Open Source Conversations
IT Conversations publishes a number of shows that deal with free and open source software. We've created this channel as a way of helping people interested in open source software find talks, discussions, presentations, and interviews about that topic.
Companies are working to develop apps software that take advantage of the growing number of hardware platforms. In addition to smartphones, browser developers are using the cloud to distribute programs. The group discusses these projects, as well as how new versions of browsers are coming that will be of even greater use with applications. They review how cross platform development is an important part of new software as well as Web 2.0 capabilities must also be included.
An open API for all government functions would be a transformative achievement, and Tim O'Reilly and Chris Vein have been working to make it a reality. In this free-flowing Q and A format, Chris Vein shares his experience as CIO for San Fransisco, building IT as a platform for the 21st century city. Vein and O'Reilly discuss their front line experiences in government data with an audience of location-based developers.
In this presentation, Leading Edge researcher Simon Wardley explores hypotheses about change, reflecting on cloud computing and organizational shape. Considering how companies deal with the consequences and emerging patterns of change, Wardley asserts that the cloud increases innovation and productivity which yields commodity. He describes how commoditization erodes value, therefore requiring more innovation.
Describing the codes used throughout MySQL and explaining their limitations, Sheeri K. Cabral -- founder of the MySQL user group in Boston, Massachusetts -- discusses the use of time zones by that data system. The majority of her lecture is technical, but her concepts are easy to follow and she offers a variety of methods to recording precise times and mending the system's failure to hold time zones.
In this series of short talks from the Gov 2.0 Summit, four pioneers of open geospatial data share their experiences in encouraging collaboration through data sharing. From Virtual Alabama to "Beer for Data" in Afghanistan, it's an eye-opening look at the doors which can be unlocked by open data in government.
Tim O'Reilly describes the state of the internet operating system. As more services and data move from computers onto the internet, there are new opportunities to create value as well as new risks for lock-in. Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook: which has the right strategy?
Mark Callaghan of Facebook describes some of the uses Facebook makes of MySQL and the challenges Facebook's database team has in their large-scale deployment of MySQL. Facebook has thousands of MySQL database servers, which gives them unique insights and challenges.
Creating and growing a community is an art, but there are known best practices. Jono Bacon, Community Manager for Ubuntu, lists some of the best ways to build a community, the mechanics of making a community work, and the difference between an evangelist and a community manager.
Beginning the lecture with a description of Drizzle, Brian Aker, an open-source hacker and former Director of Architecture at MySQL AB, continues on to fully discuss the merits of this open source database management system (DBMS). Also central to this lecture are the three key success points of Drizzle and what its creators plan to do in the future.
In this interview from the 2009 Web 2.0 conference, Tim O'Reilly talks with Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium. Berners-Lee talks about his expectations for the Web when he created it, his thoughts on how it has changed with growth and his concerns for its future.