Diaspora is the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network. Diaspora aims to put users back in control of their data and privacy, and to make sharing between the people they care about easier and more meaningful.
There is tension in the agile world between the ultimate flexibility that agile proposes and the need for coherency and excellence that great design provides. This talk helps designers and developers ask themselves: “What is Enough Design?”
Diego Basch and Santiago Perez Gonzales of Flaptor demonstrate their new product IndexTank, a hosted, scalable, real-time search solution. They demonstrate the API and show how to migrate a ThinkingSphinx-based solution to IndexTank.
Ian McFarland, Principal and VP of Technology for Pivotal Labs, reprises his popular RailsConf 2010 talk. Ian describes the technical and social aspects of how Pivotal practices agile software development.
Daniel Lieberman of BitPusher says current trends in automation, reliability engineering, and cloud computing will combine and mature into a nearly-commoditized blend of operations and infrastructure. He describes ops practices during the transition.
Pivot Ryan Dy leads a discussion on upcoming HTML5 and CSS3 features. Ryan talks about how best to take advantage of the new features in the most modern browsers. Slides available at http://ryandy.com/html5
Cappuccino is an open source framework for building browser-based apps. It is designed exclusively for building apps, not websites, which lets the framework focus on high-level tasks and specialized performance optimizations.
Jose de Castro uses Rails and Sinatra to demonstrate the Tropo API for building real time communications apps. He discusses how media servers, SIP Servlets, and JRuby are used to create a standards-based stack for cloud communications.
John Boykin teaches us to recognize the seven most common sources of confusion and how to avoid them. Using case studies, John dissects each pattern, proposes a redesign to reduce confusion, and offers guidelines for making your website more intuitive.
@font-face in CSS creates new possibilities for web typography but there are technical and legal hurdles. Ryan Carver describes Typekit, a service addressing the problems with a centralized, updateable font-serving platform and web-savvy licensing model.
John Allspaw often sees stability and productivity benefits from deploying small code changes more frequently. This talk describes how to determine the right balance for your environment, as well as how effective your current operational processes are.
Making truly awesome stuff is hard. Pivot Carl Coryell-Martin proposes we identify common physiological responses and condense their design solutions into a pattern language. He presents a draft set of patterns in the context of crafting an iPhone app.
David Pollak maintains Lift, a Rails-like app framework for Scala. In this talk, he and Martin Odersky, author of Scala, live-code a 30-line, real-time, web-based chat application and discuss the Scala constructs that allow for such concise apps.