You shall be replaced by a small shell script

This week's roundup covers OSDC, Google's attempt to get school kids into open source, the roel of automation in software development, why we hate salespeople and more.

The Open Source Developer's Conference was held this week in Brisbane. Builder AU was there and caught up with PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf, C advocate Rusty Russell and Bazaar's Ian Clatworthy. Currently we have posted our entertaining interview with Rusty and look out for the rest in the coming week.

During OSDC, Google announced a new contest for high school students to get them involved in open source development. Leslie Hawthorn, open source program manager at Google, said that the Highly Open Participation Contest is similar to the Summer of Code program in many ways, but does allows students who were not necessarily the best of coders to get a chance to experience open source development and then maybe get their feet wet in coding later on.

While things will be much the same for the present time, Daryl Plummer, a Gartner fellow, believes that automation and commoditisation of software will change the way we program into the future. Plummer speaks of the "mid-tier" programmer disappearing and describes the places where one can hide should Luddite tendencies become too much.

Do you spend your days hoping that the resident salesperson will not come over and make your day so unbearable that you require a 5 o'clock defibrillation? If you need to justify your position then you should to check out the "Top 10 reasons to avoid IT salespeople" . And, no, number 5 was not simply too harrowing to put into words, you'll get the point if you read to the end!

On the blog front this week, Ina Fried asked the question "Where are all of those donated XO laptops going?" and Tom Krazit discussed the state of mobile software.

I hope everyone enjoyed November and if you are sprouting some hair growth for Movember, here's hoping you've raised an astounding amount of money and enjoy the shaving rash tomorrow morning.