(crossposted from blog.tobez.org)
When I came to the venue 15 minutes before the official
start of the registration, people at the registration desk
were busily cutting sheets of paper into attendees' badges.
Finding my badge turned out to be a tad not trivial.
This conference is somewhat unusual not only because
it is conducted over the weekend instead of in the middle of the week,
but also because the keynotes for every day are pushed till the
end, even after the daily lightning talks session.
The welcome talk from Marian was about practical things
such as rooms locations, dinner, lunches, transportations
and so on. Then I went on stage to declare the location of
YAPC::Europe 2015 (which is Granada, Spain by the way).
After that Jose Luis Martinez from Barcelona.pm did a short
presentation of YAPC in Granada, and Diego Kuperman gave
a little present from Granada to Sofia.
Mihai Pop of Cluj.pm presented a talk called
"Perl Secret". It was basically a 20-minutes
version of BooK's lightning talk about Perl
secret operators, somewhat duluted by interspersing
references to minions. It was entertaining.
The great Mark Overmeer talked about translation with context.
He went beyond the usual example of multiple variants
of plural values in some languages, and talked about
solving localization problems related to gender and so on.
The module solving these problems is Log::Report::Translate::Context.
As always, great attention to details from Mark.
After lunch (sandwiches from Subway),
Alex Balhatchet of Nestoria presented hurdles of geocoding, with solutions.
I and my co-workers had encountered similar problems on a far
smaller scale, so I could understand the pains, and had a great
interest in hearing about the solutions.
Then I attended a very inspiring talk by Max Maischein from Frankfurt about
using Perl as a DNLA remote and as a
DNLA media server. I immediately felt the urge to play with the code he
published and try to adapt it to my own TV at home. There was even a live demo
of using DNLA to stream to Max's laptop a live stream of the talk provided by
the conference organizers. And it even worked, mostly.
Ervin Ruci talked more about geocoding —
this talk was partially touching the same problems Alex Balhatchet was talking
about. Unfortunately, it was substantially less detailed, so I was somewhat
underwhelmed by it. The presenter mentioned cool things like dealing with
fuzzyness of the input data using hidden Markov models, but did not expand on
StrayTaoist described how to access raw data from space
telescopes using (of course) Perl. Very
lively talk. There was a lot of austronomy porn in here.
Luboŝ Kolouch from Czech Republic talked about automotive
logistics, and how open source solutions
work where proprietory solutions do not. The software needs to be reliable
enough to make sure that it takes only 1.5 hours between the part order and its
physical delivery to the factory.
After coffee break with more mingling
the inimitable R Geoffrey Avery choir-mastered an hour of lightning talks.
Most talks were somewhat "serious" today; I hope we see more "fun" ones in the next coming days.
Unfortunately, I missed the first keynote of the conference
from Curtis "Ovid" Poe, so cannot really say anything about it.
Finally, we went to Restaurant Lebed for the conference dinner.
The location is superb, there is a great view over a lake.
The food was great, too. We also got to enjoy some ethnic Bulgarian
music and dancing, not too much, and not too little.
Lots of cheers to Marian and the team of volunteers for
organizing what so far turns out to be a great conference.