Topic: Software Development
PowerPivot, a new add-in for Excel, can absorb and analyze vast quantities of data. And it can ingest that data from sources that support that Atom-based OData protocol. John Hancock, who led the charge to add support for data feeds to PowerPivot, tells host Jon Udell how it works, why it supports OData, and what this will mean not only for corporate business intelligence but also for the analysis of open public data.
In this presentation from eComm 2009, LiMo's Open Source Committee Chairman, David "Lefty" Schlesinger discusses the meaning of governance, and the advantage of LiMo's approach over those of Google and Apple for their Android and iPhone application development platforms, before opening the floor to questions.
Developing software solutions for the defence and intelligence industries is not normally open to public discussion. In this exciting talk Lena Trudeau interviews experts from Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on how their organizations manage and embrace the latest web technologies. Find out how Dungeons and Dragons inspired the Intelligence community and what Twitter has to do with the Department of Defense.
Joel and Jeff sit down with Anton Geraschenko of Math Overflow to discuss the unique qualities of a community of expert mathematicians, how to capture a sphere in a knot, and the importance of off-site backups.
Jonathan Ellis discusses Cassandra, an open source distributed database system, used by Facebook and other sites. An Apache Software Foundation top-level project, it is designed to handle very large data sets spread out across commodity servers while providing a highly available service with no single point of failure. Jonathan reviews the project, explaining details about the system as well as the importance of scalability in database design and the differences between distributed and relational databases.
Joel and Jeff discuss the pursuit of venture capital, why Joel is ending his blog, and the hidden power of Google's web spider.
Networks of people, information, things, and energy are coming together in ways that redefine the practice of architecture. Duncan Wilson, an engineer with the global consulting firm Arup, joins host Jon Udell to discuss a variety of projects that illustrate the new synthesis.
How is open-source closed? Andreas Constantinou talks about the relative openness of the "eight centers of gravity" in the mobile industry, and says it's not the licensing, which concerns source control, but the governance, which concerns the product, that developers must watch out for. He explains the mobile phone industry shift and loosely outlines the governance structures of the LiMo, Symbian, and Android foundations.
What if you could type with your eyes? People with limited mobility may have no other choice. But it's slow, currently around 12-18 words per minute. Is that the best we can offer? Scott MacKenzie describes the physiology of the eye and technical limits on eye tracking, his work to evaluate various input methods, and his new approach, the "scanning ambiguous keyboard," that helps some disabled people communicate more freely than ever before.
Joel sits down with the Stack Exchange team, who are working on the hosted version of Stack Overflow.