crack open some ePUB files and take a look at the innards and then we'll check out some tools to make ePUB generation less painful.
Cooking
Jason LaPier

* Get 'Em While They're Young: Cultivating the Next Generation of Open Source Contributors

Many open source projects participate in college mentorship programs, but what about younger students? Should we be cultivating the next generation of contributors from an earlier age?
Culture
Jane Wells

* Getting Started with Semantic Web Applications

Leave rigid tables behind, and work with your data as a graph, using standard web data schemas.
Cooking
Leif Warner, Brian Panulla

* Give a Great Tech Talk

Why do so many technical presentations suck? Make sure that yours doesn't. Josh Berkus and Ian Dees will show you how to share your ideas with your audience by speaking effectively and (when the situation warrants it) showing your code.
Culture
Ian Dees, Josh Berkus

* How to Ask for Money

Have a project that just needs some cash to get off the ground? Need someone to fund beer and food for an event? Have a great idea and want to get paid for implementing it? Come find out how we did it.
Business
Selena Deckelmann, J Chris Anderson, Teyo Tyree

* Improving Estimates for Web Projects

How many times have you received an email or phone call from a potential client who describes their project in a few sentences and expects a formal proposal the next day? This session will address this seemingly impossible task by going over the method we have created at OpenSourcery to estimate web projects. This method has helped us work with clients to prioritize functionality, set realistic schedules, and has improved our ability to close sales.
Business
Alex Kroman

* IRL: How Do Geeks Undermine Their Presentations and Conversations with Body Language

Many geeks are uncomfortable interacting IRL with clients or audiences but you don't have to be. There are some simple physical tricks to keeping an audience (of 1 or 1k) engaged and not undermining your skills and yourself.
Hacks
Sarah Novotny

* JavaScript Up and Down the Stack

From the Browser to node.js all the way to the database you can use and share your JavaScript!
Cooking
Mikeal Rogers

* Law is Code, and We're Here to Open Source It

Anyone can show how to save the world. We tell how to receive unsolicited love letters while doing it.
Culture
Robb Shecter, Lisa Hackenberger

* Marketing: You're Soaking In It!

Come join me as I dispel some of the clouds of pollution which obscure the name of marketing, show how it can help your projects, reveal how--whether you realize it or not--you already use marketing every day and how that's a very good thing indeed.
Business
VM Brasseur

* Modern Perl Made Painless

Improvements in Perl 5 over the past several years allow great programmers to do great things with less code. You too can turn your Perl 5 code from mere scripting into powerful, clear, and modern programming--with help from a few tools the world's best Perl programmers already know and love.
Cooking
Chromatic X

* Open Source at Microsoft - Less Evil and More Organized Than You'd Think

There's more real open source going on at Microsoft than you'd think.
Business
Scott Hanselman

* Open Source Communities Panel

Learn from open source community leaders who work on projects big and small.
Culture
Audrey Eschright, Asheesh Laroia, Noirin Plunkett, Jane Wells, Chris Strahl

* Open Source: Open to whom?

What makes the culture of open source so hostile to women and how can we as individuals act to change it?
Culture
Valerie Aurora

* Open Source: Saving the World

Most of us get involved with open source as a way to solve the problems we face on a day-to-day basis. But technology in general, and open source software in particular, also provides the key to solving the more catastrophic problems that people face around the world today.
Culture
Noirin Plunkett

* Parrot: State of the VM

Parrot is an ambitious and long-lived project that aims to be a VM for interoperable dynamic language implementation. We'll take a look at what Parrot's developers have been doing of late, what kind of awesome goodies we've plundered from the OSS world and where we want to go in the next year.
Chemistry
Christoph Otto

* Run Your Javascript Everywhere, with Jellyfish.

In a world where Javascript is everywhere; your browser, server, database, mobile device -- you want and need code reuse to speed up development. In order to do this, you need to know that code works in all the environments you care about. Jellyfish is a node project focused on provisioning different environments and making it easy for you to execute your JS and get the results.
Cooking
Adam Christian

* Snooze, the Totally RESTful Language

As you can see we get a "403 Forbidden" in response to our "POST /integer/5/increment"...can anyone tell me why? It worked when we did "PUT /variable/x/let/integer/5" followed by "POST /variable/x/increment", so why can't we do it directly?
Hacks
Markus Roberts

* Testing Antipatterns

Tests are great - except when they aren't. Learn how to avoid writing tests that are more trouble than they're worth.
Cooking
Matt Robinson

* The Open Cloud

Why be locked into a cloud vendor? Shouldn't Cloud be Open Cloud and powered by Open Source software? Open Stack is a collection of open source technologies to deliver a cloud operating system. Learn about Open Stack and how to use it to deliver your own Open Source powered clouds.
Cooking
James Turnbull, Eric Day

* Write better Javascript with RequireJS

Web frameworks have done a good job of organizing the server side code in our web applications. But that doesn't help with Javascript. RequireJS helps you solve this problem.
Cooking
Chris Pitzer

Favorite proposals for this user

* <Your Favorite Programming Language> Loses

Every programming language in wide use has some horrible mistakes: your favorite is no exception. We'll talk about some fundamental principles of PL design and how they play out in various real languages.
Chemistry 2011-03-14 05:26:26 +0000
Bart Massey

* Asynchronous... what?

Understand what asynchronous really means by exploring the plumbing below projects such as Node.js and gevent.
Chemistry 2011-02-28 08:46:03 +0000
Ludovico Fischer

* Balancing Philosophies and Community As Your Project Evolves

Growing your consumer-focused open source project is going to present many challenges. Over eight years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging solution to a robust publishing platform in response to the growth and transformation of its community, while continuing to maintain its core philosophies and values. Join a core team member and a core community member of WordPress in understanding the project's failures and successes.
Culture 2011-04-01 04:29:55 +0000
Andrew Nacin, Aaron Jorbin

* From MongoDB to MySQL: the How and the Why

Diaspora started out on MongoDB, but after nine months of full-time development we switched to MySQL. Why? How? And what now?
Cooking 2011-04-01 05:56:56 +0000
Sarah Mei

* Get more contributors (and diversity) through outreach

Want to learn how to *successfully* reach out to new contributors? Learn from other projects' successes
Culture 2011-04-01 05:27:37 +0000
Asheesh Laroia

* Git vs Subversion: The pragmatic showdown

If there's something that is beginning to challenge the age old "vi vs emacs" agrument, it's a projects choice of version control system. In this talk we'll throw the religious and technical arguments out the window of this debate, focusing instead on the pragmatic side of the argument. If you are wanting to figure out which VCS is better for your team and your project, this talk will give you practical advice about both to help you make a more informed decision.
Cooking 2011-02-22 16:48:28 +0000
John Mertic

* Hacking the Wet/Fleshy Processor — Meditation for Coders to access both sides of the brain.

Sherri & Faddah Yuetsu will offer basic techniques and provide suggestions (and further reading) on how meditation can be useful tool not only to center, but to make those creative leaps into the beyond in one's coding.
Culture 2011-03-09 16:02:05 +0000
Sherri Koehler

* PHP and Multiple Inheritance ( or lack thereof )

In this talk, we'll survey what the problems with multiple inheritance are, how you can impliment a form of this today, and what's coming in PHP to better handle this problem.
Chemistry 2011-02-13 21:28:10 +0000
John Mertic

* Putting the Pieces Together

Building a scalable application with Magnolia CMS, jQuery and Google AppEngine
Cooking 2011-02-19 01:09:15 +0000
Mark Halvorson

* Scalling, and Deploying Memcached with Libmemcached

Ever wanted to get a bit more out of Memcached? Wondering how to set it up for redundancy or load check your server? This talk will go over all of the latest features to libmemcached including new SSL and configuration data.
Hacks 2011-04-01 05:50:44 +0000
Brian Aker

* Supercharge Your Website With Nginx

For years, Apache, which is currently utilised by more than 100 million active websites, has been the de facto web server. Anyhow, more sites are considering Nginx. This talk will look at features and some benchmark figures of various popular web servers and will cover how a PHP application can benefit from Nginx awesomeness.
Cooking 2011-03-30 00:21:16 +0000
Errazudin Ishak

* The Culture of Open Source Beyond Technology

Community building is tough--whether it's in real-life or online. Applying the principles of open source to your community building efforts can accelerate your success. This session will focus on the successes and failures of community building on opensource.com and highlight the culture of exploring open source beyond technology.
Culture 2011-03-03 05:27:51 +0000
Jason Hibbets

* Welcome to the vi Renaissance

Vi is a way of life that started in 1976. Its philosophy has influenced software ranging from shells to web browsers. Thirty five years later the ubiquitous editor has seen a resurgence in popularity among developers. See what is drawing power users back to their vi roots.
Cooking 2011-03-16 06:10:18 +0000
Clayton Parker

* Why I blog with Drupal

Why do I blog with Drupal instead of say, Wordpress, like everyone else? Learn how I use Drupal on my blog at http://xolotl.org/ to create a highly capable, tailored blogging platform, including customized rich content and media.
Cooking 2011-03-30 20:46:57 +0000
Nathan Angell