Unraveling the Emerging Open Source Technologies at Open Source Conference 2013, Pune

Pune: The Open Source Conference 2013 was held on March 23, 2013 in Pune and was organized by SiliconIndia. SiliconIndia would like to eloquently thank all the speakers, sponsors, delegates and all parties for making this conference a successful one.

This conference included technical presentations, 8 interesting speakers, over 200 delegates and there was also ample time allocated for networking with like- minded peers.

The conference was kick-started with the Keynote Session by Philip Antoniades, Sr. Director MySQL Sales Consulting WorldWide, Oracle and Chandra Balani, MySQL Database Country Sales Sr. Manager, Oracle. While sharing their thoughts on “What's New in the World of MySQL?” Philip said “MySQL is the database of choice for Web, Cloud and Embedded deployments for a range of industries. With 5.6, Oracle has demonstrated a powerful commitment to MySQL and Open Source, and strengthened the reasons for businesses to use it.”

The next session was on “New Kid on the Block - Node.js” by Joel Divekar, GM - Information Systems, People Interactive where he discussed that Node.js is a high performance application development framework for writing scalable network servers and it is event-driven and processes asynchronous I/O. He also highlighted that it is server side javascript built on top of Google's V8 Javascript engine and it enables the developers to create an entire web application, both server & client using JavaScript.

Ajay Mahajan, Lead Architect, Wipro in his session on “Developing Configurable and High Performance Applications Using Drools Rules Engine” highlighted the Rules Engine Usage in 3 interesting sections; his first section covered the basics, such as what is rule engine, why use it, where does it fit, when to use it, the second section covered the Drools Stack such as Expert, Fusion, RuleFlow and Planner, focusing on how Drools Expert works and how to define rules in various ways in it and Final section covered learnings, usage models and performance tips from the experience.

While discussing more on “Myth Busters: Open Source and Security”, Aseem Jakhar, Chief Researcher, Payatu Technologies highlighted that Security has nothing to do with the ideology of open source or closed source. It definitely helps if the product teams put focus on security and include it in their SDLC process.

Speaking on the topic “Postgres-XC: Open Source Write Scalable Cluster”, Nikhil Sontakke, Senior Architect & Founding Member, StormDB talked about Postgres-XC which is a write scalable multi-master database cluster using shared nothing architecture. It is based on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database. Postgres-XC is useful in cases where one can have lots of data and want a robust traditional SQL database environment. The extensible architecture of Postgres-XC is well suited to provide read and write scalability in these times of Big Data.

This event was supported by Oracle, Fluendo, e-Quest and NeuroSpeech (WebAtoms).