Truth about Booking.com

It is time to talk about Booking.com. I hear many people ask about us and guess what it is like. I hear lies. I hear truths. No one will really tell you. I will tell you and I wish be fair. Booking.com may be very good for you, but you need to know before you take job if you want it. Booking will tell you the good stuff, not bad stuff.

I will not mention names. I don't want to cause people trouble, but I see good people being pushed out door. This makes me sad because there is no hope of getting better. First, I talk about code.

Before I talk about code: remember that Booking has become the number one in what they do. They are making piles of money and are still growing fast. They are doing something right. I will sound upset about some of this, but some of what they do is good. They are very smart people.

I’m happy to announce that Rimm-Kaufman Group (RKG) has...



I’m happy to announce that Rimm-Kaufman Group (RKG) has decided to sponsor YAPC::NA 2012.

RKG is a full-service digital marketing agency that combines talented and creative marketing analysts with unmatched proprietary technological capabilities to create the industry’s most efficient and effective data-driven online marketing solutions. We drive business to our clients by maximizing a full range of opportunities including Pay-Per-Click, SEO, Social Media Advertising, Comparison Shopping Management, Display Advertising and Multichannel Attribution Management Services. RKG was founded in 2003 and works with organizations ranging in size from young startups to established Fortune 500 companies in sectors including retail, travel and finance.

[From the YAPC::NA Blog.]

All Talks Welcome

I’ve apparently been too effective in asking for the talks we want for our primary two tracks, or not effective enough at explaining that we have 5 total tracks and that you can submit any kind of talk you want for YAPC::NA 2012. I say this because Sawyer X posted a comment indicating he didn’t think his talks would be welcome. I apologize that I gave that impression to anyone.

For the record, here are the tracks at YAPC::NA 2012:

  1. Perl in the Wild - Real world Perl applications.
  2. Perl 101 - The stuff everybody needs to know to be a good Perl programmer.
  3. Anything Goes #1 - Talk about your favorite module, framework, or what halve you.
  4. Anything Goes #2 - Same as Anything Goes #1.
  5. Mini Workshops - 1 or 2 hour long hands-on tutorials. 

We’re still looking for sessions to fill all of those areas, although we could definitely use some 1-hour long mini workshops. 

[From the YAPC::NA Blog.]

Last Call For Presenters

The talk submission process for YAPC::NA 2012 closes on March 15th. After that time we’ll finish building out the schedule with the talks that have been submitted. So if you’d like your talk considered, please submit it today.

[From the YAPC::NA Blog.]

All of my conference presentations on slideshare.net

I may be the last person to do this, but I finally put all of my conference slides, and a few of my presentation notes, on slideshare.net.

It was fun going through my old slides. I started giving presentations at ApacheCon in 2000, where I gave a talk with Bill Hilf about our work building eToys with Perl and open source tools. The article version of that is online, and the slides add very little, so I skipped that one.

I also skipped my Perl ORM talk from 2005, because the tools I covered are not really relevant anymore. I would advise people to look at Rose::DB::Object and DBIx::Class now, not Class::DBI, SPOPS, and Tangram.

Unfortunately, I can't see a way to sort the presentations so that the newest ones are first. If anyone knows how to do that, I'd like to hear it.

One amusing thing I've discovered: putting the word "scalable" in your title seems to draw in a lot of viewers!

Query

Can anyone tell me how can I write a script to automate results downloads from a page.

TPF Payments Delayed

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...

Advanced Modulinos

brian d foy will be giving a talk at YAPC::NA 2012 described as:

A modulino is a module that also can act like a script. This talk explores how a typical command-line invocation of the script, with switches and standard input and output, can connect with a module’s interface without sacrificing flexibility.

[From the YAPC::NA Blog.]

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