I was at the Apachecon US 2009 from 2-6 November 2009. Lot of inspirations. A lot of thoughts of doing something for the community and guess what, I’m now stronger on how much money OpenSource involves..! The conference’s platinum sponsors was Microsoft. I’m not astound because Microsoft also funds the foundation since long time! Many don’t know this!
Apache and Microsoft have been working quite closely. Both on a win-win situation. Microsoft treats Apache as their technical research and Apache treats Microsoft as a support for building and taking technologies to another level. This is one collaboration which I really like.. Any open source foundation if backed by a Big Fish is a major success. Most committers are on a job in their respective companies and working dedicated for Apache! Why? Because the company they work for uses apache products heavily
The event was a 2 day Barcamp & 3 day ApacheCon together. 2-6 November at Marriott Conventional Center , City Center of Oakland. Oakland is pretty cheap compared to San Francisco. Nothing much to see here apart from a good lake(which I missed). You might want to avoid going to West Oakland. Google for “How not to get shot in Oakland”.
The conference had speakers and committers from all around the globe. For those of you who don’t know who a committer. He is a person who will do the actual release and commit the code. Contributers from anywhere can submit code and patches, Its the job of a committer to do the release. There are more than 5-6 committers per project. At least 2-3 committers should review one another’s code and agree to the release of the code so that the release is watched by more than a single eye!
A good project in apache has a good adoption rate. For example Apache Tomcat for Java servlet has a 10,000 downloads per day! And the figures are like this and increasing over the last two years! Now that’s something cool.. ain’t it?
Its the 10th year of the Foundation. Apache has grown to a full scale Open Source foundation which has not only proved that Open source works! , but its processes and operations has made a mark on how an organization should run. Hats Off to you guys! Everything is very process oriented in Apache. They have very formal structure like any other company, but with a major touch of community development.
After all , social networking and community development is all that matters in the end.
Here are some pictures from my trip.
I really enjoyed my recent trip to China. I would like to share with you some of my experiences.
My Flight was from Calcutta, India to Kunming, China. From Kunming a local flight to GuangZhou.
I really liked GuangZhou. Nice climate, nice young people! I was there to attend 105th International Import Export fair. Its not mykinda game of business altogether but I agreed to it thinking what’s the harm to explore.
I rather describe the entire visit in pictures.
Canton Fair Ground
Costs only USD 5000
Area surrounding the fair
Speaking on stage — software imports
Pretty Girls dance show
Shopping in GuangZhou
From GuangZhou I went to HK and then back to Kunming. Overall it was a nice short trip and the fair was quite interesting!
I’m going to speak at Barcamp Pune 5.
I will be talking about a framework on mobile phones and the topic is:
Building Enterprise Mobile applications without programming.
Some interesting topics I’d like to listen to:
Microsoft Windows Mobile Development – Mayur Tendulkar
Rapid Robotics Development using Microsoft Robotics Studio – Nikhil Dandeker
Mobility application development with moblin – Sachin Kelkar Intel
Performance Tunning on Application Server -Tara Lodh
Barcamp, BlogCamp…. and now Introducing PHPCamp
I am attending PHP Camp on 20th Sept 2008. I will be presenting on
PHP Vs Java:But I love them both…
You’ve guessed it right:
BarCampPune4 is coming up yet again! This time on 16th Feb @ ThoughWorks. I will be speaking but haven’t yet decided on the topic.
I am excited!
For more details:http://barcamp.org/BarCampPune4
On 13th October Teknowledge Software conducted the first “Free for All” Open Source Web Technology conference called WebOSS ’07.
The event was the first of its kind to be held in Kolkata. Teknowledge Software, a software house based in Kolkata hosted the event along with WBUT as the venue sponsor.
Volunteers dressed in white T-shirts with WebOSS ’07 logo worked hard to put the event together.
The event started at around 11:30. I was the first one to speak and spoke on RIA: Which technology one should choose? Slides can be found here
I attended the next session by Pradeep on how to build application with AJAX. Pradeep’s presentation can be found here
There was a lunch break after this which contained burgers, cakes, ladoo! and Frooti!
The next session was of Shabbir’s on Speeding up your websites. A great session which included tips and tricks to speed up the sites from network and client browser point of view. Shabbir’s content can be found here
The next session was of Naveen. He really went dirty into the code like Pradeep. It was really a good session and I have started respecting Perl (i’m more a PHP Guy!)
It was a good conference, the jam packed audience was eager to know more and more!
Overall, a fun event like barcamps! Its great to see such events happening in Kolkata! Go ahead Kol!
You can find ALL pictures here:
Hussain on RIA
Pradeed, Naveen and Shabbir
Jam Packed Audience
Pradeep, Naveen and Shabbir again.