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.
If you see Mark online we recommend you offer him sympathy, caffeine and a pillow.
Asher William Keating
 He has sharp little nails so he scratches just about everything anyway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.