The YAPC::Europe organisers have put out a call for training courses. They want a number of courses to offer to attendees in the couple of days before the conference. The call closed yesterday and I expect they’ll be announcing the courses in a couple of weeks.
I’ve given training courses at the last couple of YAPC::Europes so I’ve sent in a proposal for a course. I’m hoping to run a new course called “An Introduction to Modern Perl”. In this course we’ll be looking at some of the tools that form the basis of all modern Perl programming. This will include Template Toolkit, Moose, DBIx::Class, Catalyst and Plack.
I hope that this sounds interesting to some of you and that you’ll consider attending the course (if it gets accepted). Please keep an eye on the conference web site to see when the courses are announced.
And please consider holding off booking your travel and hotel until you’ve seen the selection of courses that will be offered before the conference.
I suppose now I should start thinking about some talks to give at the conference.
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?
I’m astonished to realise that I hadn’t already mentioned the three days of Perl training that I’m going to be running in central London next month. So please excuse a quick plug.
The training is running from 24th – 26th November and there are three separate one-day courses covering beginner, intermediate and advanced topics. If you’re wondering what subjects will be covered on each of the days then there’s a handy list on the web site. The courses are designed to be standalone, but they also work well together if you wanted to do two (or even all three) of them together.
The courses will be held at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square. Each day’s course costs £339.25 (inc VAT). That includes lunch.
The classes will be run lecture style, but there will be plenty of time in the breaks for you to try stuff out if you want to bring a laptop with you.
If you want to improve your Perl (or you want your colleagues to improve their Perl) then please think about signing up.
Update: It appears that there are only a tiny number of places left on the Intermediate course and not many more on the other two days – so I strongly recommend booking soon.
Last Thursday I went to visit the nice people at Milton Keynes Perl Mongers. I think I’ve spoken at one of the technical meetings every year since they started holding them in 2006. I always enjoy speaking to MK.pm. They’re a small and friendly group. And they always make me feel really welcome.
This time I tried something a bit different. I had a few talks prepared that I’d given earlier this year, but on their mailing list I asked them to suggest what they wanted me to talk about. After a bit of discussion they came up with a few interesting suggestions and I agreed to present two of them. And, interestingly they came up with two talks that I would never have considered writing.
The talks seemed to go down pretty well and the slides are now available on Slideshare. They probably won’t work quite so well without me waffling on in front of them, but you might find them interesting.
- Maintaining CPAN Modules – the tools and techniques that I use to maintain my small selection of CPAN module
- Perl Training – Some experiences, anecdotes and vague conclusions drawn from the right years that I’ve been running Perl training courses
I found it an interesting experience writing talks that I hasn’t planned to write. It’s one that I hope to repeat in the future. Perhaps conferences should consider changing the way that Calls for Papers work. Maybe they should add a checkbox which means “I don’t care what I talk about – please give me a title.”
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.
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.