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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Tuesday November 20, 2001
04:38 AM

TPC 2002

[ #1311 ]

So, according to gnat's journal, the 2002 TPC call for papers is soon to go out. That means I have to start thinking about what to talk about.

I have several ideas, of course I'd like to talk about AxKit, and the stuff we're doing here at work, and maybe the "Why SOAP Sucks" talk again - I enjoyed doing that. But beyond those, I'm not sure what else to talk about. 2001's presentations I did are here.

Some ideas:

- XML::SAX and friends.
- Exceptions (again)
- Generating PDFs with
- "The Perl XML Talk"
- Non-compiler-compiler rec descent parsing in Perl

Is there anything specific that people would like to hear me witter on about?

(oh, and yes I'm going for a marathon again - I need some way to pay for my trip :-)

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  • well i haven't seen the AxKit talk so maybe you cover this (though looking through the slides, it appears not)

    how about a talk on the process of building a tool like AxKit? best coding practice, trade offs you made, success in interesting people in the work, etc.

    • It's quite a boring story.

      I was already a Perl-XML geek. I wanted something to do server side XML transformations, and was jealous of other tools (e.g. cocoon) to do this. So I wrote one around mod_perl. It was pretty crap at first, but it evolved into AxKit, which is still crap in places, but better than it was. People got interested because I wasn't the only one who wanted server side XML transforms. And also because I was *very* noisy about it all over the place. Advertising is everything.

      It's gettin