StrangeLoop conference 2012

September 26th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

This week was the strangeloop conference and I thought I would share some things I have learned from the conference.

I attended this conference last year and it was quite interesting, so I decided to attend again this year and I was not disappointed.  If you are a software developer and you love to learn new bleeding-edge tools in the open source world, mixed with computer science theory, this is the conference for you.  I will highlight some of the more interesting points that I took away from the conference.

Google has a TON of irons in the fire at the moment, they have become my company to follow.  You may be familar with the V8 engine they are working on, which is basically their way of speeding up the javascript engine, you can learn more about it here: http://code.google.com/p/v8/.  Its all open source so if you are feeling froggy, you can contribute to the project.  Lars Bak, one of the senior engineers with google announced their work on Dart, which is basically a replacement for the javascript engine, which is gaining lots of traction in the software world since it too is an open source project, you can find out more about that here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dart_(programming_language).

Google also had a talk about their new Go programming language, which was a very interesting language indeed.  It spawned from the need within google to have a single language for all the engineers to use and that was very flexible and extensible for their internal needs, you can find out more about that here: http://golang.org/.

Google also spoke a lot about how they are trying to make the web faster with their ‘Lets Make the Web Faster’ movement.  There was a lot of talk about the SPDY protocol, which you can learn more about here: http://dev.chromium.org/spdy/spdy-whitepaper.

Those are the big highlights I saw from Google, I will be posting in the weeks to come about some other things I think are cool in the new Chromium, or the Canary version of Chrome as I have it now and I am playing with it on my machine.

Thats all I feel like writing at the moment, I will update my blog in the days and weeks to come with more cool information.

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