Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2010 about Hacking

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Tuesday 1st June 2010

  • Housetruck: Building a Victorian RV

    by John Labovitz

    As a "software person," I found the hard technologies of building with steel and wood made for a very different creative and hacking process. At the same time, I discovered many parallels to software development, embedded hardware, and even open-source philosophies.

    I'll talk about my methodology of finding inspiration, determining values, establishing functions, researching materials and methods, finding domain experts, building the structure, and solving problems. I'll also present some ideas to "sensorize" and network the vehicle, while keeping true to the overall design philosophies.

    Inspired by gypsy caravans, British "showman's wagons," 1960s housetrucks & buses, Japanese architecture, and rustic shacks, the 8'x14' cabin is handmade of steel, wood, and wool, and is mounted on an Isuzu NPR truck.

    With luck, the housetruck will be present onsite for touring and as a host of possibly the tiniest hacker lounge ever.

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

Wednesday 2nd June 2010

  • Using Modern Perl

    by chromatic

    It's easy to find examples of poorly-written Perl code: global variables, punctuation soup, copy and paste code, commented-out functions. Who'd want to read that? Who could maintain it?

    Modern Perl code is different. The past decade has produced important new features and powerful new techniques for writing clear, concise, maintainable, and reusable Perl. These new developments build on each other to replace awkward, painful, or difficult to use correctly approaches with simple code.

    Learn how to understand context, to embrace lexical scoping, to manage CPAN installations without pain, to perform pain-free automated testing, to embrace the CPAN development model, to adopt new features of Perl 5.10 and 5.12, and to take advantage of the Moose object system.

    Learn about the Perl renaissance and rediscover the joy of Perl.

    At 2:30pm to 3:15pm, Wednesday 2nd June