I already have a good idea of how the talk will go. I’ve got a good structure to hang everything off. But I’m still working on the detail. I know I’m very old, but I haven’t been involved with Perl for the whole of its history. And even during the sixteen or do years I’ve been using Perl I’ve almost certainly missed some interesting things.
So I thought I’d crowd-source the talk a bit. What would you include in a history of Perl? What events do you think are important enough to be listed in a twenty minute talk?
The rest of the announced talks sounds far more useful. Looks like the workshop will be as good as it always is. If you want to come along (and I highly recommend it), you can register on the web site.
Last Saturday was the annual London Perl Workshop. I’ll have more to say about the day later, but I just wanted to take the time to share the slides for the workshop that I ran in the morning. It was a quick guide to modern Perl web development. And, as far as I’m concerned, that basically means PSGI and Plack.
Update: People asked me to put the example PSGI apps from the workshop online somewhere. They’re now all on github. Let me know if you find them at all useful.
 Executive summary: a wonderful day, thanks to everyone who was involved – particularly Mark Keating.
OpenTech is an annual one-day conference in London where geeks get together and share information about cool things they are doing with technology. The emphasis is on projects that improve society in some way so you’ll see a lot of talks about really interesting projects. Usually the talks concentrate more on the user aspects of the projects and it’s rare to hear very much detail about the underlying technologies.
I was therefore slightly surprised to be invited to invited to give a talk about Modern Perl at this year’s conference. But I grasped the opportunity to speak to a room of geeks who might not be keeping up to date with Perl technology.
The slides are now on SlideShare. Bear in mind that I was aiming at a non-Perly crowd and that I only had twenty minutes – so it’s possible that I didn’t have time to cover your favourite Modern Perl project.