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.
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:
"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'
It's also a nice application to look at if you want to learn Catalyst.
The bad news: The Conference has to be rescheduled slightly
The ESC Congress 2007 is even bigger than we thought. They expect 15.000 cardiologists, plus their spouses! Due to this, there is nearly not a single bed available in Vienna for the night from Friday, 31st August to Saturday, 1st September.
As we do not want to force you to leave on the last day of the conference, we decided to reschedule YAPC::Europe to Tuesday, 28th to Thursday, 30th August.
"'Course, if someone goes ahead and adds the Y combinator, one must naturally begin to wonder what the YY combinator would be... :-) "
-- Larry Wall
"Obviously it generates a function so anonymous that it can't even refer to itself. I call it the depressed existentialist solipsist operator."
-- chromatic, in 'Y not'