An Intro to Perl - Presented to Makers Academy students

As part of our eager hunt for new developers I met up a few weeks ago with Ruben from Makers Academy, who told me all about their 12 week intensive web development course. They have a pretty impressive set up: they start courses every 6 weeks and each class is about 20 people, meaning they churn out about 160 new Ruby developers every year!

Given our successful internship program here at Nestoria (which I spoke about at YAPC::EU this year) I've got s…

My recent presentations

I've given a couple of presentations recently, and my YAPC::EU talk in particular got some requests for the slides from the audience. I've embedded them below. Enjoy!

Travis CI ♥ Perl

Travis CI is a hosted continuous integration service for the open source community.

Essentially you set up a git post-commit hook that causes your tests to get run on every commit, against a number of different Perl versions, with databases and other services available if needed. And it's all free!

If you visit you can get a feel for the interface and the tests that are being run. For a particular commit you get a build, for example WebService::Nestoria::Search build 1, which has a sub-build per Perl version, for example WebService::Nestoria::Search build 1.1 (perl 5.16). As you can see you get the full output from the Ubuntu VM that's running your tests, so if anything does go wrong it's pretty simple to debug.

For the rest of this post I'm going to describe the integration process, in particular hitting on how to make it work with Dist::Zilla-based projects.

Better late than never - Perl School is awesome!

Three Saturdays ago I attended the fourth Perl School, which was about DBIx::Class.

Top line summary: it was brilliant!

This was the second course I've attended from Dave Cross, and the first one under the Perl School banner. Dave has been using Perl heavily for around two decades up to and including this year, which gives him a very deep knowledge that is also firmly up-to-date. He is also an excellent presenter and trainer, so all that knowledge…

Ask JAPH - A Tumblr Experiment

So Tumblr, well known blogging platform, has this feature where you can set up a simple site and then invite people to ask you questions. I thought it would be fun to try out doing this for Perl.


  • Get the Perl name out there some more
  • Offer yet another place other than Linked In and Stack Overflow for people to ask questions about Perl
  • Teaching a subject is the best way to learn that subject
  • Give me something to do with my abundance of free time (…