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  • wade 18:11 on Tuesday, 31 March 2009 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Open Source Bridge is a new conference for developers working with open source technologies. It will take place June 17-19 in Portland, OR, with five tracks connecting people across projects, languages and experience to explore how we do our work and why we participate in open source. The conference structure is designed to provide developers with an opportunity to learn from people they might not connect with at other events.

    Open Source Bridge is run entirely by volunteers who believe in the need for an open source conference that focuses on the culture of being an open source citizen, regardless of where in the stack you choose to code. All proceeds from conference registration and sponsorship go directly to the costs of the conference.

    Sessions and events will share in-depth knowledge about using, creating and contributing to open source as citizens of a greater community. You’ll find relevant information whether you write web apps for the cloud, tinker with operating system internals, create hardware, run a startup, or blog about technology. They are still seeking proposals—and just extended the deadline to April 10th—so submit yours before time runs out. Some examples of our proposals so far: Brian Aker on Drizzle, a reboot of MySQL designed “for the cloud?; Linux Kernel hacker Greg K-H about how Linux manages development; Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki, about what’s next in collaboration; Amber Case, an anthropologist living in both the physical and virtual worlds, about Cyborg Citizenship.

    In addition to regular conference sessions, they are holding an unconference day for free-form sessions, and host a 24-hour dedicated “hacker lounge? at the top of the Portland Hilton. In addition to hosting the hacker lounge, the Hilton has offered Open Source Bridge attendees steeply discounted room rates, starting at $139/night.

    Visit opensourcebridge.org to learn more about the conference, see our session proposals, and register to attend.

    UPHPU members can get $100 off registration with a registration code obtained by contacting Victor or Wade. They have also given us one free conference pass to raffle off at our meeting on 16 April.

  • thinbegin 15:08 on Friday, 27 March 2009 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: twitter, uphpu   

    @UPHPU on twitter 

    I just set up an @uphpu on twitter. I @thinbegin have really been loving the twitter lately and think it may be a good augmentation to the mailing list, IRC Channel and WordPress tools that are already set up and being used.

    If I have stepped on anyone’s toes in doing this [setting up the UPHPU twitter user], it was unintentional. I just wanted to grab it up before some other organization out there decided that the acronym fit their needs. :) Please, if there is any stubbed toes by my actions, please email me privately and we’ll mend the wound. :)

    Of course, any interested twitter users among us should feel free “follow” @uphpu. I really think it would be another great “feed” of communication.

    Oh, and feel free to follow me [@thinbegin] too as I post about PHP, amongst other things, regularly. Micro-blogging FTW!!! :)

  • mindjuju 11:25 on Thursday, 19 March 2009 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Fun with SQL 

    I’m pleased to announce next week’s meeting as: Fun With SQL. SQL is a strange language — strange enough that most programmers learn only enough to get by. This technique is enough for the casual hacker to land a job, but leaves much of SQL’s power underused. Given a sufficiently complex task, the same hacker will spend hours trying to write a workable query, only to end up with something that takes three days to complete, or to give up entirely and write the logic into application-side code. We’ll talk about why that’s a bad thing, and what to do about it. We’ll cover some SQL techniques most people overlook, from the simple to the advanced, and demonstrate some of the applications of these more complex queries.

    eggyknap, known in meatspace as Josh Tolley, is a database administrator by day and, time permitting, a PostgreSQL hacker by night, who infrequently publishes items of occasional value at http://eggyknap.blogspot.com.

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