Another OSCON has come and gone. It was a very busy week filled with talks, work, social events, and everything in between. (Sleep is optional and not recommended.)
The OmniTI family (Message Systems included) was well represented with a number of speakers and talks:
- Chris Shiflett
- Experience-Driven Development: Designers and Developers Working in Harmony
- Security 2.0: Emerging Trends in Web Application Security
- David Gray
- How I Learned to Love Revision Control
- Luke Welling
- PHP Taint Tool: It Ain't a Parser
- Mike Hillyer
- How to be Normal: A Guide for Developers
- Robert Treat
- Pro PostgreSQL
- Theo Schlossnagle
- Full-Stack Introspection Crash Course
- Wez Furlong
- Hot Chocolate: Creating Cocoa Apps with PHP
- PDO: PHP Data Objects
- PHP Extension Writing
Experience-Driven Development is a talk I gave with Jon Tan, and we explored ways designers and developers can collaborate better to create a better user experience, and thereby create a better web site. The talk was rough around the edges, but we have received a number of positive reviews so far, and it has sparked some interesting discussions. My own thoughts on the matter aren't too solidified yet, because I'm better at identifying problems than coming up with solutions. :-) The sheer volume of horrible web sites is proof that industry standard practices suck.
I had planned to give Security 2.0 for the last time at this conference, but I received more positive feedback than I think I ever have. I was very pleased to note that more than half of the audience (which was a pretty large audience in the main auditorium) was at least somewhat familiar with CSRF already. (This was a first.) Perhaps I should just refine the talk to focus less on explaining what XSS and CSRF are and more on the interesting exploits that combine them with other technologies such as Ajax and Flash.
Luke's talk was about a security tool we've been developing at OmniTI as part of our web application security practice. It's called SNAP, and we plan to open source it soon. Garrett Serack of Microsoft attended the talk and explains it in a little more detail, and I hope to post more about SNAP soon.
I dined at Mint during 3 of my 6 evenings in Portland. Delicious. :-) I also made my way to Doug Fir and Vault, both of which are popular among OSCON regulars.
I hear OSCON is coming to San Francisco next year. Be there. :-)