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mod_perl Presence Dying at OSCON
This year mod_perl's presence at OSCON really sucks. We have two tutorials which are under a question that will happen at all and just one mod_perl presentation. Plus a few more related presentations of technologies riding mod_perl. Just a few years ago, we had about 25 tutorials and presentations. If some of the mod_perl tutorials will be canceled this year, don't expect the conference organisers giving them a second chance next year, which brings us pretty close to a zero presence. And that's a gloomy future if you ask me.
So if you want to change things, go to your bosses and ask them to send you to the tutorials. If they can't afford two, make it one and make that choice Geoffrey Young's "Programming the Apache Lifecycle." Why Geoffrey's? It's because the stuff I'm going to teach you at my tutorial is ready available in the online documentation and you can read it by yourself. But not so for Geoff's unique material. And all those who have ever heard Geoff presenting, will agree with me, that he is one of the best speakers OSCON (and other conferences) ever had and most of us, speakers, need to learn from Geoff. I'd go for Geoff's talk just for the great experience, even though I know most of the material he presents. His tutorial will be covering both mp1 and mp2 if you didn't know.
So if you enjoy your mod_perl job and want to continue so in the future, make sure that you come to the mod_perl tutorials and presentations at OSCON and other big conferences.
p.s. the deadline for tutorial cutoffs (at least 20 attendees) is June 21th. So if you were planning to go to the tutorials, make sure you register (or add the tutorials if you already did) before that date."