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Troubleshooting Professional: Apache [Report on Apachecon]

Mar 31, 2000, 18:52 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For me, the highlight of the first day was Mike Pogue's "The Cathedral Meets the Bazaar" presentation, in which he detailed how his employer, IBM, was employing people to write Open Source software. Mike is a project manager for some of IBM's Open Source work. He detailed advantages of Cathedral (traditional IBM) development and Bazaar development, and how IBM has used the best of both worlds for its development. I left with a clearer understanding of the role of large companies in the Open Source movement. His style and delivery were supurb, so I figured Mike's would probably be the best presentation I'd see at Apachecon. But it wasn't."

"It was called "PHP: Hacker's Paradise" by Nathan Wallace. ... Within the framework of PHP, Nathan layed out design strategies for todays realities, where you often need to get a complex site up in a week. It rang so true! No 2 month systems analysis, but no shoot from the hip either. Nathan evangelized a methodology of wrapping the most unchanging code in PHP objects, wrapped in a shell of PHP functions and include files, with the quick changing stuff (mainly the appearance) in an outer HTML layer. Nathan showed the code for most of his "base functions", each of which was simple enough to assimilate from 30 seconds of viewing a slide. Nathan discussed the tactics of when and how to use each of these objects and functions in everyday web development life, and how they contributed to ultra rapid development. Nathan's was my favorite Apachecon presentation. I walked out of his presentation determined to learn more about PHP."

"As good as Apachecon was, it was the *people* that made it really enjoyable. Certainly the most visible was Ken Coar, who from the attendee's viewpoint was the leader. Ken gave us our information and continually urged us for feedback. He's smart, he knows Apache, and he's a great leader. Ken is a the ASF (Apache Software Foundation) V.P., Apache Conferences, and he's the Apachecon technical chair."

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