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OSCON 2006 is over -- I have lots to blog
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 I'm at the airport now at 4:30, and I've been so very busy with all the work and all the fun and all the learning, that I havent' had a chance to post anything for days! I have tons of entries that I will start to crank out now -- hopefully they are of use to someone out there. Sameer and Harish also had a similiarly excellent (albeit busy) time. I've got a lot to take home and process now from the conference.
Using Ruby on Rails and Ajax to Make a Massive Multiplayer Game
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 I attended a session on Wednesday named Using Ruby on Rails and Ajax to Make a Massive Multiplayer Game by Michael Buffington which completely blew my mind, and made me want to run out and create my own Ruby on Rails game immediately. Michael created an online persistent web-based game inspired by a game called 'Macropoly', which in turn was inspired by Monopoly, and came up with (unroll spelled backwards).
OSCON 2006 Day two -- Testing Web Apps
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 This afternoon's tutorial, Rock-solid Web Development: Testing Web Apps by John Paul Ashenfelter (slides at or, has so far been the most valuable session I've attended so far, even if it is only for showing me that Selenium exists.
Open Source Voting
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 Wednesday evening I attended a session called Open Source Voting by Arthur Keller and David Mertz which talked about the open voting initiatives and organizations, and the work of the Open Voting Consortium to produce a demonstration prototype for a secure and private but accurate and verifiable electronic voting system
Lightning states of...
By sverma - 4/25/2007 This was a session from last night on the state of software. The updates were done in 5 minutes, hence the term "lightning".
Going open source...
By sverma - 4/25/2007 This presentation was based on Lars Thalmann's ( experience with MySQL cluster that was developed at Ericsson R&D and was later purchased by MySQL.
OSCON 2006 Day two -- Release Management Automation
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 This morning I attended a session titled Large Scale Webapps: Managing Releases and DevTeam Infrastructure by Jonathan Oxer (slides can be found at that laid out a fairly comprehensive model for a highly automated development 'Release Management Automation' environment from source code management, to internal documentation, to bug tracking, to packaging, pre-release testing, and finally package release.
Using Google Web Toolkit
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 A session I attended on Thursday named Using Google Web Toolkit by Bret Taylor and Bruce Johnson was one of the coolest and most inspiring I'd seen at the entire conference. In a nutshell, Google's open source initiatives have among many other things produced a set of frameworks and a compiler that allows you to