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The Summer of Code and 'Open Source' Conferences

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2008 is looking like a good year for open source aficionados. Sun today announced the agenda for its second annual CommunityOne event, which will showcase a range of open source Java projects such as Netbeans, Glassfish, OpenJDK and Web 2.0 topics.  Google, on the other hand has provided details for its 2008 'Summer of Code' program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects.

While the two events differ in their objectives and audiences, both leverage the tremendous momentum of the open source community to drive innovation in application development.  Google's program brings together Computer Science and Computer Engineering students with open source 'mentor organizations' to guide them on their projects.

CommunityOne, on the other hand, while featuring a range of Sun's open source projects, is itself 'open source' in terms its 'unconference' format. Last year's unconference was let by analysts from RedMonk, in which participants determined the topics they wish to discuss, exchanged ideas and identified best practices.

What sessions will you be attending at CommunityOne & JavaOne this year?  For those of you participating in Google's Summer of Code program, what projects will you be involved in?

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