The Perl Conference, Glasgow Roundup

The Perl Conference, Glasgow Roundup

The big news this week in the Perl community was TPC Glasgow (formerly YAPC::EU). I was unable to make it: a pity, as Scotland is on my bucket list. However, a number of attendees journaled their experiences.

Plus Shadowcat Systems posted all-day (unedited) videos of the conference. (We assume that these will be republished, split up into individual talks, at some point.)


Tim King is Lead Developer at The Perl Shop. Tim got his start writing real-time embedded software for high-speed centrifuges the 1980’s and went on to do embedded software for Kurzweil Music Systems and Avid Technology. He has been developing for the web since the web existed, and brings discipline and skills honed from embedded systems to enterprise software. His expertise is in designing for software quality, achieved through automated code testing, test-first development, and risk managed refactoring, all through an agile process. This approach naturally lends itself to working with legacy code, such as successfully and safely refactoring a 465-line legacy function used in a video streaming application into a structurally sound design. Or designing for maintainability, through cleanly layered architectures, like a web service that can handle multiple RPC protocols using a common controller and a thin view layer, that can easily be supplemented to handle additional protocols. Tim is skilled in Perl, JavaScript, and other programming languages, in Internet protocols, in SQL, and is familiar with the internals of a variety of open source applications. Tim also writes and performs music, and has authored and published a number of inspirational books.

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