Thursday, July 26, 2012

OSCON Open Source Convention

Pozitron's conference spree continues after attending Barca, QCON, AnDevCon and WWDC  we were in Portland, Oregon for Oscon, the largest Open Source conference. Since 1998 Oscon has been the gathering place for the entire open source community. Unlike other conferences, Oscon deals with the entire open source ecosystem not just part of the stack.

Oscon is a great place for developers to improve their skill sets. Participants can learn new techniques that they can immediately apply to coding, learn from over 300 speakers about best practices,  share and collaborate with more than 3000 open source developers.

As Pozitron we always seek opportunities to expand our expertise and Oscon was one of the best conventions to achieve this goal. Our CTO Mete Balcı attendeded sessions on ranging from Java 7/8, Scala, Clojure, Pyhton, to Android, HTML5, Mobile Web, Cloud Computing, git, testing and code review.

Here areMr. Balcı's impressions of the event;

"OSCON clearly shows the massive use of open-source software in wide range of areas, ranging from small embedded devices to the large datacenters. One of the strengths of the convention is the large amount of knowledge and information exchange among the attendees, which aligns proper with the idea of open and free software. It seems there are two key areas that the computing industry will focus over the following years/decade. One is cloud computing, other is power efficiency and how to make both of them available to public using open source technologies and non-proprietary ideas. Besides these, as a never ending research, advances on computer programming languages and software development efficiency will always attract the attention.

As the content of OSCON sessions show, it is also clear that we, at Pozitron, follow, evaluate and apply the recent ideas and advances in the industry and open-source technologies, for example by starting to use new languages like Scala, deploying distributed version control systems company wide, using cloud computing systems and using open-source technologies like Linux, Python, Java and Android.”

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