OK, so I was really crap at keeping my journal up to
date whilst I was in San Diego
Wednesday was london.pm day at the conference. It was possible to spend the whole day watching london.pm people giving talks! This included my "Perl for the People" talk which seemed to go pretty well. Other highlights included Simon's Perl::Flash talk and Leon co-presenting a talk on compilers with Damian Conway. In the evening I had a book signing in the exhibition hall, but as there was free drinks elsewhere, only two people came along.
Thursday started with the keynote talk by Craig Mundie of Microsoft and a reply from Michael Tiemann of Red Hat. The rest of the day was spent in various interesting talks. In the evening I went to the ActiveState party where I somehow ended up in the Perl team for a drinking game.
Friday was another "Damian Day". He talked about a number of the modules that he'd written during his year working for Perl and later took apart his SelfGOL program (in a talk that really earned its title of "Extreme Perl"). Later in the afternoon we had the Lightning Talks. I gave my view on "Why Perl Advocacy is a Bad Idea". I've never been so nervous before giving a talk - but it seemed to go down OK in the end. Once the conference was over a number of us went off to Ocean Beach where we ate Mexican food and wandered along the beach for a while.
On Saturday I flew home, bringing with me Brian Ingerson who is stopping off in London for a couple of days on his way to YAPC::Europe. He'll be speaking to london.pm on Tuesday.
All in all a great conference on many different levels. My thanks to everyone involved in organising it.