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April 11, 2007

April 11, 2007 - Hackathon Toronto is April 28, 2007

James Keenan writes:

Toronto Perl Mongers are pleased to announce Hackathon Toronto, a one- day, almost-spur-of-the-moment hackathon, to be held Saturday, April 28, 2007.

A hackathon is a gathering of free and open source software developers reflecting the joy of collective hacking. Building on the tradition of previous Perl hackathons in Toronto, Chicago and elsewhere, Hackathon Toronto will encourage people to come together for face-to-face work on Perl 5, Perl 6, CPAN modules, Parrot, Pugs and ... you name it!

A hackathon wiki has been established at http://rakudo.org/hackathon- toronto. Go there to learn details as to participation, location, transportation, projects, logistics, etc. As we get closer to the hackathon date, log on to #hackathon on irc.perl.org.

If you can be in Toronto on Saturday, April 28, we hope to see you there.

March 22, 2007

March 22, 2007 - European Perl Hackathon Results

The first European Perl Hackathon has successfully concluded. They ended up with 16 registered attendees from 6 different countries. Read on for more details.

The total cost to The Perl Foundation was 468.71 euros, and you can read about what they got done on the successes page. Work was done on Parrot, Perl, Act, CPAN6, and a few other things.

You can find some additional info here:

Thanks to Ann Barcomb for all her work in organizing the event and to all participants!

February 02, 2007

February 2, 2007 - European Perl Hackathon

Details are now available for the European Perl Hackathon in Arnhem, the Netherlands, from 2 - 4 March, 2007. Space is limited for this one and it's coming up soon, so don't wait if you're interested.

From the organizers:

Familiarity with the featured projects is not required; you need only bring a laptop and a willingness to join in.

Although there is no fee to attend the hackathon, you are required to pay for your own accommodation and transportation. However, it is possible to book a room at the venue location when you register for the hackathon, at the price of € 74 for two nights plus breakfast.

Space is limited to 30 participants, and registration is required. Reservations for accommodations made through the hackathon must be made by 9 February; reservations for the event itself must be made no later than 22 February.

For more information about the event, please refer to http://conferences.yapceurope.org/hack2007nl

December 27, 2006

December 27, 2006 - Perl Hackathons Gaining Steam

It seems the Chicago hackathon organized by Andy Lester and Pete Krawczyk and sponsored by the Perl Foundation has sparked some interest from other groups. We (TPF) think these events are a great way to support Perl, use your donations effectively, and keep things rolling on various active projects. Now we need some ideas on how we should keep things going.

I think hackathons will largely be regional events. This is different from conferences since people often travel long distances for conferences (although some traveled quite a distance for the Chicago hackathon). Given this regional nature, we'll want to make sure the organizers can get a committer on a major project to attend and drive a primary effort. What are these major projects? I think we can start with:

  • perl 5 development;
  • perl 6 development (including Parrot);
  • major testing writing events?;
  • converting core perl 5 modules to perl 6?

Part of our job is to use donated TPF funds wisely, so if we're going to sponsor these events we need to make sure we have clear results. Starting with the items above will help.

We'd also like to see additional sponsorship of these events, if possible. The major focus of the hackathon might even be sponsor-driven.

Once we have a central project to work on, we can continue to have anyone and everyone show up to work on other projects as well.

What are your thoughts? Are you waiting for a hackathon near you? Is this a good use of TPF funds? What sorts of results do you want to see from them?

November 17, 2006

November 17, 2006 - Chicago Perl Hackathon a rousing success

The first standalone Perl Hackathon has been a rousing success, and The Perl Foundation is looking forward to sponsoring two or three each year around the country, or around the world.

From Friday November 10th to Sunday November 12th, over thirty Perl hackers converged on the Country Inn & Suites in Crystal Lake, IL, a far northwest suburb of Chicago. For three days, nearly around the clock, we worked, talked, ate, and worked some more on Perl projects of all kinds. There were hackers from around the Chicago area as well as others from Oregon, California, New York, Ontario and England. Some were only around for one day, while others came in Thursday night and left Monday morning. It was a gathering that let everyone do what they wanted, when they wanted, while still getting work done.

The Parrot project had the largest population working on it. Chip Salzenberg and Jerry Gay flew in to drive the development. Friday morning, there were six hackers who were familiar with Parrot, but when it was over, eight new project members had worked on it. Bugs were fixed, design documents were created, and hackers met other hackers for the first time.

Perl::Critic also had a big showing. Chris Dolan and yours truly met with Michael Wolf and James Keenan to create new policies and hash out design decisions as we pushed to the version 1.0 release of this crucial tool.

On Saturday night, Ken Krugler of the code search engine krugle.com gave a demo of the site, and heard feedback about how krugle.com can help serve the Perl community better. I'm excited about outside companies working to help Perl while helping themselves. Most important, Krugler sponsored the night's Chicago deep dish pizza to feed the hungry hacking throng.

Smaller projects got attention as well. Pete Krawczyk and I worked on projects like ack, File::Next and HTML::Tree, since most of our time was spent running around getting people to public transportation, getting snacks, ordering Chinese food, and making sure everything ran smoothly. For more details on who was there, and what we worked on, see the Hackathon Chicago wiki at http://rakudo.org/hackathon-chicago/.

The one question everyone asked was, "When's the next one?" The Perl Foundation is currently working on ideas, plans, budgets and sponsorship for making more hackathons happens, but we need people to host and organize them. A hackathon is an ideal way for a Perl Mongers group to host an event, but with much easier requirements than hosting YAPC (Yet Another Perl Conference). If you or your Perl Mongers group would be interested in hosting a hackathon, please email me at andy@perl.org.

October 20, 2006

October 20, 2006 - Krugle joins the Chicago Hackathon

The Chicago Hackathon (http://hackathon.info) is excited to have Krugle part of the proceedings. Krugle (http://krugle.com) is a search engine for source code, projects, and technical information across the web, and they want your feedback. The Krugle team wants to hear from Perl programmers about how Krugle can be more useful to the Perl community.

On Saturday, Krugle will be hosting a demo of Krugle, as well as feeding us pizza. They're looking for content advisors, feature feedback, and other interesting ideas. If you're intereted, plan on stopping in the main meeting room. If you're not, just come by, grab some pizza, and head back to hacking.

Ken Krugler, the founder, will be hosting the demo and conversation. He first cut his coding teeth in the Lisa/Mac vortex, and then spent 15 years solving I18N problems. For the past 18 months he's been obsessing about exploratory vertical search for code. In his spare time, he fiddles with cellular automata.

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