Perl@FOSDEM and some photographic impressions February 8, 2011Posted by claudio in Uncategorized.
Tags: belgium, fosdem, fosdem 2011, foss, Free Software, Modern Perl, Padre, Perl, perl::staff
All right. FOSDEM was –as always– great. 4 to 5000 Free and Open Source people on the same event has to rock. While I attended many talks about different technologies (Devops aka “System Engineering meets development”, Monitoring, Go Programming language, …), I focussed mainly on the Perl activities (pun intended).
Following Gabor’s initiative (this guy runs on Duracell batteries), last year (2010) we set up the first FOSDEM Perl booth: one table, some volunteers, many visitors and great reactions. This year (2011) everything was even better. We had a big booth at the main hall, attributes (a giant Camel (!) and probably the biggest Perl book collection in the world (!)), books to sell, a packed developer’s room on Sunday, a Perl dinner and many volunteers. There were at any time several people at the booth and sometimes even too many :). With so many volunteers it was possible to attend whatever session you wanted and also participate on the Perl developers’ room.
Here follow some pictures I took with some comments:
David Leadbeater’s Tracing Perl with DTrace/SystemTap
Liz and Wendy were to
crazy nice enough to bring their giant camel and the biggest Perl book collection in the world. Both attributed really attracted visitors.
We had several books to sell… but not enough. We were sold out of chromatic’s Modern Perl halfway the first day (20 books!) and dams’s Perl Moderne (not the same book) was almost sold out as well!
Wendy and dams (from Dancer and “Perl Moderne” fame).
Although we didn’t have Automating System Administration with Perl at the booth, several people passed and showed us proudly their copy bought at the O’Reilly stand.
Those guys had something to celebrate: a new Debian stable was born.
Our perl-friendly neighbours…
No pun intended (the text reads “Whinging Bastard”,
DevOps? – More than Marketing by James Turnbull) .
Spike Morelli’s I’m Going M.A.D..
We had 13 people attending the Perl dinner! From left to right: Zeno, Bart, Gabor, Liz, Wendy, Dirk and Balint (the rest arrived later).
Mark Overmeers’s Perl data structures.
David Leadbeater’s Tracing Perl with DTrace/SystemTap: very interesting for a Solaris guy like me.
Introduction to writing readable and maintainable Perl by Alex Balhatchet.
Paulo Castro (Packaging Perl and it’s deps…) took us to the Dark Side…
The image integration facilities of WordPress.com are pretty poor. If it wasn’t for some command line Perl foo, I would have given up posting this message. There is no way I would have gone through if I had to click 10 times for each picture…