Although I have attened a few perl workshops in London I was not sure what to expect from the European conference. On arrival it was very much like LPW, I recognised many of the regular faces. So after picking up my badge and bright pink bag, thanks to eligo it was time for a quick drink and ready for the opening talk. Mark was his usual entertaining self, with a Tomato seed mystery. The first speaker was Ruth who I can not praise enough for her excellent talk, if you have not heard her speak and get chance I highly reccomend it.
Next I decided to checkout Wieger Opmeer talking about JobCenter, which was interesting. I like the approach and what they have achieved. Although I am not sure it would fit with any of my projects at the moment it did give me ideas towards ways I could take some ideas from it to improve my orchastration.
Then came Choroba looking at JSON, which highlighted some really interesting gotchas on what you would think would be a pretty simple and reliable system. Certainly something worth keeping in mind, especially as one of my current work projects involves passing json between c++ and perl.
Leon Timmermans was up next with Language design in a Perl without Larry. Which was made ammusing by Larry actually popping in.
Then for Domain driven development with Context::Singleton from Branislav Zahradník. A talk which probably could have benefitted from a longer sesion to go into more background theory and examples. I will be adding some domain driven design books to my want to read list to explore this area in more detail.
That brought us to dinner (lunch for none Yorkshire people). Which hats off to the venue was far superior to anything I have had expected or have had at other venues.
Rescuing a Legacy Codebase from Curtis Poe (Ovid) was a great breakdown of the pros and cons of the rewrite vs refactor debate.
The last talk of the day for me was Perl, Caching, and Memory Leaks from Lee Johnson. A great introduction to how memory leaks can occur and useful tools for working out what is happening. I am sure this will come in handy one day.
To wrap up the day was a series of lightning talks, abley cat herded by R Geoffrey Avery. I can't describe all of them but the highlights for me were, Richard van Lochem with Book lovers clock as a book lover this was amazing. Do stuff with this from Julien Fiegehenn was a fascinatingly simple system, might come in handy one day. Running perl in a browser by haukex was mind blowing, I wish I had a project that would be a fit for it so I had an excuse to try it myself. Ilya Chesnokov gave a hilarious talk on How (not) to ruin a technical talk, I will hopefully be trying out some of his tips at LPW.
That wrapped up the talks for the day. We had a good amount of time before the evening meal so I set out for a bit of a wander to explore Glasgow. While considering which random direction to set out in up popped marto with an offer of a guided meander to the venue with a stop off at a pub on the way. The venue was an amazing location in beautiful old church, Good food, good beer, and even better company made for a reallly enjoyable night.