This year, Portland gets not one, but two open source conferences: OSCON and Open Source Bridge (OSB). I attended OSCON in both 2008 and 2009, but this year the cycle may break. Instead I’ve opted to go to OSB in hopes that it will be more technical and less commercial. Not to mention, OSB is 20% the cost of OSCON.

The cutoff date for this years OSB proposals was just a few days ago and there are about 400 submissions. I considered submitting a talk about Dojo, but due to time constraints, I had to pass this year. Regardless, there are several talks that are pretty interesting and I hope they get selected. The topics that I’m most interested in are:

  • Distributed databases and data modeling
  • Cloud deployment and management
  • PHP tricks
  • Drizzle
  • Websockets
  • Concurrency and threading
  • Geolocation
  • Scalability and performance

A little disappointed there weren’t more JavaScript or C/C++ talks. For a complete list of sessions that I’d like to attend, check out my favorites sessions.

April 1st, 2010 is the last day to get the early bird discount for $225, otherwise it goes up to a whopping $300. You can register on their site: http://opensourcebridge.org/attend/.


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