Come out on Wednesday, the 4th for an open discussion on the benefits and disadvantages of choosing each language for a project. The second half of the conversation will be driven by audience questions. Our panel will be composed of a few of Toronto's most diverse developers, who've shown an astute contribution to the open source community! .Net devs, never fear: we'll have Bruce Johnston out to discuss the ins and outs of open source applications within the .Net sphere!
6:30-7:00: Drinks, food, and networking
7:00-7:45: Moderated panel discussion
7:45-8:30: Audience driven Q+A
Our moderator will be:
Kevin has been involved in IT for almost 20 years. In a previous life he managed the IT infrastructure for one of the largest media companies in North America as its Director of Technology. Today, he runs his own business focused on delivering infrastructure and platform services utilizing open source technologies. He also provides consulting and professional services related to open source software and databases, more recently becoming involved with the MongoDB community.
Our discussants will be:
Rob is a senior instructor at Bitmaker Labs and a veteran Ruby on Rails developer. Rob's work includes a YCombinator startup, Singularity U's student app and Kaboom's OurDreamPlayground.org. Rob is currently working on simplifying 3D printers with Websockets + HTML5 as well as an in-browser CAD program for mechanical engineers.
Bruce Johnson is a Principal Consultant with ObjectSharp and a 30-year veteran of the computer industry. While he includes UNIX in his long distant past, the past 15 years have been spent on projects at the leading edge of Windows technology, including using .NET since the introduction of version 1.0. As well as his experience in system design and development, he has written a bi-monthly technology column (for six years), has been published in a wide variety of technology periodicals, has given over 200 presentations at user conferences all over North America and has co-authored five books for Microsoft Press and Wrox.
David is a software developer who has spent his entire professional career either developing on, or working with, open source software. During the day he works with startups — most recently taking the position of technical co-founder at Akindi — and by night he is a director of PyCon Canada, Canada's regional Python conference. He can be found on Twitter and Github.
With over 25 years of software development in C/C++, Java, Ruby, HTML5 and rich experience in agile methodologies, Assaf Goldstein is an industry leader in mobile and web development. his work includes developing navigation software for Nokia smart phones at destinator technologies, CRM and CMS frameworks (TheSocialMachine.biz) and many other projects on web and mobile space. Assaf is the CEO of the TheBuildMachine.com a software development and agile mentoring company in Israel and Canada.
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