Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.
Here’s an update on what our authors and friends are up to for the next three months.
One of the interesting talks coming up is Michael Nygard’s “Exploiting Loopholes in CAP” at QCon San Francisco. Andy Lester suggested that Michael explain CAP for those of us not in the know, and Michael supplied the following explanation:
“CAP is ‘Consistency, Availability, and Partition-Tolerance.’ We say CAP as shorthand for Brewer’s Conjecture, which says that a distributed system can achieve at most two of those three qualities. CAP was proved in a 2002 paper by Gilbert and Lynch. This theorem spawned the entire crop of eventually-consistent databases. (Mongo, Cassandra, Couch, Riak, etc.) Like any proof, however, the Gilbert & Lynch proof relies on some strict definitions and assumptions. In my talk, I’ll be showing how to ‘dodge’ CAP by working with different definitions of ‘consistent’ and ‘available,’ or by otherwise changing the assumptions that underlie the proof.”
- Nov 6–9, Pragmatic Studio, Denver, CO“iOS Programming”Daniel H Steinberg
- Nov 6–9, Pragmatic Studio, Denver, CO“iOS Programming”Bill Dudney, author of Core Animation
- Nov 7, Øredev, Malmo, Sweden“Vim—precision editing at the speed of thought”Drew Neil, author of Practical Vim
- Nov 8, QCon San Francisco, San Francisco, CA“Exploiting Loopholes in CAP”
- Nov 8–9, RubyWorld Conference, Matsue, JapanKeynoteDave Thomas
- Nov 12, Devoxx, Antwerp, Belgium“Intro to iOS 6 for Java Developers”Daniel Steinberg
- Nov 13, Bath Scrum User Group, Bath, UK"Talk: Coaching teams through ChangeRachel Davies, co-author of Agile Coaching
- Nov 14, .NET Rocks!, Houston, TXKeynote
- Nov 16, Clojure/conj, Raleigh, NCKeynote: “Whence Complexity?”
- Nov 19–23, Organized by ProgramUtvikling, Oslo, Norway“Test Driving your .NET Apps” (course)
- Nov 28, YOW! Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaWorkshop: “Production Ready Software”
- Nov 29–Dec 1, CocoaConf, Raleigh, NCKeynote, “Less code, more fulfilling,” and “Storyboards—This time it’s personal”Daniel Steinberg
- Nov 29–Dec 1, Cocoa Conf, Raleigh NCTBDBill Dudney, author of Core Animation
- Nov 29–Dec 1, CocoaConf, Raleigh, NC“Core Audio in iOS 6,” “Mobile Movies with HTTP Live Streaming,” and “All-Day Core Audio Workshop”Chris Adamson, co-author of iOS SDK Development
- Dec 4–6, JavaOne Latin America 2012, São Paulo, Brazil“Regular Expressions in a Nutshell”Staffan Nöteberg, author of Pomodoro Technique Illustrated
- Dec 5, Copyright & Technology, New York, NY“DRM and E-Publishing Panel”Jim Dovey, author of iOS/Mac Networking
- Dec 7, DevIgnition, Tyson Corners, VA“Your Brain & Dart”
- Jan 8–11, CodeMash, Sandusky, OH“Building Productive iOS 6 Apps” and “Objective-C Is Not Java”Chris Adamson, co-author of iOS SDK Development
Upcoming events from our friends at O’Reilly.
- Nov 7, Mini TOC Charleston, Charleston, SCMini TOC Charleston is geared to librarians, large & small publishers, self-published authors, creative collectives, information hobbyists, journalists, historians, bloggers, and online experts seeking a better understanding of what ubiquitous content means for the future of commercial publishing.
- Dec 4–5, Velocity China Conference, Beijing, ChinaMost dynamic website companies face the same challenge: pages must load fast, the infrastructure has to be able to expand, sites and services must be reliable, and you have to do it all in a timeframe the team can handle while keeping it within budget. Velocity is the best place for Web professionals to meet to exchange ideas and share best practices and lessons learned.
What’s coming from our USENIX friends.
- Dec 3–7, Middleware 2012, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaACM/IFIP/USENIX 13th International Conference on Middleware: “a premier forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, implementation, experimentation, deployment, and usage of middleware systems.”
- Dec 9–14, LISA ’12, San Diego, CA26th Large Installation System Administration Conference: “The annual LISA conference is the meeting place of choice for system and network administrators and engineers; it is the crossroads of Web operations, DevOps, enterprise computing, educational computing, and research computing.”
- Nov 8Bill Joy is 58.
- Nov 6Jerry Yang is 44.
- Nov 10Bert Bos, co-creator of Cascading Style Sheets, is 49.
- Nov 10Richard Brodie, creator of Microsoft Word, is 52.
- Nov 18Pamela Kyle Crossley, historian and creator of SIMPLE, is 57.
- Nov 19Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and lead developer, is 34.
- Nov 22Randall Schwartz is 51.
- Nov 22PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf is 44.
- Nov 22And it’s Charles Simonyi’s wedding anniversary.
- Dec 3John Backus would have been 87.
- Dec 4Eric Raymond, aka ESR, is 43.
- Dec 9Grace Hopper’s 105th birthday.
- Dec 10Ada Lovelace’s 196th birthday.
- Dec 10Ada, the programming language, is 31 today.
- Dec 16John Bardeen and Walter Brattain created the first transistor on this day in 1947.
- Dec 17Ken Iverson, creator of APL, would have been 91 today.
- Dec 17Les Earnest, inventor of first spell checker and of the finger protocol, is 81.
- Jan 10MUD co-creator Richard Bartle is 53.
- Jan 10Donald Knuth, who continues to inspire authors who are having trouble finishing that book, is 75.
- Jan 11Tony Hoare, author of Quicksort, is 79.
- Jan 20Sims creator Will Wright is 53.
- Jan 21Paul Allen is 60.
- Jan 22On this day in 1984, Superbowl viewers watched a woman with a hammer smash Big Brother.
- Jan 24Alain Colmerauer, Prolog’s creator, is 72.
- Jan 25Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani is 58.
- Jan 31Guido van Rossum, author of Python and possessor of an excellent last name for a programmer (Google “R.U.R.”), is 57.
And be sure to celebrate December 10th. As you probably know, December 10th is the birthday of the first programmer, Ada Lovelace, colleague of Charles Babbage and daughter of Lord Byron. It’s also, incidentally, the birthday of poet Emily Dickinson, of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, and of newscaster Chet Huntley. For Hardy Boys fans, it’s the 71st birthday of both Tim Considine and Tommy Kirk. It’s the anniversary of the end of the Spanish-American War, and shouldn’t we look for any excuse to celebrate the end of a war? It’s a day of auspicious beginnings, too, since it’s the day of the year on which women were first allowed to vote in the United States. December 10th is a particularly romantic day, being the day on which King Edward VIII abdicated the throne of England to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson. And it’s the day on which the millionth Model T rolled off the Ford production line, which may be sort of romantic for some people. It’s the anniversary of the establishment of the Metric System in France, the day the Nobel Prizes are awarded, and the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A significant day, surely. And on December 10, 1884, Huckleberry Finn was published, for which we are all richer.