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Mark Fowler has never been the same since he was elected leader of the London Perl Mongers. The strain manifests itself mainly in releasing various [cpan.org] modules [cpan.org] to CPAN, giving talks [2shortplanks.com], and use of the Trelane nick on #london.pm for endless procrastination. Doctors are still seeking a cure.
Sunday April 11, 2004
05:43 AM

'ave a natter

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So, I've been accepted to speak at YAPC::NA.

I've got two talks. Firstly there's a new version of the advent calendar talk, which I'm hoping has been accepted as a tutorial. It's another year on, and we're now up to a hundred modules that have been covered by the advent calendar. So, instead of listing all the modules I've picked this year, I'm going to pick my favorites (the favorites of the favorites as it were) and give a tutorial on using them. The CPAN modules every user should know about kinda thing.

This dovetails nicely with the twenty minute talk I'm giving as part of a London.pm presentation to the UK Unix User Group on Perl. I'm meant to be covering CPAN, showing how cool it is, so I'll probably use the same modules in that as in the tutorial - just without the explaining how the modules work kinda way.

The second talk I've got accepted for YAPC::NA is about turning a Perl module into a distribution. It's a short talk that covers things like writing a Makefile.PL, bundling the thing, writing simple tests, etc. The kind of thing that all Perl Programmers need to know. I suspect most people at the conference will know this already, but for the intermediate programmers there it should provide useful; More importantly, I think it's a talk that needs writing so there's a resource I can point people at whenever I talk about how Perl's distributions work.

All this reminds me I need to sort out the next London.pm technical meet, which looks atm like it could be clashing with the Austrian Perl Workshop. I shall have to give this some thought, and find out who, it anyone is going and schedule things accordingly.

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