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Tuesday July 25, 2006
03:59 AM

OSCON 2006, Day 1: Portland Perl Mongers

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I have only been to a couple meetings of the San Diego Perl Mongers, but I jumped at the chance to attend the meeting for another group. Particularly in the host city of OSCON. The Portland Perl Mongers was better attended than my local group's meetings, but I don't know how much of that was due to being paired with OSCON. According to a couple group members, Portland does have a vibrant Perl Mongers community.

I found it odd that the Portland Perl Mongers meetings would be at 6:53pm, so I had to ask about it. As it so happens, they used to schedule the meetings for 6:30pm, but people would arrive late or complain that the meeting time was too early. So they changed the regularly scheduled meeting time to be seven minutes 'til seven.

Robert Spier of Perl.org fame was present to talk about, well Perl.org. He explained what they do for the Perl community and what they utilize to accomplish what they do. It was an informative presentation and it's mildly surprising that Perl.org uses a number of non-Perl technologies in their day-to-day operations. However, I shouldn't be that surprised. A service like Perl.org should be focused on using the right tool for the job, whether or not that tool happens to be written in Perl. Sometimes the Perl solution is either non-existant or not up to parin which case it may as well be non-existant.
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