SPUG: Minimal Perl talk at UW on Thursday

Tim Maher tim at consultix-inc.com
Tue Nov 7 22:13:48 PST 2006

The next Seattle Area System Administrator's Guild meeting is
Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 7pm.

There will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.  Check them out
at http://www.siliconmechanics.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the University
of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the EE Department's
web site below. Parking is $5 after 4pm.

  Next meeting: Thursday November 9, 2006 at 7:00 PM
         Topic: Minimal Perl for UNIX and Linux People
    Presenters: Tim Maher <tim at consultix-inc.com>
      Location: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
                Room 403
                University of Washington Campus
    Directions: http://www.ee.washington.edu/directions.html
      Web Site: http://www.sasag.org/

Talk Abstract

Perl is one of the most expressive, powerful, versatile, OS- portable,
and /fun/ languages for general purpose programming, and certainly one
of the best choices for applications involving text, HTML, or XML
processing, CGI or Database programming, or system administration.

However, the language as it is generally taught is overly complex and
confusing, being replete with redundant and esoteric features that
confuse and discourage novices. This talk discusses a strategically
crafted /subset/ of Perl, which was developed and tested on corporate
engineers. It pares the language down to an easily learned and
sensible set of core features, which are easily assimilated because
they capitalize on the learner's existing knowledge of key UNIX/Linux
concepts and commands that are shared by Perl.

Speaker Bio

Since 1982, Dr. Tim Maher of Seattle-based Consultix has taught many
thousands of software professionals to program in Unix-related
languages. He's a former employee of AT&T, U.C. Berkeley, and the
University of Utah, the developer of the first Perl beautifier, the
founder of the Seattle Perl Users Group (SPUG), the author of "Minimal
Perl for UNIX and Linux People", a winner of the Perl community's
White Camel award, and the guy who brought to Perl the only Unix shell
loop that Larry left out--"select".

This is FREE and open to the public and a wonderful opportunity.

The Seattle Area System Administrator's Guild (SASAG) is a local group
for system & network administrators in Greater Seattle Area.  We are a
local chapter of both SAGE and LOPSA, but membership in either is not a
requirement.  We sponsor a regular monthly meeting open to the public on
the second Thursday if each month at 7 p.m.

Check out our Web site for more information:

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Silicon Mechanics (www.siliconmechanics.com) for providing
our server and to Blue Gecko (www.bluegecko.net) for giving it a home!
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