Sunday, 31 October 2010

Glasgow Perl Mongers, a couple months on

I blogged about creating the Glasgow Perl Mongers group some time ago; I feel it's time to talk about it again :)

First things first, the fine folks handling pm.org finally redirected the domain and made things official: glasgow.pm.org is now our site.
Thanks guys, we do owe you a couple beers!

We have had our first social and our first technical meeting, and we're heading into our second technical meeting, scheduled for November 11th. The aim of the group is to have recurring monthly technical meetings, possibly related to Perl.

On our first technical meetings we were joined by Aaron Crane of Edinburgh.pm fame, who gave his YAPC::EU 2010 talk "Perl on speed: multicore programming for mere mortals", available at http://aaroncrane.co.uk/talks/. I subsequently delivered a very long talk on "Life after 5.8.8", and a lightning talk on Leguminous (Git repos).

For our next monthly meeting, things are looking great: we'll have a talk on comparing Git and darcs, by Miles Gould, a talk about "Loops without loops: Ocaml and Perl as functional languages", by Chris Yocum and probably even another one on automatically compiling statically typeable portions of Perl scripts, by Wim Vanderbauwhede.

Things are looking great! If we keep up this pace, we'll surely have a good deal of talks every month!

Thanks again to mst for having said the right words and suggesting that yes, creating a Perl Mongers group in Glasgow was well within what I could do.

All, you're more than welcome to join us on our technical meetings ;) We do have a social meeting afterwards (Drinkers.pm) at a local pub as well.

Till soon,
-marco-

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