Fifth Anniversary Technical Meeting: Tuesday 12th October, 2010

Tom Hukins tom at
Tue Sep 28 09:01:44 PDT 2010

Doesn't time fly?  Milton Keynes Perl Mongers has existed for 5 years:

We will celebrate our fifth anniversary with various talks about Perl
followed by informal discussion over a few drinks.  Anyone is welcome to
attend, regardless of expertise, so please join us on the 12th October.
For more details, see

The meeting takes place at the Open University's Systems Seminar Room.
Arrive at 7pm so the first talk can start promptly at 7.15.  See below
for directions.

We have the following talks lined up:

An introduction to writing web servers with POE (Colin Bradford)

POE is a Perl framework for writing reactive programs.  I'll give a
brief introduction to POE and event based programming, and then explain
how I've used it to distribute data in near real time to web clients.

TV listings with XMLTV (Nick Morrott)

The XMLTV project is a mature Perl-based project that provides a set of
libraries, grabbers and utilities to collect, process and filter TV
listings from all over the world in XML format. Applications that
currently make use of this data include digital video recorder
applications such as MythTV, and listings viewers such as FreeGuide.

I will give an overview of the project, discuss the XMLTV DTD format,
examine the internals of a typical grabber, and discuss some of the
modules used in the collection of data. I will also briefly discuss
configuring a grabber for use, compare the use of XMLTV listings with
those from the Freeview/Freesat EPGs, and finally outline some
in-progress work to improve the end-user experience.

See also:

Evolving Software with Moose (Dave Cross)

The North West England Perl Mongers took Dave's Perlanet feed
aggregation module and reinvented it as something wonderful. This talk
will describe what they did, exploring a few interesting corners about
Moose such as lazy attributes and traits.

We also have several brief lightning talks:

Using PAR to Package and Deploy Perl Applications (Tony Edwardson)

Microsoft Exchange and SOAP - my two great loves (Oliver Gorwits)

Using Lovefilm's API (Paul Mooney):  An overview of OAUTH and REST and
how you can use WWW::Lovefilm::API to simplify both when talking to the

Please pass on this message to anyone who you think might like to attend
or encourage people to attend using your favourite social networks.
Thanks to bob for - I
would appreciate someone with a Twitter account adding details and tags
to this.

Finally, remember to arrive at the OU for 7pm on Tuesday 12th October.
Here's how to find us:
 First, find the OU campus as described at

 Enter the campus (signposted Open University, not Open University East),
 via Brickhill Street (V10).

 Take the middle lane past Security (on the left), through the barriers, and
 then turn right on to Ring Road East.

 Ahead you will see the road narrows to single lane on your side of the
 road, where there are no entry signs.  Just prior to this is the
 entrance to a car park on the left (marked Inner East Parking on the
 campus map).  Take this left turn and head to the top left (North West
 on the campus map) of the car park.

 The meeting is in the south east section of the Venables Building,
 nearest the Inner East Parking on the campus map.

 Take the path (marked in orange on the campus map) west from the car park
 toward the centre of campus.

 Take a right under an archway in to the courtyard area bound by Venables
 South, East, and South East, keeping right (heading North East on the campus
 map), behind the building section marked South East.

 You will find a double door on your right, which is Entrance G at the
 South East section of Venables Building.

 We'll see you there, as these are usually access controlled doors, so you
 will probably need to be let in.

If you haven't attended one of our meetings at the OU before, you might
want to ask for someone's phone number in case you have trouble finding
us.  If you need a lift to the meeting, please ask our mailing list or
IRC channel (see for details).

See you on the 12th,

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