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Thu, 30 Aug 2007

YAPC::Europe 2007 report: day 3

My Lightning Talk on cpandeps went down really well, although as José pointed out, I need to fix it to take account of File::Copy being broken. I also need to talk to Domm after the conference is over to see if I can get dependency information from CPANTS as well as from META.yml files.

There were lots of other good lightning talks. Dmitri Karasik's regexes for doing OCR, Juerd Waalboer's Unicode::Semantics, and Renée Bäcker's Win32::GuiTest were especially noteworthy.

Richard Foley's brief intro to the perl debugger was also useful. Unfortunately Hakim Cassimally's talk was about debugging web applications, which I'd not noticed on the schedule, so I didn't stay for that.

And finally, Mark Fowler's grumble about why perl sucks (and what to do about it) had a few interesting little things in it. I am having vaguely sick ideas about mixing some of that up with an MJD-stylee parser.

At the auction I paid €250 to have the Danish organisers of next year's YAPC::Europe wear the Swedish flag on their foreheads. This, I should point out, was Greg's idea. I would never be so evil on my own.

Posted at 17:15 by David Cantrell
keywords: geeky | perl | yapc
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YAPC::Europe 2007 report: day 2

A day of not many talks, but lots of cool stuff. Damian was his usual crazy self, and MJD's talk on building parsers was really good. Although I probably won't use those techniques at work as functional programming seems to scare people.

The conference dinner at a Heuriger on the outskirts of Vienna was great. The orga-punks had hired a small fleet of buses to get us there and back, and one of the sponsors laid on a great buffet. The local wine was pretty damned fine too, and then the evening de-generated into Schnapps, with toasts to Her Majesty, to her splendid navy, and to The Village People.

It wasn't all debauchery in the evening though - on the bus, I had a very useful chat with Philippe about Net::Proxy, and re-designing it to make it easier to create new connectors for it.

Posted at 11:57 by David Cantrell
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Tue, 28 Aug 2007

YAPC::Europe 2007 report: day 1

As is becoming normal, I used the times between talks to bugfix some of my modules - this time Tie::STDOUT and Data::Transactional. The former was failing on perl 5.6, the latter on 5.9.5. The former was a bug in perl (you can't localise tied filehandles and expect the tieing to go away in 5.6, so it now declares a dependency on 5.8), the latter was a bug in my code.

Philippe Bruhat's talk on Net::Proxy was great - you can tell it's great because I came away with ideas for at least four things that I need to write. First up will be a plugin for it to allow the user to specify minimum and maximum permitted data rates for proxied connections. This will permit bandwidth limits for maximum permitted rates, but will also help to defeat IDSes doing traffic analysis if you specify a minimum permitted data rate.

This will protect (eg) ssh sessions from being identified based on their very bursty traffic pattern, by "filling in the blanks" with junk data.

In the evening, the CPAN-testers BOF was productive.

Posted at 23:28 by David Cantrell
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Sat, 2 Sep 2006

YAPC::Europe 2006 report: day 3

There were quite a few interesting talks in the morning, especially Ivor's one on packaging perl applications. Oh, and mine about rsnapshot, of course, in which people laughed at the right places and I judged the length of it just right, finishing with a couple of minutes left for questions.

At the traditional end-of-YAPC auction, I avoided spending my usual stupid amounts of money on stupid things, which was nice. Obviously the hundred quid I put in to buying the hair style of next year's organisers wasn't stupid. Oh no. Definitely not.

An orange mohican will suit Domm beautifully.

Posted at 13:43 by David Cantrell
keywords: geeky | perl | rsnapshot | silly | yapc
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