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The Summer of Code and 'Open Source' Conferences

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2008 is looking like a good year for open source aficionados. Sun today announced the agenda for its second annual CommunityOne event, which will showcase a range of open source Java projects such as Netbeans, Glassfish, OpenJDK and Web 2.0 topics.  Google, on the other hand has provided details for its 2008 'Summer of Code' program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects.

While the two events differ in their objectives and audiences, both leverage the tremendous momentum of the open source community to drive innovation in application development.  Google's program brings together Computer Science and Computer Engineering students with open source 'mentor organizations' to guide them on their projects.

CommunityOne, on the other hand, while featuring a range of Sun's open source projects, is itself 'open source' in terms its 'unconference' format. Last year's unconference was let by analysts from RedMonk, in which participants determined the topics they wish to discuss, exchanged ideas and identified best practices.

What sessions will you be attending at CommunityOne & JavaOne this year?  For those of you participating in Google's Summer of Code program, what projects will you be involved in?
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John Ferguson Smart replied on Tue, 2008/03/25 - 3:51pm

I'll be giving a talk at CommunityOne this year on Open Source Tools for Optimizing Your Development Process, which should be fun. I haven't had time to look at all of the sessions yet, but at first glance some of the other interesting sessions include:

  • Grails: Productive Web Development with Groovy, Spring, and Hibernate (Graeme Rocher)
  • Subversion 1.5: Great New Functionality for Developers (C. Michael Pilato, from CollabNet)
  • Building Ajax Applications (David Botterill)

There are plenty of others. It should be a great day!

John Smart | Wakaleo Consulting
Code Better - Code Faster - Code Smarter - Don't miss the Java Power Tools Bootcamp


James Sugrue replied on Wed, 2008/03/26 - 1:36am

Summer of Code is a brilliant initiative. Back when I was learning Computer Science it was difficult to find things to do over the summer. This program gives a great chance to add some meaningful content to your CV before you go looking for a job.


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