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OSCON Favorite

This year’s OSCON set a new high bar.  In fact, it is aging fairly well.  It has gone from a Perl centric conference which deigned to tolerate a few lesser languages to a Mecca where all things Open Source can interact.  And whereas last year, it felt like we were rattling around the Portland Convention Center, this year the same location felt much more comfortable.

Yes, R0ml rocked, Damien was entertaining, and meeting people too numerous to mention were all key factors, my favorite presentation was by Rasmus Lerdorf.  Rasmus’s pitch was a bit of bait and switch.  Billed alternately as a Web 2.0 pitch, and one on how to get “rich” on the Internet (with a dual meaning of both cash and more fully featured UI), the net of the presentation is that all that is meaningless unless you can scale, and in order to scale, you need to tools that help you to understand and see through all the abstractions.

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