But last night was special. The emergency was my leaving Perl development, and the meeting was apparently subtitled "Why Perl is f*cked".
It's a pretty daunting task to go talk about such a subject to a Perl Mongers group. But it's a lot easier if they do the talking and you just agree. Some of the things we agreed on I don't want to go into in public - or even in private, sorry. Some points were quite interesting. Paul Makepeace talked about the lack of a J2EE-style application framework for common web application tasks. Amazing, given that we've got nearly a gig of CPAN, that we don't have a nice easy way to do stuff like registering a user for a web site and storing their email address. Why? Because there's too many ways to do it, so everyone does it their own way. Oh, and a lot more stuff, besides. I don't need to explain it. You know, deep down, don't you?
40 members of London.pm have formed London.class.