Open Source Developers Conference
The Open Source Developers Conference is a grass roots-style conference designed by developers for developers, covering open source languages, tools, libraries, operating systems, issues, licences and business models. It runs for three days in late November or early December. Each day runs 3 streams of talks focussing on Perl, Python, PHP and other technologies. Of particular interest are the lightning talk sessions, which are very entertaining.
OSDC has also been held in Israel and Taiwan, see the International site for more information.
Open Source Developers' Club
After a very successful conference in 2004, there was a suggestion for more regular meetings between the Perl, Python, PHP and other open source developers in Melbourne. These meetings could discuss non-language specific technologies (such as databases and data formats) and draw upon experts across the whole geek community, rather than relying upon expertise from our smaller more tightly focussed groups. Thus the OSDClub was born.
Keynote speakers included Dr Damian Conway, Nathan Torkington, Anthony Baxter, Luke Welling and Con Zymaris.
Attendance was approximately 150.
- For more on this conference see Open Source Developers Conference 2005.
The second Open Source Developers' Conference was a collaborative affair by the Melbourne Perl Mongers, Melbourne PHP Users Group and Python programmers. It ran on the 5th- 7th December 2005. Talks included the safety of Perl’s Safe.pm, rapid game development in Python, using PHP for unorthodox applications and utilizing Java’s Groovy in your next application. Other topics covered were conference skills, database integration, digital forensics, Gumstix and Nagios.
Keynote speakers included Autrijus Tang, Jonathan Oxer, Richard Farnsworth (from the Australian Synchrotron), Anthony Baxter and Savio Saldanha.
Attendance was approximately 130.
- For more on this conference see Open Source Developers Conference 2006.
The third Open Source Developers' Conference ran on the 5th - 8th December 2006. For the first time, it included a day of tutorials at the start. Talks included migrating applications from Windows to Unix using Mono, data warehousing, J2EE, enterprise PHP, Obfuscated Perl and a Rails/Django comparison. Other topics included human interaction, making mistakes, regular expressions and a history of FOSS.
Keynote speakers included Damian Conway, Randal Schwartz, Richard Farnsworth, Anthony Baxter and Scott Penrose.
The conference was the biggest it had ever been with approximately 190 attendees.
- For more on this conference see Open Source Developers Conference 2007.
The fourth Open Source Developers' Conference ran on the 26th - 29th November 2007. As in 2006, it included a day of tutorials at the start. Talks included packaging and testing Perl applications, integrating PHP with Active Directory, Commercial open source with Python, and using Ruby in a Java-shop.
Keynote speakers included Rusty Russell, Rasmus Lerdorf, Paul Fenwick, Jonathan Oxer and Nathan Torkington.
Attendance was approximately 230 attendees.
- For more on this conference see Open Source Developers Conference 2008.
For more on this conference see Open Source Developers Conference 2009.