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Thursday September 18, 2008
04:33 PM

Perlanet Mailing List

Whilst I was asking for help with Perlanet yesterday, I completely forgot that I had set up a mailing list to discuss the project.

If you're interested in helping out, then please sign up to the list and join in the discussion.

Wednesday September 17, 2008
11:03 AM

Please Help Me Fix perlanet

You might remember me mentioning perlanet a few months ago. It's a simple Planet clone written in Perl which I've been using to run a few planet sites.

But if you look at any of my planets (e.g. Planet Westminster), you'll see that all is not well. My software isn't handling encoding very well and currently it's not acting as a very good advert for Perl.

I know that I really need to get stuck in and work out exactly where I'm going wrong, but currently I don't have enough spare time. So I was hoping that someone who knows more about this stuff than I do would be interested in having a look and suggesting some fixes.

If you're interested, you can look at the code in Trac or check it out from svn. I'm happy to hand out commit bits if people want to dig in and make fixes.

Or if you just want to post a comment here pointing out the obvious mistakes that I'm making, then that's alright too.

Monday August 18, 2008
06:27 AM

CPAN-RPM Mailing List

At the end of my "Perl in RPM-Land" talk at YAPC::Europe, I sketched out an idea about automatically generating RPMs from CPAN modules. I fully expected people so tell me that I was talking nonsense, but it seems that a number of other people had been thinking along similar lines.

In order to carry on the discussion, I've set up a mailing list. Please subscribe if you're interested in this subject.

I've also submitted a talk to the London Perl Workshop to report on the project's progress. This is known as Conference Driven Development - I now need to ensure that we've made some kind of progress to prevent this presentation from being very embarrassing.

Friday August 15, 2008
04:31 PM

YAPC::Europe Event on Slideshare

I didn't know this until just now, but Slideshare allows you to create events as a way of grouping presentations.

So I've created an event for YAPC::Europe. If you're adding YAPC::Europe presentations to Slideshare, then please add them to the group too.

12:19 PM

YAPC::Europe Copenhagen 2008

I've just got back to my hotel room following the conclusion of this year's YAPC::Europe conference. As always, the conference was just the right mix of usefulness and fun. The organisers can be very proud of themselves.

I gave three talks at the conference. They were all on the last day, and I have put all of the slides on Slideshare. The three talks were:

I seem to have come away having committed myself to three projects. The first is completely my own fault - the Proud To Use Perl talk has an associated web site which I am planning to keep up to date. The second is partly my fault. My RPM talk ended with a rough outline of a madcap scheme to automatically turn all of CPAN into RPMs. Jos Bauman was in the talk and this idea seems to have piqued his interest. So I suspect I'll be heavily involved with that. The third project wasn't my idea at all (I'm just helping out because it's an area that I'm interested in). I'll leave the announcement of more details of that to the other people involved.

Now, I think I'll take a quick turn around the Tivoli Gardens.

Thursday July 31, 2008
09:26 AM

We Are Ten is ten years old this year. It's hard to pin down when exactly we're ten as there are a number of dates to consider.

So we have plenty of reasons to celebrate this year. Next Thursday (7th August) will be our tenth anniversary meeting (at the Bridge House) and anyone who can get to London would be made most welcome.

At YAPC::Europe, I'll be presenting Ye Compleat History of Ye Perle Mongers of Olde London Towne (Part 1). And if you're at tonight's technical meeting you'll see a rehearsal of that talk.

It's been an... er... interesting ten years. The group's success has far exceeded my wildest dreams. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to make the weird and wonderful group that it is.

And here's to the next ten years.

Wednesday July 16, 2008
06:09 AM

Perl Teach-In Copenhagen

If you've been poking around on the YAPC::Europe web site, you might have seen that they have announced two days of paid tutorials, one before and one after the main conference.

These tutorials include me running the Perl Teach-In that I originally ran at the BBC last summer. It'll be (lightly) updated of course. This will be running on Tuesday 12th August - the day before the conference.

Also on Tuesday, Gabor Szabo will be running "QA Test Automation using Perl" and on the Saturday following the conference you can choose between brian d foy's "Mastering Perl" and Josh McAdam's "Practical Test-driven Development".

Each of the tutorials is 900 DKK (which is about £95). You can book your places on the tutorials when you book your conference ticket.

Update: Thanks to Lars Thegler for pointing out the errors in the above. There are actually three tutorial days. Gabor and I are both running courses on Tuesday, brian's course is on Saturday and Josh's is on Sunday.

Sorry about that.

Tuesday July 01, 2008
05:21 AM

CPANTS Success

It's taken a bit longer than I hoped, but I have finally beaten the CPANTS game. From about an hour ago all of my CPAN modules score 100% and I'm therefore (along with a number of other people) top of the CPANTS league.

Of course, they'll probably introduce some new measures soon and I'll have to start all over again.

Now, given my awesome CPANTS score, who wants to come on one of my Perl courses?

Monday June 23, 2008
07:07 AM

Perl Training Update

The Perl training courses that I mentioned ten days ago are now confirmed. They will be running in the week starting 28th July at Venda's London offices.

Some information about the courses is available online and if you want to get the latest news about any training I'm running then please sign up to my Training News mailings list.

Monday June 16, 2008
08:24 AM

Speaking in Copenhagen

When the YAPC::Europe organisers sent out their initial talk confirmations a couple of weeks ago, they accepted two of my talks but asked if they could hold the third in reserve. I, of course, agreed.

If just received an acceptance mail for that third talk. So it looks like I'll be speaking three times in Copenhagen. My talks are:

I'm looking forward to Copenhagen very much. I've never been to Scandinavia.

Update: The preliminary schedule has been published. All of my talks are on the final day. Which gives me longer to write them :-)