I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.
I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.
End of Financial Year
Well, it's the end of financial year, and I have an incredible amount of paperwork that requries filling in. Tomorrow is devoted to the task.
Most of the work is just plain accounting. I need to catch up on all the paperwork for two businesses over the last quarter. Luckily, one of those businesses has ceased operation, as it's been restructured into the second business.
1st July 2004 will also represent my first day as a normal employee again. My own tax return for 2004-05 will be boring and simple, rather than the incredible task that it is now. Sure, I own the business that I work for, so not too much has changed, but it will make my life easier. I'm looking forward to that a lot.
We've had an incredible number of talks submitted for YAPC::AU::2004/OSDC. We're going to have a very full schedule, which makes me very happy. Now the programme committee (which includes me), needs to figure out who is talking and when. I'm not looking forward to that.
Make it faster
I'm spending most of this week with an old client of mine, optimizing code. This is something I really enjoy, and I suspect the reason that I'm back is that I've pulled a few miracle speed improvements at this client in the past.
A few hours of today was spent writing C code that both calls and is called by Perl, and then making the darn thing compile under an older compiler on a different box. The result was a 50-70% increase in speed for the code in question, depending upon the benchmarks used, and a lot more learnt about juggling SVs. Overall a very productive experience.