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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 18, 2005
10:56 AM

Where is Leon now?

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Whoopsie, haven't blogged since OSCON, which was fun. I stayed around in San Francisco for a bit (wow, those hills are steep. also In-N-Out is tasty) and I'm now back in sunny London. I was actually interviewing for a few positions around San Francisco but my timing is off: USCIS have announced (PDF) that there are no more H1Bs (the "tech visa") left for the coming 14 months, which is sucky. Dear all countries of the world: people who come to work for you or visit you are good for your economy, please start thinking more long-term.

I quite liked OSCON. I enjoy meeting people and seeing what everyone is up to. Thesedays, I'm more interested in the enterprise track: more hits, more data. Things you should be using: MySQL (with InnoDB and constraints, replicate down for reads and partition data if you must), memcached (fast, simple caching is all you need, trust me), mogilefs (don't spend $$$ or implement your own distributed file system or I'll hit you), Perl (well, CPAN really - dependencies are your friend), apache (nothing better yet), xen (I hate hardware, so virtualise it all so you can have no scheduled downtime), svk (for development - even if you don't need the neat distributed stuff, it's faster and uses less space than the svn client). Got any tips?

I'm really looking forward to YAPC::Europe in Portugal in a week and a bit (arrgggh, slides!) and then Euroscon.

The Summer of Code is coming to a close (note to Google: having that not updated isn't very professional). I wonder how the projects are going, and how organisations/mentors get to decide if the project is finished (and the student gets their $$$$).

Also, I'm sick of people writing frameworks. Something I stressed in my interviews is that I'm all about getting things actually done. Spending six months writing a framework with no idea of what it'll actually be doing isn't my cup of tea: I'll do the project instead and ship it. Only if I do three or more things which share some similar code will I actually consider writing a framework. Frameworks all the way down is lunacy, and I recognise it in too many companies. Get it done instead! ;-)

So back to square one. Anyone want a cool Perl hacker in London?

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  • Sorry to hear that, Leon. I was looking forward to seeing you more in the US. Guess I'll just have to go to London more.
  • Also, I'm sick of people writing frameworks. Something I stressed in my interviews is that I'm all about getting things actually done. Spending six months writing a framework with no idea of what it'll actually be doing isn't my cup of tea: I'll do the project instead and ship it. Only if I do three or more things which share some similar code will I actually consider writing a framework. Frameworks all the way down is lunacy, and I recognise it in too many companies. Get it done instead! ;-)

    Amen. Peopl