Just announced: PPW talk deadline extended!

Calling for all talks! The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop has already received some great talks - and we're looking for a few more! Having already confirmed that Larry Wall will be attending this year's workshop to discuss the release of Perl 6 - the organizers are looking to include two tracks of great talks!

Talk submissions will continue to be accepted through Friday, August 28th. Visit pghpw.org/ppw2015 for more details and to submit your talk!

PPW will be held in downtown Pittsburgh on October 9–11 2015.

Looking for YAPC::NA News?

It is very frustrating when there is a conference you want to attend and you can't get any information about it. It is even more frustrating when you are a conference organizer receiving complaints about no news despite all your efforts to keep people informed. Here is a guide to finding out what's going on inside YAPC.

Starting with the official channels:

The first and foremost way to find out what's happening with YAPC is yapcna.org. The home page of the conference site contains a news banner that will take you to recent announcements. It also has a list of links to places you might want to subscribe to receive information.

But wait, there's more...

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.

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.