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London Perl Workshop 2009

Announcing the Best Event on the Calendar

Thu Sep 17 14:14:35 2009

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There are hackers In utili-kilts, with hair down to their backside, Who will tell you that the future, Is the London Perl Workshop...

It is with great pleasure, and with some tardiness and lack of expedience, that I announce the London Perl Workshop to be held on Saturday 5th December at the University of Westminster's New Cavendish Campus.[1]

The theme for this year is Beginning Perl, which can be taken as Perl for beginners if one so wishes, or aimed at people new to Perl who are fluent in another language, or in fact any variant theme that one can conjecture including beginning a CPAN module, projects that are fun/welcoming/reliant on beginners (and also we expect some of you to ignore this all together and submit as you feel).

The call for papers is now open and the website should be live very soon (if someone grabs Monsieur Cholet and shouts into his ear it will be sooner). The closing date for submission will be Friday 6th November (of this year obviously) and notification will arrive on Monday 16th November.

As always the London Perl Workshop is a totally free event solely supported by the efforts and goodwill of the community. If you would like to help in any manner or organise an event to coincide with this then please contact Mark Keating. There has already been an offer to find a venue for the public house for the customary workshop socialisation which will be handled by the erudite Mister Laver. But many other things can be done to help.

The event will once again welcome Josette of O'Reilly who will bring a good range of books with her at the usual discounts, so bring lots of money and a small mule to carry home your purchases.

Once again I would ask that if anyone has a video camera and intends to video an event we get together on the wiki and work out a possible coverage. If we then use the auspicious YAPC.TV website we may get the entire conference uploaded for the whole community to enjoy. Please feel free to use the wiki to start any organisation of this manner and ping mdk on irc or mail m.keating [at] to let me know and I will attempt to find other volunteers to make this easier.

So enter the date in your diary, sharpen your presenting wit or prepare to attend the best event in the calendar™.[3]

[1] Part of the delay in this formal announcement was the negotiation for the venue with a new Dean. Sean as always was in our corner confirmed the venue. Otherwise we would have held it in Dave Cross' house where he has promised to hold a barbecue and roast a organiser or two.[2]

[2] This may, or may not, be true.

[3] Okay this one probably isn't true, but I would invite all detractors to first argue this with the proud and upstanding folk of, bring beer money you'll need it.

If anyone has feedback (and until we have a commenting system) please don't hesitate to email me at: m.keating [at], if your comments are useful, fun, or just plain interest to me, or if I think will be useful to others, then I will add them to the end of this post, let me know how you would like to be named (anon, nick etc.).


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