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From the London Perl Workshop to Tech Mesh

2012 December 7

London Perl Workshop

A cold, wet Saturday morning saw me once again making my way to Westminster University for the London Perl Workshop. Even though there were a lot of floods in the west counties, I got a train very quickly to Paddington and promptly got lost. Found my way and before I even got in the building was welcomed by Piers Cawley, parking his little car in front. I started to really feel at home. I won’t describe the setting up – you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Suffice to say that I met some good, old friends –

  • Mark Keating from Shadowcat Systems Ltd, organiser of the LPW and Perl marketing guru
  • Dave Cross from Magnum Solutions, seasoned Perl tutor and author of two successful Perl books
  • Michele Beltram, organizer of the Italian Perl workshop
  • Laurent Boivin – the man with the money of the Mongueurs de Perl
  • Liz and Wendy from the Netherlands – not only the most respected duo of the Perl community but always so generous. Liz and Wendy, if you are reading this post please be assured that my family and I will toast you on New Year’s Eve with the nice wine of Perl.

The list could go on for a long time but it is enough to say that I spent a great day with old friends. I also learnt that Piers is writing a little book for us.

Tech Mesh

I have been to Erlang meetings before but Tech Mesh is not just Erlang – it encompasses all functional programming languages. I have met a lot of new interesting people and a few O’Reilly and Pragmatic Bookshelf authors:

I also met Pieter Hintjens whose upcoming book ZeroMQ should hopefully be ready for Fosdem.

One of the main attractions was the meeting of the grandpas of Erlang (with a combined 183 years of programming): Joe Armstrong, Mike Williams and Robert Virding.

Oops! almost forgot to mention the meeting of the 3 Haskell gurus’ keynote – John Hughes, Simon Peyton Jones and Philip Wadler –  Haskell: Practical as well as Cool.



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  1. avatar
    Wendy and Liz permalink
    December 7, 2012

    Hi Josette,
    We will drink a glass on you too! Thanks for the kind words. Too kind.
    Anyway, always looking forward to see you again and give you a big hug.
    And buy some nice new books from you.
    Wendy and Liz

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