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January 2012 News

January 2012 News Archive

Sun Jan 1 00:00:00 2012

This is the shadowcat news archive for January 2012.

Shadowcat Sponsors QA Hackathon

Shadowcat Systems are proud to once again sponsor the (Perl) Quality Assurance Hackathon to be held at Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris on the 30th March to the 1st April 2012.

This year we have decided to sponsor the travel costs for Barbie of CPAN Testers fame so that he can attend and work on the CPAN Testers framework in the company of the other great Testers chief David Golden (xdg).

Shadowcat will also add funds to the general organisers pot for them to use as they determine best for the conference.

You can read more about the event in Mark's blogpost at, on the QA Hackathon website and we are sure to keep you up to date on our continued support and involvement.

QA Hackathon website
MDK's blogpost on

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Matt and Mark to present for Libreplanet Manchester

On January 17th Matt and Mark will be presenting a talk to the Manchester Free Software group at Madlab in Manchester.

The theme for the night will be based around Shadowcat Systems use of Free Software and Open Source methodologies in their daily business use. Mark has decided to focus on using the philosophy of Libre and being active members of the communtiy so has titled his presentation as: Embrace Your Community: an open model for business.

The full press release for the evening follows below.

Talk: Embrace your Community: an open model for business

Mark Keating (Managing Director) &
Matt Trout (Technical Director),
Shadowcat Systems Limited

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
"(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"
Madlab Date: Tuesday, 17th January 2012 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
Start time: 19:00
Finish time: 20:30


How can you benefit from free software in business? How can you run a business in which most of what you work with and produce isn't charged for? What is the value in engaging with a non-profit orientated community? Why would you want to engage with a community that can critically be described as a social exercise in collaborative one-upmanship?

In this talk Mark will use the experience gained from several years managing a free software consultancy to discuss the benefits to business of working with free software and engaging with the community. Using Shadowcat Systems, the Perl language and associated community as a basis for that talk.

The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate in the pub afterwards.


Mark Keating:

Mark Keating is the managing director of Shadowcat Systems Limited. He is married to Leigh and has a son called Benjamin Connor, they all live in Lancaster, in the United Kingdom with a cat called Darwin and several tropical fish. He stumbled sideways into the magnificent world of Perl by way of linguistics, literature, a publishing company and an undefined close association with Matt Trout. He is a neophyte evangelist of modern Perl and an advocate of Enlightenment thinking.

Mark likes to think that he fills his days as an 'adminion' but is also a writer, keen amateur photographer and herder of (programming) cats. Mark has been advocating free software and open organisations for many years and has become deeply involved in the communities associated with the work carried out by Shadowcat Systems.

Mark is: Director and Secretary of the Enlightened Perl Organisation, Marketing Chair of the The Perl Foundation Marketing Committee, Marketing and PR for The Perl Foundation Steering Committee, co-Leader of North West England Perl Mongers, Organiser of London Perl Workshop (UKPW), co-Organiser of the Dynamic Languages Conference and manager of the Send-A-Newbie initiative. In 2011 he also helped to organise the QA Hackathon, and the Google Summer of Code and Google Code-in (in which he also mentored) on behalf of the Perl Foundation."

Matt Trout:

Matt S Trout was thrust into Perl at the tender age of seventeen by a backup accident. Two weeks later he realised that he was in love with the language and has been happily using it for systems automation, network, web and database development ever since."

He is co-maintainer of the Catalyst web framework (and co-author of The Definitive Guide to Catalyst), the creator of the DBIx::Class ORM, Web::Simple, Tak and HTML::Zoom and a core team member for the Moose metaprotocol and object system, as well as contributing to assorted other CPAN projects."

Matt spends his days leading the technical team at Shadowcat Systems Limited."

Shadowcat Systems Limited

Is an free software consultancy specialising in Perl, CPAN, applications deployment and systems architecture. Shadowcat sponsors web, source repository, integration initiatives, conferences, workshops, hackathons and mailing list hosting for a large number of projects related to Perl and the broader open source and free software communities. Shadowcat creates and releases free software both internally and on behalf of its clients.


The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place Called Common).


Parking: Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you'll have to pay up until then and the maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THIS. There are paid parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP . If you can't decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale.

Public Transport: Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far either.

Further details at

More Information

General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found on our website.

Libreplanet Meetings

If you would like five minutes to tell us about something, please contact us.

I hope we see you there...

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Shadowcat Presents at the Perl Oasis

This week Mark and Matt will be attending the Perl Oasis (in Orlando Florida from January 13th-15th 2012).

Shadowcat Systems has had a long history of engagement with this conference, Mark Keating gave a keynote speech two years ago and in 2011 and 2012 we have been proud to be associated with the event as the venue sponsors.

Mark will be doing a talk at the event on Marketing and the Perl world, Adventures in marketing: Part Two: Indiana Clones and the Wars of Doom. this is the second in a series of talks so naturally there is some punning in the titles. Matt will be talking about Tak, The First Thing Tak Did - Elegant Remote Control for Systadmins, his latest CPAN distribution.

I hope we see you there...

Perl Oasis Homepage
Mark's Presentation
Matt's Presentation
The Value of Sponsorship
Call for sponsors

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