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Phred (5358)


Fred is a Perl and PostgreSQL geek. He has made some very small contributions to a few cpan modules and mod_perl.

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Monday June 16, 2008
04:28 PM

Gave my YAPC::NA 2008 talk today

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I gave my YAPC::NA 2008 talk today, Handling the Ball of Mud. The auditorium was big, and the screen was definitely the biggest I have ever given a talk on. I was a bit nervous and went over a couple minutes, but I think it went fairly well

Saw a couple of other great talks. Schwern's Skimmable Code: Fast to Read, Fast to Change had some good insights on "Get in, do your thing, and get out" and "Narrow Focus", and how to use those mantras in writing easy to maintain code.

Ricardo Signes' haunted house themed talk Email Hates the Living! was a very entertaining look at the oddities of the various email RFCs.

tags: yapcna2008

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  • Your talk did go well. In fact, at work I'm dealing with a few legacy balls of mud and some of your slides might be good enough to convince my boss that the mud is bad. Right now, we're in the situation of "it works" so there's no incentive to refactor it and we're too busy doing new work to save ourselves from the old work. So everytime I get tasked to add a feature to one of the existing apps ... well, you know how it is. :(