[Catalyst] London Perl Workshop 2011 (UKPW): Industrial Strength
m.keating at shadowcat.co.uk
Tue Jul 26 06:55:58 GMT 2011
3. Speaker tracks/Workshop tracks
It is my great pleasure to announce the launch of the website and the
call for papers for this years London Perl Workshop (the United Kingdom
Perl Workshop) which will be held at the University of Westminster:
Cavendish Campus on Saturday 12th November 2011. The website can be
found at at: http://conferences.yapceurope.org/lpw2011/. The proposal
deadline this year will be Friday 21st October, however we advise you
submit earlier as opposed to later
The LPW is a free event but we advise you to register for the event so
that we can gauge numbers for the related free activities (beer, coffee,
food and cake) the registration for the conference with an existing ACT
account is: http://conferences.yapceurope.org/lpw2011/main or sign as a
new user at: http://conferences.yapceurope.org/lpw2011/register.
The theme for the London Perl Workshop will be Industrial Strength Perl,
and will focus on the manner in which Perl is used in the commercial
world and the strength of Perl for development in an enterprise
environment. You can use any aspect of Perl such as Camelia, Rakudo,
Raptor, etc. Speakers are invited to talk on any subject that relates to
this theme, though we will also accept talks on other subjects.
3. Speaker tracks/Workshop tracks
This year, along with the three speaker tracks, we have access to two
Workshop rooms and would like to run as many workshops as possible to
introduce new users to the world of Perl and to refresh the skills of
those wishing to engage with the latest developments in the Perl world.
If you wish to submit a workshop please use the same submission form as
the talks, please note that workshops will be 120 or 240 minutes in
length. As always one of the rooms will have a presentation by Dave
Cross of Magnum Solutions and this year Ian Norton has put forward a
plan to run a Workshop/BoF entitled "Learning Perl Together".
(See the full article on
This year we have managed to satisfy most of our organisational
sponsorship already, due to the generosity of the sponsors below.
However we are always open to organisations new and old joining in and
sponsoring the conference and helping us to achieve our aims so there is
still a chance to join in, if you would like to be involved please
contact Mark immediately.
Evening Sponsors (Beer and Food)
Not a year goes by without Martin of antibodyMX jumping up and shouting
that he will organise the event location for the evening beer and food
and that his company will put in the first part of the sponsorship. This
year is no different. antibodyMX provide a quality service which is not
just sponsoring drinking at community events :). It wouldn't be a
conference without them.
antibodyMX is a hosted antispam and antivirus email filtering service
based entirely on a proven open source platform, Perl being one very
important component. Users of the platform see a near-instant,
near-total reduction in the amount of spam, phishing and malware content
arriving at the mail server. We offer a free 30 day trial of the service
to new customers. Please email info at antibodyMX.net for more information.
Sponsored Lecture Theatre 2, Evening Sponsors (Beer and Food)
Booking.com are synonymous with sponsoring and the Perl community, it
seems that almost every event has them as a major sponsor and
contributor. They are passionate about using Perl and returning value to
the community. Once again it is a pleasure to have them with us.
Booking.com B.V., part of Priceline.com (Nasdaq:PCLN), owns and operates
Booking.com(TM), one of the world's leading online hotel reservations
companies by room nights sold, attracting over 30 million unique
visitors each month via the Internet from both leisure and business
Established in 1996, Booking.com B.V. guarantees the best prices for any
type of property, ranging from small independent hotels to five star
luxuries. The Booking.com website is available in 43 languages and
offers over 135,000 hotels in 101 countries with more than 40 offices
Marketing Sponsor, Lecture Theatre 1
During my tenure as the organiser of this event I have been able to rely
on Bytemark for their consistent support, this year was no different in
fact they surpassed themselves by being sponsors of the main lecture
theatre and the marketing budget. I really have few words to thank them
enough, and they do this without hesitation as firm supporters of a
Many of you are aware of Bytemark's standing as a quality server service
aimed at the technical market along with the browsing populace, but you
might not know that they are soon to provide a very new service (hosting
platform) and you can get in (and bring Perl with you) on the ground
level. I know these guys, if we get Perl being used on their service
they will work with us to do fun and excellent things with it, check it
out at: http://bigv.io/.
At Bytemark we are the UK's geek hosting outfit of choice, managing tens
of thousands of domains, and thousands of servers, both dedicated and
virtual. Since 2000 we've offered root access from fifteen pounds per
month so that experts like you write their own code and have it run
well, on a well-maintained network, without paying for more than you
need. We can help you with sorting virtualisation, IPv6, migrating from
virtual to dedicated and plenty of other difficult topics.
Enlightened Perl Organisation
Business Services (Organisation)
When you organise a conference that involves sponsors, the payment of
funds and the tracking of these for the purposes of UK tax law there are
one of two ways you can do it. You can do it as an individual but be
prepared to pay tax on the purchases and on your new found status as
'being paid' or you can use an organisation like the EPO who support the
community and will handle all these details for you in a nice, timely
and legal fashion.
Once again the EPO have stepped in to help manage the everyday proper
handling of sponsorship and payments.
The Enlightened Perl Organisation is dedicated to the promotion of Perl
(in particular Raptor Perl or Perl 5) as a production language that is
suited to an enterprise environment.
At last year's conference the wonderful chaps at Exonetric provided us
with a coffee, teas, soft drinks and a generous number of excellent
cupcakes. They have leapt at the chance to do so again this year and I
will not be alone in smiling broadly at that news.
Exonetric Consulting Ltd is a UK based specialist in FreeBSD hosting,
offering both individual jails and managed or unmanaged systems on
dedicated hardware. In addition we provide colocation services in our
London datacentre and are also able to offer assistance with capacity
planning and recommendations for best-fit software components for larger
systems. Our FreeBSD jails provide a great value, low-cost platform for
hosting or developing Perl services and applications.
Dave Cross- Training Course
Like the legend of the Ravens at the tower there is Dave Cross and the
LPW. If we have to we shall nail him to a plank of wood and call him the
Norwegian Dave. He is almost the institution and each year he surpasses
himself by delivering high quality training (which he is commercially
well known and regarded for) to the conference for no cost except to
support the community he is a leader in. Once again, thank you Dave.
Evening Sponsors (Principal) (Beer and Food), Room 2 Sponsors
Joining us for the first time this year and in such a generous fashion
are the good people at Moonfruit. They have leapt in to be a principal
sponsor for the evenings festivities and to sponsor the whole of Room 2.
We hope this is the start of a great relationship between the community
Moonfruit is a London based team of developers, designers and
entrepreneurs who are passionate about great design, great products and
supporting small businesses, startups and design communities.
90% of Moonfruit’s customers are small businesses who want to build
sites, their way. They expect a higher level of design tools to help
build better designed sites for their customers. It is the no.1 hosted
website builder in the UK and is growing rapidly in the rest of the
world. A third of its users are in the US. Over 3.4 million sites have
been built using their software
The software allows users, with no previous web design experience, to
design and build sites optimized for web and mobile. Users customize the
style and layout of their site so that it reflects their personal brand
without having to understand any coding, HTML or CSS providing total
design control for everyone.
The software features unique drag and drop tools allow literal design by
users. Website features, like forums, shopping basket or social media
integration, can be added from internal libraries or external sources.
Moonfruit provides a variety of packages to suit users including free,
standard and business premium subscriptions. The Moonfruit software uses
Perl at its core.
You mention Perl and O'Reilly together in one sentence and most people
will think of a Camel. I do not. I think of the wonderful Josette and
the fact that like Dave Cross a UK Perl event seems kind of wrong if she
isn't there. Each year Josette carts a good number of books into London
to provide us with tasty treats to tempt our wallets and this year we
see new Perl books on the O'Reilly shelves with new edition (revised and
updated) of classic texts. I cannot wait for the event now as I will get
to see Josette again
Sponsors Mark Keating (Organisation), Evening Sponsorship (Beer and Food)
Without Shadowcat I would not have the time and funds to manage the
organisational task that is the LPW, they are my constant guide to
support, promote and aid me if anything goes awry and they love the
community (we really do, PIMC).
Shadowcat Systems is a developer, sponsor of, and contributor to open
source software projects including Catalyst, the elegant web framework,
and DBIx::Class, an object-orientated database abstraction library.
Shadowcat provides consultancy, training and support for these projects;
systems management and automation; the design and implementation of
network architecture; the development of proprietary and open source
custom web applications; and offers Perl refactoring and project crisis
Shadowcat Systems are based in the United Kingdom but we deliver
solutions to a global community of clients via onsite supervision along
with traditional and internet based communications.
Room 1 (With UK2)
SureVoip are a business focused VOIP service with a strong dedication to
providing "Open Telecoms for Business". This is the first time they have
sponsored the LPW directly though they were involved with us last year
and we welcome them as they sponsor room 1 with UK2.
Room 1 (with SureVoip), Training Room, Evening Sponsorship (Beer and Food)
Another new sponsor to the London Perl Workshop this year is UK2.net,
and like Moonfruit they decided to give us a generous fund to start
their association with our event. Sponsoring the training room, a room
with SureVoip and contributing funds towards the evenings food and drink
(which I believe will now match the wonderful event we had last year).
It is great to welcome them on board for this year.
UK2.net likes Perl, our entire platform is based on it, helping us to
service hundreds of thousands of customers enjoying some of the best
pricing for domains, web hosting and dedicated servers out there. We've
been one of the largest players in the industry since 1998 and we've
just launched a new VPS service allowing you to buy resources and launch
as many smaller VPS as you wish on our cloud. These have auto failover,
root access, an external console and loads more goodies for just £8.95 a
month. No need to tell you this is ideal for dev environments where you
need to kill and redeploy your server in an instant. The platform even
allows you to create your own virtual machine templates or choose from
one of our instantly deployable stacks. Not bad for less than a tenner.
University of Westminster
Hosts, Sean Tohill (Organisation)
It is a complex and evolutionary time for UK Universities and one in
which the boundaries of their operational existence must change. it is
unfortunate that this means we have to find more sponsorship to cover
room costs (though this was benefited by us attracting some awesome
sponsors), however we were still given a generous discount.
Then there is Sean who has supported us for many years and gives his
time and effort into securing appropriate dates, rooms and running as an
interface buffer between us and the university. Again, for me Sean is a
staple part of the LPW buffet and one that I look forward to each year.
This year will be no different I am sure.
That is all for this inaugural newsletter, more information can be found
on the conference website and you will be kept up to date in future
Mark Keating BA (Hons), Writer, Photographer, Cat-Herder.
Managing Director: http://www.shadow.cat
For more that I do visit: http://www.mdk.me
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