Technical meeting on Tuesday May 1st, from 19:00

Ian Cameron i.a.cameron at
Fri Apr 27 04:25:42 PDT 2012


Just to remind everyone, the first technical meeting of 2012 is on Tuesday, 
May 1st from 19:00.  The meeting will take place in the Systems Seminar room 
at The Open University (directions below).  Our most excellent speakers are:

Main talks:

Nick Morrott: "use XMLTV::Compile;"

For years, configuring and updating channels (especially with XMLTV
listings) in MythTV has been a laborious process. Inspired by Colin
Bradford's talk on XML::Compile from a previous technical talk, I
decided to look at a programmatic approach to compiling and using
pre-configured channel lineups merging EPG, DVB and XMLTV data for the
UK and Ireland.

This talk will describe my approach using XML/XSD/XPath/XSLT, and
possibly explain why the kitchen is still not completely finished.

Oliver Gorwits: "Introduction to the Dancer web framework"

We've not had a talk on Dancer yet, and it seems there's always mileage in
a Perl web frameworks debate, so Oliver will present Dancer. He recently
wrote a traditional, small TT/DBIC/AJAX app in Dancer and was quite happy
with the experience.

Lightning talks:

Tony Edwards: "Re-engineering the Milton Keynes PM website"

As always, it may be helpful if the speakers allow 15 minutes before the 
meeting starts to test their equipment with the projector/get Internet access 
working, etc.

Directions to the meeting:

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).

I look forward to seeing you there.

Cheers, Ian.

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