The Perl Toolchain Summit 2017 + Perl Events Instagram Feed

I'm shortly going to drive back to Switzerland after attending the Perl Toolchain Summit in Lyon. I was mostly here on photo duties, but between taking photos did manage to file a bug against Time::HiRes, which seems to be down to some unexpected behaviour in File::Spec::Unix after testing the RC of 5.26 against our stack.

I also managed to provide a little help to the metacpan developers by getting to the bottom of an issue upgrading the VM for use with vagrant. As usual it was down to "I updated vagrant/virtualbox and it broke" kind of regressions. I'd already spent the last week upgrading our vagrant build scripts at work, so this turned out to be fresh in my mind and therefore reasonably straightforward. You can now build the up to date metacpan dev environment in a few minutes, win!

Regarding the photos, you may have seen the odd one or two appearing on twitter. I have also been uploading them to Instagram and will continue to do so over the next week or so. Once I've done that we would like to turn the profile into a general feed for Perl events, and have renamed it to reflect that.

Since the best way to upload to Instagram is to push a photo out every few hours as the event takes place, with a description and some relevant tags, and then a few more after the event for a week or two we would like to crowd source photos from Perl events as they take place.

We suggest that each Perl workshop and conference get involved as this will create a year round steady stream of images to really show how active the Perl community is. If you are taking photos at a Perl event and would like to contribute to the feed then please let me know either in the comments below or by contacting me over IRC. We have created a shared Dropbox folder to upload images, and can also share the Instagram account details if you would like direct access.

Oh, over the last few days I also managed to write my main Perl Conference talk and also a lightning talk about this year's Swiss Perl Workshop. Two more things removed from my TODO list, excellent.

Many thanks to all the sponsors of this year's Perl Toolchain Summit, without whom this event would simply not be possible:, ActiveState, cPanel, FastMail, MaxMind, Perl Careers, MongoDB, SureVoIP, Campus Explorer, Bytemark, CAPSiDE, Charlie Gonzalez, Elastic, OpusVL, Perl Services, Procura, Oetiker+Partner.


Are you a programmer or not?!

Write a script to poll your Dropbox every 15 minutes and upload any new pictures to Instagram.

Neural networks to classify photos! Do it!

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