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.
I mentioned a few months ago that I’d be running an “Introduction to Modern Perl” training course at YAPC::Europe this year. But in the interests of speaking outside of the Perl community as much as possible, I’m also going to be giving a slightly different version of that course at the OpenTech conference in London in September.
I say “slightly different”, but that’s a bit of an understatement. The original training course runs for six hours. The OpenTech talk is twenty minutes. But hopefully that will be long enough to introduce some people to many of the interesting things that are going on in the Perl world.
It you’re going to be in London in September, then the OpenTech conference is always a lot of fun. I highly recommend that you come along. It’s cheap too – just a fiver on the door.
I’ve got another set of public training courses coming up next month. They will be held at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square, London.
There are three one-day courses – Introduction to Perl, Intermediate Perl and Advance Perl. They’re running on the 13th, 14th and 15th of April.
More details on my training web site. Hope to see some of you there.
p.s. Gabor has been kind enough to advertise the courses on his newly revamped CPAN Forum site – so the least I can do is to repay the favour and recommend that you have a look at the site.
I hope no-one minds if I use this post to do a quick bit of market research.
I’m planning to run some more public Perl training courses in April. Until now when I’ve run these courses, they have been pretty generic beginners, intermediate and advanced courses. But now I’m thinking that it might be interesting to run more focussed courses.
I’m planning to keep the intermediate course (as that seems to be pretty popular). So that leaves me looking for two more courses to run. Current ideas include:
- OO Perl (largely covering Moose)
- Databases (largely covering DBIx::Class)
- Web programming (touching on basic CGI but moving on swiftly to things like Catalyst and PSGI)
Does anyone have any opinions? What Perl courses would you like to see in London? What courses would you attend? Or, perhaps more importantly, what courses would your employers pay for you to attend?