If you're working on or interested in working on the Evergreen open source library system, and you can be in the Toronto area on October 29th, 2009, you might want to spend $75 and register for the Free Software Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) to be held at the Seneca@York campus. You'll get a three hour workshop introducing you to Evergreen development out of the deal, plus your choice of another workshop on the 29th and the ability to attend all of the FSOSS presentations on the 30th. I attended FSOSS last year for the first time and was stunned at the high quality of the conference.
I apologize for the late notice that means that you missed out on the $30 early registration special; I did not hear until this morning that my workshop proposal had been accepted. This seems in keeping with this year's edition of FSOSS, as the conference Web site also seems to be a bit behind where one would expect with only four weeks to go (heh). The late notice will also mean that most of my spare minutes will be soaked up for the rest of the month preparing the workshop materials, but building a collection of Evergreen development tutorials for the community is high on my personal list of goals, so it will definitely be worth it. Expect a high-energy presentation!
Here are the particulars for the workshop:
Workshop title: Evergreen Library System Development Basics
Workshop description Over the past year, Evergreen has been
adopted by a number of libraries in Ontario. While it is built on a
flexible, scalable architecture and offers an impressive set of
features, the Evergreen community needs a broader base of developers
who are able to contribute to the base functionality and create
customized Evergreen instances. This workshop will provide developers
with the tools they need to contribute to the Evergreen project and
better serve their libraries, tackling subjects such as creating a new
OpenSRF service, accessing data with permission-based methods,
customizing the database schema and IDL, and building AJAX interfaces
with the OpenILS Dojo widgets.