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July 10, 2003

OSCON Day 4: Session – Template Toolkit Version 3

Filed under: Ozette Brown — Charles Engelke @ 6:22 pm


* Internal Architecture
* New Parser
Unbreak the unfixed
Encourage more templage modules


Break: Ice Cream!

Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 6:17 pm

Real Networks sponsored the afternoon break, which featured free
Haagen-Dazs ice cream bars. It’s been at least two years since I’ve seen
anything like that at a conference. I think this is a leading indicator
that it’s time to get back in the IT sector of the stock market!

Session: Ingy on Kwiki

Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 5:19 pm

Brian Ingerson doesn’t look like most people’s image of a brilliant
programmer (at least, not mine), but he certainly is. This talk is about
Kwiki, a really neat implementation of
Wikis. I’ve installed it on a few machines, and it is quick and works well.


Session: More Technical Challenges in Using Perl for Commercial Software

Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 4:26 pm

This talk by Gurusamy Sarathy is subtitle “Real Life War Stories”. We
Windows users have Sarathy to thank for bring “real” Perl to us. Before
he ported the standard Perl distribution to Windows, we had to get by with
custom versions of Perl. Yes, they worked, but they always fell behind the
main version, and couldn’t use all the same add-on modules. Now Sarathy
works for ActiveState, which maintains lots of open source languages for


Posting Comments

Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 2:14 pm

I think that blogs should allow user comments. So why doesn’t this one?


OSCON Day 4: Session – Subversion, WebDAV, and Apache HTTP Server 2.0

Filed under: Ozette Brown — Charles Engelke @ 2:11 pm

  • Slides are available at:
  • Here’s a link to Subversion: The Definitive Guide, a free book about Subversion
  • There’s also an upcoming O’reilly book about Subversion
  • (more…)

    Session: Perl 6 Design Philosophy

    Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 2:10 pm

    Allison Randal is speaking about how Perl 6 is being shaped. I expect
    this to be a good talk, though I regret missing about four others going on
    right now, too: “Subversion, WebDAV, and Apache HTTP Server 2.0” (Ozette
    will tell me about it); “DIY-IT: How Open Source is Turning IT Into a
    Do-It-Yourself Marketplace” (Ricardo said he’d be there); “Ruby for Perl
    Programmers” (Craig is attending); and “Automated Testing of Large Projects
    with Perl” (Usha’s got it covered). This is probably the richest 45 minutes
    of the whole conference; couldn’t they have spread these particular talks out more?


    OSCON Day 4: Session – Writing Tests with Apache::Test

    Filed under: Ozette Brown — Charles Engelke @ 2:02 pm

    Uses and is a perl based framework.


    Session: Nine Views of Mark-Jason Dominus

    Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 1:34 pm

    Dominus is a talented and interesting speaker, and he’s giving nine 5
    minute talks now.



    Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 12:45 pm

    In her keynote this morning, Stormy Peters mentioned a recent Wall Street
    about MySQL’s threat to Oracle. You’ll need a paid subscription to the
    Journal to read the article, but one of the quotes sounded familiar to me:


    Thursday morning keynotes

    Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 12:10 pm

    I’m not expecting to be that interested in this morning’s keynotes. The
    first one is about business issues for open source in the enterprise. I’ve
    heard speakers on that topic over and over and over again, and frankly, I’ve
    never heard anything very deep or useful. Maybe today will be an exception,
    though. The second keynote is going to be fairly interesting. I know
    because I heard it a few month’s ago as a keynote at O’Reilly’s Emerging
    Technologies Conference. So it’s a “rerun” for me.


    OSCON Day 4: Pictures from the Conference

    Filed under: Ozette Brown — Charles Engelke @ 10:23 am

    Pictures from the conference and beautiful Oregon scenary can be
    found at: Pics

    July 9, 2003

    Session: Deciding on an Open Source J2EE Platform

    Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 8:24 pm

    Ed Lyons of NetNumina Systems is giving this talk. The criteria for
    evaluating tools won’t be features, but what’s really important:
    maintainability, track record, management, integration, security,
    transactions, support, availability, performance. He will weight these
    according to factors he showed for 5 seconds.


    OSCON Day 3: Session – The Anatomy of the MySQL Query Optimizer

    Filed under: Ozette Brown — Charles Engelke @ 8:12 pm

    Ok, the projector just bombed on us. And it’s taking way too long for them to get it fixed.
    The session is informative, but a little slow. Oh, wait, the projector magically came back to life.
    We have 11minutes left and there are many slides to go. Did I mention that Monty gave everyone
    “Finlandia Vodka Chocolate”. When you bite into the cholocate, a burst of vodka comes out. I’m not


    OSCON Day 3: Mmmmmmm, cookies…..

    Filed under: Ozette Brown — Charles Engelke @ 7:35 pm

    Nuff said

    OSCON Day 3: Session – Open Development and Commercial Business Models

    Filed under: Ozette Brown — Charles Engelke @ 7:20 pm

    Now this was an interesting open ended discussion. The panel included, Tim O’reilly, a guy from Microsoft, a guy from a financial institution, and a venture capitalist.
    The talk started 15min before I got there, but that didn’t
    seem to matter. Overall the discussion seemed to be about the “value of IP and does it work in Open Source”.
    There was a guy from Microsoft there that supported “shared source”. His stance was that you can place price on Intellectual Property and
    and have your users keep purchasing things like software upgrades, new versions and so on.
    The Open Source folks stated just the opposite. They believe that code contribution by as many people who want to participate
    is more important.


    OSCON Day 3: Session – A Guided Tour of the MySQL Source Code

    Filed under: Ozette Brown — Charles Engelke @ 7:20 pm

    I sat in the “Guided Tour of the MySQL Source Code”. The session was
    pretty good if you were into knowing exactly how the code works.
    The folks at MySQL are very proud of their database and they should be.
    Alot of what they were talking about was very high level.
    The bottom line is that you don’t need to know exactly how something works,
    you just need to know that it works and works well.

    Session: The State of Parrot 2003

    Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 7:06 pm

    Dan Sugalski is going to assume we know what Parrot is, so he’s going to
    tell us where it is. (It’s the engine that Perl 6 is being implemented on.)
    The core interpreter is done. There’s the base
    engine, and compile-time extensions are “dead simple”. No program-visible
    architecture changes in more than a year. Calling conventions are finalized.


    Break: Buying Books

    Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 7:06 pm

    Every time I come to this conference (or really, any technical
    conference) I hit the bookstore. I used to like to see what was available
    and buy the books while I had a chance. Thanks to the Internet, I usually
    know what’s available now, but I still like the chance to leaf through the
    books before buying them. And lately I’ve been buying books for my
    colleagues who attend the conferences, too.


    Session: Perl Lightning Talks

    Filed under: OSCON 2003 — Charles Engelke @ 5:25 pm

    Each year, Mark Jason Dominus hosts
    Perl lightning talks. These are five minute long talks, with the time limit
    strictly enforced. We should see about 16 or 18 in this 90 minute session.
    They’re often fun, and a good break from the deeper technical talks at the


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