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Confessions of a cross-platform developer

3 hours 39 min ago

Andreia Gaita is giving a talk at this year's OSCON, titled Confessions of a cross-platform developer. She's a long-time open source and Mono contributor, and develops primarily in C#/C++. Andreia works at GitHub, where she's focused on building the GitHub Extension manager for Visual Studio.

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A daughter of Silicon Valley shares her 'nerd' story

3 hours 40 min ago

Back in 2014, my colleague Crystal Beasley started a thread of women in tech/hackers posting their "nerd stories" in response to some comments out there on the Internet about the lack of women in tech. This is my nerd story, shared with you because I do believe in role models, and I do believe that there are many paths one can take to a satisfying challenging career and a life that helps one fulfill their goals.

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Drupal developer on how to make your website more accessible

3 hours 41 min ago

For open source developer Mike Gifford, founder and president of OpenConcept Consulting Inc., any mention of Drupal accessibility after his name is redundant. He has spent the better part of 10 years improving and cementing accessibility in Drupal, enough to earn the role of official core accessibility maintainer for the project.

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Why wasn't I invited to the meeting?

3 hours 42 min ago

"I'm disappointed."

These were the first words to come from Damien in a recent one-to-one conversation we had.

"I feel like the team doesn't respect my position," he told me. "I'm trying to engage with them, but they aren't reciprocating."

Damien was clearly frustrated.

"They had a meeting last week, for example, and I really should have been there. But they didn't invite me," he continued, offering several examples of ways the team was excluding him and, he felt, making it difficult for him to do his job.

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What makes React so special?

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

Brian Holt is a senior user interface engineer at Netflix and self-described "life long learner."

He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and previously worked at Reddit, Needle, and Deseret Digital Media. In addition to his work at Netflix, he serves as a curriculum advisor to the web design and online communications master's program at the University of Florida.

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How to identify small problems for big team wins

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

Every software project has moments where they have "a bit of spinach in their teeth"—that is, a simple problem that they just can't see.

To address this, Deb Nicholson started SpinachCon, an informal workshop that brings free and open source software projects and volunteers together to identify and fix little problems that can pose big obstacles.

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Workflow and efficiency geek talks Drush and Drupal

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

Meet Greg Anderson, an open source contributor at Pantheon and co-maintainer of Drush. If you've used Drush before, you've probably saved a bunch of time on repetitive tasks. If you haven't used it yet, what are you waiting for?

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7 lessons from DuckDuckGo's Instant Answers project

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

DuckDuckGo is a search engine known for putting privacy first for users. So, when we passed 3 billion annual searches last year, we knew it was critical that we continue to serve users without sacrificing their privacy. The key, we realized, was open source.

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Contributing to open source software with Ian Varley of Salesforce

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

To get a glimpse of the open source methods at Salesforce, I got a chance to ask Ian Varley, who works on the core infrastructure team for, a few questions prior to his talk at OSCON 2016 in Austin, Texas. He will be co-presenting with Regina Burkebile on Knocking down blockers: Transforming your company into an open source contributor.

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Solving university needs with Drupal

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

A veteran of the web publishing and sports media industries, Jeff Diecks leads professional services and client delivery at Mediacurrent and is an active member of the Drupal community. Jeff also organizes events for his local Louisiana Drupal Users Group and Drupalcamp New Orleans.

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Appreciating the full power of open

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

Last year was a big year for open source. As Wired put it, 2015 was the year open source software "went nuclear". More people than ever seem to realize the power of open—not just as a programming methodology, but as a better way to accomplish just about anything.

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Prepare your Raspberry Pi for space with an Astro Pi flight case

Monday 2nd of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

One year ago this month, I published my first article on I talked about our Astro Pi program in Students compete for a chance to have their Raspberry Pi code run in space.

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The intersection of Drupal, IoT, and open hardware

Monday 2nd of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

Meet Amber Matz, a Production Manager and Trainer at Drupalize.Me, a service of Lullabot Education. When she's not tinkering around with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and electronic wearables, you can find her wrangling presenters for the Portland Drupal User Group.

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Smarthistory: No grand strategies needed, just openness

Monday 2nd of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

For many, open initiatives within higher education may have begun when The New York Times declared 2012 as "The Year of the MOOC." According to the article, "Traditional online courses charge tuition, carry credit and limit enrollment to a few dozen to ensure interaction with instructors.

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A look back at the Austin OpenStack Summit

Monday 2nd of May 2016 06:59:00 AM

The twice-annual OpenStack Summit wrapped up last week in Austin, Texas, bringing together 7,500 developers, users, and others open source cloud enthusiasts from around the globe. Let's take a quick look back at some of the highlights and news from the past week in this special post-Summit edition of our weekly OpenStack news.

OpenStack around the web

There's a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling:

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DIY recycling, UCONN's open source chemistry book, and more news

Saturday 30th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a project aimed at academic libraries, a project to develop networking for rural areas, an open source chemistry textbook, and more.

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Top 5: Eclipse data processing tools, the US government's open source policy, and more

Friday 29th of April 2016 05:30:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight 5 Eclipse scientific workbenches, a hands-on with the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT, open source GIS projects, and more.

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4 keys to leading open source teams

Friday 29th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

I like to be busy and have a lot of energy to be a part of leadership teams in open source communities, aside from my fulltime job as Developer Evangelist for Cisco in the DevNet.

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Master OpenStack with 5 new tutorials

Friday 29th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Returning from OpenStack Summit this week, I am reminded of just how vast the open source cloud ecosystem is and just how many different projects and concepts you need to be familiar with in order to succeed. Although, we're actually quite fortunate with the resources available for keeping up. In addition to the official documentation, many great educational tools are out there, from third party training and certification, to in-person events, and many community-contributed tutorials as well.

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Why and how I became a software engineer

Friday 29th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

The year was 1989. The city was Kampala, Uganda.

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