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Open Source Bridge is a new conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way. It's not a typical technical conference.
Here's what makes it different:
* It's entirely volunteer-run, by developers, for developers. This is the conference you've always wanted to attend.
* Session tracks are technology agnostic, based instead around shared community experiences and focused on similarities between projects, not differences.
* The geekery doesn't end when the sessions do. There will also be a 24-hour hacker lounge for code sprints, bug bashes, session deep dives, bouncing ideas, starting new projects or just mingling and taking in the vibe.
Join us in Portland, OR on June 17-19, 2009."
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Sadly after a few weeks it didn't even work on Windows XP for me. Even when it did work the framerate was *awful* compared to the old player.
Then I find out Netflix only offers *phone* support. Forget it. Hulu, torrents, and my local library can easily replace Netflix.
I'm a Python web developer now and think it would be the ideal language to use for teaching. It has all of the important OO concepts baked in, and the interactive aspect makes it a very very easy language for beginners to learn.
Frankly though, C, Java, C#, or Python all seem like fine options. Each is probably best suited for certain audiences, but any of them are better than C++ and PHP.
While C++ and PHP are very popular languages, no one should learn them first. They're both hideous to look at (which matters to beginners), and in the case of PHP, just very hackish and lacking in good structure.
Start with pygame. Everybody loves a good simple game.
Just my $0.02 though.