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IEEE Computer Society
Author: IEEE Computer Societ | Thursday September 11, 2003

Open Source Software for Web Applications is Focus of Computer Society Symposium



IEEE Computer Society
Orange County Chapter
P. O. Box 1570
Lake Forest California 92609-1570
+1 888 548 1969
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Open Source Software for Web Applications
is Focus of Computer Society Symposium

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, 2003 August 26 - Open source software has become a prominent feature of computer systems in the last few years. The trend is taking the industry by storm, and many long-time IT professionals want to learn more about it. As part of its mission for professional education, the Orange County IEEE Computer Society chapter is organizing the Coast Open Source Software Technology Symposium (COSST Symposium).

The first COSST Symposium will focus on using open source software for Web applications. Among the technologies to be discussed are the Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, the MySQL and PostgreSQL data base systems, the Perl, PHP, and Python scripting languages, and the Java cross-platform virtual machine. Many systems use combinations of these tools, but others mix them into non-open source environments.

Attendees at the COSST Symposium will acquire a basic understanding of open source technologies, how to acquire and get started with them, and insight to enable informed decisions about using and deploying these programs as part of Web applications.

The Symposium is targeted at professional software engineers and technical management with a diverse background in software installation and development for industrial, military, and commercial systems. Those who want to expand their horizons to include open source options should plan to attend.

Symposium speakers bring extensive experience and recognized expertise. They include Jesus Castegnetto, PHP contributor and co-author of Professional PHP Programming; Chuck Esterbrook, creator of Webware for Python; Dave Ford, Java consultant and trainer; Eric Hammond, Perl master and Director of Technology at Rent.com; Bill Hilf, Linux technical leader for IBM's Global Small and Medium Business unit; Prakash Malani, mentor for Java, UML, XML, and object-oriented software; and Walt Scacchi, senior research scientist at UCI's Institute for Software Research.

In addition to the Computer Society, other sponsors of the COSST Symposium include IBM, Conexant, and the Institute for Software Research at UCI. The COSST Symposium will be held at Conexant's Jazz Auditorium in Newport Beach on Saturday, October 18. The registration fee is $75, with discounts for IEEE members and students. For more information and to register, please see the Symposium's Web site at http://COSST.IEEE-OCCS.org/.



Contact: Steve Bernard, COSST Publicity
stevebernard@cox.net
+1 949 496 3036
Dave Close, COSST Chair
d.close@ieee.org
+1 714 434 7359


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