Monday, January 25, 2010

Perl Oasis Slides

So I finally found some time this weekend to annotate my slides from OPW and get them uploaded to the interweb. The theme of the talk was two fold. First was that we all stand on top of the shoulders of those who came before us and that Open Source is a great context in which to do that, both when building on top of computer science concepts and when borrowing lessons learned from other language communities. The second half the talk was about my recent experiments using Plack (which is the Perl Web Server, in case you hadn't heard), Bread::Board, Path::Router and Moose, which I combined together as an experiment I call OX.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Plack - The Perl Web Server

Wow, in less then a week it seems that Plack has climbed to number seven in Google search results for Perl Web Server. It is only a matter of time before the hivemind that is Google realizes what we already know, that Plack is *the* Perl Web Server for the new millennium!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Perl Oasis 2010

So this weekend I went down to the Perl Oasis (a.k.a - Orlando Perl Workshop, or OPW for short), which is a small one day conference run by Chris Prather and his wife Jamie. I had missed it last year, but I heard so many good reviews of it I decided that this year I couldn't miss it, and I am really glad I didn't because I had a really great time.

There were lots of great people, great talks and great conversation. Some highlights include miyagawa's Plack talk (Plack really should be the top search result for "Perl Web Server"), Lucas Oman gave a really interesting talk about trying to implement Roles in PHP, the always entertaining Matt Trout gave a talk in the form of an epic poem and many more.

I find that I really enjoy the small and short conferences, they are usually on a weekend (less work juggling to do) and everything is a group activity enjoyed by all (much easier to coordinate activities when you don't have 300+ attendees). This conference, along with the always fun Pittsburgh Perl Workshop are now both on my "can't miss" list.