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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by gnat (29) on 2006.04.14 9:05 (#47171) Journal

    Hey, things were good five years ago--Perl's marketshare was huge because PHP was only starting to take off, spam was way less of a problem, and Pudge was still using Mac Classic :-)

    Seriously, I agree that OSCON doesn't have as strong a Perl track as YAPC. That has been the case since about the second or third YAPC. O'Reilly has always said that OSCON's the place to go when you deal with more than one open source technology: you'll find MySQL gurus, Linux gurus, web services gurus, Mozilla gurus, Javascript gurus, PostgreSQL gurus, Ruby gurus, and more at OSCON. You don't get that diversity at the deep-but-narrow conferences like YAPC, RubyCon, etc.

    Different people come to OSCON for different reasons. Some people want the talks, some people want to pick the brains of the speakers, some people want to network with the other attendees. With over 1500 people there last year, there were a lot of opportunities to meet interesting people. The rooms were often packed, so many did go to the talks. It might bore Pudge and Brian, but a lot of people want to know what's new with Perl 6. If that's not you, that's okay. There might be other talks or other tracks that do interest you, or the networking might be more appealing.

    I hope you won't be put off the conference by the comment from Brian. Please do check out the list of Perl talks [oreillynet.com] and the other tracks [oreillynet.com], and do talk to other people who've been before. I'm always happy to hear comments and criticisms of the conference, and I do what I can to make it fun and valuable. Always feel free to drop me a line at gnat AT oreilly.com if you have any questions or comments.

    --Nat

    • I was also a bit dissapointed at the Perl track, but thanks for posting the combined list of talks.

      Looking at that merged list, it looks like some of the more interesting Perl talks have been catagorised into other areas. Ingy's talk in Emerging, Theory's in Database, and so on.

      So it's more like 15 perl talks, and I think my original comments (elsewhere) weren't entirely fair.

      But then I can't come to both cons this year (too big a gap between them to be away from the office) and I did yours last year, so th