Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2010 about Drupal

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Tuesday 1st June 2010

  • Open Source and the Open Social Web

    by Evan Prodromou

    Email had Sendmail, and the Web itself had Apache. Open Source software has been instrumental in the development of every revolutionary communications technology on the Internet. In this talk, StatusNet founder Evan Prodromou will discuss the state of the open social web and how projects like StatusNet, Elgg, WordPress, and Drupal are working to make a distributed and open social network across the Internet. He’ll discuss security standards like OpenID and OAuth, as well as real-time publishing systems like PubSubHubbub and Salmon, data structures like Activity Streams as well as application suites like OStatus.

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 1st June

  • Living Together In An Open Cloud World

    by Jonathan Bryce

    With millions of users signing on daily to access their favorite social media services – be it Twitter, Facebook or Digg – a developer’s worst fear is not having the backend support to house and access to such huge amounts of related data.

    Industry efforts to architect next-generation databases that can scale massively by pairing open source databases and content management technologies with cloud-computing are underway. The door is also opening to a whole new world of user benefits which will be made possible by access to data -- cross-cloud -- in non-proprietary databases and content management systems.

    The Apache Cassandra Project and Drizzle are open alternatives to traditional databases that offer new opportunities by using cloud computing to improve performance. Both are going to change the way we think about databases for the next few decades. And, from the content management side Drupal has become the ‘go-to’ open source software for the publication and management of website content.

    In this session, Jonathan Bryce, co-founder of The Rackspace Cloud, will discuss the recent movement – from both developer and vendor – for open cloud initiatives, while also addressing:

    • A basic overview of Cassandra, Drizzle and Drupal with case scenarios for each
    • The unique ways cloud providers are working with open database projects to maximize user experience
    • Traditional, distributed and non-relational databases
    • Enhancing site scale and performance by taking advantage of cloud-based file storage/CDN

    At 4:45pm to 5:30pm, Tuesday 1st June

Wednesday 2nd June 2010

  • Making Drupal Go Fast with Varnish and Pressflow

    by Rudy Grigar and Greg Lund-Chaix

    Are you ready if your web site gets popular or goes viral? A site that was happily handling a few thousand page views a day can very suddenly find itself struggling to handle hundreds of thousands of hits. The combination of Pressflow’s enhancements to Drupal and Varnish’s lightning-fast cache provide a free and open source way to exponentially increase the amount of traffic a Drupal-based web site can serve, allowing you to meet the demand without additional expensive hardware. During the session, we will cover the following topics:

    • What Pressflow is and how it is different from the Drupal content management system
    • What Varnish is and what it can do to help
    • Why Pressflow+Varnish may be a good option for your web site
    • Tips and tools for tuning and optimizing your configuration to make the most out of your precious server resources
    • Lessons learned – what not to do
    • Real-world examples from live sites running Pressflow and Varnish

    The open source Drupal content management system powers numerous prominent web sites including:
    * President Obama’s White House web site
    * Linux Journal
    * Zappos

    Pressflow and Varnish are being used by some of the largest Drupal sites in the world:
    * The Economist Online
    * NBC Universal Bravo TV
    * The Grammy Awards

    At 10:00am to 11:45am, Wednesday 2nd June