GitHub takes center stage at OSCON

GitHub will once again get the spotlight at OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention) in Portland, Ore., this week.

Last year's OSCON conferencefeatured then-GitHub CEO Tom Preston-Werner as a prominent speaker. This year, the focus will be on the future of the Git version control system underlying GitHub, as well as how to make open source contributions via GitHub and Git. The conference will feature coverage of open mobile accessibility via GitHub and the Apache Cordova mobile app toolkit, and GitHub's Derek Sorkin and Qualcomm's Tim Tyler will cover open source and the enterprise.

GitHub's continued prominence is no surprise to Andi Gutmans, the CEO of Zend Systems, which hosts projects on the site. "The real winner on GitHub is the collaboration capabilities. It makes it so much easier for people to contribute to projects, especially open source projects." The site's SaaS-based configuration management also is beneficial, Gutmans said.

Well-established languages like PHP and JavaScript will get coverage at OSCON, along with newer programming technologies, such as Node.js, Clojure, Go, and Angular.js. Technologists from Pivotal will discuss the "full-stack Java developer," covering the Spring tools system along with REST, unit testing, security, and HTML5.

OSCON will have sessions on getting started with OpenStack, a behind-the-scenes look at how OpenStack is produced, and discussions on shipping applications via Docker containers. Meanwhile, XML co-founder Tim Bray, formerly of Google and Sun Microsystems, will speak about the issue of threats in software and the Internet. Intel's Beth Flanagan, a senior software engineer, will talk about "bad actors" and the Internet of things, focusing on security.

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