Open Source Questions Answered

Developers, are you curious about open source software (OSS) and Microsoft's role in this pivotal trend? We know everyone is talking about OSS, and everyone has questions. So we asked the experts and got tons of helpful information! Watch host Richard Campbell, of .NET Rocks! fame, as he interviews top open source experts, and find out what the big deal is!

In this Jump Start training with live Q&A, hear about OSS as a significant part of Microsoft's offerings, and explore what this means for developers, open source enthusiasts, and perhaps most significantly, for open source neophytes. Learn about working the OSS way and how it can help you work better. And hear about managing projects with GitHub, explore the culture of OSS, find out what OSS means for Microsoft Azure, and much more.

Course Outline:

Day 1:

  • An Introduction: What's so great about OSS? (Ross Gardler)
  • Grokking OSS Culture (Phil Haack)
  • Working the Open Source Way (Keith Dahlby)

Day 2:

  • Legal Concerns (Cliff Allen)
  • The History of ASP.NET and Open Source (Scott Hunter)
  • .NET and Open Source (Jay Schmelzer)
  • Microsoft Open Tech (Gianugo Rabellino)
Instructor Team
Richard Campbell | President of Campbell & Associates, MVP | @richcampbell

Richard Campbell is President of Campbell & Associates, and he has worked in both the hardware and software sides of the computer and software industry since 1977. Today, Richard consults with a number of clients on software architecture and future directions of technology. He is a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft MVP. He's a partner in PWOP Productions, creating a variety of multimedia programs, including ".NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers," a podcast produced twice a week for more than 250,000 listeners in 120 countries. In addition, he's the host of RunAs Radio, a podcast for the IT Professional using Microsoft technologies. Richard is also the Founder of Humanitarian Toolbox, a charity focused on building open source software for disaster relief organizations. You can find Richard at conferences all over the world.

​Phil Haack | Developer/ GitHub | @haacked
Phil Haack (yes, it's pronounced hack) works at GitHub, finding ways to make things better for .NET and Windows developers everywhere. Prior to GitHub, he was a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, responsible for shipping ASP.NET MVC and NuGet, among other projects. These projects were released under open source licenses and helped served as examples of the open source model for shipping software to other teams at Microsoft.

Phil is a co-author of the popular Professional ASP.NET MVC series and regularly speaks at conferences around the world. He has also made several appearances on technology podcasts, such as .NET Rocks!, Hanselminutes, Herding Code, and The Official jQuery Podcast.
Ross Gardler | Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist | @rgardler
Ross Gardler is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies Inc., where he builds bridges between non-Microsoft and Microsoft technologies in the world of open source. Ross graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and he has been involved with open source in one form or another since the mid 1990s. He is also currently President of The Apache Software Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organization which provides organizational, legal, and financial support for open source software projects.
Scott Hunter | Microsoft Azure Principal Program Manager | @coolcsh

Scott Hunter is Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Azure, with more than 20 years of experience building, marketing, and selling software products. Scott has spent the past seven years specializing in .NET and ASP.NET development. Follow Scott on his blog.

Keith Dahlby | MVP | @dahlbyk
Keith Dahlby is a web developer, Git enthusiast, language geek and five-time C# MVP from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. By day he engineers e-commerce solutions for the Motorsport Aftermarket Group; by night he's @dahlbyk and sometimes blogs with Los Techies. His open source efforts include posh-git, a Git environment for PowerShell; and, a site featuring open source projects looking to mentor new contributors. He's also a core contributor to LibGit2Sharp, used by GitHub for Windows and Git for Visual Studio. Keith studied Computer Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction at Iowa State University, and has spoken at developer events around the world.
​Jay Schmelzer | Microsoft ​Director of Program Management

Jay Schmelzer is a Director of Program Management on the Visual Studio Team at Microsoft. Jay and his team are responsible for the Visual Studio design-time tools and runtime components used to build line of business and cloud applications. That includes the Visual Studio support for building Office, SharePoint, and Microsoft Azure solutions, Visual Studio LightSwitch, and Microsoft's managed languages (VB.NET, C# and F#), in addition to the CLR and .NET Framework.

​Gianugo Rabellino | Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. Senior Director of Open Source Communities | @gianugo
Gianugo Rabellino is the Senior Director of Open Source Communities at Microsoft Open Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation to advance Microsoft's investment in openness. He is also a Vice President of the Apache XML Project Management Committee.

Gianugo has a deep understanding of open source technologies and platforms, with more than 20 years of experience in the open source community, including co-founding the first official Linux association in Italy, elevating Linux and open source to the mainstream in that region. He brings a depth of experience and knowledge to a group of passionate and committed individuals who share his same enthusiasm for interoperability and openness between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms.

An active member of the Apache Software Foundation since 1999, Gianugo worked with the Cocoon community, which elected him as a committer. Later on, he furthered his involvement with a number of Apache projects, such as XIndice and Jackrabbit, and was nominated and elected a member. He eventually took the role of Vice President, XML project, and Vice President, Apache Attic. He currently assists on a number of projects as a mentor through the Apache Incubator, and he speaks at conferences around the world about open development and the Apache Way.

Prior to joining Microsoft Open Technologies, Gianugo was the founder and CEO of Sourcesense, the leading open source services company in Europe. He has held a variety of roles over the years, including CTO at Pro-netics, Networking and Security Director at Ksolutions, and, at Bibop Research, he was responsible for the software development and system/network administration groups and worked with several customers, including Sun, IBM, Oracle, ISP and Apache Software Foundation.

Gianugo also has served as an open source technical and policy consultant. He received his undergraduate degree from Liceo Classico Gabriello Chiabrera and his graduate degree from Universita degli Studi di Genova.
​Cliff Allen | Microsoft ​Senior Attorney

​Cliff Allen is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft, where he leads the development of Microsoft's open source policy and compliance process. He also leads the provision of legal support to Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2009, Cliff served as the Assistant General Counsel for The Technology Licensing and Business Group at Sun Microsystems. There, he was an innovator in creating the legal infrastructure for, OpenOffice, NetBeans, and OpenSPARC, and he received Sun's Open Source Expert Award in 2007. Cliff graduated with honors from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and received a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He has spoken about open source at numerous seminars, podcasts, and webcasts for PLI, ACI, AIPLA, OSCON, and the Washington State Bar Association.

Live Event Details
September 3–4, 2014
9:00am–12:00pm PDT
What: Jump Start training with live Q&A
Cost: Free
Audience: Developers

Anyone interested in open source software will benefit from this course.

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