SPUG: Meeting Announcement -- Making Perl Faster -- 18 April 2006

Andrew Sweger andrew at seattleperl.org
Wed Apr 12 10:36:26 PDT 2006

        April 2006 Seattle Perl Users Group (SPUG) Meeting
       Title: Introduction to Making Perl Faster
     Speaker: Steve Baylis

Meeting Date: Tuesday, 18 April 2006
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Whitepages.com offices
        Cost: Admission is free and open to the general public
        Info: http://seattleperl.org/


Please join us Tuesday evening on 18 April 2006 at the regular monthly
meeting of the Seattle Perl Users Group. Do you have a need for speed? Is
your correct and tested Perl code just taking too long to get the job
done? Come see how Steve makes Perl go more faster.

See below for more information on...

    - Speaker Background
    - Presentation Description
    - Meeting Location

Speaker Background

Steve Baylis

I have been programming in Perl for the last ten years and I'm currently
the Lead Architect at WhitePages.com.  In my position, I am responsible
for ensuring our applications respond quickly and scale efficiently. Given
that we are a top 100 web property and all of our code is in Perl, I have
learned a *lot* about squeezing performance from Perl.

Presentation Description

Introduction to Making Perl Faster

Everyone knows "There's more than one way to do it", but that generally
means there's a fast way and a slow way and probably more than a few in
between.  Sometimes to get the best performance, you have to sacrifice RAM
or readability or both.  Sometimes, it's not worth it.  Sometimes it is.  
In my presentation, I'll show how we've tuned some large applications to
get better performance as well as demonstrate some simple things everyone
can do to make their code more efficient.

Meeting Location

Whitepages.com is located on the 16th floor of the Rainier Square Tower
(1301 5th Avenue, Seattle) which is across from the 5th Avenue Theater.
See the directions[1] for a quick primer on how to reach us from various
locations across Puget Sound.

There are plenty of locations to park in the area, including on the
street. If you're looking for off-street parking, you can park in the
Rainier Square garage which has an entrance on Union St.

After 6PM, the building management restricts access to most floors. Our
host is trying to take care of this, but if unsuccessful, they will
station someone on the 1st floor near the elevator bank and 5th Avenue
entrance to let people in. Worst case scenario, give our host a call on
his cell phone[2] and he'll run down to let you in.

Our hosts are providing a generous assortment of free sodas, fruit drinks,
teas, and coffee, and also have some snacks. You definitely won't
dehydrate here.

We look forward to seeing you!

[1] - http://www.whitepagesinc.com/locations
[2] - (206) 579-7113

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