Last Saturday was the London Perl Workshop. As always, it was a great day with a fabulous selection of talks. As always, I’m desperately waiting for the videos to appear so that I can see the talks that I was forced to miss because of clashes.
And, towards the end of the day I gave a lightning talk called “Return to the Kingdom of the Blind. It was a sequel to the similarly-named lightning talk I gave a couple of times last year. This year I particularly concentrated on the fact that so many people seem to cling to the idea of using CGI to write web applications when there are so many better technologies available.
I decided that part of the problem is that there are no modern Perl web development books and people are still picking up books that are fifteen years old. At the end of the talk I announced that I was planning to put that right and that I was planning to write a new book on Perl web development that would be available in time for the next London Perl Workshop.
Then the week after I’m running two two-day courses in conjunction with FLOSS UK. On Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th it’s “Intermediate Perl” and on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th it’s “Advanced Perl Techniques”. Full details and a booking for are on the FLOSS UK web site.
Note: If you’re interested in the FLOSS UK courses, then please don’t pay the eye-watering non-member price (£720!) Simply join FLOSS UK (which costs £42) and then pay the member price of £399.
I gave three talks at the London Perl Workshop yesterday. That wasn’t the original plan, but I kept coming up with talks that seemed to be good ideas.
The last one was on 25 Years of Perl was a bit of a failure as I broke the second rule of presenting (always plug in your laptop) and the battery died just as I got to 2012. Which meant that no-one saw my big finish where I pulled out to give an overview of all 25 years and thanked everyone who had ever been involved with Perl.
I’ve put the slides to all three talks on my (new, very much “work in progress”) talks page. It includes a link to all of the 25 years talk.
Thanks (as ever) to all of the organisers, volunteers and speakers at the LPW. The workshop just gets better and better each year.
See you in 2013 – which will be the 10th LPW!
 And also spoke on a panel about the state of the jobs market.
(You wait weeks for a blog post and then two come along practically together. But this is just another short one.)
It’s the London Perl Workshop on Saturday. The schedule for the day was published some time ago and it’s as diverse and interesting as it always is.
If you look closely at the schedule, each talk has a mysterious-looking number at the end of its description. That’s the number of people who have said they are interested in seeing that talk.
Currently, the highest number I can see on the schedule is 26. There are just under 300 people registered for the workshop. That means that a lot of people haven’t marked the talks that they are interested in.
Marking the talks that you’re interested is useful for a few reasons. Firstly, there’s a page on the site which will show you your personalised schedule which just includes the talks you’ve said you want to see. You could print it out and bring it with you on Saturday (or have that page open on your tablet).
Secondly, it’s useful for the organisers. They have a rough idea of which talks are going to be well-attended, but they can occasionally misjudge it. If they find out that 150 people want to see a talk that they have put in a tiny classroom then they can take appropriate measures (like moving the talk).
And finally, it’s useful for the speakers to have an idea of how many people are interested in their talk.
It’s not hard to register your interest in a talk. Just log in to the workshop web site and go to the schedule page. Every talk will have a star in the top left corner. Clicking that star will register your interest. You’re not actually registering for the talk. No-one is going to do anything if you change your mind on the day and go to a different talk on that day. It’s just so we can all get an idea of the approximate levels of interest in the various talks.
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.
In his opening remarks on Saturday, Mark Keating suggested that we might be at the tenth London Perl Workshop. That seemed unlikely to me, so I’ve done a little research.
And it seems that I was right. The first LPW was in 2004, which makes this year’s the eighth. In a way, I’m happy that it wasn’t the tenth, as we now have two years to ensure that the tenth LPW is celebrated appropriately.
Here’s a list of the LPWs so far. I’ve also included details of the talks I gave at each workshop – mainly so that I can disprove Mark when he claims that I always show up and run training.
It seems that the web sites for some of the earlier workshops have fallen off the internet. This makes me a little sad. If I’m wrong and it’s just that Google can’t find them, then please let me know.
1st LPW – 11 Dec 2004 Lanyrd link
At Imperial College. I gave a 20 minute talk about OO Perl.
2nd LPW – 26 Nov 2005 Lanyrd link
At City University. I gave a 20 minute talk on Databases and Perl.
3rd LPW – 9 Dec 2006 Lanyrd link
I think this was the first LPW at its current home of the University of Westminster. I can’t be sure as I wasn’t there. I have a good excuse though – I was on holiday celebrating my tenth wedding anniversary.