Dyn has always had a history of working with Open Source software and communities, but that has fallen slightly by the wayside as our company has grown and evolved. This was not purposeful; we just lost sight of these things as we became busier and no one had the time to pick up the slack.
But in 2011, we decided to make a concerted effort to once again mingle with and support the communities that provide the software we thrive on. Here’s a look back at 2011 and what’s ahead in 2012 and beyond.
On the conference front, we lent a hand to YAPC::NA 2011 in June to help organize the BoF (Birds of a Feather) sessions and Hackathons, as well as provide last minute lanyards when the expected batch was caught in customs.
Around that time, our very own Lara Swanson attended Velocity where she held a BoF session on Front End Web Performance. In July, I attended OSCon where I gave a five minute lightning talk about the wonderful experience I’ve had getting to know and work with the Perl community. October saw us at the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop which we helped to sponsor and Lara gave a great talk on A/B Testing at UML.
We also provide services at no cost to projects like MetaCPAN so that they can continue to produce kick ass software without worrying about details like DNS and funding. But our love of open source software is not limited to Perl: we sponsor the Twisted Matrix project as we make heavy use of it and other Python technologies.
Our employees are also encouraged to contribute bug reports and patches to open source projects in the course of their jobs. A number of projects experienced that attention in 2011 and with luck, many more will see some love in 2012. As part of our Un-Roadmap Days, we spent some time on personal/company projects and released a number of them into the wild:
- nextVal — A client-side form validation plugin for jQuery
- DynECTEmail-Node — A nodejs package for interacting with the DynECT Email Delivery API
- Devel::MemoryTrace::Light – A Perl memory usage detector
- DynECT-API-Python-Library – A Python wrapper for interacting with the DynECT Managed DNS REST API.
I’m very excited about 2012 and here’s just some of the things you can expect to see from us.
We’ll be sponsoring the Perl Oasis (happening January 13-15) and I’ll be spending time there to hack on some of the issues in the Perl bug queue. We’ll also be sponsoring YAPC::NA 2012 and Dyn has graciously agreed to give me time each day to help out with Perl’s Google Code In that’s going on now.
We’ll be spending a lot more time this year looking at what conferences, projects and communities we can help out, and we’ll be working with many of these closely while we try to find how we can be most effective.
Without open source, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We want to see the communities we’ve come to know and love survive long into the future.