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Wednesday January 23, 2008
10:13 AM

Life updates and the return to use.perl.org

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So it's quite a while since I last wrote in my journal here. I moved temporarily to LJ but the Perl community really is where my heart is so I'll return here from now on.

Now? what's happened since my last entry on 29th sept. 2006?

1) Winter 2005 just after NPW2005 I got burnt out and that has had quite a few implications to my life. In late october 2006 I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder and social fobia. But thanks to drugs and therapy I feel a lot better now and I'm starting to rebuild my social life.

2) I quit my job at the Swedish Premium Pension Authority to start my own business in order to develop a software that's been on my mind for quite some time. More about that further down.

3) Altho I officialy started the company in early 2007 I didn't feel up to nor was a able to do any work until late 2007 when I started to feel better. Really a bummer since I had to live off my savings but taking almost a year off was not so bad after all. It sure has gotten me more eager to invest time and energy into building something like a business and continue to be active in the Perl community.

So what does the future hold?

Business - client projects
Try to find more customers and especially those who want to open source what I do for them. One of my customers, Linserv AB, suggested themselves to release it on CPAN (M3::ServerView). Companies like that rock.

Business - own projects
The reason I decided to start my own was so I could transform my thoughts about software comprehension and visualisation into a product. Several years ago I wrote CPANXR, a cross-referencing tool which worked not quite so well. This new system which I call OpenGrasp will eventually be released as open source. Currently my focus lies on the core database which stores the software model which basically is a typed directed graph. This graph has to be searchable, traversable and transformable. I'll be posting more about OpenGrasp as it develops.

Nordic Perl Workshop 2008
I went to NPW2007 in Copenhagen and it was excellent. Now as you may know YAPC::EU will be hosted by Copenhagen Perl Mongers this year so they weren't capable of organizing NPW. So I took it upon me and planning is starting really soon. We're aiming for late may, probably a friday + saturday. My hope is that I'll be able to arrange a free introduction course to Perl at the university here in stockholm a few days before NPW so we can get some fresh blood interested in the community. We'll also hopefully be able to get a well-known Perl author to do a one-day class just before NPW for those who are interested (this will not be free tho).

YAPC::Europe 2008
I'm definitely going. Copenhagen is also really close to Skåne where my family has a summer house so it's just a short trip over the bridge. mmm... bridge... gaaaaah.

Social life
Big step.. due to reasons given earlier I haven't been able to go out for quite some time. I'm working on this by exposing me to situations I don't like. CBT++

Now if only a cute sweet girl who understands the life of a hacker would cross my path =)

Happy 2008
/Claes

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