Sunday Dec 02, 2007

The Great Indian DTrace Challenge

Just 2 days to go for the FOSS.IN party to begin and close to 2500 people have registered for the event. In the past, FOSS.IN has seen the best of people in the IT industry and the huge interest this year is a clear indication of its success even before it has begun.

Its all about contribution this time and the OpenSolaris community is not only committed to drive more contribution within the community through events like OpenSolaris HackCenter, they are also committed to create avenues to contribute in other communities and share our knowledge.

With this idea in mind, the OpenSolaris community is announcing 'The Great Indian DTrace Challenge' at FOSS.IN.

                    FOSS-DTrace-Poster

You will see these posters at the venue as well.

The idea as you can imagine is really simple. Add DTrace (SDT) probes to your FOSS application. We know how they can be added and you know everything about your application and what information you want to extract out of such probes, so lets get together and make those applications DTrace enabled.

Watch out for DTrace BoFs where we will talk about how such probes could be useful and detailed steps about how they can be added. The developers and contributors to various FOSS projects clearly understand what information is useful and where exactly to put them in the source code. For an open source database, it would be useful to print out transation lock information through DTrace probe points and it could be something completely different for a browser for example. Contribution through DTrace probes is a great motivation in itself and the contributions that come out of this event will be recognized with some goodies. What more do you want ??

If you are participating in this exercise, you will get some handouts and live media to work with. Please note that this exercise is not tied with any HackCenter event, but participants are free to carry out this activity at the HackCenter. If you finish it during the Foss Expo days, do not forget to take your goodies. For queries, please visit the Sun stall.

See you at FOSS.IN, DTracing... !

Sunday Nov 25, 2007

FOSS.IN Featured Speaker: Arun Gupta

Arun Gupta, Technology Evangelist for Web Services and Web 2.0 Apps is speaking on "Packaging Java Applications for Ubuntu".

Arun Gupta is currently a Technology Evangelist for Web Services and Web 2.0 Apps at Sun. He was the spec lead for several APIs in the Java platform, committer in multiple Open Source projects, participated in standard bodies and contributed to Java EE and SE releases.

He is a prolific blogger. Check out this blog: http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta.

Why is Arun Gupta excited to be in FOSS.IN?

In his own words...Meeting Indian developers and eating Sambar/Dosa  :) Anyway, read his blog entry for more information: http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/glassfish_foss_in_2007.

FOSS.IN Countdown: 7 days to go

We just have seven days between now and the start of FOSS.IN. Sun engineers and volunteers are getting ready to attend the event. Sun plans to participate in several BoFs and Lightning Talks.

Lightning Talks are short, five minute talks/presentation on just about any topic, as long as they are related to FOSS. Birds-of-a-feather or BoF sessions will happen throughout the main conference, in semi-open tents equipped with wireless LAN, power and white boards. Topics will be free-form and impromptu.  Click here for more information on lightning talks, chill lounge, and BoFs.

Sun engineer Srinivasan Rengarajan has posted an entry on Project Mural. Arun Gupta is planning to post some entries to this blog as well. Already, 1430 people have registered for FOSS.IN. Click here for live delegate stats.

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