My plug for the O'Reilly Open Source convention

by Andy Oram

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Just a note about the
O'Reilly Open Source convention,

which you can get a discount on if you sign up over the weekend (early
registration ends Monday, June 20). I love attending this every
year--the energy really crackles--and it's got more variety and a
bigger scope than ever this year.

Nevertheless, the core of O'Reilly's examination of free software is
what free software always has been: a bunch of hackers having fun in
the knowledge (or pretense) that there are no boundaries. The Open
Source convention started many years ago as the Perl Conference, when
Perl was the locus of so much of that experimental and
get-it-out-the-door activity. This year,
Ruby on Rails
are major topics. These have a lot in common: they've become prominent
in just the past few months, they build in derivative ways on
existing, well-established technologies, and they disdain highly
structured approaches to reward quick-and-dirty rapid application

Further examples of this kind of happy hacking are href="">Greasemonkey--which lets
users extend their Web browsing with a little coding, leaving behind
the corporations that have spent millions of dollars trying to combine
and extend the browser through Web Services--and Sprog, which lets
users filter and pipe data between programs using a graphical user
interface. So the original spirit behind Perl in the 1990s is still
very much alive.

Perl is still a big part of the convention, and other topics in open
source are getting increased attention there: the Linux track, for
instance, and a new subconference called the Open Source Business
Review, which gives practical advice to managers who want to make open
source work in the workplace.

The team has done a great job of bringing you the technologies
everybody will be using next year. I hope to see you there.