Jam 13: .*
held June 2009
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These are the lightning talks that were presented at the London Open Source Jam 13, which was all about, well, everything:
- Zak Cohen - Climbactic, a study of open source in 3D games. It turns out there's some great open source stuff out there, but sometimes paying for support is the only way to get the features you need.
- Simon Stewart - Testing Google Wave with WebDriver. How to test GWT applications. Everyone should use the model-view-presenter idiom. Build times are crucial!
- Kai Hendry - Webconverger, a tiny web kiosk 'Live CD' on a USB stick. Even though it's open source, you can make a business out of customising builds for clients, and supporting them.
- Jon Skeet - The Dynamic Language Runtime and C# 4.0. The DLR is open source! IronPython and IronRuby use it. Coming in .NET 4.0
- Zaheda Bhorat - Open Standards. Why should open source developers care about them? Turns out it's easier to sleep-walk into being locked into proprietary formats. What makes a standard open?
- Ambikesh Jayal - Open source e-Learning middleware. Writing middleware to interface with closed-source projects and give examiners a hand in marking.
- Paul Walmsley - Bayesian data modelling. A brave attempt at explaining the maths in a 5 minute talk!
- Frederik Dohr - TiddlyWeb. A RESTful web store for data.
- Mike Mahemoff - Scrumptious. A web site annotation tool which uses TiddlyWeb as a storage medium. Has a FireFox toolbar plugin, and can be reused to embed comments on your site with a script tag.
- David Sheldon - Where's Java's CPAN? Has written a Java plugin to cache images --- but where should it be published? Where do Java programmers look for little libraries? Is there anywhere - or is it the case that dependencies are too entrenched in Java for this kind of thing?
- Robert Rees - Bazaar Wiki. 58 lines of Python backed onto to the Bazaar DVCS, using the Juno web framework.
- Rob McKinnon - Politics and representation. Did you know that the Pirate Party was voted in at the recent EU elections? What does that mean for us as OSS guys? Showed a Digital Britain document - some scary-looking ISP filtering things slipping into legislation.
- Ivan De Marino - Caching templated CSS on AppEngine - is this a good idea? Yes!
- Matt Godbolt - Testing+Mobile. Why don't people test on mobile? It's tricky...but there are OSS frameworks out there now. Android has pretty good support for testing, but can be a bit tricky to set up. Linked an example project that uses TDD.
- Nicolas Roard - Seaside and Smalltalk. What's Seaside? Why's it cool? Impressive live demo in a short space of time.
- Phil Dawes - New approaches to database server design. Modern databases don't do today's jobs properly with respect to storage.
Photos of the event are available on Picasa Web Albums, and we also posted a summary on the Google Open Source blog.