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"DSL Quest: A WAT Safari" by Nick Fagerlund, Technical Writer, Puppet Labs.
Presentation Overview: You are standing in an open field, west of a programming language with no specification. ENTER COMMAND. In mid-2012, docs.puppetlabs.com published a completely rewritten reference to the Puppet domain-specific language (DSL). This session is partly the story of how Nick built that, but it's mostly a safari of the weird crap he found along the way, a look at the personality of an undocumented system, a few tips for using Puppet as a calculator, some mission-creep schadenfreude, and maybe the faintest outline of a map for anyone trapped in a maze of twisty passages.
Speaker Bio: Nick Fagerlund was the very first dedicated technical writer at Puppet Labs. Like any responsible pet owner, Puppet Labs has since provided him with companions. Unlike a responsible pet owner, Puppet Labs has fed him after midnight and occasionally splashed water on him. Nick writes (and re-writes) at http://docs.puppetlabs.com, focusing on platform-level components like the Puppet language. He specializes in breaking things and then explaining how they broke. His business card says "weird bugs."
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