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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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Sunday November 30, 2008
06:22 AM Leader

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The London Perl Workshop yesterday was a great success - lots of people turned up for three free tracks (and a tutorial track too). has a long history of leaders: Dave Cross, Paul Mison, Mark Fowler, Simon Wistow and Greg McCarroll. At the last act of the day, Greg handed me the leadership of

Many thanks to Greg for a fantastic year. I'll continue running as he has done and I have some wonderful plans for the next twelve months.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, CPAN authors and CPAN users, developers, hackers, creators, designers, Londoners and out-of-Londoners - mongers who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of object-oriented programmers and procedural programmers: we are, and always will be, London Perl Mongers.

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  • For completely selfish reasons, I think it would be extremely awesome if the 2009 London Perl Workshop was scheduled to be near in time to YAPC::EU. cog suggested this awesome idea back in 2006 that if many of the Perl Workshops could be scheduled in a similar time frame then people like Paul and I who are visiting YAPC::EU could get around to those others too.

    Paul Fenwick and myself will be in Europe after OSCON up until the end of YAPC::EU (although we'd stay for another week and a bit if your worksho

    • I think I disagree (and I did when Cog first mentioned it). A local Perl workshop is good if it engages local Perl users who aren't otherwise part of the community, those who don't make it to full conferences (or at least haven't done yet).

      It's great if those only dabbling with Perl can see a few talks that are pitched at their level. It's splendid if somebody who's never presented at a conference-type-event before feels that it's a sufficiently friendly and low-key environment where they can give it a go