SPUG: The SPUG Report, 17 May 2005

Andrew Sweger andrew at seattleperl.org
Wed May 18 16:12:20 PDT 2005

Thanks again to Ali Rizvi for getting the meeting room scheduled and setup
for us and for escorting everyone safely to and from the meeting room

About ten people turned out to catch Duane's introduction to Perl's basic
data containers. I thought his presentation was valuable both to beginners
and experienced Perl programmers. For the beginner, it provided the
perspective of someone who just got over Perl-data-type flu. And,
likewise, for the experienced it is reminded of those little speed bumps
and what it takes to "get up to speed". I think the reminder is important
because it seems that Perl is "losing" mind-share to other, more real,
languages. As a community, we're not doing enough to evangelize this

My presentation on making the move from CVS to Subversion wasn't so much a
presentation as an apology for not actually having a presentation (nor the
software that I thought I had). That turned out well because there were
many questions on the relationship between RCS, CVS, SVN, and SVK (the hot
kid on the block) as well as why use source code management tools in the
first place. That would make a good presentation all on its own. Would
anyone like to tackle that? I think the RCS->CVS->SVN->SVK lineage is
particularly interesting (but then I'm biased).

I think we'll have a presentation on using Amazon Web Services from Perl
next month. Working on that. BUT we still need an Amazon Posse to do what
Ali did for us last night (and what C.J. did for months). I've heard from
several folks who simply would not be able to help. As of right now, we
have no meeting location for 21 June 2005.

Andrew B. Sweger           |  P.O. Box 33147
President                  |  Seattle WA 98133
Seattle Perl Users Group   |  (206) 219-7119
andrew{at}seattleperl.org  |  http://seattleperl.org/

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