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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Thursday August 04, 2005
02:25 PM

OSCON Day 4: Lightning talks

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A quick muffin and a few excellent keynotes (I don't know Dick), here I am in the lightning talks. I see this as a challenge to summarise, hmmm. Andy Lester started off by explaining some words he doesn't allow in his team, such as "can't you just..." - good sensible stuff. MDJ then filled in with "Debugging the De Bruijn sequence, a lightning talk sans talk about deleting code (including a special "shut up uri" slide!). Casey talked about JSAN: "How big is yours? Perl's is very big". And err, someone else on strategic and tactical thinking, which seems to be about planning ahead. Elizabeth Cortell made a lunchbox from an O'Reilly book, in this case "Practical mod_perl" (picked because it's verbiage bloated)!. Darren Duncan presented Rosetta, apparently not just another database wrapper. Rich Bowen finally gave in and told us why he hates Apache, which strangely enough is also why I hate Apache ;-) A short break later and then Eric Wilhelm talked about building a beautiful bridge with Perl. Andy Lester came on again and told us how to stop being a nobody: "nobody is a nobody" and all about being social: he recommended having lunch with people you don't know: which is what I love doing at OSCON, meeting new people. Tim Mayer did a quick talk on Minimal Perl, via the country of Perlistan. Marvin Humphrey introduced us to Kinosearch, which I've played with and looks shiny. Will Whitaker talked about using Apache for building a traffic shaper ("Punish IE Users"!) for SMTP. Grant McLean showed Perl prototypes used gratuitously (they don't do what you think they do). Ask Bjørn Hansen told us about bitcard, the new shiny authentication system: "It works with Unicode because I want my name to work". Tak! Luke Closs and Neil Watkiss "talked" about juggling multiple languages - interpreted as juggling patterns! "C#, notice that this is just the basic with a lot more hand waving". Earl Cahill told us about CGI::Path. Tim Chambers showed us ergonomic exercises for Emacs users (okay, really ergonomic key bindings). GONG!
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