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Monday August 11, 2008
10:08 AM

YAPC Schedule Clashes

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I'm preparing for YAPC. Sorting out travel arrangements, printing maps, getting stuff on the phone for offline browsing.

And I'm looking at the schedule. Looks good, interesting stuff.

But a few clashes with must-attend talks side by side. Here are the toughest match ups:

Everything but the secret sauce
Effective Code Coverage

A bunch of pragmatic tips on how to get stuff done, vs code coverage. Tough one. I may already have seen the code coverage stuff, but I'd also like to see if Devel::CoverX::Covered is mentioned ( *nudge, nudge* :)

Putting Types To Work In Perl 6
Elegant^Elegant: Web application metaprogramming with Reaction
Profiling Modules - A Survey

All of these sound interesting. Basic Perl 6 OO is old news (Damian Conway sold me on that in Munchen six years ago), but I'd like to know more about type system (it may have a Moose connection and hence be usable today). Overshadowing that is the fact that I have been waiting to see what Reaction looks like for a long time now, and I think this is the first public appearance.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong... Again
Building Catalyst apps on the Amazon Web Service Platform

I've never done anything with the EC2 cloudy stuff so I'd like to hear about that. But Adam Kennedy is apparently an energetic speaker with an interesting topic. Damnit!

DOM manipulation by Gainer/Wiimote over
Making (large) legacy systems beautiful

Fun and games against the harsh realities of everyday software maintenance. I may sit down in the back of the room of either talk and discreetly task switch for a bit.

Unicode Best Practices
Modifying databases - changing the schema in a controlled way

Two difficult, utterly pragmatic topics pitted against each other. How is that fair? We have solved both with various degrees of success at work and it would be interesting to see how others did it.

Advantage: schema changes, because it's more open ended.

Describing classes with Ernst
Strawberry Perl - Achieving Win32 Platform Equality

Taking Moose to the next level sounds very interesting, the more so when Ernst sounds like what we could use at work to tie together our domain layer with multiple input and output formats.

And Perl on Windows is interesting since I use that to some extent. Which ironically means I may already be in the loop and op top of it.

Advantage: Ernst.

Ye Compleat History of Ye Perle Mongers of Olde London Towne
10 modules I haven't yet talked about
CPAN6 Under Construction history, probably interesting, but Leon is a good and entertaining speaker (conference tip: a good speaker + boring topic beats a bad speaker + interesting topic).

(hmmm, I just realized I implied Dave Cross is a bad speaker there. He isn't.)

But on the other hand, CPAN6 is interesting, and Mark Overmeer is also a good speaker. On the third hand, I think I saw this talk last year.

All in all, a nice lineup of talks. I especially like that the Lightning Talks go unchallenged.

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  • See, you should have come to the last tech meet. You would have seen both Leon and me practicing our talks which would have left you clear to go and see Mark Overmeer.