Open Source Community news round-up: 10th September 2013

KitKat for Google? Give us a break…
David Mitchell writes his humorous opinions of Google’s decision to name its new Android Operating System ‘KitKat’ going as far as to suggest they should have named it after a painful chronic illness. Like many of us, he also wonders what Nestle’s association now is with Google? Honest or not you decided, but even if it is just for a few giggles this article is worth a read.

Privacy Scandal: NSA Can Spy on SmartPhone Data

Our personal privacy is something we all hold dear, many of us taking daily precautions to make sure what is personal and confidential to us stays secure. However in a rather scandalous manner it has now been revealed that The United States’ National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation is in fact capable of accessing our personal user data from our smart phones (from all leading manufacturers may I add). This data includes contact lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information about where a user has been. This is a step too far for many, secure or violated you decide.

An App For Kids, By A Kid
Ignoring the two rather controversial presentations held at this years Disrupt SF 2013 which I’m sure many will agree have earned themselves enough publicity (and for all the wrong reasons) there was also reason to rejoice. Nine-year-old programmer Alexandra Jordan’s 1 minute presentation on her Co-Created app -Super Fun Kid Time soon proved to be a hit with the audience proving that there is hope in the younger generation. Check out her presentation and an interview she had afterwards here:

Walkie Scorchie
In Phil Trelford’s latest blog post he shares his thoughts and general rants about working with Windows. Comparing problematic software to a new futuristic building with unforeseen supercharged solar ‘death ray’ and the ever growing ‘Big Brother’ society.
everything’s broken and nobody’s upset. Software is increasingly a world of broken windows where developers are more accustomed to working around issues than giving feedback, let alone tackling the root causes.”
A blog post that plenty can relate to, definitely worth a read.

Coming up at Skills Matter:
Thurs 12th Sept – In The Brain of Richard Clark – “The Power of Events”

Mobile applications backed by web services are one of the hottest areas of development today. But how do you architect and build such applications? If you’re using HTTP, there’s the common request-response model, REST endpoints, etc. but the newer socket-oriented approaches don’t follow the same pattern so what can you do?
The answer lies in the humble “event”. Every platform uses events to handle user-interface actions and some use them internally for remote communications. By leveraging the event-processing tools available in every platform we can come up with a consistent architecture for the server, client, and the communications infrastructure in-between.
In this talk, we’ll dissect a family of communicating applications – server, web, and native mobile – that use a common event-driven architecture and then discuss how to apply these patterns to your own development.

Mon 16th Sept – In The Brain of David A. Dawson – “Development in the large”

In this talk, David Dawson, Principal Consultant at Simplicity Itself, will give his thoughts and experiences of development in large scale, offshore heavy environments, and the tricks and techniques that he has learned to maintain, protect and improve a codebase over the lifetime of a project.
Covering offshore teams, philosophy, boredom and the importance of cake, David will be revealing what has worked, and what really hasn’t, the scars those experiments left behind and lots of thoughts for the future.

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