Here at the Open Source Developer's Conference

12 AM November 27, 2007

OSDC just started. Great to catch up with Keith and Mark. It’s great that Google could support the conference by sponsoring the dinner, but it feels little weird having “Sponsor” on my name badge.

The conference opened with a nice little speech by Scott Penrose, chair of last year’s OSDC committee, passing the baton to Arjen Lentz and the new committee.

Then it was straight into a keynote, Rusty Russell explaining what it is that he likes about C, that it is close to the machine. By way of enticing the PHP, Perl and Python programmers in the audience, he also demonstrated that C can do shell scripts too, by way of the Tiny C Compiler, tcc. I found the talk an interesting insight into hard-core C development.

Right now I’m listening to Ian Clatworthy of Canonical explaining why I might want to use a distributed VCS. I can see that there might be advantages, and I can see how it better fits the open source development model. I’m not sure there would be overwhelming benefits in the environments where I do most of my work. He’s saying that he sees a market for only three big distributed VCS systems – Bazaar, Mercurial and git – but that they all have “maturity” issues at the moment, and don’t yet have the kind of tool support many developers expect. Oh, and Bazaar is just a few weeks away from a 1.0 launch.

By alang | # | Comments (1)
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At 05:26, 27 Nov 2007 Andy Todd wrote:

Sorry I can't be there with you, have a cold one (or two) for me.

My primary use of version control software these days is to keep a remote copy of my home directory (see [1]) the centralised features of Subversion are actually a bonus. I did look at converting to bzr but I couldn't find a way that it would improve the experience for me.



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