SPUG: Meeting Ideas
jcokos at ccs.net
Mon Jul 17 16:06:47 CDT 2000
First, let me quickly introduce myself.... John Cokos, iWeb Systems.
We made our first SPUG meeting last week when Mr Conway was in
town. We are a 3 year old Internet (commercial CGI) company
that very recently relocated to Seattle/Lynnwood. Plan on having
us at every meeting from this point forward.
On to the topic at hand:
Why not some meetings / topics on more practical perl?
Seems to me, from looking at your past meeting notes, and
from the general banter that a lot of heavy duty/guru type
of things are being tossed around. Why not break down to
more of a street level, hands dirty, getting the job done topic
set? Watching the mini thread this week on the mapping of
multiple lines into a hash was interesting, educational, and
drives home the point elegantly that perl gives you a thousand
ways to skin a cat. I think we could get a lot out of stringing
up some kittys at the meetings, skinning them a bunch of different
ways, and exploring multiple solutions to REAL WORLD issues.
While the conway lectures were extrememly educational, how many
of us will truly use these in day to day work? I'd guess quite
few..... but tearing apart existing code/problems, and comming
up, jointly, with slick/efficient workarounds will, I think,
prove to be more useful to more of us, and in solving the
issue(s) at hand, you'll not only see the answer to that problem,
but probably ways to solve other related things as well.
I'd hate to see SPUG go too "guru". It can be intimidating
to beginner-intermediate perl users, and I suspect a good reason
why attendance may not be where you want it to be.
John Cokos, President / CEO: iWeb Inc.
jcokos at ccs.net
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