Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.
In keeping with the Ruby focus of this issue, let’s start off with a couple of big upcoming Ruby events. Note: this calendar only looks three months ahead. To see what Ruby events are coming up later in 2011, take a look at ruby there or railsevents.com.
- Code Mash: “CodeMash is a unique event that will educate developers on current practices, methodologies and technology trends in variety of platforms and development languages such as Java, .NET, Ruby and PHP. Attendees will be treated to an impressive set of keynote addresses from industry luminaries. CodeMash 2010 had keynotes from Mary Poppendeick, Andy Hunt, and Hank Janssen.” Note: CodeMash 2011 sold out (in just four days).
- Feb 4–5, Magic Ruby, Orlando, FLMagic Ruby at the Magic Kingdom: Bring the kids! (Or the kid in you.) Chad Fowler will deliver the keynote here as well as at Code Mash. Other Magic Ruby speakers will cover topics from developing Cocoa apps with MacRuby to getting started with cloud computing.
- Dec 1–3, Summit 2010 Europe, London, UKWorkshop Seminar: “Agile in the Workplace”Rachel Davies, co-author of Agile Coaching
- Dec 2–3, Agile, Lean & Kanban EXchange, London, UKSpeakingRachel Davies, co-author of Agile Coaching
- Dec 7–10, Pragmatic Studios, Denver, CO“iPhone/iPad Programming” with Matt Drance
- Dec 8, DSDM Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden“Pomodoro Technique: Can you focus for 25 minutes?”Staffan Nöteberg, author of Pomodoro Technique Illustrated
- Dec 8–10, Pragmatic Studios, Denver, COPragmatic Rails Studio with Dave ThomasChad Fowler, author of The Passionate Programmer
- Dec 9, IIBA, Boston Chapter, Waltham, MA“The Role of the BA in an Agile Project”
- Dec 13, Cleveland CocoaHeads, Cleveland, OH“Understanding Blocks in Objective-C”
- KeynoteChad Fowler, author of The Passionate Programmer
- “iOS Development: A Fresh Start” and “What’s new in iOS”
- “iOS Development in the Real World” and “The Dark Depths of iOS”Chris Adamson, co-author of iPhone SDK Development
- Jan 25–28, Pragmatic Studios, Reston, VA“iPhone/iPad Programming” with Matt Drance
As publishers who think of ourselves as being on the cutting edge, we’re always interested in O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference.
- Feb 1–3, Strata, Santa Clara, CAO’Reilly Strata Conference: “Get control of the new data opportunity at Strata—immerse yourself in three full days of hands-on training, information-rich sessions, and a sponsor pavilion filled with the key players and products. This new O’Reilly conference brings together the people, tools, and technologies you need to make data work.”
- Feb 14–16, TOC, New York, NYO’Reilly Tools of Change Conference: “Join us as we explore this new world of ‘Publishing Without Boundaries’ at the fifth annual O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.... This premiere event provides an unparalleled opportunity for stakeholders from across the book publishing and tech industries to network, share ideas, engage in lively debate, and consider the many issues we face individually and collectively.”
What’s coming from our USENIX friends.
- Feb 15–18, FAST ’11, San Jose, CA9th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies: “FAST ’11 brings together storage system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems.”
- Dec 3John Backus would have been 86.
- Dec 4Eric Raymond, aka ESR, is 53.
- Dec 9Grace Hopper’s 104th birthday.
- Dec 10Ada Lovelace’s 195th birthday.
- Dec 10Ada, the programming language, is 30 today.
- Dec 10PragPub’s editor’s having a birthday today. He’s younger than Ada and older than Ada.
- Dec 16John Bardeen and Walter Brattain created the first transistor on this day in 1947.
- Dec 17Ken Iverson, creator of APL, would have been 90 today.
- Dec 17Les Earnest, inventor of first spell checker and of the finger protocol, is 80.
- Dec 23Birthday of Bob Miner, who wrote Oracle’s original database software.
- Dec 25Richard Greenblat, famed MIT hacker, is 66.
- Dec 26Charles Babbage’s 219th birthday.
- Dec 28Linus Torvalds is 41.
- Dec 30Bjarne Stroustrup is 60.
- Dec 31Leonard Adleman, the A in RSA encryption, is 65.
- Jan 10MUD co-creator Richard Bartle is 51.
- Jan 10Donald Knuth, who continues to inspire authors who are having trouble finishing that book, is 73.
- Jan 11Tony Hoare, author of Quicksort, is 77.
- Jan 20Sims creator Will Wright is 51.
- Jan 21Paul Allen is 58.
- Jan 22On this day in 1984, Superbowl viewers watched a woman with a hammer smash Big Brother.
- Jan 24Alain Colmerauer, Prolog’s creator, is 70.
- Jan 25Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani is 56.
- Jan 31Guido van Rossum, author of Python and possessor of an excellent last name for a programmer (Google “R.U.R.”), is 55.
- FebruaryIn February, 1986, Richard Stallman published the first official definition of Free Software. In February, 1992, Linus Torvalds first placed Linux under the Gnu Public License. In February, 1998, the Open Source Initiative was founded. And in February, 2001, at The Lodge at Snowbird ski resort in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, seventeen people wrote the Agile Software Development Manifesto.
- Feb 4Ken Thompson is 68.
- Feb 5Brad Fitzpatrick, author of memcached, is 31.
- Feb 7Leslie Lamport, creator of LaTeX, is 70.
- Feb 8MIT professor Gerald Jay Sussman is 64. Among his other accomplishments, he is a bonded locksmith, so he can stay out till quarter to three and not worry about anyone locking the door.
- Feb 12Phil Zimmerman, author of PGP, is 57.
- Feb 15Niklaus Wirth is 77.
- Feb 16Ward Christensen created the first Computer Bulletin Board System on this date in 1978.
- Feb 19CGDA Hall of Fame game developer Danielle Bunten would have been 62 today.
- Feb 22Bill Jolitz is 54.
- Feb 24The Ruby programming language was conceived on this date in 1993.
- Feb 27Grady Booch is 56.
- Feb 29Seymour Papert would be 83 this year if it were a leap year.