Berlin-based WebFWD Scout Joseph Somogyi is keeping busy. He will present WebFWD next week on May 25 at LinuxTag, the biggest Linux and Open Source exhibition in Europe, full of workshops, camps and many conference tracks running in parallel. Linux Tag, a 4-day government-sponsored event for every kind of Open Source, is expecting a host of exhibitors and attendees.
Joseph also found time recently to share a pointer to The Architecture of Open Source Applications, Vol I-II (2012), edited by Amy Brown and Greg Wilson, and available online in its entirety. Chapters are written by a collection of open source heroes, including one called Firefox Release Engineering, by Mozillians Chris AtLee, Lukas Blakk, John O’Duinn, and Armen Zambrano Gasparnian.
“Architects look at thousands of buildings during their training, and study critiques of those buildings written by masters. In contrast, most software developers only ever get to know a handful of large programs well—usually programs they wrote themselves—and never study the great programs of history. As a result, they repeat one another’s mistakes rather than building on one another’s successes.
Our goal is to change that. In these two books, the authors of four dozen open source applications explain how their software is structured, and why. What are each program’s major components? How do they interact? And what did their builders learn during their development? In answering these questions, the contributors to these books provide unique insights into how they think.”
Other sightings: These closing links come from startup country, Silicon Valley, where a couple high profile acquisition plays triggered plenty of noise and some thoughtful postings earlier this spring: