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Thursday, October 1 • 15:45 - 16:35
Apache Geode (incubating): The First Six Months -or- How We Transformed a Hard-Core Commercial Engineering Team into a Community-Driven Open Source Powerhouse - Anthony Baker, Pivotal GemFire

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In April 2015, Apache Geode (incubating) was born from Pivotal’s GemFire, the distributed in-memory database. However, the donation of over 1M LOC was just the beginning of the journey. In this talk we discuss how the GemFire engineering team has adapted their development infrastructure, processes, and culture to embrace the “Apache Way". We present lessons learned and best practices for new and incubating open source projects in areas of initial code submission, IP clearance, governance policies, code review, and community building. We discuss the challenges the team faced and how we changed internal communication and software design processes to a community-driven model. In particular, we highlight effective strategies for growing a project community and embracing new members. Finally, we show how changing to the open source model has increased both productivity and quality.


Anthony Baker

Engineering Leader, Pivotal GemFire
Anthony Baker is an engineering leader for Pivotal GemFire and a committer on Apache Geode (incubating). He has spoken at SuperComputing, SpringOne, and various meetups and user groups. He has over 20 years of experience in domains ranging from high performance computing to interactive... Read More →

Thursday October 1, 2015 15:45 - 16:35 CEST

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