[yapc] I need your help with Perl and the Internet of Things at YAPC::NA

Gabor Szabo gabor at szabgab.com
Thu Jan 12 22:49:33 PST 2012

Hi Robert,

On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 4:33 AM, Robert Blackwell
<robert at robertblackwell.com> wrote:
> Physical Computing, Internet of Things it does not really matter what you
> call it. We are talking about controlling things. Maybe you just want a text
> message when your doorbell rings or maybe you want to print in 3D straight
> from Perl using a Makerbot. Maybe you just want more control over your
> Christmas lights, CheerLights. Maybe there are dirty words you want your TV
> to just mute.
> Arduino, PWM, servo motors, stepper motors, wii controllers, the list goes
> on and on. Have you ever wondered what it all means and how to connect them
> all?
> Many of you know I am working on getting the Perl community interested in
> the Internet of Things and in getting CPAN stuffed full of Internet of
> Things code. To do that I need more people interested and enable to hack in
> the Internet of Things space.
> I know we can make Perl a choice language for scripting the physical world
> together.
> What do you want to learn?
> What can I facilitate?
> What projects do you need help with?
> Would you pay for a class to learn about something non Perl like how to use
> an Arduino?
> What do you want to learn?
> What do you need?
> There is a lot of non Perl to learn in order to do things. But just like
> there is Baby Perl there is Baby Internet of Things. You can really do
> interesting things with out having an EE degree.
> Don't fear the connected future help build it.

I bought an Arduino a year ago and Martin Berends helped me get  started with it
programming it in it C-like language but quickly got stuck for two main reasons
1) lack of time
2) 0, or even negative understanding in electronics - all the physical
part of it

Since then I accumulated a lot of junk - in preparation to the time
when I need various physical devices to hook up to my Arduino but that
time is still on its way.

I don't think you can help with (1) well, unless you help me get lot
of people buy my training classes :)
(and thank *you* for buying it) but (2) might be something interesting and fun
even if I don't see how is it useful.

It might be more fun to program my Arduino in Perl but I don't mind
playing with the C code.
The thing I would really need help with is understanding the electronics part.

Oh and an idea. I'd love to see some robot competition at YAPCs.

Sorry if this wasn't much help.


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