Latest News

Shadowcat at Freenode Live

Next month (28th-29th October) sees the community freenode #live event in the city of Bristol. This year both Mark Keating and Matt S. Trout will be attending and giving talks. Also attending and giving a talk will be former Shadowcat intern, and forever a ‘Catter alumni, Errietta Kostala. We will be bringing some more Shadowcatter's with us for moral support so expect to see a least a Tom in the wilds of Bristol.

The event should be a good place to visit the wide variety of communities and people who make freenode such a great social melting pot. If you are a member of an online community, or a FOSS project; or if you are curious about how FOSS can be a viable and sustainable alternative to proprietary software; consider a visit to freenode #live.

There are still Tickets available at a very competitive rate including free tickets for day attendees who do not wish any of the amenities and extra-social activities.

We look forward to seeing you there, make sure to come along and say hello to Mark, Tom, Errietta, maybe a Finn, and Matt.


[1] Okay it was a really awful pun/play on words to the Bruce Willis film, Live Free and Die Hard.

comments powered by Disqus

Lightning Talkers

The Lightning Talks on Day Two of the Perl Conference in Amsterdam during the week of 7th-11th August had a distinctly Shadowcat feel about them.

To begin with Mark Keating, who has foolishly declared that he will run the 2018 YAPC[1], gave a talk about the 2018 event and its host city. Mark also took the opportunity to give a gift to the current YAPC team.

Then Errietta Kostala, a former Shadowcat Apprentice and currently a member of FairFX’s team, gave her first ever talk at a Perl conference with a comparison between Catalyst and Mojolicious.

Next up Paul Evans, who is an occasional sub-contractor for SC on our projects and a member of our alumni, gave a great talk on the full stack developer which was really well received.

Then came the current Shadowcat Team:

Tom gave a great Role-Play based talk about some of the perils of production as an encounter with hit points for good and bad behaviour.

Our new apprentice, Finn, gave us a short talk about how to break your Perl in a single line.

While Matt did his usual high-order levels of insanity with a fast-paced talk called AA (short for AAAARRRGGGHH - amongst other things).

It was great to be so well represented at the event and well done to all our staff, past and present, for giving a great show and account of themselves.


[1] The Perl Conference is also known, especially in the Perl Community, as the Yet Another Perl Conference. Because we are inclusive to new audiences as well as our community we will use both The Perl Conference in Glasgow and Yet Another Perl Conference Europe 2018 interchangeable (#TPCiG #yapceu2018).

comments powered by Disqus

EPO Booklet

As part of our commitment to the community we allow Shadowcat staff to work on community projects during work hours, it is another way we like to give back.

Recently Mark has been spending some time working on the Perl 6 Booklet (Introducing Perl 6) for distribution in both community and outside at other events.

This has taken some time to compile and revise and much of the work to produce it has been done on Shadowcat time. The costs of printing will be carried by the Enlightened Perl Organisation.

EPO Booklet The new EPO booklet

The booklet is also available as a PDF on The Dog Ate My Bookshop website and you can freely download it from there. It is also available on Github if you would like to pull a version and print and distribute it locally. You can also request to join as an editor/contributor.


[1] There are not always notes, but since I wrote this it seems that might be wrong!

comments powered by Disqus

Add One More

A short while ago we said that three of the happy meat-forms of Castle Shadowcat would be trekking across the channel for the European Perl Conference. Since those times a small change has occurred. Shadowcat has a new apprentice magi in the form of young Finn (as reported in the news article from just a day hence) and being the kindly souls we are we felt it fun to drag him along with us.

So if you are at the European Perl Conference next week take a weary eye and give it a fresh polish in anticipation of a small crop of ‘catters who will be gracing the halls and stages of Perl land.

In other, and much shorter, words: we hope to see you in Amsterdam.


[1] The Yet Another Perl Conference Europe (YAPC::EU) has been re-branded, or rather old-branded, to be The Perl Conference. This is officially The Perl Conference:Amsterdam.

comments powered by Disqus

The Apprentice

Matt as the Apprentice

In an un-televised saga with absolutely no competitive elements, panel or competitors we at Castle Shadowcat would like to introduce our latest cohort, Finn Kempers.[1] Finn came to us via Lancaster and Morecambe college and a two week placment, we have extended that to an apprenticeship over the next year.

An unsuspecting Finn is photographed An unsuspecting Finn is photographed

Finn is no stranger to the world of programming but he is new to Perl and mobile application development so we thought it would be good to throw him at a community project or two to up his skills before we unleash him on deeper community software.

Finn joined us as an apprentice in July but he has been coming into the office to work on voluntary work for a few months after he did a fortnight placement with us as part of his previous college course.

Those of you who came to FLOSS Spring will have already met Finn as we brought him along with us to that conference so he could learn and participate in the workshops. He also gave his first talk at a tech conference as a member of the Shadowcat cohort as a thank you for giving him the chance and experience.

Hopefully you will get to meet him at a community event in the near future.


[1] Finn has also done some voluntary work for the Pear Trading App and has travelled to a conference as our guest where he did a 5 minute Lightning Talk.

comments powered by Disqus