Speaking with my follow cph.pm members, tobez and Dimitry a few weeks ago, I asked them about Prima, a Perl-based GUI toolkit they have written. They were a bit sad that Prima was probably not used anywhere. But then today, I saw it mentioned on Perlmonks, so maybe Prima still has a (small?) following.
It made me think about the unthankful task of writing and maintaining an open-source project - unless you screw it up, and get error reports and such from your users, if you actually write something nice and solid, you might never know that people are actually using it in the field.
A bit gross maybe, but all in all a nice body hack: Docs sew skull fragment in patient's belly.
Having experienced autrijus's Pugs (and Haskell) talks twice in a row (NPW'05 in Sthlm, and the cph.pm tech meeting), I'm so much looking forward to start writing perl6 code. There are so many new and strange constructs, that it is bound to have a deep impact on how problems will be solved. Interesting times!
A free market interprets monopoly as damage and routes around it.
Paul Graham again sees clearly. I wish more corporate people would read and understand this. On the other hand, maybe it's just as well they don't. Without lumbering corporates, would there be an undergrowth at all?
It seems I am going to the Nordic Perl Workshop after all. My employer declined to sponsor the trip, so I had actually decided not to go. But since so many of the cph.pm guys are going, and there will be some highly interesting talks, I changed my mind. Whee!
Update: Well, now that I've actually played with it a bit, I must say that Google is not there yet. But they do have a good track record, so they probably will, in the end.
Wanting to increase you chances of keeping your job in turbulent times, you might be tempted to shroud your actual work in mysticalities, persuading the power-that-be that:
This is the adage 'security by obscurity' applied to your job situation - 'job security by obscurity', or simply jobscurity.
I registered for YAPC::EU ages ago, and almost forgot about it. Now the time is drawing nearer, I'm looking so much forward to it. After having shaken the local people a bit, it seems we'll be 5 people going. Should be good fun.
I hear that Portugal is currently having quite warm weather, 40°C. I sincerely hope it will be a bit cooler when we get there. No fun sitting though full days of interesting talks when your brain is boiling.
I'll be returning on Sunday, so will have Saturday free to do some exploring. No idea yet as to what, though. I guess time will show.
My collegue just said this, and left the room, the bastard.
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
Thanks, Jesper. I think.
One of our pastimes is watching mobile phone carriers shoot themselves in the foot, sending bullets through the hobnailed jackboots pressing down on the skulls of their customers.