Hackathon Archives

July 06, 2007

June 29, 2007 - Parrot and Perl 6 wikis moved to perlfoundation.org

For a year or two now, I (Andy Lester) have hosted the Perl 6 and Parrot wikis on my home server, on a not-too-fast DSL line, at rakudo.org. They've now been moved to the wiki infrastructure at perlfoundation.org, on a dedicated box. This means much better performance, so if you've tried the wikis before and found them slow, check them out now.

The moved wiki workspaces are:

Thanks to Socialtext for the hosting.

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?

December 13, 2006

December 13, 2006 - Save the date: New England Perl Workshop, March 10, 2007

This just in from the Boston Perl Mongers:

Boston.pm will be presenting the inaugural "New England Perl Workshop" at Northeastern University on Saturday, March 10th, 2007. We are following in the tradition of the Pittsburgh, London, and Nordic Perl workshops in having two tracks of talks (some short, some long), with opportunities to socialize. We're also hoping to include a
hackathon.

We hope to draw a mix of interested participants from New England and surrounding areas, as well as interested national and international attendees. We are in the process of defining the process for submitting and collecting talks as well as putting together a website at http://www.neperlworkshop.org/. Please stay tuned for more details.


The latest news is that this flopped and will not occur.

contributed by Anonymous on February 18, 2007 6:56 PM

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.

August 28, 2006

August 28, 2006 - Announcing the Chicago Hackathon 2006, Nov 10-12

The Chicago Perl Mongers and The Perl Foundation are proud to announce the Fall 2006 Chicago Hackathon, the weekend of November 10-12, 2006 in suburban Crystal Lake, IL. It will be a round-the-clock weekend of programming on Perl-related projects with your colleagues in the open source community. Dozens of programmers from the open source community in the midwest, as well as others from around the US, will be getting together to share ideas, work on code, and move their Perl-related projects forward.

The participants set the agenda for what we'll be working on, but Perl 6 and Parrot are already on the roster of projects. Chip Salzenberg, pumpking for the Parrot project, will be on hand to help with Parrot and Perl 6. Andy Lester will also be driving some Parrot maintenance tasks, and other midwest programmers will be working on their own projects. There's sure to be something interesting for everyone!

Participation in the hackathon costs nothing. The Perl Foundation is even providing hotel rooms at a special rate if you want to spend the night. Even if you're in the area for just an hour, stop by, grab a snack or some pizza and talk with other people interested in Perl. You might contribute more than you think just by talking with other programmers.

To find out more, visit http://hackathon.info. If you'll be attending, please sign in on the Attendees wiki page, and/or email "rsvp@hackathon.info"<mailto:rsvp@hackathon.info>. You can also send questions to Andy Lester at "andy@hackathon.info"<mailto:andy@hackathon.info>

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