SPUG: Meeting Announcement -- 15 April 2008

Colin Meyer cmeyer at helvella.org
Thu Apr 10 10:47:41 PDT 2008

    April 2008 Seattle Perl Users Group (SPUG) Meeting

    Topic: Learning Perl - 
           A Brief Study in How to Learn and Teach More Effectively
    Speaker: Gryphon Shafer
    Meeting Date: Tuesday, 15 April 2008
    Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Terrace Room at The Harbor Steps 

    Cost: Admission is free and open to the public
    Info: http://seattleperl.org/


Tuesday, April 15th, is the next meeting of the THE SEATTLE PERL

Learning Perl
A Brief Study in How to Learn and Teach More Effectively

It's easy to take for granted how we learned Perl and gloss over process
of teaching it. Given Perl's continued popularity and the steady and
strong demand for Perl talent, it's important to understand how to
effectively learn and teach Perl. Using pseudo psychological concepts,
slightly flawed neural network analogies, and graphics with pretty
colors, Gryphon will conduct a brief study of learning and teaching
Perl. The presentation will:

  * Highlight the typical stages of learning Perl (both as a first and
    subsequent language)
  * Discuss how new-to-Perl developers can become more proficient faster
  * Describe how Perl teachers can design more effective training
  * Uncover some flaws in existing teaching methods and texts

There will be punch and pie.

Gryphon Shafer is the owner and architect of Golden Guru, a custom
software development shop, primarily working with Perl, mod_perl, and so
forth, and manages a small team of Perl and web developers. He
sporadically contributes fluff to SPUG, PerlMonks, and CPAN, and he has
taught Perl on an off for a long time.


Thanks again to all the SPUG members that show up at meetings or
participate on the list to make the group worthwhile in the first place,
and all the JAPHs out there for just being.

Meeting Location

The meeting space is provided by Bryan Lhuillier of shiftboard.com.

  Terrace Room at The Harbor Steps:

  - The Harbor Steps is located at 1st & University Ave in Seattle.
  - Parking available on the street or in Western Ave lots.
  - The Terrace Room is located on the 6th Floor of the S.W. Building.
  - Enter the SW Building directly at 1200 Western Ave or use the Main
    Entrance (SE Building) located on 1st Avenue (next to Ipanema Grill)
    across from SAM.
  - We will post signs and/or people at both entrances, and you can also
    ask the concierge (or anybody else) for spot directions to the
    Terrace Room.
  - If you get lost, you can call Bryan's mobile phone - 206 427 6436

See you there! 

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