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03 March 2010, 14:26

Happenings: QCon London 2010 previewed

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The beginning of March sees the fourth annual QCon London, the enterprise software development conference, taking place from the 10th to the 12th. With so many development innovations coming from open source, or being released as open source, QCon London has already become a landmark in The H's calendar and this year holds equal promise. The over one hundred strong speaker roster includes Dan Ingalls, the man behind Smalltalk, Rod Johnson, creator of Spring, Joe Armstrong, father of Erlang, Dylan Schiemann, cofounder of the JavaScript toolkit Dojo, Mark Little, CTO of Red Hat, Simon Wardley from Canonical and many others.

The conference schedule reflects many of the trends which are "up and coming" in development. One track covers the world of NoSQL and non-relational databases with presentations on MongoDB and Apache CouchDB. Another track takes on cloud computing from a developers point of view. The alt.NET community are represented in a .NET track, which is all about using non-"Microsoft prescribed" technologies on Microsoft's .NET platform.The emerging DevOps movement, which aims to bring the worlds of development and operations closer together through better practices and technology, is covered in another track and will explore the potential of integrating the creation of applications with their deployment and administration.

QCon is often host to intriguing case studies, and a Wednesday track on "Architectures you've always wondered about" will look at how Facebook, Skype, Bwin, the League of Legends MMPOG, and Sky.com have been constructed, with presentations from the developers. On the Friday, a "CoolStuff with Java" track will explore OSGi, Swing, Spring 3.0 and Spring Roo and host a panel on Java modularity. Other tracks will cover software craftsmanship, functional programming, concurrency, SOA, the browser as a platform and testing.

The conference is surrounded by a number of free user group events including CloudCamp, Dojo, Erlang, JAVAWUG and the Norwegian .NET User Group. Registration for all three days of the conference costs £1235.

The H is a media sponsor of QCon and will be reporting from the event with, as always, an eye on open source matters.

(djwm)

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