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Source Code Berlin’s Valentine is Free Software

Only one year is Source Code Berlin old and it has already fallen in love – with Free Software.

ilovefs-heart-small-enSeveral occasions manifested that love in 2015 and to keep the spark going. Thus we wanted to use this occasion – today’s International Day of Free Software – to recap why we fell in love with it last year.  

The year started off with meeting free culture enthusiast and Wikidata Project Manager Lydia Pintscher who got us hooked on Free Software with her passionate talk about how it can empower users. Free Software also went mainstream with companies picking up on the trend but Lydia noted that as commercial interest grows, the important aspects of Free Software that it cannot just be used but is rather an ongoing project of a community shall not be compromised by the new development as companies might only interested in the power of users as a side effect.

We also learned how others got hooked by Free Software. Kathleen Danielson shared with us her first experience with it as she was in university. She discovered new social networks which were “fascinating because they created different ways for people to interact with each other.” This together learning aspect helped her to meet friends who were already deeply involved in Free Software communities and would introduce her to different ideas about open source, free culture and why it is important. Ultimately it became important to her.

Then we met Jan Lenhardt from hood.ie, the web server for your app who believes in the open web which relies on Free Software heavily. Sam Muirhead then took this idea even further and introduced us to the idea of  an open source circular economy. In this context Free Software can be the starting point of an economy of open source. Major institutions are already bandwagoning on the idea and starting using Free Software, a good example being Munich.

Thus the future looks bright for Free Software. We are looking forward to meet more Free Software folks this year. Thank you to all the contributors and keep the spark going!

Listen back to the episodes:

Beyond Poor and Sexy Berlin with Lydia Pintscher

Gender, Community and Identity in Open Source with Kathleen Danielson

Databases, Javascript, and Society: Unlikely Heroes and Personal Convictions with Jan Lehnardt

Sam Muirhead on Video, Clothing and Circular Economics with Sam Muirhead

Writing easy to maintain code – a talk by Jeroen De Dauw

A talk by Wikimedia’s very own developer and Software Craftmanship advocate Jeroen De Dauw about how to maintain code.
A significant amount of time is spend on reading code, sometimes more than on writing code. Jeroen asks questions like how does elegant code tend to rot over time, and what can developers do to prevent that? In this short talk, a series of common pitfalls and ways to avoid them will be outlined. Specific tipps show how you can apply the useful ideas for maintaining code right away.

You can find more on Software Craftmanship on Jeroen’s website.

Hole-Driven Development in Haskell by Raichoo

“There is a hole in the program, dear Liza, dear Liza” says the developer Raichoo who starts his insightful talk about Hole-Driven Development in Haskell with a bang. However, working with Haskell is more like playing Lego said Raichoo thereafter and tries to narrow down a complicated topic passionately in this talk. Brainy stuff for Haskell and non-Haskell developers.

 

 

 

Programming and Parenting: Learning from Experience

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Kathryn Rotondo Guest
avatar Daniel Schweighöfer Guest
avatar Ola Gasidlo Guest

Startups and tech companies became famous over the past few years for their alternative approaches to work structure and employee relations. But one area that no one talks about and few think about is how these institutions address programmers who become parents.  Until recently, it has been among the more undiscussed topics in the world of tech. But all that is about to change, and my guests on today’s program can explain why.

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Beyond Poor and Sexy Berlin

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
Host
avatar Marcel Krueger
Guest
avatar Lydia Pintscher
Guest

Welcome to the first episode of Source Code Berlin, a new podcast project from Wikimedia Deutschland. Our goal is to better understand the talented, creative, and driven Berliners, especially in the world of open culture projects and open source programming. Who are they? What do they do? Why are they here? The big questions on the road to understanding what seems to have become a global phenomenon. Photo 27-09-14 14 04 14

Today we start with the long view, the observations of writer, journalist and historian Marcel Krueger.

Then we move indoors and get more specific, a look into the world of Wikimedia Deutschland with help from free culture enthusiast and Wikidata Project Manager Lydia Pintscher, as we explore some specific projects and how they connect with the big picture.

Additional music on this episode includes: Hungaria by Latché Swing