Upcoming Symposium - COSST

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    Coast Open Source Software Technology (COSST) Symposium
    IEEE Computer Society - Orange County Chapter

    WHAT: Applying Open Source Web Technologies COSST Symposium
    WHEN: Saturday Oct. 18. 9am-6pm
    WHERE: Jazz Semiconductor auditorium, Conexant Systems

    Our technical focus will be on using LAMP and Java open-source technologies.
    The LAMP acronym is used to describe a typical open-source platform "stack"
    for web applications:

    * Linux operating system
    * Apache web server
    * MySQL/PostgreSQL databases
    * Perl/PHP/Python languages

    The symposium will open with foundation talks providing an overview of
    open-source software and Linux as an open-source web application platform. A
    series of application-tier talks will provide insight from the point of view
    of widely used web application development languages: Perl, PHP, Python, and
    Java. The final session will be an experience panel, which will provide an
    opportunity for experience reports from actual development projects to
    illustrate real-life problems and opportunities of OSS.

    Target Audience
    The target audience for the symposium is professional software engineers and
    technical management. The audience is expected to have a diverse background
    involving many operating systems and languages, with experience in software
    system development for a variety of industrial, military and commercial
    purposes. Attendees will include experienced professionals who have had
    little or no exposure with open-source software and are looking for a good

    Symposium Goals
    The goal of the symposium is to provide participants with a high-level,
    technically sophisticated overview of major open source software (OSS)
    technologies for
    web application development. The symposium will provide information about
    technology, resources, and supporting tools and processes of the OSS
    community. The attendee will take away from the symposium a basic
    understanding of the available technologies, information about how to
    acquire and learn more about the various packages, and insight that will
    enable them to make informed decisions about using and deploying specific
    OSS technology in web applications.

    The technical sessions will address:

    * overview - what is it, what does it do, what problems does it solve
    * key features - description of key features with short examples
    * application examples - a few simple examples of doing something useful or
    where/how to apply the technology
    * applicability - when should you use it? [or when not!]
    * resources - where to get it, who maintains it, where
    to find help, documentation, assistance, mailing lists

    9:00 Symposium Welcome

    9:10 Introduction to open-source software
    Walt Scacchi
    Sr Research Scientist. UCI Institute of Software Research

    10:00 Linux and OSS in Enterprise Development
    Bill Hilf
    Sr Architect and Linux Technical Leader. IBM

    11:00 Web Application Development with Perl
    Eric Hammond
    Director of Technology. Rent.com

    12:00 Lunch (Included for paid registrants)

    1:OO Introduction to PHP and PEAR
    Jesus Castagnetto
    Co-author of "Professional PHP Programming" (Wrox Press)

    2:00 Python-Powered Web Application Development
    Chuck Esterbrook
    Software Consultant and Creator of Webware for Python

    3:00 Mid-afternoon break

    3:15 Java OSS Web Technologies
    Dave Ford
    Java Consultant and Trainer. SmartSoft.

    4:15 Experiences in OSS Web Application Development Panel
    Facilitated by Prakash Malani
    Principal Software Engineer. eBuilt.com

    5:15 Closing
    Closing remarks and symposium wrapup.

    Cost and Registration
    Your registration fees will be discounted according to your IEEE and/or
    Computer Society membership, as shown below:

    Standard $75
    IEEE Member $60
    IEEE Student Member $30
    Student $45

    You may register online at

    If you are one of the first 75 paid registrants, you will get a chance to
    win one of two Oreilly's "Linux Server CD Bookshelf" (retail value:
    $119.95), or one of many other LAMP related Oreilly reference books.

    COSST Volunteers will get in free. There may also be T-Shirts. To volunteer,
    contact Sebastian: or call 1-949-509-9628

    Conexant Systems-Jazz Semiconductor
    4321 Jamboree Road
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

    A map of the area may be found at

    For more information, please visit us at http://cosst.ieee-occs.org or call
    Toll Free 1-888-548-1969
    James F. Lu - Publicity Chair, Sep 8, 2003
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