January, 2006 Archives

January 16, 2006

January 16, 2006 - New Grant Committee Members

From time to time people decide to leave the grant committee and new members join. Recently, Nicholas Clark, a long-time grant committee member, decided to step down. He'll be missed as his knowledge of both Perl and the community are extensive. However, we wound up electing two new grant committee members, Thomas Klausner and Ben Tilly. On the off chance you don't know who they are, I suppose I should tell you a bit about them.

Thomas (widely known as "Domm") is currently a full-time father of 2 kids, half-time Perl hacker, sort-of DJ, bicyclist, dreadlocked and 29 years old. He's also head of Vienna.pm, maintainer of the CPANTS project and the YAPC Europe Foundation (responsible for national workshop support and website maintenance). He also contributes to the CPAN, has held various talks and organizes the Austrian Perl Workshops.

Ben Tilly, better known as "tilly" on perlmonks, has been an active member of the Perl community for years. His background in mathematics often leads him to approach problems from novel directions and he works hard on Perlmonks helping programmers learn to program. He is a contributer to the Perl core, to CPAN and was a technical editor for the second edition of "Learning Perl." He has been a Perl programmer for 7 years, and is currently working at Rent.com, which is part of eBay.

The next round of grant votes is in February. I'm looking forward to working with them on this.

January 13, 2006

January 13, 2006 - Conferences Really Do Work

Sometimes people might question the tangible value of going to a conference. You're out of the office for a few days, so you lose that work time. You attend a ton of sessions and you're drinking from a fire hose, so after about half a day you feel totally overwhelmed. Does any of it stick?

I can tell you for sure that it does.

The other day someone in my department asked me if there was an easy way to compare two lists and weed out any duplicates between the two. I was quite busy and couldn't remember off the top of my head. I said, "It's been done, so don't write your own. But I can't remember which module it's in right now."

When we had YAPC here in Buffalo, just about our entire staff attended. We do a lot of Perl development and YAPC is so affordable, there was no reason not to. So I was very happy when she came back a few hours later and said, with a big smile, "List::Compare!"

She went to a session at YAPC over a year and a half ago and remembered a session on List::Compare.

Now you could say I should have remembered that, and you'd be right. But in this case I didn't and attending that session two summers ago saved her from spending time searching. And it definitely saved her from the even worse fate of writing her own comparison code.

It's hard to put a dollar figure on what might have been, but there's no question in my mind that just remembering that one session more than paid for the price of attending YAPC.

As the author of List-Compare and other CPAN modules, I'm also glad to hear of situations where my code is used in live production. Thanks for the post, Jim! And see you in Chicago!

contributed by James E Keenan on January 14, 2006 12:22 AM

January 04, 2006

January 4, 2006 - YAPC::NA 2005 download stats

This year the Toronto folks managed to record audio and video for the YAPC::NA conference sessions, as reported on use.perl.org. After a few months of availability, Fulko Hew has shared his stats with me:

7 mail-orders
111 CD downloads
953 DVD downloads
? private duplications
= 4 Terabytes

Given that the DVD was 4.23 Gig, that's a lot of bits, both for the sender and receiver. I don't think that many folks would download it unless they were really going to look at it. I just hope some of those folks will be convinced to join us in person next year! :)

Bittorrent next year then?

contributed by David Cantrell on January 16, 2006 8:57 PM

January 03, 2006

January 3, 2006 - The Year in Perl 2005

Our friend chromatic wrote up a summary of some of the things that happened in Perl last year.

Oh, and happy new year everyone! :-D

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