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Melbourne Perl Mongers/Meeting History 2009

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14th January 2009, Awesome things you've missed in Perl

Speaker: Paul Fenwick


Awesome things have been happening in Perl recently; so many that even if you've been paying close attention, you may have missed a few. In this talk we'll examine some of the coolest recent technologies for Perl programmers, including:

  • Overhauling Perl's Object Oriented framework with Moose.
  • Flexible, rapid, and painless web development with Catalyst.
  • Making everything a first-class object with autobox.
  • Slashing your error handling code with autodie.
  • Building fast, readable and reusable regular expressions with Perl 5.10.
  • Bundling and building stand-alone applications using PAR, the Perl Archiver.
  • Astonishingly good profiling with Devel::NYTProf.
  • Playing MineSweeper automatically with App::SweeperBot.

Knowledge of Perl is nice, but not essential to appreciate the contents of this talk.

3rd February 2009, The Art of Klingon Programming

A combined Melbourne.pm / Linux Users Victoria meeting.

Speaker: Paul Fenwick


A good programmer needs many qualities: intelligence, foresight, dedication, and the ability to fight off a hundred angry targh armed only with your bat'leth. On Qo'noS, software developers undertake an intensive course in combat programming before they are cleared for active duty. The tlhIngan traditions have long known one truth holds true for both glory in battle and software development:

bIlujDI' yIchegh()Qo'; yIHegh()!

It is better to die() than to return() in failure.

For too long, Perl has been a pujwI', and unsuitable for use by true warriors. In this talk we will show how the new autodie pragma can help you to code with batlh!

Wednesday, 11th March 2009, Perl Scripting in Golly 2.0 (cellular automata)

Speaker: Tony Smith

Wednesday, 8th April 2009, An introduction to git and github.com

A combined Melbourne Perl Mongers / Open Source Developers Club meeting

Speaker: Alec Clews