Better late than never - Perl School is awesome!
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 I just mentioned comes pouring out freely in a way that is easy to understand.
I would say that Perl School is aimed at people more towards the "beginner" end of the spectrum, but the courses are focussed enough that as a Perl expert but a DBIC beginner I found it informative and interesting. I suspect that others would find the same holds for the "Object Oriented Programming with Perl and Moose" course that is also available. This is not a bad thing - I took this opportunity to bring along one of the less senior members of my team at Lokku, and I recommend others do the same. It also means that, unlike YAPC or LPW, the room was full of faces I didn't recognise. If those people can be converted into YAPC attendees then our community is going to grow and thrive.
I also know that Dave is looking to add more courses and to constantly improve Perl School, as is evident from the post-course survey and the conversations during the day itself. If you have any requests, comments, or ideas for courses please do contact him over on the Feedback form on the site.
If you're thinking to yourself that a course on Moose or DBIx::Class sounds great then you're in luck - Perl Schools 5 and 6 will be repeat performances of the Moose and DBIC courses, on April 6th and June 8th. At only £30 they are a bargain, there's really no excuse for not going!
I for one am really looking forward to seeing what happens with Perl School over the next year or so. I'm expecting great things :-)