[Phoenix-pm] OSCON Review

Scott Walters scott at illogics.org
Tue Aug 9 12:35:22 PDT 2005

Hi Craig,

Very cool. Wish I could have made it and said hi to Peter Scott
personally. I was trading email with him a bit ago... he reviewed
P6N in more depth than anyone. (For those on the list who don't
know Peter Scott, he's written several books, including the
recent Perl Medic, which deals with maintaining legacy code).

I'd loved to have seen Damian's talk, too.

Yes, go ahead and auction Perl Best Practices. Phoenix.PM did
dabble with fund-raising once and took up a collection when
Dan Sugalski came into town, by the way. 


On  0, Craig Frooninckx <medicldr at gmail.com> wrote:
> Brock asked that I give a overview of the OSCON, which may be rather
> hard since work kept getting in the way during my trip.  This was my
> first OSCON and from what I've heard, it's been a rather large
> success.  I was able to meet and speak with many members of the Perl
> community.
> Larry's State of the Onion was humerous as he related Perl to a spy
> board game that he was working on with his kids.  Damian gave a
> keynote on dead programming languages, that had everyone rolling on
> the floor.
> Damian's new book, Perl Best Practices was a hit and they had trouble
> keeping it in stock.  He was definitly a conference favorite. 
> Incedently he remembers us, as he said "I always remember the crazy
> ones"  He also mentioned that the closest he would be to Phoenix in
> the short term was SLC, Utah and that we shouldn't drive to see him
> there.
> I spent a lot of time with Josh McAdms of Perlcast, as we work for the
> same company and occsionally on the same project.
> One of the highlights was the Stonehenge party with  brian d foy and
> Randal Swartz.  They rented out an arcade and provided beer and pizza.
>  I haven't played 1942 and pinball in a long time.
> Novell demo'd the new SuSE distro that will be coming out in the fall,
> which has me planning to install.  It appears that they took some
> ideas from the Mac OS Tiger and add a couple of nice utilities for
> managing the Web.
> ActiveState released Komodo for the Macintosh at the conference, which
> took a couple of guys five minutes to discover a flaw.  Some Perl
> coders figured out a way to lock up the machine by just typing some
> code into a BEGIN block.
> I caught a presentation on Ruby on Rails and was really impressed with
> it, to the point that I'm doing more research on that.
> I met with some of the folks from The Perl Foundation, which quickly
> reminded me that I haven't been giving back to the OS community like I
> should be.  I made a donation while at the conference and would like
> to try and help them raise more money.
> <ask_for_money>
> On that note, I ended up with an extra copy of the Perl Best Practices
> and a Programming Perl books and would like to know if a pm auction
> for those books be okay with the group.  The proceeds from the books
> would be donated to the Perl Foundation.  Let me know your thoughts on
> that.
> </ask_for_money>
> I also learned that the Mac Powerbook was the computer to have at
> OSCON, they were everywhere.  So if anyone has a spare one that they
> don't want, I'm accepting donations.
> Sorry that I really am not reporting too much on specifics, but my
> brain is still spinning from everything that went on last week.  I
> definitly felt it was a great conference to atttend and am working on
> how to return next year.
> -Craig
> <scott>
> Peter Scott asked about you during the first night I was there.  I
> told him that you were doing well and was coding circles around me. 
> He wanted me to say hi to you.
> </scott>
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