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A Fond Farewell

This month is a slightly sad time as we say goodbye to our intern Errietta Kostala. Erry was with us for a year’s placement from Huddersfield University as part of her CS course. Errietta returns for her third, and final, year in October and we know that she will do really well.

During her third year Erry will be keeping in touch with us as her final year project is connected to some of the services she has worked on while at Shadowcat.

I am sure you will join with me in wishing Erry good luck in her final year and in whatever path the future holds for her.

Herete Errietta Kostala.


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Organising the LPW

Once again the Shadowcat team, headed by our own Mark Keating, will be organising the London Perl Workshop in 2015. This will be the 9th time that Mark has been the principal organiser on the event.

The London Perl Workshop will be held once again at the University of Westminster’s Cavendish Campus where we will be the guests of the Department of Engineering and Computing. For 2015 the theme will be ‘it’s a Perly Christmas’ and will focus on the impact that Perl 6 has had on the Perl Community and language.

The Shadowcat team are proud to be a part of this event and look forward to welcoming faces old and new in December.


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Matt S. Trout to talk at YAPC::NA

This year's YAPC::NA (Yet Another Perl Conference North America) will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah between 8-10 June 2015. The conference will be held at the Little America Hotel and once again Shadowcat Systems will be represented by Matt S. Trout.

Matt will be talking about build management in his talk 'Build Management with a Dash of Prolog' at 14:30 on the Monday (8th June) of the event.

As Matt describes his talk will be:

A finely honed hatred of every systems tool I have to work with led me to experiment with alternative ideas for build, configuration and deployment management.

Last year, I presented DX, a hybrid logic programming / planning language concept largely inspired by prolog, with a little help from haskell and lisp. This year, it's time to show you something that actually runs.

In his usual style Matt will be leaping through the various design decisions and deep logic he used to make his choices. The talk will be part anecdote and part deep architectural discussion and explanation, with maybe some working examples. As Matt says:

Trust me, it'll be fun. I'll bring tissues in case anybody's head explodes.

If you are going to YAPC::NA please think about attending Matt's talk and make sure to ask questions after the talk or in the social events. If you don't manage to see his talk make sure to say hello anyway.


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ShadowNMS and Lancashire Business Expo 2015

This Friday will see the first Lancashire Business Expo (2015) to be held at the Guild Hall in Preston. the event will showcase over 200 hundred exhibitors and is expected to be attended by up to 5,000 guests. Shadowcat Systems will be there to show off the exciting ShadowNMS.

Mark, Ian and Tom will be on hand through the day on Friday in Zone 3 where we have a stand and display. For the event we will be running a special promotion where you can get a full twelve months of service for just the cost of just ten months.[1] This will run on the website throughout the day on Friday - though if you ping one of the Shadowcatters via social media they will let you have the code.

If you are going to the Expo then please do find our stall and come and say hello. We will have some freebies to give away to anyone signing up to the service at the stall (including the free 2 months) and we will also have little gifts for the casual visitor.


[1] Naturally this only applies to yearly subscriptions.

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FLOSSUK Spring Conference

In just under three weeks time there will be the FLOSSUK Spring Conference: DevOps held in York and once again it will be heartily attended by the Shadowcat Team.

Heading to York for this year's event will be, Tom Bloor, Ian Norton, Matt S. Trout and Mark Keating. Once again the Shadowcat team will be heavily involved in all the conference activities which include, speaking, presenting, running workshops, organising as well as attending external conference activities.

Registration for this event is still open so there is still chance to grab a ticket. If you contact Mark you can get a special conference discount code from him (there are still a few left). Local attendees from user groups, students and the unemployed can apply for a special discounted rates (excludes the conference dinner).

This is an essential event for learning more about the Open and Free Technologies and to get access to workshops run by the likes of Google and Shadowcat.


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