SPUG: Meeting REMINDER -- Mason - 16 November 2004

Andrew Sweger andrew at sweger.net
Wed Nov 10 13:08:16 CST 2004

             November Seattle Perl Users Group (SPUG) Meeting
       Title: Mason
     Speaker: Jonathan Swartz

Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (networking 6:30 - 7:00)
    Location: Amazon.com Pac-Med Building
        Cost: Admission is free and open to the general public
        Info: http://seattleperl.org/


Below are more details on Jonthan's presentation next week. You've heard
a lot of people say that you really need try Mason and you hear grumbles
that it's all a lot of hard work. Come find out the truth next Tuesday. It
may be just what you were looking for.

We have access to the Internet in the meeting room! So, feel free to bring
your laptop so you can follow references from the presentation or write
real-time commentary on IRC or (I hate to use the word) blog it. Several
wired stations will be available and I'll bring a 802.11g WiFi hub. Note
that it's okay to park in the carpool parking spaces on the North side of
the building. This is, by far, the sweetest location at which SPUG members
have had the pleasure of meeting. Easy access, centrally located, ample
parking, a swank meeting room with a professional projection system and
Internet access. And just think, it doesn't cost you a thing (well, it
costs you your time, but how much is that really worth in the end?). So,
don't blow this opportunity.

If you want to exchange PGP/GnuPG signatures, please contact me directly
with your public key (now!) and I'll bring fingerprint checklists for
participants. Contact me if you want to know more.

Here's what's in store for you at our next meeting:


About Jonathan Swartz

Jonathan Swartz is the original author of Mason and a current Amazon.com

About the Presentation

Mason is a popular Perl-based framework for developing web sites. Its
component-based architecture allows the developer to break up websites
into reusable parts, and it includes an extensive set of features for
dealing with every-day web development problems. Mason is used by
thousands of websites including Amazon.com, Salon.com, and AvantGo.

Jonathan will:

  * give a short introduction to Mason
  * talk about the benefits and challenges of using Mason/Perl at Amazon
  * summarize the latest Mason features (including changes inspired at
  * ponder Mason's future in the rapidly maturing web development world



These directions are relatively usable. I (or someone) will try to refine
these over time with experience.

I-5 (from North or South)

On I-5, take the S Dearborn St exit and turn West on Dearborn (I-5
Southbound: turn right; I-5 Northbound: turn left) and proceed
approximately one or two blocks.

Turn right on 8th Ave S (the first light) and proceed North for three

Turn right on S King St and proceed East for approximately five
blocks. You will pass under I-5.

Turn right on 12th Ave S and proceed South for approximately five blocks.
Along this way, you will cross over the Dr. Jose P. Rizal bridge and you
should see the Pac-Med tower directly ahead.

At this point, notice that you have been going in a circle.

Skip to Pac-Med Building below.

I-90 (from East)

On I-90, take the Rainier Ave S (hwy 900) exit Northbound and proceed
approximately six blocks.

Turn left on S King St and proceed West for approximately two blocks.

Turn left on 12th Ave S and proceed South for approximately five blocks.
Along this way, you will cross over the Dr. Jose P. Rizal bridge and you
should see the Pac-Med tower directly ahead.

Pac-Med Building

Turn right at Charles St (the light after the bridge). The Amazon.com
Pac-Med building is visible ahead and on the left as you make the turn and
proceed South on Charles (Charles borders the West side of the building).

The North parking lot entrance will be the second driveway on the left
(the first has a Do Not Enter sign). The parking lot is on the left just
past the parking attendant booth. The "carpool only" spaces should be okay
to park in after 6:30.

Walk to the South entrance of the tower. There is stair next to the
parking garage structure that leads to a convenient path that goes around
the building to the main entrance on the South side of the building.

Enter building and go to the security desk. Sign in and wait to be
escorted to the meeting room (just like when we met at Safeco in the
U-district, more or less).

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