I don’t get to attend all the Perl conferences I would like to go to. I was sad to miss YAPC::EU in Granada, and I’m going to miss the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop, that is taking place in October. I am actively involved in the Perl community, but not as a programmer. Conferences are the perfect time for me to meet people and hold meetings. I love the hallway track as the energy generated by the people attending the conference helps to motivate me. The community aspect is more important to me than the technical content, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear any of the talks. I’m still not sure what I think about live streaming during these conferences, as I know it’s very expensive, but I am glad when the talk recordings are posted after the event.
I’m watching talks from YAPC::EU. I’m starting with the keynotes as I enjoy talks with a broader theme and would absolutely have attended these if I had been at the conference. I’ve already listened to Sawyer’s State of the [Art] Velociraptor and today I’m listening to Ovid’s Turning Point.
I will also miss the London Perl Workshop. That one is slightly more annoying as I will be flying through London about a week after the conference – so it will be a near miss. I’m going to try to attend YAPC::EU next year as I would like to meet the members of Cluj.pm. I love their cute little vampire logo and the combination of getting to meet the European Perl community and reading Dracula in Transylvania appeals greatly.