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Cherry Blossom Snow

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I went out today looking for the cherry blossom trees I could see from the  balcony.  I didn’t manage to find them all.  I have no sense of direction and managed to get lost even though I was trying to follow the river.

Cherry Blossom at Sumida River

Cherry Blossom at Sumida River

The wind has been picking up and I was worried that all the flowers would have blown away.  There are still trees in flower and I got to stand under them and watch the blossoms fall like snow.

Cherry Blossoms Covering the Roads

Cherry Blossoms Covering the Roads

Japan Perl Association

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The Japan Perl Association (JPA) launched today.  This is the latest organization created to promote and support the use of the Perl programming language.

There is no doubt that there is a thriving Perl community in Japan.  YAPC::Asia has been held in Tokyo for the past few years and it has become the largest Perl conference in the world.  It’s actually difficult to get a ticket to attend as it usually sells out in under two weeks.  I believe that the success of this conference is one of the driving factors behind creating JPA.

The local Perl Mongers groups are also very popular.  When Shibuya.pm holds a technical meeting they expect to have more than 100 attendees.  This contrasts with the technical meeting I attended in Sydney that had 10 people.

There are other organizations that promote Perl, The Perl Foundation (TPF), YAPC Europe Foundation (YEF), Enlighted Perl Organisation (EPO), to name a few.  Since I am involved with TPF and YEF I will be interested in seeing how JPA  progresses and what it does differently than the other organisations.

According to Nob Seki’s twitter stream from the press conference the main activities of the organization will be:

  1. documentation,
  2. education,
  3. YAPC::Asia Tokyo and
  4. endorsement for next generation Perl technologies.

I’m not sure exactly what some of that will entail but their first educational event will take place on the 21st April.  This will feature Jay Shirley who will be speaking on Better Perl Practices (giving advice on the latest development methods) and Catalyst Guts.