Dan Wright

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  • About: I'm the Treasurer for The Perl Foundation. I have also organized Perl events including 5 Pittsburgh Perl Workshops and one YAPC. In my day job, I'm the director of technical operations for and I supervise a team of Perl developers.
  • Commented on How should conference speakers be compensated?
    Master classes are a great way to get a big name to your event. If you've got a speaker that can fill a room, then having that speaker at your event means a room full of people will also be...
  • Posted Want PPW in 2014? So do I. to Dan Wright

    It's time to make a decision about hosting the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop this year. We've been on the fence for quite a while. Like I said at the end of PPW last year, if the community wants it, I'll make it happen. I also made a brief call for feedback…

  • Posted Drinking the Data::Printer Kool-Aid to Dan Wright

    A long-time user of Data::Dumper, here. I have seen several talks about using Data::Printer in cases when you want the output to be readable by humans, not machines. I've always meant to eventually get around to checking it out. Today was that day.

    I had a huge data structure at …

  • Posted P5CMF Needs some love to Dan Wright

    The Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund was initially announce at YAPC::NA in 2011. Since then, it has been TPF's most successful grant program, awarding over $260,000 in grants for continued development and debugging of the…

  • Commented on Is Perl really short of newbies?
    The problem isn't with Perl having newbies. The problem is with Perl keeping newbies that graduate into novices. In this regard, the Perl community is its own worst enemy. I have been a lead organizer for 7 Perl conferences, and...
  • Posted PPW is just one week away. to Dan Wright

    The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop starts just 8 days from today. I've been sweating bullets for quite a while, but things are now falling into place. I'm even at the point where I've stopped worrying about the big things and can put some attention on the little bits of polish.


  • Posted PPW - October 4,5,6 to Dan Wright

    ppw-color.pngThe Pittsburgh…

  • Posted TPF Payments Delayed to Dan Wright

    If you requested a payment from the Perl Foundation recently, you may have noticed a little bit of lag in receiving your check. Or, a very few of you were even unfortunate enough to have received a check and then asked not to cash it. Here's what happened...

  • Posted Dan's updates for two weeks ending Sept 4, 2011 to Dan Wright

    Last week was a short week for me because I was doing a lot of work up at camp for the Scouts. So here's a two-week update:


    • I've been learning a lot about "Level 2" and "Level 3" credit card transactions.   It turns out that when you start handling corpor…
  • Posted Dan's updates for the week ending August 21, 2011 to Dan Wright
    Here are my updates for TPF, PPW, and Other
  • Posted Dan's updates for the week ending August 14th, 2011 to Dan Wright
    Here's a listing of what I've been working on in the past week for TPF, PPW, and other...
  • Posted Dan's updates for the week ending August 7th, 2011 to Dan Wright


    • Our 2010 tax return has been completed and is now available for review.  We reported a $43,000 lost, which was mostly due to Ian Hague grant payments.   Major grant recipients for…
  • Posted July 31st to Dan Wright


    • We need more sponsors. I've been working on a few leads, trying to make sure we can pay for everything.
    • Web site updates
    • Working on schedule template for the event.   There's a lot of debate over starting time.  Traditionally,…
  • Posted Status update. to Dan Wright

    Not sure how likely I am to actually succeed in giving regular updates, but I'm going to give it a go... Here is a synopsis of perlish things I’ve been working on in the past week.

    The Perl Foundation (Treasurer)

    • Trying to track down some old contractual …
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  • john alvord commented on Is Perl really short of newbies?

    I am a happy Perl user as an adjunct of my job in IBM Support. Not exactly a newbie since I wrote my first Perl in 2009 after a 10-12 year absence. My choice of Perl as a target was because all of the Linux/Unix platforms for my component support area had Perl installed - even 10+ year old Perl. And Windows most customers could install Perl fairly easily. That meant the barrier to entry was low.

    I am sure that to an expert modern Perl developer, my style is a horrid mash-up of C/C++/REXX and small tidbits of S/390 Assembler. But my results are very useful practically and have …

  • mjlush commented on Is Perl really short of newbies?

    I'm not sure I envy Python's Schoolanmi of newbys.. will Python become that hated language I learned at school?

  • DrSuman commented on Is Perl really short of newbies?

    Thanks for the analysis.

    But to attract newbies to perl, we need to have good course in perl programming in MOOC platform like coursera, edx, udacity.
    Note that there are so good easy to follow programming courses in python, scala, java, ruby in those open platforms.
    We need the same for perl too asap to attract newbies.
    Afterall newbies need to have easy to follow tutorials.

    (perl fan)

  • vijaykumar.tater commented on Is Perl really short of newbies?

    One of the main reason is people are lazy.and the good thing is we can use this laziness for more participation. i gave a simple demo on how to use perlbrew and use cpanm to download modules. i told them not to write a lot of code, but just use cpan to find out a module that caters to their task and use it. It helped them get started with using cpan. i gave them a demo on DBIx::Class (i am a poor presenter) but i wanted to make them understand, the pain on unreadable code.and how DBIx::Class would help them keep things clean. and predictable. but soon realized things went over their head. i…

  • Ron Abraham commented on Is Perl really short of newbies?

    I am just getting back into perl (did a lot of cool and appreciated work during college ) after a 10 year hietus but always loved the language.So i guess im a newbie.

    I want perl to take of in a big way as i feel the language has a soul and culture that is unique.

    I feel we need to take on big projects like /RT/bugzilla /movable type etc to kick some a**.

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