Fear And Loathing In Perl (NPW 2007)

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What it's like to be too involved in the Perl community, and what you should watch out for when you can't say "No!"

What it's like to be too involved in the Perl community, and what you should watch out for when you can't say "No!"

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  • 1. Fear & Loathing in Perl brian d foy <brian.d.foy@gmail.com> Nordic Perl Workshop 2007
  • 2. What happens when you can’t say “No”
  • 3. 0h0m Read mail • Delete comment spam in O’Reilly blog • “Can I subscribe to The Perl Review online?” • “Sorry to bother you off the list, but...” • “can you put numbers in scalars?” • “will Perl work in foreign countries?” • “Exercise 4.3 in Learning Perl doesn’t work in Java 1.1!” • “Can you do this for free, it only takes five minutes?”
  • 4. 0h5m RSS Feeds • Google Blogsearch for... • “Learning Perl” • “Intermediate Perl” • “Mastering Perl” -tk -bioinformatics • “brian d foy”
  • 5. 0h20m PAUSE admin • Why can’t I call my module XML::FGHJ::TRE::DAV::HTML::XML? • Please register Net::iCal • How about the top-level namespace “Code” • Why does that Bunce guy get DBI all to himself? • The module author didn’t accept my patch, can I have the namespace?
  • 6. 0h25m perlfaq • Posts an answer to comp.lang.perl.misc every 6 hours • Your answer sucks! • Tell Uri to shut up • Explain answer as nicely as possible, again • Remind everyone I just maintain it, I didn’t write most of it
  • 7. 0h35m Use.perl editor • Edit and approve stories for Use.perl • Newbie writes “Check out this story on that cool thing at http://tinyurl.foo/asdf.html” • Lonely_hacker writes “I have a date on Friday with this girl at the office and I have to install Ubuntu for her that day! Woo hoo! And I wrote a perl script last night.” • Complain to Chris about crappy SlashCode • Chris responds “Bite me!”
  • 8. 0hXm TPR Calendar • Check other Perl calendars for events • Add everything I’ve discovered today • Work on converting XML feed to RSS • Stupid half-assed Google apps! • Give up on that until tomorrow
  • 9. 0h55m Stonehenge • Jaiku from Randal at 13:30 “I’m in FLL with a 3 hour layover” • Jaiku from Randal at 14:30 “Two hours to go! Missed upgrade!” • Jaiku from Randal at 14:31 “Uploaded perlcast news” • Jaiku from Randal at 14:32 “Just saw someone booting linux”
  • 10. 1h05m CPAN Testers • Find one important report in 15 FAILs • Discover it’s on Windows 3.1 using Perl5.005 with CPANPLUS • Put off until some user complains
  • 11. 1h06m RT Queue • Try to fix one ticket a day • Look at all new tickets for my modules • Remember how to remove myself from CPAN.pm queue (again) • Start working on a ticket • Fix something in kwalitee instead • Just do two tickets tomorrow
  • 12. Check for new kwalitee • docs_make_sense • mentions_kwalitee • uses_version_control • reuses_code • uses_recursion • correct_speling
  • 13. Work on Llama 6 • Read perl6.language • Figure out Synopses diffs • Rewrite section on file test operators (again) • Inadvertently start long thread • Put off until tomorrow