My five favorite talks from OSCON

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This week I went to Portland, Oregon for the O’Reilly Open Source Convention. OSCON is one of my favorite conferences because of the quality and diversity of the talks. Usually when I go to an event I am too busy presenting, working our booth, or meeting with customers and partners to fully enjoy the sessions. This year I resolved to not let that happen again and I managed to enjoy many great talks and learn quite a bit.

System management with Chef

Joshua Tiberman and James Casey gave a great workshop on getting started with Chef.

Adventures in Node

Faisal Abid presented on getting started with NodeJS and Express.

MongoDB on AWS

Charity Majors presented on the experience Parse had with scaling MongoDB on Amazon Web Services.

How Gigaspaces built their community with GitHub

This talk really resonated with me as we recently announced AppDynamics X which leverages GitHub for enabling our developer community.

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The art of giving critiques

Emma Jane Westby presented on how to give and get actionable critiques. She did a great job explaining the difference between good and bad feedback and showed how communities can better collaborate.

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I have learned from going to many events that some of the best content comes from the time between the sessions. If you find yourself at a developer conference in the future make sure to spend time in the common areas and engage with the speakers and other attendees. See you next year at OSCON!

Dustin Whittle

Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Find out more at