OSCON 2011 Wrap-up: Cloudy with lots of Data
by Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller, August 1, 2011

Once again, the journey to the lovely city of Portland for OSCON 2011 was definitely worth the trip. Kudos to O'Reilly for combining OSCON, with OSCON Data and OSCON Java bringing an even wider variety of communities to the Open Source conversation. For me, the inclusion of the Data stream made the trip worthwhile. Now that my head is firmly in the clouds with the launch of, Stackato, our private PaaS cloud application platform, I'm seeing more and more cloud scale data applications.

One highlight  was Steve Yegge's "What would you do with your own Google"  inspiring keynote speech which definitely has me hacking my old Calculus book - which looked nothing like the Manga Calculus books of today published by O'Reilly.

I spent a fair amount of time in the clouds and hanging with the good folks from the Cloud Foundry Open Source project who were there in full force. Derek Collison from VMware gave a great presentation on Building an Open Source PaaS; a subject near and dear to our hearts as we've built Stackato on Cloud Foundry with open source components. I had the good fortune of also hosting my own Birds of a Feather session to talk more about Stackato. Dave McCrory from VMware helped me, as we discussed how we built Stackato, hardened it for Enterprise use and extended it to support Python & Perl. For next year, if I'm competing with an open bar, I'll have to secure more budget to bring more beverages to my table!

There were plenty of announcements including Nebula the latest Open Source private cloud computing infrastructure - which had an awesome launch party including Giant Robots ever with the coolest band.

I also spent a day devoted to Python. First, the hands-on session led by Matt Harrison, then a deeper dive by Raymond Hettinger - whose tutorials alone were worth the prices of admission.

The best session that was totally unrelated to my job was "Android for People Who Hate Phones". While it did not make me want to run out and change my hair-style, Christopher Neugebauer & Paris Buttfield-Addison succeed in making me an Android convert.



There were hundreds of other sessions worthy of mention, but with my head in the clouds, my favorites obviously included alot of scaling:

So if you didn't get to attend this year, definitely download the slides, listen to the keynotes, get inspired, and save the date for next year's OSCON!

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Diane Mueller is a Cloud Evangelist at ActiveState. She has been designing & implementing financial applications at Fortune 500 corporations for over 20 years. Diane has been actively involved in development efforts of XBRL Open Standard ( since 1999.