Preview: The Future of Open Source

Dr. Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop Technologies
Dr. Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop Technologies

Mik Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Tasktop Technologies, will speak Monday, March 11 at the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival on the open source movement in software development.

His talk, titled “Social Code Graph: The Future of Open Source” will be a broad discussion not just for software developers but anyone interested in the “new wave” of collaborative, social working.

Kersten is best known as the inventor of the task-focused interface, which addresses the problem of information overload and allows software developers to work more efficiently. It reduces what he calls “busy work” of searching and navigating through document trees by .

He developed Mylyn, an open source application lifecycle management (ALM) framework that provides the task-focused interface for the Eclipse software development environment, while working on his PhD at the University of British Columbia.

Recognizing the success of Mylyn as an open source project, Kersten said he realized the collaborative model of open source software development provided unique opportunities. He believes in treating software development as a creative process rather than a series of protocols and commands.

Still, he said, some types of applications are better suited to commercial development than open source, and it makes sense to keep them proprietary. In his talk, he will address which types of applications are best suited to open source development, as well as how mindsets need to change to make open source a truly valuable model.

Watch Kersten’s keynote on the Future of ALM: Developing the Social Code Graph from EclipseCon 2012.

Kersten’s SXSWi talk is scheduled for 5 p.m. March 11 in ballroom BC of the Austin Convention Center.

Follow Mik Kersten on Twitter @mik_kersten.