19/05/18 22:25 by Mark Keating (mdk)
The call for Workshops at The Perl Conference in Glasgow (#TPCiG #TPCiG18) will close at 23:59:59 on Thursday 31st May 2018. At this point we have 4 accepted workshops with the provision to hold more on a second day. Workshop will be held the same day (Tuesday 14th August), though if we accept another workshop we will open up Monday 13th August.
The tickets for the existing four workshops that were confirmed earlier in the process are already available and we recommend that you purchase them well in advance as we will have to have an early cut off date to ensure that we can adequately prepare for the number of guests.
Web Site Tune-Up - Improve Your Googlejuice - Dave Cross (half day)
Warning: Perl Free Zone!
Most of us have web sites. And for most of those web sites, success means getting more visitors visit it. And that means getting better ranking in Google. And that means SEO.
You can spend hours poring over spreadsheets of keywords that you want your web site to rank for. But there's another side to SEO. There are a number of relatively simple tweaks you can make to your site in order to make it more attractive to Google. Over the course of three hours, we will cover some of these.
Anyone can apply these techniques to their web sites. But very few people do. That's why they work.
This is an extended version of the workshop I gave at the London Perl Workshop in 2017.
The Professional Programmer - Dave Cross (half day)
Being a successful professional programmer isn't just about being good at programming. There are plenty of other skills that a programmer should have and in this three-hour session, Dave Cross (who, despite appearances to the contrary, has been doing this for thirty years) will explain some of them to you.
Introduction to Perl 6 - Jeff Goff (full day)
Starting from one-liners like 'Hello, world!' Jeffrey explores all of the programming styles that Perl 6 has on offer, from basic procedural programming to object-oriented style, aspect-oriented, functional programming, and even logic programming. From the basics of sigils (the signs that so many scratch their heads over) and context, you'll banish lazy evaluation, march through infinite lists, and stalk the wild hyperoperators. Jeffrey introduces simple variables and user I/O by way of a guessing game.
After discussing variables and how they're affected by the context they're used in, Jeffrey delves into what's traditionally been the core of Perl: regular expressions. Starting with some simple matching tasks, Jeffrey explains how to parse what even Perl 5 regular expressions can't tackle with a custom grammar. This custom grammar helps teach you object orientation and aspect-oriented programming. You'll then build an interpreter with the help of some hyperoperators and use Perl 6 roles to construct both an interpreter and assembler inside Perl 6. Jeffrey also discusses the community surrounding the language, how to find other programmers, and how to find and share your Perl 6 code.
You'll walk out of the tutorial with a solid grasp of the fundamentals of Perl 6 and an exposure to what lies beyond the world of basic scripting. Materials or downloads needed in advance:
Attendees should bring a laptop with at least 4GB of RAM and a working Perl 6 installation from either Docker (recommended for Mac or Linux), Rakudobrew (recommended on Linux, and what the instructor uses inside his VM), or the MSI installer on Windows.
I don't want to be an asshole anymore - Mark Prather (full day)
A three-part course focused on getting your internal outlook correct, how to approach dealing with others, and follow up to help solve problems. I will condense a plethora of reading and give cited examples on each process to help people understand where the message they are trying to convey is getting lost and help them to better facilitate their conversations with others.
With 4 years experience working with programmers in soft skills coaching role I have seen these techniques work and want to pas them on to make the community a better place to be in.
03/04/18 21:33 by Mark Keating (mdk)
The Perl Conference in Glasgow is just 20 weeks away and we happy organisers have stepped up our panic mode to level four on the quivering-with-things scale. Today I would like to reach out and once again ask for sponsors to come join us at the event, have tables, stands and displays and if they would also like to contribute in other ways that would be excellent.
We have a sponsorship portfolio that is available to any sponsor who wants to be involved with the event but today I would like to mention the other ways you can sponsor. A good conference has fringe benefits, the chance to share your projects and passions, the chance to promote your business, project, group or organisation. The chance to become more involved with the community.
This year we would love to see organisations connected to Perl, and also not connected directly, come to our event and join in the fun. As a technical community we are not defined by one passion and nor should we constrain ourselves to it. Let us broaden our experience and let those who wish to display breadth come along and join us.
So if you know a project, organisation or group who want to be involved then point them at Rick or Mark. If you would like to sponsor the event in some fashion then contact us as soon as possible so we can work it out and get your idea into the public domain and move forwards.
A particular passion for Mark this year is to have a greater diversity of speakers and attendees. The way to grow as a community and as individuals is by new experiences and change, that involves new people. Sometimes it involves encouraging those people who attend, or would like to attend, but stay in the background, too unsure.
I would like to invite companies to consider sponsoring a speaker from an under-represented group. How about finding a speaker, who may even be new to speaking, or not from our community and give them a chance to speak at our event.
Sponsor their attendance, get them to submit a talk. We will work with any organisation to help make this a possibility. Contact Mark to see discuss this further. To us this is just as good a reason to list you as a sponsor and to give your our heartfelt thanks.
27/03/18 11:43 by Mark Keating (mdk)
There are fewer than twenty-one weeks to go until the Perl Conference in Glasgow starts and for most of us that is the time we start thinking about maybe submitting a talk, signing up to the event or looking at hotels. For a brave few it is time to start considering the Workshops?
Would you like to give a workshop at this year’s TPCiG? Would you like to attend a workshop? There are already events listed on the website and we are looking for more workshops to truly round out this year’s European Perl Conference. They need not be about Perl. The magnificent Dave Cross is doing a workshop on SEO (yes you heard that correctly) so flex your creative juices and submit.
There are limited workshop openings so submitting early with good levels of detail is an absolute must. Use the normal link to submit a presentation and choose your workshop length. You can always talk to Mark or Rick if you need more details or want some feedback.
19/03/18 12:17 by Mark Keating (mdk)
Not all the sponsorship that we receive for a conference is in the form of a monetary donation. Often an organisation or individuals provide patronage, or support, in time, people or products.
One such organisation is StickerYou.
We have great pleasure in announcing that we have partnered with StickerYou to provide some custom stickers and Floor Decals for this year’s YAPC::EU in Glasgow.
StickerYou Inc. provides the best platform in the world to create custom products that make you stick!
We are passionate about providing you with the highest quality custom stickers, labels, decals, iron-ons, temporary tattoos and more. Our website is built with proprietary die-cut technology to help you create and order your products exactly as you need them. This means you can order any quantity (as little as one), in any size and shape you need.
StickerYou was founded in 2008 by Andrew Witkin, who was inspired during a walk on Los Angeles’ Manhattan Beach when he noticed how stickers played a huge role in the local scene and culture but realized how expensive it was for individuals to create awesome die-cut stickers themselves.
StickerYou is based in beautiful Toronto, Canada.
08/03/18 15:03 by Mark Keating (mdk)
It is a great pleasure to announce that cPanel will be the media sponsors for this year’s European Perl Conference (TPCiG/YAPC::EU) in Glasgow.
cPanel have had a long association with the Perl community regularly attending and sponsoring events and activities. They host one of the most innovative and expert Perl teams on the planet and have created a world leading hosting platform that is used by millions of sites worldwide.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that cPanel® is one of a kind. We like to think it’s because of four qualities that are deeply ingrained in both our product and our people: Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Follow-Through.”
cPanel & WHM is The Hosting Platform of Choice for web hosting automation. cPanel, Inc. writes and releases the software, to be perfect for any user. From the beginner to the advanced system administrator, cPanel & WHM provides the ideal platform for web hosting providers.
In 2017 we made it easier for application developers to use our software. In 2018 we're focused on making deployments to the most popular cloud providers as easy as possible.
cPanel is always on the lookout for talented, capable individuals. Spirited, intelligent, quirky, friendly, adventurous. These are just a few of the traits that cPanel employees bring to the table, but with all our varied skill sets and personalities, we defy labels.
We are a tight-knit team that consistently challenges and encourages one another. Best of all, we sincerely believe in the value of the work that we do. And with 20 years under our belts — we’re not looking to slow down anytime soon.
It will be a great pleasure to see cPanel at the event in Glasgow and we are sure many of their team will not only attend but present at the conference.
05/03/18 14:20 by Mark Keating (mdk)
The Call for Papers for this year’s European Perl Conference, TPCiG also known as Yet Another Perl Conference Europe (YAPC::EU), that is held in Glasgow from 15th-17th August is still open and accepting submissions.
This year we are taking a different approach to the submissions by accepting some talks early and filling out the schedule in advance. This is to encourage new speakers, those who have to travel and book in advance and to help spur people into action. We have already accepted some talks and will be accepting more in the following week(s) so get your proposals in now.
The event is entirely volunteer organised and we would also accept invitations from people who wish to help organise the event in advance or on the day. If you think you can help out then please contact Mark (@shadowcat_mdk) or Rick (@PerlRick) as soon as you can. Even a few hours help in writing messages or promoting the event will be an enormous boon and we will be hugely grateful.
So don’t delay, now is the time to submit a talk, or to offer to lend a hand.
17/12/17 20:46 by Mark Keating (mdk)
As many of you are aware the Perl Conference in Europe (Glasgow) will be held between 13th-17th August 2018. The website is already active and attracting both speakers and sponsors and the main organising team of Mark Keating and Rick Deller have been planning the general shape of the conference.
However, an event as large as this takes more than just two people and we are now seeking a team of others to help us with the event. This will be tasks from speaking to sponsors, speakers, event management, writing articles, social media management, general tasks that happen before the event.
We will also need technical and non-technical people to help with the many tasks at the conference. These are a range from making sure people know where to go and what talks are in what rooms, to setting up rooms, timing speakers, video help and a host of small tasks too numerous to mention here.
This is your chance to shine and to be part of an important event and a major contributor to the best community Perl conference. You can make a real difference in the community and be rewarded with thanks, limited edition swag and some other special gifts.
Contact Mark or Rick if you wish to express an interest or if you have experience and once again wish to take up the mantle. It is best, these days, to hit us up on Twitter at @shadowcat_mdk or @perlrick.
11/10/17 12:54 by Mark Keating (mdk)
It is a great pleasure to announce that Jeff Goff will be giving a whole days tutorial on Perl 6 for the Perl Conference in Glasgow in 2018.
About the CourseStarting from one-liners like 'Hello, world!' Jeffrey explores all of the programming styles that Perl 6 has on offer, from basic procedural programming to object-oriented style, aspect-oriented, functional programming, and even logic programming. From the basics of sigils (the signs that so many scratch their heads over) and context, you'll banish lazy evaluation, march through infinite lists, and stalk the wild hyperoperators. Jeffrey introduces simple variables and user I/O by way of a guessing game.
After discussing variables and how they're affected by the context they're used in, Jeffrey delves into what's traditionally been the core of Perl: regular expressions. Starting with some simple matching tasks, Jeffrey explains how to parse what even Perl 5 regular expressions can't tackle with a custom grammar. This custom grammar helps teach you object orientation and aspect-oriented programming. You'll then build an interpreter with the help of some hyperoperators and use Perl 6 roles to construct both an interpreter and assembler inside Perl 6.
Jeffrey also discusses the community surrounding the language, how to find other programmers, and how to find and share your Perl 6 code.
You'll walk out of the tutorial with a solid grasp of the fundamentals of Perl 6 and an exposure to what lies beyond the world of basic scripting.
If you've heard about earlier seminars, please note this will have updated content, including sections on concurrency and parallel execution. The author keeps the content up-to-date and relevant to the ever-growing Perl 6 ecosystem.
RequirementsMaterials or downloads needed in advance: Attendees should bring a laptop with at least 4GB of RAM and a working Perl 6 installation from either Docker (recommended for Mac or Linux), Rakudobrew (recommended on Linux, and what the instructor uses inside his VM), or the MSI installer on Windows.
About JeffJeff Goff is a well respected and recognisable member of the Perl and Perl 6 communities. He has been programming Perl for more years than he cares to admit and is employed as a senior perl developer at Good Data in the Czech Republic. Jeff is a contributor to the Perl 6 community and to Rakudo Perl. He has published a number of modules in both Perl 5 and Perl 6 and given numerous training courses in Perl 6 at conferences such as OSCON, FOSDEM, Perl Conference in Amsterdam and as part of O'Reilly Online.
Jeff is known as DrForr on irc and social networks and can regularly be found hanging out on the Perl 6 community web sites and social media groups.
11/10/17 12:22 by Mark Keating (mdk)
It is a great pleasure to welcome Eligo to the sponsors of the Perl Conference in Glasgow for 2018.
Eligo are well known in the European Perl community for their sponsorship of Perl events. They are, however, also widely respected for the efforts of Rick Deller a Perl recruitment specialist at Eligo and community contributor. Rick is the leader of the London Perl Mongers, organiser of the LPM Tech meets, one of the organisers of the London Perl Workshop for 2017 and co-organiser of the Perl Conference in Glasgow.
Aside from providing sponsorship, Eligo will be sponsoring a lot of time from Rick and other staff and will be present at the conference venue helping to run next year's event.
A little bit about Eligo...
We are a niche boutique recruitment consultancy with a team of dedicated Perl Consultants.
We live and breathe our markets. In fact we like to think we are as passionate about the sector as those who work within it.
Because we understand the market shifts, history and challenges, we are able to provide honest and accurate insight into the market in terms of new entrants to the market, company growth, new products, opportunities, candidate availability, salary surveys, industry standards, competitor information etc.
We are able to find you the right person and/or job whether you are looking for-Permanent, Temporary and Fixed Term Contracts
We specialise in and have experience in recruiting Perl Specialists across a wide range of sectors, roles typically include –
- Junior Developers
- Senior Developers
- Lead Developers
- Development Managers
- Head of IT
Whether you are looking for a role or a candidate in the UK, Europe or US, we can help.
09/10/17 09:40 by Mark Keating (mdk)
The first workshop to accompany the 2018 Conference has just been accepted. Dave Cross, well loved and respected community member and long time Perl trainer from Magnum Solutions, has submitted a half day tutorial on SEO: View Website Tune-Up.
Dave has this to say about the presentation:
'Most of us have web sites. And for most of those web sites, success means getting more visitors [to] visit it. And that means getting better ranking in Google. And that means SEO.
You can spend hours poring over spreadsheets of keywords that you want your web site to rank for. But there's another side to SEO. There are a number of relatively simple tweaks you can make to your site in order to make it more attractive to Google. Over the course of three hours, we will cover some of these.'
This is an event that will appeal to: people outside of the Perl community; any developer who wishes to understand how SEO impacts sites; managers and project developers wishing to further promote their sites.
You can register your interest in the event by signing up to the conference and starring the workshop but seats and tickets will not be allocated until a later date.
06/10/17 15:37 by Mark Keating (mdk)
It is a great pleasure this year to welcome Geizhals Preisvergleich to the sponsors of the Perl Conference in Glasgow. Geizhals Preisvergleich employs a specialised Perl team many of whom are well known in the Perl community.
Geizhals Preisvergleich was conceived in 1996 in Austria as an independent price comparison service and soon enjoyed enormous popularity. In June 2000 it incorporated and professionalized as "Preisvergleich Internet Services AG".
In the early years Geizhals Preisvergleich focused primarily on technical products ranging from hardware to consumer electronics, but with its growing popularity and categories like home & living, health & beauty it became more and more important.
All the products covered are carefully classified and regularly updated by the editors and completed by additional product information, expert and consumer reviews. The detailed product filters make it easier for shoppers to find the right product within a category. With this tool they can select the features they are looking for in a product.
Due to this consumer-oriented features and broad scope, Geizhals Preisvergleich, with its popular subsidiaries in Germany, UK and Poland, has established a strong leadership in central Europe.
We look forward to welcoming Geizhals Preisvergleich and its developers at the event in 2018.
04/10/17 09:28 by Mark Keating (mdk)
It is a great pleasure to welcome on board the wonderful Perl Services as a sponsor to The Perl Conference in Glasgow.
Perl Services, in the guise of Renée Bäcker, have been sponsors and speakers at a number of Perl events worldwide. If you are an organiser of an event they are amongst the first of the Perl companies in Europe to approach you and offer their sponsorship.
Renée and Perl Services are significant community supporters. They contribute greatly to the Perl community in their homeland of Germany and at many European Perl events.
If you have need of good Perl services, training or Perl support, in particular strong support for OTRS, including custom module, extensions and libraries, then I urge you to consider opening a discussion with Renée.
03/10/17 12:14 by Mark Keating (mdk)
Welcome to The Perl Conference in Glasgow 2018 (bit.ly/TPCiG) which will be held in August at the Studio.
The call for papers and workshops is now open and you can submit your talks and workshop ideas at: http://bit.ly/TPCiG-Talk.