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Perl, Web, Database developer, and Milton Keynes Perl Monger [pm.org].

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Monday March 27, 2006
05:20 PM

Talks and Slides

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It's almost two weeks since our first MiltonKeynes.pm technical meeting and I've finally got round to putting the slides on our Web page.

We got a respectable attendance: ten people showed up including the four speakers. The speakers covered a good variety of topics from Nik's talk about Testing Legacy Code, using clever tricks like overriding CORE::GLOBAL from within modules to affect how scripts run, through Dave's Databases and Perl, covering DBI and Class::DBI with good explanations of problems you might encounter, and my Gathering information from the Web with WWW::Mechanize to Rod's talk (no slides) about using Perl to tie together a variety of large systems.

The range of talks did justice to Perl's versatility and power: you can override its internals, hook into databases and Web sites easily, or use it as the Internet's duct tape with a few convenient scripts.

It's funny how time flies: tomorrow we're off to the pub again.

For a small city, not known for its computing industry, we're doing well enough to provoke London.pm into holding a long overdue technical meeting. In a moment of weakness, Dean persuaded me to talk at that, too.

So I gave a lightning talk on Tracing Code with Aspect.pm which Dominic Mitchell has summarised well. From the other talks, I learned a bit about OCaml and JSON both of which have lingered on my things to learn about list for too long.

This evening, I found myself fixing a Postfix installation on a Fedora box using yum. I've used none of these before, but still managed to get everything working. I didn't do this out of the goodness of my heart, though: I did it to guilt trip Robbie into talking about how he uses Perl to run a multiplayer game in his spare time at the next MiltonKeynes.pm technical meeting. Watch this space.

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  • You might want to also mention Test::Inline to him.

    I've found it very useful where a large, or HUGE, set of ugly existing modules have at least some things here and there that can be tested.

    You drop in little chunks of testing code next to the code you are testing, and then inline2test compiles them out into proper scripts.