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Larry Wall in San Jose tonight (the 5th)

by blakem (Monsignor)
on Mar 05, 2002 at 19:59 UTC ( #149485=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Larry Wall will be giving a talk about Perl 6 tonight at the Silicon Valley Perl Mongers meeting in Mountain View. The talk is from 7pm-9ish and we might possibly go out for drinks/dessert/snacks afterwards. Directions and further information can be found at the svpm site (scroll down to 'Next Meeting'). If you go, keep an eye out for me, I'll be wearing a blue perlmonks t-shirt (Update: s/mongers/monks/ per newrisedesigns).

Meeting announcement follows:

Subject: Reminder: Perl Mongers Larry Wall talk Tue, March 5 at 7 pm!

Fellow Perl Mongers:

Just a reminder:

Larry Wall, original author of Perl, will talk about Perl6 Tues, March 5 at 7 pm at This event is also a fundraiser for the Perl Foundation to sponsor Larry, Dan Sugalski and Damian Conway for 2002 to continue development on Perl6 and do general Perl advocacy.

If you're working and can afford it, the recommended donation is at least $100. So please bring your checkbook! And your Perl books if you want them autographed by Larry.

Perl Foundation Registrations & Donations

This event will be in the Netscape Cafeteria in Mountain View (see URL in my .sig for directions.)

Also, if you're an employer looking for Perl programmers, we have several Perl people looking for work, so please reply with some information on your requirements.

Tell your Palm Pilot! Bring a Friend!

Thanks, James.
co-organizer, Silicon Valley Perl Mongers
Silicon Valley Perl Mongers


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(crazyinsomniac: i went) Re: Larry Wall in San Jose tonight (the 5th)
by crazyinsomniac (Prior) on Mar 06, 2002 at 07:28 UTC
    Well I went. I got back about 1h ago. It was fun. When James (I think it was james) the head of the Silicon Valley Perl Mongers (dude from the mailing list, I think he's the head of our chapter or something, I don't really know what the hiearchy is) presented some other "prominent", namely merlyn, I got to "boo" a little (it was fun, some people looked at me, you smiled a lite IIRC ;).

    I got to meet larry and merlyn, and got them both to sign my perlmonks mug (thanks to Zecho). There is one caveat though, I tested, and my permanent marker will smudge off the cup (blakem will attest to that, and I think it's due to the excellent job Zechos wife did). When I was going one, it started raining, so I had to protect the mug when walking home from the car (almost a 5min walk).

    I need to know how to preserve these signatures. I don't know what to do. Can I glaze the mug?

    update: on a more important side, the perl6 talk was great. It was cool watching larry correct/update his apocalypse slides on the projection screen. If you haven't read all the apocalypses yet, I suggest you do. When I talked to larry, I suggested an "emulate" keyword, so when perl6 comes out i can say emulate 5.6;, and have my scripts run the same. He looked at me like yeah, you'll be able to do that, that is what i just said, but i'm not too keen on the keyword. I participated. merlyn was a little disapointed I didn't bring my shotgun, so he invited everybody for karaoke at the tied house (if i heard right) after the meeting. Sadly, I couldn't make it (have school/work tomorrow, early).

    From theh picture Larry painted (in my mind), perl6 will the language for years to come. The design of it just look kickass, even though some people might get tripped up by some simple syntaxt changes (like the '.' versus the '->'). I predict the same excitment (and level of) the common man and media have cooked up for Java these past few years will hit within 5 months after perl6 is released for public consumption. If you get a chance to hear larry talk don't mniss it (I wish somebody taped it).

    update: I also got to shake dwss hand (forgot about that). I also told merlyn that mr_mischief says hi (forgot about that too).

    Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
    perl -e "$q=$_;map({chr unpack qq;H*;,$_}split(q;;,q*H*));print;$q/$q;"

Re: Larry Wall in San Jose tonight (the 5th)
by trs80 (Priest) on Mar 05, 2002 at 20:46 UTC
    This adds to the list of reasons why we need teleportation devices. :^)
Re: Larry Wall in San Jose tonight (the 5th)
by tjh (Curate) on Mar 06, 2002 at 04:07 UTC
    Sh*t. I'm in the area too. Wish I'd known... Would've been fun.

    Good job James.

Re: Larry Wall in San Jose tonight (the 5th)
by newrisedesigns (Curate) on Mar 06, 2002 at 16:31 UTC

    Perl Monks not Perl Mongers... They're nice and all... but don't deny the faith!

    John J Reiser

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