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domm (4030)

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Just in case you like to know, I'm currently full-time father of 2 kids, half-time Perl hacker, sort-of DJ, bicyclist, no longer dreadlocked and 33 years old

I'm also head of [], maintainer of the CPANTS [] project, member of the TPF Grants Commitee [] and the YAPC Europe Foundation [].

I've got stuff on CPAN [], held various talks [] and organised YAPC::Europe 2007 in Vienna [].

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Saturday August 16, 2008
01:39 AM

Things I learned at YAPC::Europe 2008

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In no particular order, I learned...

  • to love the new features in ACT, especially the "Personal Schedule" and the fact that the regular schedule now defaults to the current day. (act_hackers)++
  • how to cheat^Wdeal with code that cannot be covered, by inserting special comments.
  • that it's better to only do the one talk you really care about than to submit (and even hold) boring old talks.
  • that the BBC has way too much money, so the need to spend it by blowing up cars after launching them a few hundred meters into the air on some rockets.
  • that there are places in Copenhagen where the beer is even more expensive (and where oversized urinals are considered art (as seen in the courtyard of Den Tatoverede Enke))
  • about load_namespaces and restrict with object in DBIx::Class
  • how to set up the 3GB flat fee no roaming umts card koki lend me, to get network despite flaky wireless (and how get into the office vpn over umts)
  • that other people are also suffering from updating database schemas
  • how to smuggle a few bottles of coke into the attendees dinner
  • that other people are also suffering from the fact that firefox 3 resets you zoom-level after opening a new page, which really sucks if you present HTML slides (BTW, because of this I had to use firefox 2, which is very broken on my laptop. Of course it crashed during one of my presentations. At least the resume-feature worked, so I hadn't have to click through hundreds of slides again..)
  • Perl is used to (re)write history (at least the history of the ~11th century(?))
  • that to set up a login system re-using PAUSE accounts is nothing more than a dirty little hack involving https and LWP (but why was I not surprised by that?)

And of course, I was again reminded that the Perl community is a bunch of lovley and brilliant people, and that YAPC is one of my favourite times of the year.

A big THANK YOU to the orgas, the sponsors, the speakers, the attendees, and to Larry Wall, how started it all!


If I was cog, here are a few more things I'd say during the opening talk, How to get the most out of a YAPC:

  • Besides beer, another good way to make friends is by bringing an extension cord with multiple power plugs. Share electricity!
  • Don't hang around (only) with your local pm group. You see them all the time, anyway. Meet new people!
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