I’m at YAPC::EU in Pisa, so I’m too busy having fun to write a long blog post about my new project – Perl Vogue. But I thought you might be interested in the lightning talk that I used to announce it yesterday.
More detail when I get back from Italy in ten days.
The YAPC::Europe organisers said that they would tell speakers which talks had been accepted on July 1st. Well, it seems that the excitement was too much for them and they decided to do it a week earlier. Yesterday I got email telling me that some of my talks had been accepted and the list of accepted talks is now on the web site. As always, it looks like a really interesting conference.
I’ve had two twenty-minute talks accepted:
The Perl Community
The Perl community is a complex and interesting city. I’ve been exploring it for almost fifteen years and I’m not sure that I’ve been to every corner of it.
In this talk I’ll attempt to guide you round some of the more interesting and useful parts of the Perl community. I’ll point out some ancient monuments, some nice new areas and warn you about some places where you really shouldn’t walk alone after dark.
Things I Learned From Having Users
When I first started releasing modules to CPAN it was great. I released modules that no-one used. I could release new versions as and when I wanted to.
Then people started using a couple of my modules. I started to get email about them. Suddenly my modules were no longer just for me. I had to deal with users.
In this talk I’ll discuss how having users effects the way that you develop and release software. I’ll also look at a few ways to keep on top of things.
I’m also doing my first lightning talk for several years:
You might not believe it to look at us, but the Perl community is a deeply fashionable place. If you’re not using the currently fashionable modules in your code then people will be sneering at you behind your back.
Join Dave Cross for a quick review of the history of Perl fashion.
See you in Pisa.
The Call for Papers for YAPC::Europe closes in four days. If you’re thinking of giving a talk in Pisa then this weekend would be a very good time to give it some serious thought.
I proposed four talks last night. I’m hoping that the organisers won’t choose more than two of them, but I like to give them a bit of choice. The titles are as follows:
- The Perl Community
- Web Services for Fun and Profit
- Things I Learned From Having Users
- Perlanet Update
I’ve also submitted a proposal for a lightning talk called “Perl Fashion”. It’s been several years since I’ve given a lightning talk, so that’ll be an interesting experience.
Don’t forget that there are also training courses (including my course on Modern Perl).
Looking forward to the conference very much. Hope to see some of you there.
The training courses for this summer’s YAPC in Pisa have been announced. And my course on Modern Perl has been chosen. It’s a one-day course on August 2th (just before the conference). It costs € 180. You’ll be able to book once the payments system on the conference web site goes live.
Here’s the description of the course from the YAPC site:
This course introduces the major building blocks of modern Perl. We’ll be looking at a number of CPAN modules that can make your Perl programming life far more productive.
The major tools that we will cover will be:
- Template Toolkit
We’ll also look at some other modules including autodie, DateTime and TryCatch.
There are several other good courses running both before and after the conference. I’m sure there’ll be something that you’ll find interesting.
N.B: This is not an April Fool’s joke!