Hands-on Learning with Open Source



Most developers learn by doing, yet the majority of training is hands-off and classroom based. What's the recipe for success to make applied learning work for developers with little spare time?


This session explores success and failure in attempting to use open source development for applied learning in a user group setting.

Attend most sessions at a technical conference, including this one, and you’ll find one person talking at the front of the room with just enough time to hammer home a few morsels of knowledge. It might be adequate for technology awareness, but not to bridge the gap to adoption.

Applied learning is the natural way for developers to learn, honing their skills with a real world scenario… but where do you find the time, resources, and motivation to pull it off? Come to this session and find out (or help us figure it out :)

Speaking experience


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    Jason Mauer



    Jason Mauer is a Senior Developer Evangelist with Microsoft covering the Pacific Northwest and the Bay area. He has been with Microsoft for 8 years, with a background in .NET application development, XML and the Web, SharePoint, and game development with DirectX and XNA.

    Jason is active in the developer community as a presenter (OSCON, DevConnections, Borland DevCon), organizer (Code Camps in Portland, Seattle, and Boise), and fellow geek. He is a member and former chair of the Software Association of Oregon Development SIG , and serves on the Legion of Tech Advisory Committee.

    Jason has participated in a variety of open source projects, including the XNA game engine Imagination and a couple of projects that should be released in time for Open Source Bridge.

    Find Jason online at jasonmauer.com and as @jasonmauer on Twitter.