Monthly Archives: May 2009

What I’m Doing At YAPC::Europe

Yet Another Perl Conference :: Europe :: 2009 I think I’ve now worked out all of the things that I’m doing at YAPC::Europe this year. It’s turned into quite a list.

The big news is that I’m giving a “Introductory Perl” training course over the weekend before the conference. One of the themes of the conference is to get more people involved in the Perl community (see, for example, Edmund’s Send-A-Newbie initiative) so the organisers thought it would be a good idea to run a beginners course just before the conference. The idea is to take people who know little or no Perl and get them to the stage where they’ll be able to get something useful out of the rest of the conference.

Details of the training are on the YAPC web site, where you can also book your place (it’s €220 for a two day course).

So the training is on Saturday and Sunday (the 1st and 2nd of August). The conference starts on Monday. I’m giving two talks at the conference:

It looks like it’s going to be a great conference (as always). I’m really looking forward to it.

Forthcoming London.pm Meetings

Here’s some advance notice of a couple of london.pm meetings.

The next social meeting will be on Thursday June 4th at the Gunmakers. Social meetings are a chance for people to get together over a drink and talk about whatever takes their fancy (sometimes, that even includes Perl). There’s also a tradition that the leader of the group will buy a drink for any people coming along for the first time. So when you get there, look for Léon.

Then on Wednesday 10th, london.pm (along with a few other, less important, language user groups) are organising a Dynamic Languages evening where users of many dynamic languages will give lightning talks about various interesting topics. The meeting is hosted by the British computer Society, and I’m hearing reports that the sign-up process is a bit of an intellectual challenge – but please persevere and come along to the meeting.

YAPC Travel Plans

On the offchance that anyone wants to travel at the same time, here are my travel plans for YAPC::Europe.

  • Flying from Heathrow to Lisbon on BA502 on Friday 31st July. Leaving at 15:05 and arriving at 17:45.
  • Staying in the Hotel Alif (possibly the least useful hotel web site that I’ve ever seen).
  • Flying from Lisbon to Heathrow on BA501 on Thursday 6th August. Leaving at 11:05 and arriving at 13:40.

I’m travelling a little earlier than many people because I hope to be running a training course on the weekend before the conference. I’ll post more details of that here when it’s confirmed (hopefully in the next couple of days).

Joining the Github Massive

I got tired of hosting my own Subversion repostories and having to deal with setting up access for anyone who wanted to work on my CPAN code (ok, honestly, that was two people in the last five years!)

So I’ve moved all of my CPAN modules (and a few other random bits and pieces to Github. Let them deal with the hosting issues and, more importantly, let anyone who wants to hack on my code.

You’ll find it all in my Github account. Feel free to dabble.

A Perl Programming Blog

Here’s my new Perl programming blog. I have another blog where I talk about a number of different things, but I like to keep my Perl writing separate from the rest of it.. Until recently I kept a Perl journal over at use.perl, but the technology behind that site is looking pretty dated so I thought it was worth striking out on my own. So here I am at PerlHacks.com.

It might be interesting to explain how I came to own such a cool domain. It’s a story that has some useful lessons about the kinds of scams that people try to pull on the internet.

It managed to get perlhacks.org in 2005, just because no-one else had thought to buy it. But someone already had the .com and, even though they weren’t using it for anything, I suspected that they’d want a lot of money to part with it, so I didn’t even bother contacting them.

Then in September of last year I got an email from someone offering to sell me the domain. They contacted me as I owned the .org and they assumed that I’l like the .com to go with it. They wanted just under $1000 for it, so I ignored them. Over the following few weeks I got three or four more increasingly desperate emails from them. All of which I also ignored.

At the end of October I got a different mail. In this one they dropped the  asking price to $99. That was closer to the price that I wanted to pay, so I investigated further. I mentioned the mail on the london.pm IRC channel and someone pointed out that the domain had, in fact, lapsed and was available for anyone to buy.

There was a brief race as three members of the channel tried to register the domain at the same time, but it was a race that I won. I got the domain for less than £10. I took great pleasure in pointing out that fact to the people who were trying to sell it to me for $99. They never replied.

The lesson is, of course, to always check whether you can buy something cheaper than the price it’s offered at.

So there I was with both perlhack.org and perlhacks.com. And now they both point to me Perl blog.

Now I just need to think of something to write about.