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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 [] modules [] to CPAN, giving talks [], and use of the Trelane nick on for endless procrastination. Doctors are still seeking a cure.
Thursday December 26, 2002
08:18 PM

Done, Done, Onto the Next One

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Well, That's Christmas done and dusted. More importantly, that's the Advent Calendar done for this year. Phew! I tell you, I couldn't keep that up for another day. I'm totally exhausted of writing a tutorial a day on such tight deadlines while trying to do Christmas socialising at the same time.

So now what? Very good question, one that I can't think of an answer for. Before you start all emailing me with the hundred and one things that I could be doing I should point out that I've got more than enough things to do, it's just deciding which I needed to do first. One good thing about the Advent Calendar was that it was an overriding concern - I couldn't do anything else while I was doing that.

I guess my number one priority now is getting everything organised for the social and technical meets happening in January. I've got to chase speakers, check that we've got enough people speaking but not too many (I think we've got four confirmed speakers, but I need to check how long each is going to be.) And I've got to confirm venues for the social meeting on the 9th. Pub minion, if you're reading this have a think about it.

Oh, there's other London Open Source things happening in Jan too. I really should check them out.

Aside from that I've got a few projects on the go that I should have a think about. I really should write some notes to go along with my YAPC::Europe slides from last year. I should also think about going though the Advent Calendar and bundling it up into tarballs for those people who want local copies (people asked.) Oh, and possibly reformatting the articles for other uses. At the very least I should clean up the subversion repository and unpassword read access so people can get at the raw POD.

Speaking of making improvements to the Advent Calendar I should also start work on my nefarious scheme to convince people in to help me write lightning articles. These are (hopefully) the article equivalent of lightning talks - basically like the shorter of the Advent Calendar entities. I shall probably talk this over with people at the social meets.

Oh articles. Since I've been writing stuff for myself so much I should probably see if tpr/tpj/ want me to write anything for them. I really should get round to completing some of the articles I've got in the works and offering them.

Let's not forget modules. Aside from fixing outstanding bugs (kudos to matts for doing this on his modules today) I've got Test::Set (fuzzy data set matching) to write for schwern, and I really want to get Test::Template (a testing module for all templating systems) out the door. Not to mention a few modules I've had that do useful things with GD, and the breadcrumb navigation systems for the Template Toolkit.

Oh, the Template Toolkit. Should really go over the documentation for that a little in the near future. Oh, and I said I'd try and do the same for Pixie.

See! Too much to do already. I've got a plan. Let me know which would be most useful to you guys and I'll do that first.

I'm staying at the folks place for a few more days, so I'm still on the modem so I'm not reading most of my mail (thank god for borrowing richardc's airport though.) And I left my mobile in London. If you really want to get hold of me, send me a mail with something interesting in the subject line that I won't mistake for spam.

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  • I really like the idea of a bread crumb module for TT.

    I'm currently reading the Mason book. I was reading the docs for TT as well and am still not convinced one way or the other. I like both systems. I guess I just have to whip something up with both and see which I like better.