[openbeos] Re: Waltercon 07

  • From: "Jonas Sundström" <jonas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 15:03:47 +0200 CEST

Simon Taylor <simontaylor1@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> ps: Is anyone else actually reading this thread?


> I'd like to hear some other views on whether a "Haiku 
> conference" actually makes any sense given the current
> state of development of the project and the people (new
> developers for the Haiku project itself) we are trying to attract.

I believe that we should try to provide as much knowledge-building
and participation-inspiring material as possible on the haiku website.
(If possible also for offline reading. And remove, or revise, older
content that has become irrelevant.)

I believe that a Haiku developer conference should leverage its one
unique benefit, which is face-time, and focus on training, teaching and 
growing the attending individuals. Class-room style, hands-on training. 

I would love a Haiku boot camp, with the qualities of the Be, Inc. news
letters and Martin C. Brown's book "BeOS: Porting UNIX Applications".
This crammed into one week, with guided training, would be worth 
a lot to me.

I would like training in developing Haiku itself, as well as in 
and porting applications to Haiku. I know those are very broad and 
diverse subjects. It's a lot of ground to cover, but it could be very 
interesting, if someone is willing to teach.

Any knowledge and skill building teaching material that gets created 
has its natural place on the Haiku website, but that doesn't mean a 
conference is a waste of time or gasoline. It could be a successful 
growth vehicle, for Haiku and for the attending people, if it would 
focus on what people need the most. I believe there is a sweet spot 
where the needs and wants of the interested people meet those
of Haiku as a project. 

/Jonas Sundström.

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