Thomas Hatch, SaltStack CTO and the creator of the Salt open source software project, will provide an overview of the Plugin Oriented Programming (POP) project for more modular, and flexible software development. He'll be available to answer questions you have about POP and its uses.
In response to the stagnation often associated with open source projects, Tom created POP with the goal of infusing creativity into Salt projects, and others, and shifting the programming paradigm. Instead of unwieldy, sprawling projects that drain creators to a proportionally increasing degree that tracks the scale of the program, Thomas created a programming model characterized by modularity.
Because modular environments are more pliable and extensible, modular programming empowers teams to collaborate and interface more effectively, even as they enable large scale development. Essentially, such a paradigm builds a freedom and flexibility into the process of development that traditional models can’t achieve. Moreover, such a dynamic frees creators from the parasitic relationship that come to characterize many open source projects as they require more and more of their creator’s time and energy.
In this presentation, Tom will talk about why he created POP and how he’s applied it to several new projects to make a positive impact on the sustainability of Salt.
CTO - SaltStack
Tom is the technical founder and CTO of SaltStack, and the creator and benevolent dictator of the Salt open source project.Read More
Tom is the technical founder of SaltStack and a widely respected authority in automating the work of enterprise IT management and security. The award-winning software Tom created is used by tens of thousands of businesses to manage and secure more than 100 million infrastructure nodes. His experience as principal cloud architect for Beyond Oblivion, software engineer for Applied Signal Technology, and systems administrator for Backcountry.com provided exposure to dozens of new and old infrastructure automation technologies and helped establish the vision for Salt. Today, Tom is one of the most active contributors to open-source software and is widely regarded as a rising star. For his work on Salt in 2012 Tom received the Black Duck “Rookie of the Year” award and was named to the GitHub Octoverse Top 10 list for the project with the highest number of unique contributors rubbing shoulders with projects like Ruby on Rails and OpenStack.