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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Lisbon guide – taxis, traps, virtualtourist
Tuesday 28 July 2009 @ 6:57 am

The YAPC EU in Lisbon is coming. There was a discussion on mailing list about TAXIS in Lisbon.So, here you have some info on a useful site about Lisbon (and about tourism on the whole world):

Taxi warnings:

Useful site:

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Perl WTFs – last in function
Monday 27 July 2009 @ 10:17 pm

Imagine you have a loop – and in that loop you call a function (sub) – your, or from some module. And imagine that someone by mistake left there “last” statement. What would it do? it will terminate your loop.

for … {



something… that would not be executed…


sub function {

something something…

last; # by mistake, maybe it should be a “return”?


For some people it is a WTF, for some it is very logical way , that it should work like.

What do you think about it?

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YAPC::EU 2009 in Lisboa (Lisbon, Lizbona)!
Monday 22 June 2009 @ 7:43 pm

The Perl conference YAPC::EU (Yet Another Perl Conference) is coming – in 42 🙂 days!

Tenth Edition of the european Yet Another Perl Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 3-5 August 2009.

The conference website is here: There is also wiki and twitter

And I am going to be there 🙂

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