Lightning Talks

5 to 10 min talks by various speakers.

• Lambert Lum, Panda::Date

• Peter Thoeny, Spreadsheet Engine implemented with regex

• Tim Topole, Tie

• Stuart Yusem, Perforce related topic

• Caroline Burns, Selenium

• Dana Dietrich, App::MultiModule

• Ian Kluft, cpanspec - building RPMs from CPAN modules 

• Jon Bjornstad - excerpts of Perl Best Practices

More speakers are welcome.

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  • Peter T.

    Thanks for organizing! The presentation material of my "Implement a Spreadsheet Engine using Regular Expressions" talk is at http://bit.ly/twREPS

    Yes, speakers including myself should be ready with computer and connectivity before the meetup starts. Note to self: Check monitor connection ahead of time.

    Personally I would be OK if all speakers share the same computer. This requires enough time before the meetup starts. For future lightning talks I recommend speakers and organizers arrive 30 min early.

    May 2, 2014

  • Ian K.

    We're still looking for a new permanent meeting location. If we don't find it by today, we'll reserve space at a restaurant for the May 1 meeting. Keep asking around for us because even if we do that for May, the search will be needed for June 5 and ongoing.

    April 23, 2014

    • Ian K.

      Chris - it's too late to change for May 1 with the meeting just days away. Let's talk about it for June and beyond. We do need a more permanent place to meet.

      April 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ian - I got tied up at work yesterday and wasn't able to make it. Send me an email ([masked]) and we can discuss this further.

      May 2, 2014

  • Jon B.

    If the title is going to be "Lightning Talks" then there should be a strictly enforced time limit of 5-10 minutes. The virtue of this is that if the topic is of no interest to you then you can be comforted by the fact that it will be over soon.

    I'd also recommend requiring that speakers either have their slides/notes on either the web or on a USB stick. This would avoid the connection problems that occured tonight and which wasted everyone's time. For those people who DO need to use their own machines they would be required to come early to test the connection.

    My 'Perl Best Practice' notes are here on the web:

    http://www.logicalpoetry.com/perl

    May 1, 2014

    • Dana M. D.

      Jon, thanks for the presentation, it was very well done!

      May 2, 2014

    • Dana M. D.

      Ooh, hitting the enter key posts the comment. :) So I also agree that we need to move toward more time discipline, and your suggestions are sound.

      May 2, 2014

  • Lambert L.

    I just like to say thank you for being so forgiving of our short-notice change of venue, and being so patient with our technical issues. If you think we can do better, I agree with you, and I want you to be part of the solution. Come help with your suggestion of the next venue. Ask your boss. Check your friends.

    May 2, 2014

  • Caroline

    Here are my thoughts:
    First of all, the technical problems are frustrating for everyone. If there is a way that a few people could gather early next time and try things out before the event, that would be good. As far as having a USB goes, I am a bit torn. All the other events I have seen have all had a demo associated with them. For my presentation, I had a demo planned, which I believe would make the presentation better. I need to install a few things to make it work great. I understand that for someone to install everything needed on one laptop can be a bit cumbersome. I did have a copy of it on USB, but the demo would have made it make sense a bit more. (A picture can paint a thousand words.) I don't know what everyone's thoughts are on this.

    BTW, my presentation is based on the following page:
    http://docs.seleniumhq.org/docs/03_webdriver.jsp

    May 2, 2014

  • Ian K.

    That worked pretty well. We knew the restaurant location would change the pace of the meeting. With the expectations set properly, it seems people liked the location. Though we are still searching for more permanent locations, this will work whenever we need to use it again.

    May 1, 2014

  • Stuart Y.

    Thanks much to this evening's speakers for opening my eyes to some interesting, useful and informative topics. And thanks to our organizers.

    FYI - book - Data Munging with Perl - now released as free, by author Dave Cross.
    See his website:
    http://perlhacks.com/2014/04/data-munging-perl/

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Joe K.

    Some technical problems kept some people from giving their talks.

    May 1, 2014

  • Satoshi Y.

    Our CI server went down this evening and couldn't go. Hope it was good...

    May 1, 2014

  • Lambert L.

    I am looking at the list of speakers. I am going to relax the requirement on 5 to 10 minutes. Some of the topics are so expansive, that 10 minutes will not be sufficient. If it goes over, we'll let it go over. What I will do is allow for a 2nd lightning talks meeting that will happen in June. If the 2nd lightning talks is half filled, then I will expand my Panda::Date presentation to talk about DateTime.

    1 · April 27, 2014

    • Lambert L.

      A few other reasons why I am relaxing the time limit. First, I am looking for an excuse to make another meeting. Second, I am thinking of our new speakers, adding time pressure elevates public speaking to an even greater ordeal. Of course, if a speaker is drowning, it might be best to use the clock to rescue him.

      April 28, 2014

  • Jon B.

    I'll talk briefly about the book "Perl Best Practices" and Damian's suggestions for regular expressions.

    April 25, 2014

    • Lou E.

      Now I really wish I could go, because I've just been dealing with those. I'll be curious to hear if you agree with them.

      April 26, 2014

  • Lou E.

    Can't make this one, foo. Couple of the talks sound great, too.

    April 25, 2014

  • Ian K.

    We were extremely lucky to get this location. Another group canceled.

    April 24, 2014

  • Ian K.

    New location reserved: CoCo's Bakery Restaurant, 1206 Oakmead Parkway, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (off Lawrence Expwy just south of US 101).

    Please note the normal expectation for meeting rooms at restaurants including this one is, as best we can, everyone should order something. That's the business they're in. If dinner isn't right for you, maybe some pie. (It's a bakery.) Or at least a drink. If you absolutely can't order, keep that low key and courteous. Let's try to keep them happy to host us again.

    April 24, 2014

  • Ian K.

    SVPerl needs a new monthly meeting location. Please contact us if you can offer or have a lead on one. That will affect the May 1 meeting and onward - we will update the Meetup data when the new location is reserved. The meeting will still take place, even if we have to meet at a restaurant. So stay tuned.

    April 16, 2014

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