YAPC::EU 2010 Pisa – my presentation
Thursday 5 August 2010 @ 4:35 pm

Here is my presentation for YAPC::EU 2010 in Pisa:


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YAPC EU 2010 is coming
Monday 26 April 2010 @ 6:16 pm

Some news about YAPC EU 2010:


All prices include Italian VAT (20%).

For speakers free 🙂 (lightning-talk speakers not included)

Guests: Wall, Conway, Randall, Rolsky…

There will be courses before and after conference:

Priced 150-220 euro each.

(more about courses)

And a trip to Florence is very likely to be arranged on Saturday, August 7th (just after the conference).  Yay! Remener Hannibal Lecter drawing Duomo on the wall in his cell? 😉


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The Renaissance of Perl
Wednesday 10 February 2010 @ 7:48 am

YAPC::EU::2010 is coming!

It will be held from 4 to 6 August 2010 in My One Hotel Pisa Conference Centre
( http://www.myonehotel.it/eng/galilei/default.asp – map: http://bit.ly/8FN64F – quite near to the airport. )

Twitter: http://twitter/yapceu2010

Website: http://www.yapceurope.org/2010/

YAPC::EU::2010 conference theme will be: The Renaissance of Perl

    The conference theme is the Renaissance of Perl. This topic pays homage
    to Italy's role as the cradle of the Renaissance, and acknowledges how
    Perl is far from a dead legacy language

The more I hear that Perl is not dead, the more I wonder whether it is acutally dead ;-p

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YAPC Europe Foundation financial reports
Wednesday 3 February 2010 @ 6:57 am

YAPC Europe Foundation is nonprofit organisation, helping with organisations of YAPCs and Perl Workshops in Europe.  They help by giving kickstart bonuses for conferences, workshops, hackathons and provideing payment processing.

Recently they published financial reports http://www.yapceurope.org/finance/reports/ and cashflow diagrams for past conferences ( http://www.yapceurope.org/finance/cashflow.html ) .

From the financial report for 2009 one canread that much of their expenses is bank and payment processign expenses – about 100 EUR for Bank Account Charge and 600E for payment.

If you are going to organise perl conference or other similiar event with the help of foundation – read the cashflow diagrams carefully, to avoid sudden shortage of cash 🙂

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Frozen Perl soon
Wednesday 27 January 2010 @ 6:47 am

Frozen Perl is a three day event held at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis, MN. The main event is a one-day, two-track workshop on Saturday, February 6th. Saturday will begin (after the greeting) by keynote by brian d foy.

At Friday there are two classes:  Effective Perl Programming by brian d foy and Intro to Moose by Dave Rolsky. Each class is $100,  also 4 student seats at $25 each.

At Sunday, there will be hackathons ( http://www.frozen-perl.org/mpw2010/wiki?node=Hackathon )

More info here: http://www.frozen-perl.org/mpw2010/

It seems that there are lots of conferences and other events about perl – both global (like yapc) and local (like Bulgarian Perl Workshop http://event.perlbulgaria.org/sofia2010/ ). So maybe perl is not dying at all 🙂

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Nice people I met at YAPC::EU – continued
Wednesday 25 November 2009 @ 6:58 am

More nice people I met:

Gábor Szabó – no, not the hungarian guitarist, nor football player, but the guy who makes Padre and advertises perl so it does not die.

Three nice guys from Poland (okay, two, as I travelled with one): Maciej, Perl developer from booking.com, and the second I do not know much about 🙂

And lots and lots more, but its no use to write about all 🙂

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Nice people I met at YAPC::EU
Wednesday 18 November 2009 @ 6:55 am

On the YAPC::EU this summer I met a few nice people.Here is a short list, just a few form many nice people:

I was honoured to meet Larry Wall, who told me to have “appropiate amount of fun” on my presentation about WTFs.

A few minutes earlier I met Damian Conway, whom I helped with aplying last-minute changes to conference schedule and putting in on conference room door, before I realised who he was.

Paul Fenwick dressed as Star Trek hero did presentation about klingon Perl programming. A bit earlier this day, Damian Conway did completely different presentation about klingon Perl programming, making with his voice sounds that soon made him thirsty.

to be continued…

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My presentation at YAPC::EU::2009 was graded
Wednesday 4 November 2009 @ 6:54 am

I received feedback from conference attendees about my presentation at YAPC::EU. And it was very good 🙂

After the conference attendees are encouraged to express their opinions on presentations they attended and grade them. Then the aggregated grades and opinions are sent to speaker.

I was a bit nervous, but fortunately presentation about WTFish side of using Perl was graded between 7 and 10 (on a scale from 1 to 10), mostly 8-9.

There were also opinions – good and bad.

Bad: I could have been speaking louder and with better intonation and gestures. Slides also could be a bit better. Someone even wrote “Poor guy, it is hard to present in another language. I hope he isnt disheartened, his presentation is good” 🙂

Good opinions (quoted from the feedback I got):

Poor guy, it is hard to present in another language.	I hope he isnt
  disheartened, his presentation is good

Thanks for good opinions 🙂 and also for bad – those taught me something about presentations. Next time it will be better 🙂

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Perl is dead – or is it not?
Wednesday 2 September 2009 @ 6:46 am

During the YAPC::EU 2009 conference in Lisbon, I heard many times that Perl is NOT dead. Interesting, I never considered Perl to be dead. It is funy thing about human brain, it skips the word NOT. So the message I got is: perl is dead. If so many people try to convince me that “perl is NOT dead”, there has to be a good reason that other people think it IS dead. What can this reason be? Old beliefs about perl? Rise of new languages like python, ruby, groovy?

And, more important for myself – what should I do?

There are several things:

What do YOU think about it?

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WTFish side of using Perl talk at YAPC::EU 2009 – slides
Wednesday 26 August 2009 @ 6:52 am

I did my talk about WTF in Perl at YAPC::EU 2009 at Monday, August 3rd. It was a bit stresfull experience for me. Especially that my laptop did not want to show presentation on the projector. I turned out that I do not know my own laptop. Right, I use it rarely. Hopefully presentation was not bad, I received some positive feedback. People were clapping too. Nice 🙂 One person asked me for slides. So here they are:

Feedback about my talk is appreciated, use comment field below 🙂

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