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American Perl 2017

It is that time of year again when we have a few months of major Perl conferences and events across the globe. One of these is the Perl Conference (US) which is also sometimes referred to as YAPC::NA.[1][2]

As usual there will be representation from the land of the Cat in the form of our very own Matt S. Trout. Matt will be attending the conference, giving a speech that is all about Javascript,[3] luxuriating in the Hallway Track and no doubt propping up a bar in the wee small hours.

If you catch hold of Matt make sure to say a big friendly hello and I am sure he will be happy to return such.





Notes

[1] YAPC = Yet Another Perl Conference

[2] We still affectionately refer to it as YAPC in the office, it is an acronym that has become fixed in our hearts, minds and muscle reflex actions.

[3] He does like to subvert narratives, but the talk does have a relationship to Perl.





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Shadows Over Brum

It is a pleasure to announce that once again Shadowcat will be attending at this year’s FLOSSUK Birmingham BarCamp, at the Studio on this Saturday, 10th June from 09:00-17:00. Shadowcat’s own Mark Keating and Tom Bloor will be attending.

As always we have a few more jobs than just attendees at the event. Mark is part of the organising team for Barcamp Birmingham and may end up chairing some of the sessions. Tom will be videoing the whole day and we will likely publish the videos on the FLOSSUK YouTube page. Sign up for a free ticket from Eventbrite here and we hope to see you on the day.[1]





Notes

[1] There are not always notes[2]

[2] Though if I do this then there probably are...





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Shadowcat at FLOSSUK2017: Part Two

In the last news post about the FLOSSUK Spring Conference which is held next week at thestudio in Manchester and MadLab in Manchester we mentioned there was more news to come. This is that news.

As many of you are aware, and if not you should have checked our news archives, Mark Keating is now the elected Chair of the FLOSSUK Council. He is therefore one of the central organisers of this year’s event and has been busy beavering away with the rest of the council to prepare for the conference.

The event is over three days with a Conference Dinner and Social evening alongside the presentations and workshop days. This year the Council took the bold decision to offer some free places on the event days for students and those unable to attend for financial reasons. There is also a companion Workshop on the Raspberry Pi which is complimentary alongside the other workshops.

If you have time you can still grab some of the free places available at the event. As always Mark, and the rest of the Shadowcat team, hope to see you at the event and if you are there make sure to come along and say hello.





Notes

[1] There are not always notes[2]

[2] Though if I do this then there probably are...





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Student Hack 2017

This week sees the annual Student Hack (StudentHackV) at Media City in Manchester in conjunction with the University of Manchester and local tech companies.

Shadowcat Systems have become involved via their association with FLOSSUK who are a sponsor of this year’s Student Hack event and with both Tom and Mark who will be attending the event as Mentors there to give aid to the students as they pursue a weekend of hacking.

‘The chance to return a little knowledge or to simply act as a sounding board to the newest generation of student programmers is an enormous priviledge and one that I know I, and I am sure Tom, is happy to be a part of.’

Student Hack is sponsored by a great number of companies and continues to grow each year. This year over 350 students will be attending and contributing, we hope to bring you some more discussion about it after this weekend.





Notes

  • There are not always notes**

** Though if I do this then there probably are...





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Shadowcat at FLOSSUK2017: Part One

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It is always a pleasure to announce Shadowcat Staff attending and presenting at conferences and even more so when it is more than one member.* At this year’s FLOSSUK Spring ‘DevOps’ Conference, in Manchester during March, Shadowcat’s own Matt S. Trout and Tom Bloor will be giving talks.

Matt will be talking about Accelerating Monitoring Plugins using Perl and CPAN and is based on comparative work Matt has done understanding and upgrading from infrastructure libraries such as Nagios.

Tom will give two talks, the first is all about Scripting for LetsEncrypt to overcome some of the limitations in the service using Perl. The second talk is on Tom’s second passion Testing with Services. This second talk is more focussed on testing external processes and how the Perl testing culture can be integrated and utilised.

The full schedule of talks can be found on the FLOSSUK website along with tickets for the event and details of the Raspberry Pi Workshop which coincides with it.





Notes

  • Shadowcat’s Mark Keating will also be at the event but we will be discussing this in a separate article.





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