Wednesday, June 29, 2011

YAPC::NA 2011 - day 1

Actually it is already the morning of day 3, so I'm a little bit behind. :)

The first day started with Larry's keynote. He wore mst's "Perl is my community" t-shirt, which was auctioned off at last YAPC::EU in Pisa. Larry talked about the community and at the end he had some nice slides about the "renaming Perl [56]" questions. He is against renaming them.

Next were the lightning talks: Jan Dubious presented ActiveState's Stackato. Other talks were about App::GitGot (manage git repositories), Mojolicious::Plugin::Toto, Template::Simple, Sol Genomics Network,Threads::TBB (Thread Building Blocks), logging of SQL queries, OWASP Top 10, cpandoc and Pittsburgh Perl Workshop (with "Perl Ops" track).

After the lunch break Jacinta Richardson talked about Perl Best Practices in 2011, a renewal of Damian Conway's book "Perl Best Practices". She had a tough start, because the room was not ready. Later in her talk one guest was sleeping and snoaring. :)

This doesn't mean the talk was bad, I really liked it. I made a lot of notes, too much to publish them here. :)

Next was Cory "gphat" Watson with "How to NOT built a multi-million dollar eCommerce system". He talked about his experiences from magazines.com. They had a very old code base, a custom written web framework, not even using CGI.pm. This sounds awefully familiar to me. Not even using CGI.pm!

This talk was also very good and it contained a lot of valueable information.

Next talks were about telecommuting and running a Perl event.

The evening was followed by the conference dinner and the auction. It was again in the "competition" style like it was first done in Pisa. Three teams auction off some items and compete about the highest bids. One of the items was an inflatable penguin. :)

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