[AmsterdamX-pm] Amsterdam eXpats Perl Mongers November meeting (Nov. 25th, 18:30)

Sawyer X xsawyerx at gmail.com
Thu Nov 20 05:28:10 PST 2014

This November we're getting lots of amazing speakers. Don't miss it!

Please also fill in the following form if you intend to come:

*In a nutshell:*
Date: Tuesday, July 29th.
Time: 18:30 - 20:30 (theoretically).
Location: Booking.com, Herengracht 597, Amsterdam room on 2nd floor.


*H.Merijn Brand (tux) - What I miss in "pack" and "unpack"*

Pack and unpack enable us to view binary data as structured data. Using
advanced patterns, these data chunks might even be perceived as dynamic
data sources. There is one drawback on the implementation of unpack in the
CORE: it only works on scalar values.

I will not show you how it can be done (that will be quite an job), but I
will try to show you how code could change if unpack were to work on data
streams as well. I'll use PerlMonk posts as examples, though my original
idea came from something I'll also show.

I hope this will be some kind of interactive, and there will be a
discussion on weather this is a useful feature to implement. It will not be
a slick slideshow.

*Damien Krotkine (dams) - Exceptions with no strings attached*

Perl exceptions can be anything, as long as they are scalars. This bring
issues. Exception::Stringy aims to fix that

*Peter Rabbitson (ribasushi) - DBIx::Class - what is it and what is it good

DBIx::Class is a widely used and just as widely misunderstood SQL
metaprogramming framework (no, it is not an ORM, it just plays one on TV).

Come to see the primary maintainer of DBIx::Class (a.k.a. DBIC) give an
overview of its architecture, show some more advanced use cases where the
library really shines, and generally rant about the sorry state of the
RDBMS universe. ;)

*Stevan Little - Plack::Debugger: A new debugger for Plack Applications*

Plack::Debugger is a newly released addition to the Plack toolbox. It is a
rethinking of the excellent Plack::Middleware::Debug module designed
specifically to work with the AJAX heavy web applications of today. This
talk will provide an overview of the straight-out-of-the-box functionality
this module provides, as well as examples of how to extend it for your
particular environment.

The invitation is also available on the main website: http://AmsterdamX.pm/

You've probably heard of the Perl Mongers meetings, where fellow Perl (and
non-Perl) programmers can get together to "talk shop", make fun of
everything (including Perl), and have a good time. These meetings often
have a few technical talks (which are usually light-hearted, and not
necessarily - but likely - involve Perl). There are already Amsterdam.pm
meetings. This is not about those. This is about AmsterdamX.pm.

The talks can be a 5 minute tidbit about a cool module, or a 40 minute
tutorial about some cool new (or old) software.

AmsterdamX.pm (Amsterdam eXpats Perl Mongers) is a new Perl Mongers group
whose purpose is to optimize for expats. The major differences are:
* use English; We might speak more than 50 languages, but we commonly speak
only one.
* Meeting early: we meet at 18:30, so you can come straight from work
instead of having a long buffer time to the meeting.
* Held at Booking.com, where most Perl expats in Amsterdam already work.

This isn't to replace Amsterdam.pm, but to provide an additional group. It
is only meant to supplement.

*Why should I attend?*
Here are a few reasons which might appeal to you:
* You will improve your knowledge of Perl (and most likely other
technologies) through the knowledge and experience of others. It's like a
free course, with snacks!
* You could give a talk and share your knowledge and experience. If you're
going to YAPC to give a talk, this is great practice.
* It's a wonderful chance to socialize.

*How many talks, and how long are they?*
Usually there will be 2-3 talks, ranging between 5 minutes (lightning) and
40 minutes (tutorial).

*Is it just for Booking.com?*
No. This isn't Booking.pm, this is AmsterdamX.pm. (also, Sparta!)
This means that everyone is invited! We suggest that people register so we
could have a good estimate of the people arriving. This will help with
various things like optimized snack distribution, making sure reception
knows of people arriving that don't have keys, making sure we get a proper
room, etc.

*Now I'm interested, what's the next step?*
Please let us know by return email if you will be attending as well as the
names of anyone you plan on bringing from outside of Booking.com.

Then mark the date, time and place, and show up!

See you there!
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