James Turner

Open Source Language Roundtable

Date: This event took place live on July 22 2009

Presented by: James Turner

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes.

Cost: Free

We all have our favorite languages in our tool-belt, but is there a "best" overall language? If anyone can hash that out, it will be the members of this roundtable discussion, some of the stars of the open source language space. This wide-ranging session, hosted and moderated by the O'Reilly Media editorial staff, and broadcast live on the web, will try to identify the best and worst features of each language, and which are best for various types of application development.

Participants in this roundtable are:

  • Python: Alex Martelli - Google
  • Ruby: Brian Ford - Engine Yard
  • PHP: Laura Thomson - Mozilla
  • Perl: Jim Brandt - Perl Foundation
  • Java: Rod Johnson - SpringSource

This event is taking place live at OSCON in San Jose, CA but will be broadcast for free to O'Reilly webcast attendees. If you can't make it to OSCON, you can still ask questions and share comments via the webcast chat.

About James Turner

James Turner, contributing editor for oreilly.com, is a freelance journalist who has written for publications as diverse as the Christian Science Monitor, Processor, Linuxworld Magazine, Developer.com and WIRED Magazine. In addition to his shorter writing, he has also written two books on Java Web Development ("MySQL & JSP Web Applications" and "Struts: Kick Start"). He is the former Senior Editor of LinuxWorld Magazine and Senior Contributing Editor for Linux Today. He has also spent more than 25 years as a software engineer and system administrator, and currently works as a Senior Software Engineer for a company in the Boston area. His past employers have included the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Xerox AI Systems, Solbourne Computer, Interleaf, the Christian Science Monitor and contracting positions at BBN and Fidelity Investments. He is a committer on the Apache Jakarta Struts project and served as the Struts 1.1B3 release manager. He lives in a 200 year old Colonial farmhouse in Derry, NH along with his wife and son. He is an open water diver and instrument-rated private pilot, as well as an avid science fiction fan.

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