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Perl QA Hackathon

The Perl Quality Assurance Hackathon will be held in Rugby from Thursday-Sunday this week and Shadowcat’s Matt S. Trout will be one of the attendees.

Quality, testing and standards have been an important part of the Perl community for many years, it was Perl developers who created the Test Anything Protocol (TAP) and we run the Hackathon yearly to improve standards in the toolchain.

It is a long standing event that Shadowcat have been proud to be a member of. In 2013 we hosted the event in the North West of England, and have helped with business services as volunteers with the EPO for this year. Much of the administration of finances was aided by the EPO and Shadowcat donated the time of Mark Keating and Claire Jackson.

If you are attending the event say hello to Matt. For all those other sponsors, attendees, supporters and organisers we extend our warm thanks and regards and the offer of a pillow to rest afterwards.


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Mark Keating in the local paper

Our Managing Director has an article in the local paper next week (14th-21st) where he will be discussing the 3D revolution. He is guest appearing on Jane Binnion’s regular weekly technical column.

Writing for a non-technical audience about a fairly modern technological revolution was great fun, I had to think hard how to put the technology into general terms for casual readers.

Although this is a local paper the article will likely be reprinted online and we will provide a link when that is available.


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FLOSS Spring 2016

Team Shadowcat in the shape of Mark Keating, Matt S. Trout and Tom Bloor will once again attend the FLOSSUK Spring Conference from 15-17th March 2016.

As always Shadowcat will have a role in the event as Mark is a member of the FLOSS Council with a number of tasks to perform whereas once again Tom and Matt will be presenting talks.

FLOSSUK Spring is the UK’s oldest DevOps event with workshops, talks and tutorials covering three days. It moves from venue to venue each year to allow a visit across the UK. This year it is being held at the Historic Mary Ward House in the centre of London.

Matt will be talking on Thursday and Tom will present his first talk about Perl on Wednesday. There are Workshops at the event and a provisional schedule is already published.

We hope to see you there.


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Once again the Shadowcat team will be in Brussels for the FOSDEM 2016 event. Matt, Mark and Tom have booked places in the centre of Brussels from the 29th January to the 1st February and will travel to the conference each day.

Representing Perl

This year Mark will be travelling in his role as Marketing Chair, Advocacy Committee member and Steering Committee Member for the Perl Foundation and will spend his days at the Perl booth or in the Perl Dev room with Wendy and Liz. Mark will be on The Perl Foundation time for the whole weekend and will be happy to talk to people about the great news in the Perl world and the shape of the Perlverse in 2016.

Representing Developers

For Matt and Tom it is a much more personal event. FOSDEM is one of the best places to mix with the best minds in Open Source. To catch up with what is new in the communities and groups who thrive in the alternative commercial space that pure OS occupies.

As always the Shadowcat Staff will be more than happy to spend time chatting or to bend an ear or three over a delicious amber brew from the -very- wide selection on offer in Belgium. If you are going to be at FOSDEM give us a shout to meet up or alternatively visit Mark on the Perl booth.


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General Orders

One year ends and another comes rushing in to replace it and here at Shadowcat we wave a sad fare the well to our General Manager. Ian will be leaving us in early january 2016 after three years in the Shadowcat fold, he goes with a tear and a hope that he will find some new challenges to conquer.

During the latter part of 2015 Ian decided that the pressures of Consultancy and a desire to do more System Administration work led him to only one possible conclusion. It was therefore with regret that he decided to leave his position in the Shadowcat team and return to admungulating Linux Servers.

The whole of the Shadowcat team will miss Ian and we wish him great luck in all his new endeavours. Thankfully he is not going far and will no doubt be in close touch with us and will still be a member of the mixed communities the local team have. We will certainly be seeing him at regular LAMM events.

Our Gumby Ian will be missed (his brain hurts) Our Gumby Ian will be missed (his brain hurts)


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