March, 2011

FLOSSMetrics presentation in Vigo

Today I’m in Vigo (Spain), ailment presenting at the Open Seminar organized by the Master’s Program on Development and Management of Free Software Projects, which we run (as Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, along with Igalia and Nova Caixa Galicia).

I’ve presented the FLOSSMetrics project, and the Melquiades website (as a part of it) in the context of our (GSyC/LibreSoft) activities in free software. I’ve also talked about the Libresoft tools, which are in the backstage, making the rest possible. The slides used in the presentation are available (or you can also browse them at SlideShare).

Since the project already finished in 2010, I presented mainly its results. But I also commented in some depth about its importance as a testbed and proof of concept of the idea of “repository of information from repositories”, which has been around for years in the mining software repositories research community. I also entered in some details when talking about the tools, since some of them have been used in the master’s program.

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Presentación sobre aplicaciones web

Ayer esttuve en Colmenar Viejo, website like this en el I.E.S. Ángel Corella, order donde el grupo Nibbler y varios institutos están organizando las VI Jornadas de Conocimiento y Software Libre (Colmux 2011) (programa). Ya llevan seis ediciones, cada vez con más participación de institutos, profesores y alumnos (y creo que no me he perdido ninguna).

En esta ocasión, he cambiado bastante de presentación. En lugar de las que he hecho otros años sobre software libre o conocimiento libre, la de esta edición se ha titulado “Desarrollo de aplicaciones web con Python y Django: de cero a ciento y pico en poco tiempo”. Por si fueran de interés, aquí están las transpas que he usado, y el código fuente (formato tar.gz y zip). El código incluye cosas en Python y otras en Django/Python, aunque en la presentación sólo hablé al final de la parte Python.

La idea principal es mostrar cómo hacer aplicaciones web es bien simple, y con realmente poco código pueden hacerse cosas que empiezan a ser interesantes, y muy ilustrativas de cómo funciona HTTP en particular y las aplicaciones web en general. Tuve 45 minutos para presentarlo todo, por lo que creo que quedó un tanto atropellado. Me da la impresión de que este mismo material podría utilizarse para un taller de tres o cuatro horas, con ordenadores, de forma que diera tiempo a ir probando y analizando en detalle cada uno de los programillas que se muestran.

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Jornadas de software libre de Ciudad Real

Mañana martes me doy un voltio por Ciudad Real, page invitado por el Departamento de Tecnologías y Sistemas de Información de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha para realizar una presentación en las Jornadas sobre Software Libre. La charla será “Introducción al software libre” (fichero PDF con las transparencias usadas en la presentación).

Para los que la habéis visto otras veces, erectile no hay muchos cambios, adiposity salvo que trataré de usar Dizzy, un sistema basado en HTML5 (SVG, JavaScript, CSS y un poco de magia negra) que estoy probando estos días para usarlo en presentaciones. A ver si sale…

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Free software community for Prince of Asturias Awards

[Please, youth health
consider supporting and spreading the word about this initiative. Time is short: support is needed before March 16 2011.]

CENATIC (a Foundation promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Industry and several Spanish regional governments) is coordinating the proposal of the free software community as a candidate for Prince of Asturias Awards. For those of you outside Spain, maybe those awards are little known, but in Spain, many Spanish-speaking countries, and some other parts of the world, they are really famous. Prince of Asturias Awards are awarded once every year, in several categories, and are probably the most prestigious among those awarded in Spain. The awards, granted by the Prince of Asturias foundation, get a lot of media attention, and the winners have a lot of public exposure, being something akin to the “Spanish Nobel Awards”.

From the point of view of somebody interested in explaining free software and its advantages, the main reason to support free software community as a candidate is in fact this public exposure. In case of becoming a candidate, and of course more if the community is finally awarded, free software will be in mainstream media for several days. Of course this would help a lot to improve the general knowledge and awareness about it, its advantages, and its status as a viable option in many realms.

The candidature needs not only Spanish support: anyone who wants to support can do it, by filling in your data in the form in the left column of the CENATIC campaign webpage and/or by sending support letters (either individual or in the name of institutions, see a model in the same webpage). The more, the better: your support is needed!

Have in mind that the very idea of focusing on the community as a whole, and not on any specific persons or institutions which may have contributed a lot to the success of free software is intended. It highlights how the real important actor in free software this is this international community, composed by people with different interests, with different backgrounds, cultures, personal situations, working together (by design) to improve the world by producing an IT infrastructure available for everyone to use and improve.

Do you think the free software community, as such, deserves recognition and public exposure? Contribute to the success of the campaign by supporting it, and spreading the word.

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