Monday June 16, 2008
Larry on ebay
Back in 2006 we had some Larry Wall action figures made for auction. Only a few made it out of the mold before it broke and it looks like brian put one of the set on ebay
Saturday June 07, 2008
New YAPC::NA Feature: Workshops!
This year at YAPC::NA we are experimenting with a new form of talk that is part presentation and part hackathon. We are having four extended workshops during the conference where attendees are invited to bring their computers along and experience an in-depth and very likely hands-on session where they will leave the conference not just thinking about new technologies, but actually having worked with them.
To kick things off on Tuesday, JT Smith is hosting a WebGUI Workshop. During the workshop, each attendee will install WebGUI, browse through the interface, and learn how to write custom plug-ins. This is a hands-on workshop that will show you just how easy and fun it can be to write powerful web applications in WebGUI. This is a great workshop that typically costs hundreds of dollars at the WebGUI conference, but is being offered free to any YAPC::NA attendee who wants to take advantage of it.
After that, Matt Trout is going to follow up with another web development tutorial, Catalyst: 21st Century Perl Web Development. This tutorial will get you up to speed on what you need to get started building powerful web applications with the Catalyst web framework. Catalyst is a powerful and flexible web framework that rivals systems like Ruby on Rails and Django, only in our favorite language, Perl!
The next day, Stevan Little will be giving a Moose Tutorial. This two hour session will get you up and running with Perl's post-modern object system. Moose adds a powerful and fun object system to Perl 5 that is inspired by Common LISP, Smalltalk, and Perl 6. You don't want to miss this session.
And finally, the Parrot and Perl6 developers are getting together for a Parrot and Perl 6 Workshop. Come to this session laptop in hand and leave with a working version of Parrot and Rakudo (Perl 6 on Parrot). This workshop was the catalyst for having the workshop session this year and from the chatter that I've seen on the planning list, will be a "can't miss" event for those interested in the next iteration of the Perl programming language.
So there you have it, four sessions of in-depth technology that are guaranteed to make it more difficult for you to decide on what talk to go to this YAPC::NA.
The YAPC::NA 2008 Organizers
YAPC::NA 2008 Job Fair and Expo
If you are attending YAPC::NA 2008
and are interested in finding a new job, then polish up your resume and take a few minutes to stop by our annual YAPC::NA Job Fair and Expo. At the job fair you'll find great companies actively seeking Perl talent like you, as well as, many other Perl-based companies showing off their wares. Join us in the main lobby of the conference center from 1pm until 5pm CST on June 17th and talk with representatives from companies like Summersault, Grant Street Group, CarSpot, Where2GetIt, Virtualmin, PlainBlack, Experian CheetahMail, DWR Trading, Whitepages, and LiveText.
Monday June 02, 2008
Perlcast is back with Jeff Horwitz on mod_parrot
Wow, six months really? Okay, so maybe not that long, but Perlcast has definitely been podfading and that's just not acceptable. Let's start to fix that with an interview
with Jeff Horwitz
, the last Apache module you'll ever need. Enjoy!
YAPC::NA Wiki Reminder
YAPC::NA 2008 starts in less than two weeks!!! This is just a reminder that all attendees should take a few minutes and browse the conference wiki
. There are several BOFs
on there as well as the pre-conference
dinners. If your name's not on the pre-conference dinner list on the wiki, you won't be included in the "official" headcount for the dinner (and as Uri will tell you, this headcount is important!). There's also the arrivals by air
and departures by air
pages, as well as room sharing postings
, the Thurs-Fri post-yapc Hackathon
, and the Sat-Sun pre-yapc Parrot Hackathon
. Another note to any first-time yapc attendees, the BOF schedule will likely start to become more structured (locations, days, and times added) during the first day, once people know where things are and have a better idea of their schedules.
See you all at YAPC::NA 2008!
Monday May 19, 2008
I just wrapped up a phone call with a columnist from infoworld about a dynamic languages primer. Judging from the directions that the reporter kept taking the questioning, it looks like it will be more of a language flame war than a real article. I can't wait to see how selectively misquoted I will be.
Sunday April 27, 2008
YAPC::NA 2008 on Facebook
We have create a Facebook event
for YAPC::NA 2008. If you happen to be a Facebook user, please sign up for the event and spread the word.
Three Days Remaining For Early Bird Pricing to YAPC::NA 2008
There are only three days remaining to take advantage of the reduced rate for attending YAPC::NA 2008. We'll be turning off the early bird pricing on May 1st, so sign up now
Saturday April 26, 2008
YAPC::NA 2008 Schedule Posted
Sunday April 20, 2008
YAPC::NA Conference Map
Dave Rolsky set up a conference map
that is open for attendees to view and edit. Please feel free to add any points of interest, or, if there is some type of location that you'd like the conference organizers to add, just let us know.