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Day three of YAPC, and I'm attending Ingy's talk on YAML. The hecklers in the crowd just received one of the two microphones - they've received official status.

The evening of day two was fun, except for the minor issue of my room key not working. The professional and friendly staff at CMU sorted that out quickly. The conference dinner was at the Heinz field, with the usual TPF auction. The privilege of taking Larry Wall out for lunch was auctioned off for a thousand dollars, very impressive.

Today's sessions end at three, and then it's back to NYC. It'll be hard to go back to work on mostly closed-source stuff - YAPC is always motivating, and I always want to get more involved in the Open Source community when I return; but little tends to come of it.

git

Jun. 23rd, 2009 02:15 pm
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I am attending Jesse Vincent's talk on SD, a distributed bug tracker. In his talk, he just made a joke about git's manual pages.

This conference shows that git has totally won the distributed revision control war. But everybody complains that it is hard to learn and understand, and everybody who knows it claims to have a love/hate relationship with it.

I am in the middle of switching to git for some work projects, and so far I am liking it but agree it's hard to learn well enough to get started. I guess the hate part will come later, with experience.
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Day two of YAPC is starting. I'm currently enjoying Matt Trout talking about DBIx::Class, and today looks like a full schedule of interesting talks.

Yesterday's eye opener was David Fetter's talk on recursive SQL - solving the Traveling Salesman Problem and doing a Mandelbrot set in ISO standard SQL. But the best part is talking to all the many perl experts here.
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I'm in Pittsburgh today and through Wednesday, for the YAPC::NA 10 (the NA Perl conference). Larry Wall is about to start his keynote.

I arrived yesterday after an uneventful flight (those are the best ones). The bus from Pittsburgh airport to CMU worked well - better than the Newark to NYC bus. I had dinner with Chip Salzenberg (fun and educational).

The conference is just getting started - it'll be fun.
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I think I just flubbed my YAPC lightning talk. Too much to say, too little time, and my materials were by no means as good as all the other speakers. Ah well - better luck next year.
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Am enjoying the last day of YAPC::NA. Adam Kennedy had a good talk about failure and what makes projects fail. About to see Michael Schwern talk about API design - that's likely to be fun.

Catalyst

Jun. 17th, 2008 12:45 pm
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Am attending the workshop on Catalyst all afternoon. I am not using it right now, but since all the really smart kids are using it, I might as well learn :-)

Update: Matt is a great speaker, but his examples could be a little better. He knows his stuff though - he's clearly seen (or lived through) all the mistakes that can be made, and gives practical advice. I'm not fully convinced I need Catalyst for my apps.

Moose

Jun. 17th, 2008 10:19 am
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Currently attending the Moose talk. It's a good talk and the speaker knows his stuff, but OMFG the slides suck. If you have an auditorium full of people, don't use a font for code examples that is small enough that you can fit 30 lines of code, plus a headline in a fancy font, all on the same slide. Nobody beyond the second row will be able to read the slides.

The author should be forced to attend five similar talks from the back of the room and pass a test on the slide content. Fail the test, don't go home.

Now back to the content - the talk is interesting and I want to know this stuff.
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Michael Schwern is doing a fun talk about how perl isn't dead, but is so in public perception - largely because of increased competition from and mindshare of Python, PHP and Ruby. Let's see what he has to say about how to address the situation.

Laptops

Jun. 16th, 2008 11:10 am
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Looking around the room at YAPC, I see Mac laptops are about half the total, with lots of Dells, ThinkPads and HPs as well. That's quite a departure from OSCON last year, where the vast majority had Apple laptops. In fact, a typical Starbucks in New York City will have a larger proportion of Macs.

I'll try and find out the reason - OSCON has more West Coast people; it is also more expensive. Both of those things could explain the difference.
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Larry Wall is still an awful speaker. He either doesn't prepare in enough detail or doesn't rehearse. Combined with shyness and not-so-good jokes, it makes attending his keynotes a mixture of interest in his technical genius and boredom.

Chicago

Jun. 15th, 2008 09:35 pm
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I'm in Chicago this week for the 2008 YAPC::NA perl conference. Flights into Chicago were delayed early on Sunday because of bad weather, but I arrived safely if somewhat delayed. After the three-day conference, I'll also spend a day and a half at the local office, which will make the first time somebody from my New York team visits our sister team here.

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