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MST travels to YAPC::EU::2016

August sees the annual premier European Perl Event (known as YAPC::EU::2016) in Cluj, Romania, between 22nd-26th. Once again Shadowcat Systems will be in attendance and present talks.

This year Matt S. Trout will be representing the mighty cat giving two talks while no doubt making an impression in the hallway tracks and at the social events. Matt has also been deep into the new work we have been producing internally and will probably be able to bend a few ears on the system admin tools that he is building to be essential elements in a toolkit.

Matt will be presenting two talks (detailed below), one of which focusses on the past and how he got to be here and one that focusses on the future and how we have started to use and play with Perl6.


On Saturday, April 16th 2005 I did a very foolish thing. I joined an IRC network called and a channel called #catalyst.

My life (and the remaining fragments of my sanity) have never been the same Again. So in this talk, I thought I'd try and share a bit of what it's been like, the fun parts, the terrifying parts, the straight up batshit insane parts,


So, rakudo is here for keeps, and 6.c has been finalised, and now we get to play. Better still, there's both an Inline::Perl5 for rakudo, and an Inline::Perl6 for perl5.

Which means that perl5 can have access to grammars, and rakudo can have access to CPAN, and all sorts of fascinating possibilities unfold.

Because it turns out that with two perls at once, you get a lot more than twice as much rope.


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+1 Life

We’re late to report the news that you might have seen on Social Media but at least we hit the right level of whimsy as we proudly announce that Mark Keating and Kathryn Leigh Keating had a 3rd baby boy in May. Welcome to the world, Asher William Keating.

In usual Shadowcat Systems style we have added him to the roster and want him delivering his first code work as soon as possible. He’s young and inexperienced so we’re giving him a steady diet of Scratch.[1] If you see Mark online we recommend you offer him sympathy, caffeine and a pillow.

Asher William Keating Asher William Keating


[1] He has sharp little nails so he scratches just about everything anyway.

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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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