Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2014 Call for Talks

The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop Organizers are happy to announce our 7th annual event this November 7th through 9th in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Our web site is now live and accepting registrations. We are also accepting talk submissions through September 26th:

http://pghpw.org

Thanks to Mark Jason Dominus and Tom Christiansen for volunteering talks for PPW already. And thanks to Infinity Interactive for covering the costs for John Anderson to come to PPW and teach our famous “From Zero to Perl” class on November 7th *at no extra charge* for anybody buying a ticket to PPW.

Want PPW in 2014? So do I.

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 during a lightning talk at YAPC::NA this year.

Certainly, we've received some feedback. People like PPW and want to see it continue. But is that enough? I'm not sure. So, it's time to convert this into numbers. We need people that want to show up and have a good time at PPW. And, we need them to commit.

Drinking the Data::Printer Kool-Aid

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 work, nested many layers deep and full of repetition with slight variances. My job was to find out what was wrong with it. After looking at the Dumper output for about 10 minutes, I became aware that I had actually stopped looking at the Dumper output a few minutes prior and my mind had wandered somewhere else (squirrel!) So, I decided to see if Data::Printer made the job any easier.

P5CMF Needs some love

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 Perl 5 core.

Unfortunately, most of the funds have now been depleted. Our four present grantees, Tony Cook, Paul Johnson, Dave Mitchell, and Jess Robinson are each running on alloc…

PPW is just one week away.

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.

The talks are going to be awesome. We start out the event on Friday with John Anderson (genehack) teaching PPW's world-famous "From Zero to Perl." Then, Saturday starts out with a great talk from Mark Jason Dominus. We'll have a total of 15 different speakers covering a wide array of …

About Dan Wright

user-pic 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 pairNIC.com and I supervise a team of Perl developers.