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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] 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.

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Friday July 27, 2001
12:01 PM

Last Day

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Last day of the conference today.

Had all sorts of interesting conversations yesterday. All the Apache guys are really keen to get AxKit incorporated into the ASF. They've been offering any help that I need to get things going there. These guys rock.

We had a Web Client libraries BoF, in which Gisle Aas showed some slides about all the different options for HTTP requests, including LWP and HTTP::GHTTP. He showed some benchmark results at the end where HTTP::GHTTP came out significantly worse than all the other options (12s vs 1.5s for 50 requests). We aren't really sure what's wrong - ghttp should be much faster, and we did some straces which showed that ghttp is slowed down by doing multiple read() calls, and there's some kernel level slowdown there. Oddness.

I also spoke to Graham Barr, who would like me to run with the idea I had for converting Error.pm to a source filter so that you can get around the closures issue. So I've been looking at the source code for Switch.pm, which is kinda scary, I need to talk to Damian Conway to get it figured out, I think.

Later today I have a Guru session, where I sit in a room and can be pestered about XML or AxKit issues. Should be fun if anyone turns up :-)

Then finally we have the Lightning talks. Should be fun. I'm going to do a couple of slides on Attribute::WebService just in case Dominus can fit me in (I only need 30secs, not 5 mins).