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  Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.  

Featured Event


Dave Thomas of Pragmatic Programmers and Jim Weirich of EdgeCase will deliver the keynotes at Red Dirt Ruby Conference in Oklahoma City in May. The organizers hope to make it a uniquely focused and productive experience, partly by limiting attendance. The conference is organized around four themes:

  1. Ruby: The Ruby language still has the power to surprise us. This theme is focused on Ruby syntax, gems, and good development practices.

  2. Rails 3: Ruby on Rails is crossing a huge milestone. This theme is centered on topics such as routing, metal, the new response system, and advanced queries.

  3. NoSQL: Database choice affects application performance and scalability. This theme will focus on databases such as MongoDB, Riak, Redis, and Tokyo Cabinet.

  4. Servers: Ruby is well suited for web based applications. This theme will focus on tools such as Rack, Unicorn, EventMachine, Resque, and AWS.

Author Appearances


  • Mar 13, Pittsburgh, PA
    WIOV ’10: Second Workshop on I/O Virtualization
  • Mar 17-19, Pittsburgh, PA
    VEE 2010: 2010 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments
  • Apr 27, San Jose, CA
    LEET ’10: 3rd USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats
  • Apr 27, San Jose, CA
    INM/WREN ’10: 2010 Internet Network Management Workshop/ Workshop on Research on Enterprise Networking
  • Apr 27, San Jose, CA
    IPTPS ’10: 9th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems
  • Apr 28-30, San Jose, CA
    NSDI ’10: 7th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation

O’Reilly Events

  • Mar 30-Apr 1, San Jose Marriott, 301 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
    Where 2.0: “Now in its sixth year, the Where 2.0 Conference is where the grassroots and leading edge developers building location-aware technology intersect with the businesses and entrepreneurs seeking out location apps, platforms, and hardware to gain a competitive edge.”
  • Apr 12-15, Santa Clara, CA
    MySQL Conference & Expo: “The largest gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs worldwide.”
  • May 25-27, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
    Gov 2.0 Expo: “Gov 2.0 Expo will showcase the real-world application of Web 2.0 technologies in government and municipal sectors, featuring a practical program that will teach government employees and contractors how to apply technology best practices to foster greater transparency, ef? ciency, and collaboration.”

Other Happenings

  • Mar 12-21, Austin, TX
  • Mar 16
    Richard Stallman is 57.
  • Apr 5
    Dean Kamen is 59.
  • Apr 6
    Andy Hertzfeld is 57.
  • Apr 14
    Matz is 45.
  • Apr 30
    The World Wide Web is 17.
  • May 17
    Alan Kay is 70.
  • May 19
    James Gosling is 55.
  • May 26
    Ward Cunningham is 61.