London.pm is undergoing one of its periodic reorganisations. We’re in the process of moving our web site over to a new server and as part of that move, we’ve decided that we’ll move our mailing list infrastructure to a third party system. Both the main discussion list and the announcements list will be run on Sympa.
But that’s not all the lists we currently have. In particular, we had a London Perl Jobs list, which anyone could use to post details of Perl jobs in London. It’s been decided that this list is too much hassle to keep up. Apparently, it needs a pretty high level of work from moderators. So that list isn’t going to be migrated and it will quietly die.
I thought that was a bit of a shame. I think it’s a useful list. And, in particular, I think it would be easy for outsiders to misread the reasons for the closure – given the current discussions about the death of Perl. Perhaps the list was killed off because there are no longer any Perl jobs in London (you and I both know that’s not true, but not everyone is following the situation as closely as we are).
So I decided to do something about it. I just happened to have a useful-looking domain sitting around not doing very much, so I’ve set up a jobs mailing list over there. Feel free to subscribe if you’re interested in Perl jobs in London. And, more importantly, please encourage people who are looking for Perl programmers in London to post their jobs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, the list is configured like this:
- Archives are public
- By default, replies go to the poster rather than the list
- Posts are accepted from anyone
- All posts are moderated
I’ll be happy to reconsider any of those settings once the list has been running for a while. I’m also considering setting up an associated jobs discussion list, if people think that would be useful.
See you on the mailing list.
Last night we held a London Perl Mongers Technical Meeting. It was organised by Sue Spence and the venue was sponsored by Rick Deller of Eligo.
Much fun was had and much knowledge was imparted. Alex Balhatchet spoke about Test::Kit. Andrew Solomon talked about training people in Perl. Thomas Klausner introduced OX and AngularJS. And Mike Francis talked about using Web::Simple and Web::Machine to build a REST interface to a database – only to be told that Tim Bunce had just released a module that solved all of his problems.
Oh, and I wittered on a bit about using Perl with Github and Travis-CI. The slides are below.
Thanks to everyone for organising, speaking or just coming along.
The London Perl Workshop 2014 has been announced. It will be at the University of Westminster (the usual location) on Saturday 8th November. That’s a few weeks earlier in the year than it usually is.
The theme for this year is “The Internet of Things”.
You can find out more about the workshop, register and propose talks at the web site. Hope to see many of you there.
Many thanks (as always) to Mark Keating for organising the workshop.
I thought you might be interested in a couple of events that the London Perl Mongers have coming up in the next couple of months.
24th July 2014, Conway Hall
Currently, four talks have been announced.
- Thomas Klausner (domm) from Vienna.pm is going to talk about OX & AngularJS
- Alex Balhatchet is going to talk about his rewrite of Ovid’s Test::Kit module
- Mike Francis will tell us about creating a RESTful database frontend with Web::Simple & Web::Machine and how annoying that was
- Dave Cross will natter about Github, Travis-CI and Perl
Meetup event / Facebook event / Lanyrd event
20th September 2014, London Hackspace
This is a new experiment for us. Do you want to hang out with some Perl Mongers and hack on one of your current projects? Or do you want to find a Perl project to hack on? Then come and join us at the London Hackspace in September.
Meetup event / Facebook event / Lanyrd event
Hope to see you at one or both of these event.
Today, the initial list of talks for this year’s London Perl Workshop was announced. Looks like I’ll be giving three talks of various lengths. And of various levels of seriousness.
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.
One of the nice things about the Perl community is its friendliness. I’ve met up with Perl Mongers on three continents. It’s easy, if you’re going past a city you just look for local groups on the pm.org web site and drop them a mail. There are hundreds of cities in the world where I can be guaranteed finding someone to share a beer or a pizza with.
And over the next few days I’m going to see both sides of that equation.
Tonight there’s a london.pm emergency meeting. The emergency is that there are a couple of visitors in town and it would be rude if we didn’t entertain them. The visitors are David Adler (dha) from New York and Gianni Ceccarelli (dakkar) from Italy. We’ll be in the Star Tavern from about 6:30pm.
Then over the weekend I’ll be in Edinburgh. And that means spending an evening with edinburgh.pm. I’ll be meeting them at the Cumberland Bar at about 7pm on Sunday.
You would, of course, be most welcome at either of these events.
And the next time you’re travelling the world (or even just travelling round your country) why not give it a try. Get in touch with a Perl Monger group and let some locals show you around,
I spent some time over the weekend adding events to the london.pm group on Facebook. If you’re on face book, then joining the group is a good way to keep up to date with what london.pm is doing. But for the three of you who aren’t on Facebook, here’s a summary of what I added.
There’s a technical meeting this coming Thursday. More details (and sign-up) on the web page. It’s being held in a pub on Queensway.
Then on October 8th there is the monthly london.pm social meeting. This will be in The Gunmakers in Clerkenwell. I believe that a breakaway sect of London Perl Mongers will be holding a heretical meeting on October 1st, but you’d need to ask them for details of the venue.
But the big news is the announcement of the date of this year’s London Perl Workshop. It will be on December 5th at the usual venue (the University of Westminster’s Cavendish Road building). The organisers are already taking talk submissions, so if you want to share your knowledge with a large number of Perl hackers (we usually get a couple of hundred people there) then please sign up and submit a proposal.
And a couple of plugs for non-london.pm events. On October 15th, miltonkeynes.pm will be having a technical meeting and I’ll be speaking there. Somehow I got talked into giving two presentations so I’ll be speaking on “Teaching Perl – Experiences,
Anecdotes and Vague Conclusions” and “How I maintain
my CPAN modules”.
Finally, I’m running three days of Perl training at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square, London in November. The three days are completely separate courses, but they are arranged so that you can come to all three – although going from complete beginner to the advanced course in three days might be a bit of a stretch. The three courses are:
- 24th Nov – Beginners Perl
- 25th Nov – Intermediate Perl
- 26th Nov – Advanced Perl
Full details are on my training page and to keep up to date with my forthcoming speaking and training dates you can subscribe to my calendar or join the mailing list.
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.