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Open Source Projects and Foundations: A User’s Guide

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:30
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  • How they operate
  • How they are governed
  • How to set one up and when it make sense to
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Categories: Vendor

The Sahana Software Foundation annual conference

Google Open Source Blog - 8 hours 54 min ago
Today we have a post from Michael Howden, Google Summer of Code mentor since 2010, contributor to the Sahana Open Source Disaster Management Software and as of June 2014 CEO of the Sahana Software Foundation. Sahana recently held it’s annual conference in Sri Lanka, bringing contributors together from around the globe. 
The Sahana Software Foundation helps organizations and communities prepare for and respond to disasters by providing open source information management tools. There is not much overlap between the people engaged in disaster management activities using our software and the people who contribute code to it, so it’s important to ensure that our contributors see how their code supports our mission of helping organizations and communities. This is especially important while working with students during Google Summer of Code (GSoC)—and is often hard to do over the mailing list or a Hangout—so we wanted to bring them to the Sahara Annual Conference in Sri Lanka. The conference was sponsored by Google,  AidIQ, Virtusa, The University of Colombo School of Computing and LIRNEAsia which made it possible for the following GSoC mentors and students to attend:
  • Arnav Agrawal
  • Fran Boon
  • Ramindu Deshapriya
  • Michael Howden
  • Somay Jain
  • Mayank Jain
  • Dominic König
  • Gaurav Narula
  • Arnav Sharma
  • Hemant Singh 
  • Nuwan Waidyanatha 
The Sahana Annual Conference consisted of a number of separate events which were being held in parallel with the Indian Ocean Tsunami 10th Anniversary convention (IOTX). This gave the students broad exposure to the Sahana community, users, history, strategy, and of course the code of our open source project.
The main event of the week was the SahanaCamp workshop. These workshops are conducted to help encourage collaboration between coders and disaster management experts. Our students were very impressed to learn about all the places around the world where Sahana was used. It occurred to me that we need to improve our introduction documents so students can have this information before they start work on their projects. One of the highlights of the day for me was having our students give demonstrations of Sahana to people from various disaster management organisations who were attending the SahanaCamp. I was really impressed with their knowledge and professionalism.

There was no way we could get everyone together without cranking out some code— the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Code-Fest was a great opportunity for this. A number of CAP experts had been consulted and were also present to work with the Sahana Team. During the day our mentors and students were able to work together to implement new support for sharing alert messages between organizations.

The week wrapped up with our Annual General Meeting, during which we held a number of unconference sessions allowing us to dive into a number of really important areas:
  • Debugging with Eclipse and Firebug. It was a surprise how few of our students knew about using these tools (for example, print statements != debugging), another addition for us to make to our introduction documents.
  • We held a session looking at our GSoC program and how we could improve it. Everyone agreed that face-to-face meetings were valuable and more structured meetings could be useful, especially if they connected students with the end users. We also talked about the value of allowing students to set their own priorities and having ownership over their projects.
The conference allowed our students to see that there is much more to open source than what they saw on their computer screens. But more importantly it gave them a chance to come together, see the bigger picture they are a part of, meet each other face to face, build relationships and make friendships.

“Open source is nothing but a few people with a common goal working together for the betterment of a community by developing software. This I saw in person and this will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
-Arnav Sharma

If you’re interested in finding out more about the conference, please take a look at the blog posts prepared by our students!

By Michael Howden, CEO, Sahana Software Foundation



Categories: Open Source

Talk Back: Voice Response Workflows with Speech Server 2007

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April 2008

Speech Server 2007 lets you create sophisticated voice-response applications with Microsoft .NET Framework and Visual Studio tool integration. Here’s how.
Categories: .NET

Performance: Scaling Strategies for ASP.NET Applications

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April 2008

Performance problems can creep into your Web app as it scales up, and when they do, you need to find the causes and the best strategies to address them.
Categories: .NET

Silverlight: Building Advanced 3D Animations with Silverlight 2.0

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April 2008

Animating with Silverlight is easier than you think. Here we create a 3D app that folds a polyhedron using XAML, C#, and by emulating the DirectX math libraries.
Categories: .NET

Interview++: Bjarne Stroustrup on the Evolution of Languages

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April 2008

Howard Dierking talks to the inventor of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup, about language zealots, the evolution of programming, and what’s in the future of programming.
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Office Development: Manage Metadata with Document Information Panels

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

Here the author uses Document Information Panels in the Microsoft 2007 Office system to manipulate metadata from Office docs for better discovery and management.
Categories: .NET

Editor's Note: A Service-Oriented Editor's Note

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

Here is what Howard Dierking has to say about the differences between services and distributed applications and how he has approached services in his projects.
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Toolbox: Logging Web App Errors, Learning LINQ, and More

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

See how to log Web application errors for better health monitoring, what to read if you’re thinking about LINQ, and which blog Scott recommends reading this month.
Categories: .NET

Sustainable Computing: Imagine Cup 2008: Competing for Change

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April 2008

For the 2008 Imagine Cup, students have been challenged to use technology to enable a sustainable environment. Finalists in the U.S. competition recently presented their solutions in Los Angeles, and MSDN Magazine was there to see the innovative ideas participants have come up with.
Categories: .NET

CLR Inside Out: Measure Early and Often for Performance, Part 1

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April 2008

In this month’s column, get the inside scoop on how to build performance into your apps from the start, rather than dealing with the fallout after you deploy them.
Categories: .NET

Basic Instincts: My Namespace Extensions with My Extensibility

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April 2008

In this month’s column, learn how to integrate your own My Namespace extension into the Visual Basic development environment using the My Extensibility feature.
Categories: .NET

Cutting Edge: ListView Tips and Tricks

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

This month, use nested ListView controls to create hierarchical views of data and extend the eventing model of the ListView by deriving a custom ListView class.
Categories: .NET

Foundations: Code Access Security in WCF, Part 1

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

Here we discuss code-access security in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and present a solution for enabling partially trusted clients for WCF services.
Categories: .NET

Test Run: Testing SQL Stored Procedures Using LINQ

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

Language Integrated Query makes lots of things easier. Here we put LINQ, or more specifically the LINQ to SQL provider, to use testing SQL stored procedures.
Categories: .NET

Service Station: Building a WCF Router, Part 1

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

Here we take a look at WCF clients and services, and explain how to tweak the addressing and message filtering behaviors so you can route services between them.
Categories: .NET

Windows with C++: Windows Imaging Component Basics

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

Windows Imaging Component (WIC) is an extensible framework for encoding, decoding, and manipulating images. See how to use WIC to encode and decode different image formats.
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Going Places: Provisioning Mobile Devices

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

Learn how you can set up every mobile device in your company with a few lines of code and some XML--thanks to the provisioning APIs in the Windows Mobile SDK.
Categories: .NET

{ End Bracket }: The Magic of Software

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago
April 2008

Are the transparent computer screens in the movie Minority Report or the flashy fingerprint analysis software programs used on CSI closer than we think? Maybe so.
Categories: .NET