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Prototype period ends

August 6, 2007

I set up this blog as a prototype for the IEEE Oregon Section’s blog. I’ve sinced moved the prototype blog to . My own blog remains at . I’ve recently updated it ( ) to describe the efforts myself have others have put into building an automated build system (CruiseControl and Ant) for Eclipse’s ECF project. This blog ( will remain for another couple of weeks and then I’ll delete it.

OSCON — CruiseControl and the Dashboard

July 26, 2007

Here’s one of the good things that comes from conferences like OSCON. I was having trouble bringing up CruiseControl’s dashboard. Thoughtworks (the company that makes CruiseControl) has a booth here. I stopped by and asked for help. The guy I talked to was not technical but said they had a talk coming up and so I went to the talk. The talk didn’t help me (it was interesting though) but I met afterwards with one of the speakers (Andy Slocum, who’s worked for Thoughtworks in Chicago for about 7 years). We set up a my laptop in the lobby, tried to make a dashboard.war file (the build failed), but Andy showed me how to get an already built dashboard from the CruiseControl site at sourceforge. We did that, and I saw the dashboard for the first time. Whoppee. We also talked about how to control CruiseControl remotely. Along with many others, he suggests vpn. We have to figure out how to do this.

Here’s a photo of Andy.


Photo of IEEE Booth at OSCON

July 26, 2007

Here’s our IEEE booth at OSCON. Also, over to our right was a neat booth that was demonstrating what a new toy. It’s a Tux that connects wirelessly to your computer and reads your email (it speaks it to you) and plays Internet radio, and a bunch of other stuff.



Speakers Tonite! Thursday at PSU

July 26, 2007

It’s a big deal … we got a bunch of good speakers. Look at our web site for details. Talks start at 6:45 PM at PSU. I’m personally hosting David Recorden who is talking about OpenID. David just got the Google-O’Reilly opensource award at OSCON 2007 for “best strategist.” He’s part of a research group at Verisign, looking at emerging technologies and OpenID is an example of that — how to do authentication in the collaborative, non-hierarchical, decentralized world of the Internet. David works in Mountain View but is originally from Portland … has folks live on the Coast, not far from me it turns out.

Women in Information Technology and Computer Science
Speaker: Anna Ravenscroft, Stanford University
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2007
Time: 6:45-8pm
Place: PSU Unitus Building, Room 505, 2121 SW 4th Avenue, Portland

Technical Management of Software Development
Speaker: Alex Martelli, Uber Technical Lead, Google, Inc.
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2007
Time: 6:45-8pm
Place: PSU Engineering Building, Room 102, 1930 SW 4th Avenue, Portland
Cost: Free, open to public

Open ID
Speaker: David Recordon, Innovator, Verisign
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2007
Time: 6:45-8pm
Place: PSU Unitus Building, Room 507, 2121 SW 4th Avenue, Portland
Cost: Free, open to public

OSCON — the IEEE booth

July 25, 2007

The IEEE booth at OSCON got a lot of traffic in spite of the fact that we had no treats … food or T-shirts or free software. I was surprised that so many people that stopped by really did not know what the IEEE was! We did have one senior guy just moved from London who offered to give a talk … John’s got his contact information.

Basically, we tried to listen as much as talk. What do people want from us? We often act like a users group, but can we be more than that? We didn’t get a lot of specifics, but a common theme was that if we could provide insight into what is happening in engineering in our area, that would be appreciated. “What is happening” means what local companies are doing, what skills are they searching for … long term, meaning if a member wants to prepare him or herself for local employment, what would be an area to study or gain experience in? Sounds like something Industrial Relations might provide. Also, if a member wanted to volunteer, either for fun or to gain some real-world experience, can we help them do that? Is it too far-fetched to think that if a company wanted interns or opensource volunteers, we might be able to hook them up?

I went to a couple of talks … the one that stuck with me was Intel’s talk on UbuntuMobile. Check out There’s the opportunity for some good volunteer software work here … primarily for up-and-coming software engineers, nearing their degrees and thinking about the real world.

Thoughts, anyone?

360|Flex Conference

July 24, 2007

Ah, yes … Flex … if you’re doing web applications, you need to keep track of what’s happening in the Flex World. Here’s some information about a conference called 360|Flex. It looks like an interesting conference (, but it’s more than a conference. Have you ever participated in a “charity code jam” and won prizes for doing so ( Check it out.

Here are some quoted  paragraphs from the folks putting on the conference …

360|Flex is the premiere conference for Adobe Flex developers. 360|Flex started in San Jose, and was the first conference in the country solely aimed at increasing the Flex Developer Community.The goal of 360|Flex is to be more than ‘just another conference’, by offering sessions in tracks from Application development to custom component creation and use, offering all day hands on trainings, for multiple skill levels, offering the biggest names in development, and promoting a community feel, where developers, hiring managers, and startups, can mingle and relate to each other. By keeping costs low, we’re able to offer conferences that are more affordable, so more developers can attend, even without corporate expense accounts.

Community is the key aspect of 360|Flex, our goal is to bring to Flex developers to the marketplace and help the Rich Internet Application space grow.
360|Flex is a marketing free, or at least marketing clear zone. Speakers who wish to present their commercial product must sponsor the conference at a Silver level to support the community and future events. Sessions around commercial products carry a disclaimer so that attendees know in advance that the session is about something they may need to purchase. Attendees don’t like being blindsided with sessions that turn out to be sales pitches, and at the same time, knowing it could be a sales pitch makes those in attendance, interested in the product, the speaker and attendees benefit.