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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Is there software to do this? Preferably open source?

    I'm asking because the main story I'm hearing from friends at WSF this year is how poorly organized the whole conf is, and how its just a couple of volunteers with Word documents trying to do the scheduling.

    I feel like if anybody is going to know of an open source solution for conference scheduling it has got to be Oreilly. Software for laying out schedules, and doing rooms assignments, and maybe do what-ifs on crowd size, and send speakers little emb
    • Unfortunately, no. Anybody who has been on the organizing end of an O'Reilly conference knows what a chaotic hell of databases and CMS our conference system is. A lot of home brewed tools built on an eccentric CMS.

      I know there's considerable interest in it from various open source areas, but I suspect that any implementation would find itself confronted with Not Invented Here syndrome. If we wrote one in Perl, I think the PHP and Python and Ruby and ... folks would want to rewrite it to avoid having the "nyeah, you had to use our language to hold your conference" taunts.

      --Nat

      • But once it was written then people would be able to say, "No, you did it wrong, let me fix it for you." People like that, makes then feel superior without realizing that the hard work, the initial version, has already been written. Thats why we see a new PHP CMS get release every Tuesday, Thursday, and alternating Fridays.

        Thanks though.
      • That's why you should write it in C#. With C# you can alienate all groups equally. -adam