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  Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.  

Here’s what’s coming up in the next three months:

Author Appearances

Who’s where, and what for.

O’Reilly Events

Upcoming events from our friends at O’Reilly.

  • May 29–31, Fluent Conference, San Francisco, CA
    Fluent Conference: “The O’Reilly Fluent Conference is about everything JavaScript. If you’re developing for the Web, desktop, or mobile, knowing the ins and outs of JavaScript and related technologies is critical. Come to Fluent to learn from expert developers who are using JavaScript in all kinds of contexts, to do things that no one ever expected JavaScript could do, and do so well.”
  • June 25–27, Velocity Conference Santa Clara, CA
    Velocity Conference: “Velocity is the best place to learn from peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share what has worked (and equally importantly, what has not worked) in real world applications. The focus is on practical, large-scale web development, presented by experts.”
  • July 16–20, O’Reilly Open Source Convention Portland, OR
    OSCON: “If you work with open source, you’ll want to be here. With a dozen plus tracks and hundreds of sessions, you’ll find practical tutorials, inspirational keynotes, and a wealth of information on open source languages, platforms, and development.”


What’s coming from our USENIX friends.

  • May 11–12, PICC ’12, New Brunswick, NJ
    Professional IT Community Conference: “The third annual Professional IT Community Conference (PICC) is requesting individuals who are interested in presenting papers, talks, or participating in panels on any aspect of IT and System Administration.”
  • SYSTOR 2012: “SYSTOR 2012, the 5th annual international systems and storage conference, promotes experimental and practical computer systems research.”
  • HotPar ’12: “HotPar will bring together researchers and practitioners doing innovative work in the area of parallel computing. HotPar recognizes the broad impact of multicore computing and seeks relevant contributions in all fields, including application design, languages and compilers, systems, and architecture.”
  • HotCloud ’12: “HotCloud brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry working on cloud computing technologies.”
  • FCW ’12: “Back for 2012, USENIX is combining established conferences and workshops into a week of research, trends, and community interaction.”
  • WiAC ’12: “This is an all day event for those interested in advancing women in computing representing both academia and industry.”
  • USENIX ATC: “USENIX ATC has always been the place to present groundbreaking research and cutting-edge practices in a wide variety of technologies and environments. USENIX ATC ’12 will be no exception.”
  • HotStorage ’12: “Over the past few years, storage has been changing like never before. Architectures are evolving rapidly, with many fundamental shifts. The HotStorage workshop aims to provide a forum for the cutting edge in storage research where researchers can exchange ideas and engage in discussions with their colleagues.”
  • WebApps ’12: “WebApps ’12 is designed to bring together experts in all aspects of developing and deploying Web applications. The program includes refereed papers on topics such as distributed systems and browser extensions, Java and client extensions, and more, in addition to keynotes by Douglas Crockford (Yahoo!), and Yehuda Katz (Tilde, Inc.)”
  • TaPP ’12: “Provenance provides important documentation that is an essential part of the quality of data, and it is essential to the trust we put in, for example, the data we find on the Web and the data that is derived from scientific experiments. TaPP ’12 covers topics related to theoretical or practical aspects of provenance, including but not limited to: provenance in databases, workflows, programming languages, security, software engineering, or systems; provenance on the Web; real-world applications of or requirements for provenance.”
  • NSDR ’12: “NSDR ’12 will provide a venue for researchers to propose and discuss ideas concerning the design, implementation, and evaluation of new computing and communications technologies to support the sustainable development of developing regions. NSDR ’12 specifically focuses on the technical networking and systems research challenges that arise in the design, implementation, and deployment of new computing solutions appropriate for developing regions.”
  • July 23–24, Asia-pacific Systems Workshop Seoul, South Korea
    APSYS 2012: “Building on the success of its 2010 and 2011 predecessors in New Delhi, India and Shanghai, China, APSys 2012 will be a lively forum for systems researchers and practitioners across the world to meet, interact, and collaborate with their peers from the Asia/Pacific region.”

Other Happenings

  • May
    In May, 1980, Erno Rubik’s puzzle started selling internationally under the name “Rubik’s Cube.”
  • May 1
    2006 MacArthur Fellow Jim Fruchterman is 53.
  • May 2
    Protoblogger Dave Winer is 57.
  • May 8
    jQuery creator John Resig got to age 28 one day ahead of Mark Zuckerberg.
  • May 9
    Red Hat founder Marc Ewing is 44.
  • May 11
    Edsger Dijkstra’s 82nd birthday.
  • May 14
    Zillionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg is 28.
  • May 17
    Youthful Alan Kay is 72.
  • May 19
    Today is the eleventh anniversary of the opening of the first Apple retail stores. Also, Java daddy James Gosling is 57 today; Theo de Raadt, founding member of NetBSD and founder of OpenBSD and OpenSSH, is 44; SNOBOL creator Ralph Griswold would have turned 78 today; and CP/M inventor Gary Kildall would have turned 70.
  • May 26
    Ward Cunningham is 63.
  • May 27
    PEZ was trademarked on this date in 1952.
  • May 29
    63rd birthday of shareware co-creator Bob Wallace.
  • May 31
    John Kemeny was born on this day in 1926.
  • June
    In this month in 1957, computer science legend Donald Knuth published his first article, “Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures,” in Mad Magazine.
  • June 1
    Tim Paterson, whose operating system made Bill Gates a jillionaire, is 55.
  • June 8
    Tim Berners-Lee is 57.
  • June 23
    Vint Cerf is 69.
  • June 23
    Mathematica is 24.
  • June 28
    Firefox co-creator Dave Hyatt is 30.
  • July 2
    Gordon Letwin, one of first dozen Microsoft employees and lead Microsoft architect on OS/2, is 60.
  • July 5
    Linguist Victor Yngve, creator of COMIT, the first string processing language, is 92.
  • July 6
    Adi Shamir, the S of the RSA encryption algorithm, is 60.
  • July 7
    Smalltalk co-creator Adele Goldberg is 67.
  • July 9
    Marc Andreessen is 41.
  • July 10
    Legendary game designer Scott Adams is 60.
  • July 16
    Dan Bricklin is 61.
  • July 22
    Alan Cox, early Linux kernel contributor, is 44.
  • July 24
    Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry series of computer games, is 66.
  • July 26
    Hakon Wium Lie, creator of Cascading Style Sheets, is 47.
  • July 29
    James Duncan Davidson is 42.