- freebase: "a structured, searchable, writeable and editable database" of just about anything/everything
- dabble DB: looks like an impressive online spreadsheet service
- open ads: "the web's largest ad-space community"
- hadoop (an Apache project): "a framework for running applications on large clusters of commodity hardware"
Next were a couple of guys from Intel: James Reinders (a suit) and Dirk Hohndel (looked like he belonged on a snowboard in the Swiss Alps). They talked about the new Intel Threading Building Blocks, a C++ parallelism library (you'd use this library to write software to take advantage of a multi-core architecture). Intel has open-sourced this technology, and there's even an O'Reilly book about it. Hohndel also mentioned moblin.org: Linux for Intel-based devices.
Next up was Simon Peyton-Jones, a researcher who talked about concurrent programming. He said that one approach to addressing the challenges of concurrent programming is to wrap code in a database-like transaction (with a transaction log) to acheive atomicity (like a journaling filesystem, I guess). At that point my eyes started glazing over, and I became hypnotized by his bright red sweater with a picture of a red-eyed treefrog on the chest. (It was really a very interesting keynote, and he's a good speaker--I just didn't understand a whole lot of it.)
Then Tim O'Reilly interviewed Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical. As I'm not a passenger on the Ubuntu bandwagon, and was still recovering from the amphibious atomicity assault, I went looking for coffee or something.
During the course of the day, I attended a handful of sessions, including a couple about nagios (a host- and service-monitoring system) and APD (for profiling PHP code). I enjoyed David Verba's "Practical Design For Web Developers", a discussion of user-centered design (whose 'further reading' bibliography included several interesting-looking books). Perrin Harkins' "Care and Feeding of Large Web Applications" was also pretty cool: he talked about the challenges of devoloping, maintaining, and distributing an enormous Perl-based codebase (the Arcos CMS/CRM).