[Perldl] YAPC::NA 2012

David Mertens dcmertens.perl at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 07:06:08 HST 2012

On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM, David Mertens <dcmertens.perl at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello everybody -
> YAPC::NA 2012, which will be in Madison, WI from June 13 through June 15,
> has officially opened up for presentations! You can read more on their
> website here:
> http://blog.yapcna.org/post/16510858837/call-for-presenters-open-for-yapc-na-2012
> JT Smith, the man spear-heading this year's YAPC::NA, gave a talk at the
> Chicago Perl Mongers last night. They are giving preference this year to
> real-world Perl apps and quintessential Perl 101 talks. JT's example talk
> last night was about a Perl web application that underlies a small-batch
> card and board game publishing business called GameCrafter. YAPC allows for
> multiple submissions of varying length including lightning talks (30s? 1
> min?), five minutes, 20 minutes, 50 minutes, and 110 minutes. The latter
> two are typically run as workshops and are more ideal for Perl 101 sorts of
> things.
> I believe that we should make an effort as a community to attend and
> present at this year's YAPC. I told JT that I am very interested in
> presenting about PDL and he suggested a strategy to maximize interest: give
> talks of increasing length. The goal of such a strategy would be to get
> people gradually more interested in PDL so that by the time the workshop
> rolls around, they are enthusiastic and willing to spend one or two hours
> learning PDL instead of doing something else at the conference.
> Joel Berger has already made a few suggestions, including "Modeling
> Electron Dynamics with Modern Object Oriented Perl" for 20 minutes, and
> some sort of XS 101 talk. I am interested in demoing some of my simpler
> Prima-based simulation scripts that I have used in my research, which could
> easily be a five-minute or a 20-minute talk entitled "Interactive Visual
> Simulations using PDL and Prima". Obviously I'd like to give a talk about
> my Prima plotting library, probably a 20-minute talk entitled
> "PDL::Graphics::Prima - A 2D Plotting Library written in Perl". Then, of
> course, there will be the "Introduction to PDL". I haven't decided on a
> duration for that yet.
> Now, there is no guarantee that all of these talks will be submitted, or
> even that we *should* submit all of these talks. I would be happy to give a
> lightning talk or two about some of my Prima stuff, or try to line-up two
> five-minute talks in a row: one on Prima and the next on Gnuplot, if that
> seems like a sensible thing to do. The most important thing is that we
> communicate our ideas, coordinate our efforts, and discuss everything with
> the organizers. I would really like the PDL intro to be scheduled after all
> the other PDL talks so that we can build up as much enthusiasm as possible,
> and JT promised to help schedule our talks in a preferable order.
> So, for this weekend, here are your tasks! :-D
>    1. Read the latest version of the PDL::Book.
>    2. Make plans to get to Madison this June.
>    3. Email editorial suggestions about the PDL::Book to the mailing list.
>    4. Consider talking about some of your coolest PDL-based applications.
>    5. Email your talk topics to the mailing list.
> David
> --
>  "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
>   Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
>   by definition, not smart enough to debug it." -- Brian Kernighan
This is a follow-up to my original email from a few weeks ago. I realized
this morning that I had yet to submit one of my talk ideas because I had
been waiting to hear from others. I have submitted my second talk idea
(interactive data analysis with PDL and Prima) and would encourage
everybody to attend this year and submit talks on PDL!


P.S. Also, I am trying to find a way to get to Baltimore for mid-April
(announced here by Mike Burns), and I would encourage any PDL people on the
east coast to try to attend: http://dcbpw.org/dcbpw2012/

 "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
  Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
  by definition, not smart enough to debug it." -- Brian Kernighan
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