I'm pleased to announce that Allison Randal is taking over as architect of Parrot, and I'm being promoted to pumpking.
Allison, of course, needs no introduction; as architect, she will flesh out the vision of a virtual machine for dynamic languages, that's been her primary interest from the beginning.
I, on the other hand, am very happy to be diving back into the code where I've learned I'm the happiest. Writing specs and writing code are similar; but when you're done with code, there's a "go" button, and lights flash and wheels turn. It's the best toy set in the world. :-) So, to me, this is a promotion.
Both Allison and I thank Leo for his service as pumpking. He's done a yeoman's job getting parrot releases regular and stable. We're very pleased that Leo is staying on to continue improving parrot internals. Now that I'm going to carry the release cycle burden, he'll have more opportunity to respond to language implementors' issues, making Parrot better for all.
Onward & upward! Squawk!
As difficult as it is to believe, YAPC::NA 2006 is now less than one week away. Most likely many of you will be starting your journeys to the Windy City soon. Of course some of you will be blogging about it and some will be snapping photos and uploading to flickr along the way. In order to catch all of the talk about YAPC, we are asking that you use the tag 'yapcna2006' when tagging your entries and that you add your blog or website to our list of attendee blogs. Also, let us know where you are putting your tags, be it flickr, del.icio.us, or whatever.
There are a few YAPC photo projects that are being worked on, so if you are willing to license your content under a creative commons license that allows for reuse, please remember to note that when posting.
The meeting will be held at Performics at 180 N. La Salle, 12th Floor, Chicago, IL
If you are planning on attending this meeting, please RSVP to joshua.mcadams-at-gmail-dot-com
What are lightning talks? They are five minute presentations on just about any Perlish topic that you can imagine. Feel free to rant, rave, instruct, whatever! Just have it done in five minutes are get heckled off stage :) No rush to think of a talk either because topics and order will be hashed out at the start of the meeting.
Don't forget that we are still taking applications for lightning talks at YAPC, so you could always use this as an opportunity to test your talk in front of a smaller crowd.