xkcd #364: Responsible Behavior I participated in ApacheCon EU 2016’s PGP Keysigning Party recently. Being a newbie about PGP keysigning, I made the mistake of not sending the keys back to the key server after signing as I was using a GUI tool called Seahorse. So today, after realizing this from searching my key on MIT’s PGP keyserver, I decided to do it again and send the keys this time using GnuPG.
The morning began with keynotes from Sebastian Blanc and Bertrand Delacretaz. After that I attended Jean Fredric Clere’s talk on HTTP/2 and SSL/TLS. He also demonstrated the new protocol and the extensions. [email protected] speaking on HTTP/2 and SSL/TLS State of Art in Our Servers at #ApacheCon @ApacheCon pic.twitter.com/olEkYsa15e — Rohan Verma (@rhnvrm) November 18, 2016 Next, got to learn about security lessons from the Deserialization vulnerability in the Java Apache Commons Collections library and how prevalant they are by Tim Jarret.
On day 4, I attended the Apache Way track as I felt that I should get to know more about the ASF and how Apache works. I got to learn a lot and feel that this has paved my way to further get involved with Apache projects. The first session was a panel discussion having panel members from the ASF. It was hosted by Nick Burch and the panelists were members of the ASF.
The morning began with me waking up a little later. The previous night, we had the Attendee Reception. The BarCamp began around 10 AM. A barcamp is an ‘unconference’ with no set schedule, facilitated by those involved in various Apache projects. It was organized by Jean Fredric Clere and Sharon Foga. You can learn more about the BarCamp at: https://wiki.apache.org/apachecon/BarCampApacheSeville Since, most people don’t know what a barcamp is and might be confused I’d suggest reading up about it on https://en.
The second day of ApacheCon BigData was also successful and amazing. It was a long day that started with the Keynotes by Mayank Bansal from Uber who explained Uber’s big data stack and how they scaled up. The next keynote was by Sean Owen from Cloudera who explained how Apache is more than just another Github where people just dump their code. It’s a place for building the community. It was also nice to hear his shoutout to Apache Allura which he talked about to explain the diversity and the reach of the projects.
It was fun to volunteer for today’s sessions at Apache Big Data 2016. My responsibilites included helping the speakers setup their laptops and introduce them to the audience, keep time and remind them when time was running short, and finally helping out with the Q&A at the end. I also liveblogged the sessions via twitter and interacted with the speakers as most of the sessions were of my choice as the volunteer team had a shared spreadsheet on which we could choose our sessions in a first come first serve manner.
Toured Seville today thanks to https://www.feelthecitytours.com/en/tours/sevilla/ . They are an amazing company with a great tour of this beautiful city. Got to learn a lot about the city along with a bunch of great stories about the city. One of them was the story of Carmen (http://www.geocities.jp/wakaru_opera/englishcarmen.html) which is a pretty nice story. The TAC meeting was pretty nice and was followed by the TAC team dinner at a Tapas restaurant.
Reached the Melia Sevilla, Spain tonight. Pretty excited about ApacheCon. Am planning on finalizing the presentations about Allura by tomorrow night and discuss them with @brondsem on Monday. It was a long trip to Sevilla via Madrid and London with @gauravsaini03, he will be speaking about Apache OFBiz which is a complete enterprise solution. Met Dr Paul King(@paulk_asert), who is working on Apache Groovy and has worked on the “Groovy in Action” book by Manning publications.
I’m excited about attending ApacheCon Big Data and ApacheCon 16 at Seville, Spain. Only a few days are left. Talked with my mentor at Apache Allura, @brondsem today about his experiences at ApacheCon NA Denver 14 and what all I could do at ACEU 16. We’re hoping for improving the exposure of Apache Allura within the Apache community and trying to get some projects in the incubator to try Allura. I’ll try to present a lightning talk and host a demo session for Allura at the conference.