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    One week left for YAPC::NA 2007 talk submissions!

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.04.06 9:08   Printer-friendly
    jfluhmann writes "Only one week left to submit your talk proposal (must be logged in) for YAPC::NA 2007! Deadline is midnight (CST) on April 9th. Please login or create an account on the ACT-hosted YAPC::NA site and submit your proposal before it's too late. If you'd like to give a talk but are not quite sure what to present, look at the wiki for talk suggestions. Or if you don't plan on giving a talk, but would like to suggest one, then add it to the list of suggestions. Again, last year attendees requested talks be tagged with suggested experience level of attendee (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Please include this in the comments section of your talk if appropriate. See the official CFP posting."

    2nd Perl 6 Microgrant - Phil Crow / Java-Perl6 dec

    Journal written by acme (189) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.04.06 7:06   Printer-friendly

    We're pleased to announce that we've selected Phil Crow as the recipient of the second Perl 6 microgrant. Phil is the hacker behind the Java::Swing module which allows Perl programmers to put a Java Swing GUI on their application without writing any Java and he'll be using this knowledge to convert Java declarations to Perl 6. You can find details of the project he's planning in the text of his grant application:

    Call for Venue for YAPC::Europe::2008

    posted by KM on 2007.04.05 15:12   Printer-friendly
    barbie writes "With preparations for YAPC::Europe::2007 well underway in Vienna, it is time for the YAPC::Europe Venue Committee to consider suitable hosts for the 2008 conference. Any dedicated group interested in hosting YAPC::Europe::2008 should send a brief statement of intent to A full and complete application should then be sent to the same address prior to the deadline for applications, which is June 30, 2007.

    For more information about the requirements for hosting a conference, you may want to refer to the YAPC organisers documentation (administered by TPF) or look at the examples of previous European conferences.

    Please direct any questions to, and a member of the committee will endeavour to respond as soon as possible. The public announcement of the location for the 2008 conference will be announced during the 2007 conference in Vienna."

    Perl 6 summary, 11-17 Mar, 2007

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2007.04.03 17:02   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    Due to a lack of free time, I will be unable to continue creating the Perl 6 summaries after April. We are looking for a volunteer or group of volunteers to take over the task.

    Please contact me if you would like more information about what the job entails (contact information can be found at the end of this post).

    Perl 6 summary, 4-10 Mar, 2007

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2007.03.31 9:27   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    "Q: Can February March? A: No, but April May..."

    -- Larry Wall's r14313 log message for a date correction

    YAPC::NA::Houston registration is open!

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.31 0:04   Printer-friendly
    jfluhmann writes " is pleased to announce that registration is now open for Yet Another Perl Conference, North America 2007. The conference dates are June 25th through 27th at the University of Houston's central campus in Houston, Texas. The conference will feature speakers from throughout the Perl community, including keynotes from Larry Wall (the creator of Perl), Damian Conway, and The Perl Foundation. Following's lead, low-cost post-conference training classes provided by noteable Perl trainers will again be available.

    News: WebGUI Creator to Present at Mad Mongers

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.29 10:17   Printer-friendly
    kmccombs writes "April's meeting of Mad Mongers features JT Smith presenting on WebGUI. WebGUI, an open source content management system, is built purely on Perl. Developed to run enterprise web environments, WebGUI is easy to use, extremely powerful, and easily customized. JT will discuss developing for WebGUI, highlighting its benefits through a demonstration of the system. This is an excellent opportunity for Perl programmers to learn about developing for WebGUI from one of the creators of the cms himself.

    YAPC::Europe: 5 days left to be an Early Bird

    Journal written by domm (4030) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.26 16:39   Printer-friendly
    Just a quick notice that there are only 5 days left to register for YAPC::Europe with the cheaper early bird tariff (saving 20 Euros) - you'll also have the chance to win one of two coffee table books on Vienna. Early Bird registration ends on 31st March, 23:59.

    Barbie was smart enough to discover a slight loophole in our pricing: If you submit a talk proposal and do not register as an early bird and have your proposal rejected, you'll loose 20 Euros (which is still better than submitting an proposal, paying the 80 Euros, and then have your proposal accepted and your ticket fee waived).

    So we clarify our rules: If you submit a talk proposal, you'll also be eligible to the reduced 80 Euros fee after March, 31st. Of course you can submit a talk and pay the regular or even the sponsor tariff :-)

    Oh, and don't forget that if you submit a talk proposal until March 31st, you're also in for the book-raffle.

    yapc: YAPC-NA CFP deadline approaching

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.26 14:42   Printer-friendly
    jfluhmann writes "Two weeks remain in the Call For Participation! Visit the ACT-hosted YAPC::NA site to register as a new user (or login with your existing account) and submit a talk proposal. If possible, please indicate (in the comments section) if you consider this talk to be suitable for a beginner, intermediate, or advanced Perl user. Some of the comments from last year indicated a desire to know the level of knowledge expected of talk attendees. See the official CFP posting"

    Perl 6 Microgrant - Steve Peters on Parrot Portability

    Journal written by jesse (2531) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.26 12:58   Printer-friendly

    We're pleased to announce that we've selected Steve Peters as the recipient of the first Perl 6 microgrant. Steve has been instrumental in helping to ensure that Perl 5 has stayed incredibly portable forthe past few years. Steve's starting to turn some of his attention to Parrot. You can find details of the project he's planning in the text of his grant application:

    News: Perl 6 Microgrants

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.22 11:01   Printer-friendly
    jesse writes "I'm pleased to announce the inaugural Perl 6 Microgrants program. Best Practical Solutions (my company) has donated USD5,000 to The Perl Foundation to help support Perl Development. Leon Brocard, representing The Perl Foundation's grants committee, will work with me to select proposals and evaluate project success. We'll be making USD500 grants to worthy Perl 6 related efforts.

    Perl 6 summary, 25 Feb - 3 Mar, 2007

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2007.03.21 15:20   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    "It seems you are presuming a Waterfall model of development here. We're not doing the Waterfall, we're doing the Whirlpool, where the strange attractor whirls around with feedback at many levels but eventually converges on something in the middle. In other words, a whirlpool sucks, but the trick is to position your whirlpool over your intended destination, and you'll eventually get there, though perhaps a bit dizzier than you'd like."

    -- Larry Wall, in 'What criteria mark the closure of perl6 specification'

    Website in a Box

    Journal written by singingfish (7494) and posted by davorg on 2007.03.21 4:59   Printer-friendly
    Website in a box is a Catalyst based content management system for individuals and small groups. It's got Google Code project space and a reasonably comprehensive test suite. It does some "Search Engine Optimisation" for you and has been built to be easy to hack on.

    It's also a nice application to look at if you want to learn Catalyst.

    Meeting Announcements: Social Meeting

    posted by davorg on 2007.03.14 4:37   Printer-friendly
    explorer writes " will have another social meeting, tomorrow. The first after a long time of inactivity.

    More info at web page or mailing list or Google Calendar."

    Meeting Announcements: Bug Day for parrot 0.4.10 on 3/17

    posted by davorg on 2007.03.14 4:33   Printer-friendly
    coke writes "From

    Bug Day

    On Saturday, 17 March 2007, please join us on IRC in #parrot ( to work on closing out as many RT ( tickets as possible in the parrot queue. This will help us get ready for the next release of parrot: 0.4.10, scheduled for Tuesday 20 March 2007. You'll find C, parrot assembly, perl, documentation, and plenty of tasks to go around. Core developers will be available most of the day (starting at around 10am GMT) to answer questions.

    No experience with parrot necessary."

    YAPC::SA::2007, April 11-14 in Porto Alegre

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.13 18:19   Printer-friendly
    brian_d_foy writes "Brasil-PM and SPB are organizing the Yet Another Perl Conference South America (YAPC::SA::2007), in April 11 and April 14, 2007. The meeting will take place during the 8th International Free Software Forum (FISL 8.0) @ Porto Alegre (RS) — Brazil, which is coordinated by Free Software Association, FIERGS Exposition Center.

    Centro de Eventos FIERGS
    Av. Assis Brasil, 8787
    Bairro Sarandi
    Porto Alegre — RS

    The Perl Review, Spring 2007

    Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.12 14:13   Printer-friendly
    The next issue of The Perl Review is out, and it's a special edition for the Nordic Perl Workshop! Not only that, the PDF-only price is now only $7. Subscribe now to beat the price increase for US postage rate increases in May.

    The Spring 2007 issue of The Perl Review is online and ready for download. Subscribers should have already received an email telling them all about it. In this issue (besides the cover showing Gary Blackburn's license "PERL GOD" license plate), there's:

    • History of the Nordic Perl Workshop -- Jonas Nielsen
    • New Features in Perl 5.10 -- Renée Bäcker
    • Dynamic Object Reconfiguration -- Peter Scott
    • Adding Transactions to DBM::Deep -- Rob Kinyon
    • Parsing with Parse::Eyapp -- Casiano Rodriguez Leon
    • can() You Do It? -- brian d foy
    • and other stuff

    YAPC::Asia 2007 registration is closing soon

    Journal written by miyagawa (1653) and posted by davorg on 2007.03.12 3:59   Printer-friendly
    The number of remaining seats available for YAPC::Asia 2007 Tokyo is less than 20, and we're going to close the registration on March 15th (Japanese standard time). If you haven't, go hurry register the conference!

    News: Frank Dillon to Present at Mad Mongers

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.10 19:25   Printer-friendly
    kmccombs writes "Plain Black programmer Frank Dillon will present at the Mad Mongers monthly meeting, on March 14 at 7:00pm CST. This discussion, relevant to all software programmers, will explore methods to use in effective software architecture. Frank will provide tips and principles that help relieve some of the hurdles and headaches common with project development. Effective client communication, facilitated through the use of functional and technical specifications, help to develop a project that meets and exceeds the user's expectations. A seasoned professional, Frank will provide insight into how the user operates, and how that can be used to the software programmer's advantage to achieve a common goal.

    Mad Mongers
    Madison Public Library, Room 202
    March 14, 7:00pm CST"

    I'm at on Monday

    Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.09 15:35   Printer-friendly
    I'm in Los Angeles this week, so is having a last minute meeting at Ticketmaster at 7 pm on March 12:

    8800 W. Sunset Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    I'll give some sort of presentation, probably about Mastering Perl or something related to it, and hang around for drinks and so on afterward. I might even try to make a podcast out of it now that I've figured out how to use the voice memo thing on my iPod.
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