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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'.

Journal of acme (189)

Friday July 27, 2001
02:20 PM

TPC5: Day 4

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Yesterday was the second day of the real conference and was terribly hectic, jumping from talk to talk trying to assimilate as much information as possible.

The keynotes today were by Craig Mundie from Microsoft and Michael Tiemann from RedHat. Craig was obviously not prepared for a big room full of geeks, while Michael went for the easy points he knew we'd all agree with. There was a roundtable discussion with Tim asking the best questions. Interesting, but nothing we haven't seen before.

I went to lenzo's "Perl and Speech" talk - which was about using Festival and Sphinx to do cool stuff with Perl. I'm definitely going to play with this some more... Ziggy's "Extensible POD" was next, where he walked a fine line between keeping it simple and having decent structure.

"Use Python" by lathos was next, where he described the scary things he's been doing with B::Generate. Very cool. We just need some more spare time for finish the Python/Ruby/Java/C#/C to Perl compilers... I then sat in Randy's "XML-RPC with Perl and Apache" talk, but didn't learn a great deal. I think web services are cool, but how come there aren't any? Michel presented his Perl Geek Code, which was very cool. And I don't only mean that for CO++++ ;-)

The afternoon had a "what's happing in Perl" theme, with Dan presenting all his cool new ideas for the Perl6 internals and Jarkko showing us all the cool new stuff in Perl 5.8.

A quick stop for some cool #perl photos and then to the bar for a Template Toolkit 3 BOF and off to the ActiveState party with more Danger Mouse and Monty Python.

Beer foamy...