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1.21 Gigawatts by Ricardo Signes

Some talks carefully guide the listeners through the entirety of a topic, starting with the basics and ending with the fine details.

That's… not the plan for this talk.

Instead, we're going to see the highlight reel of a bunch of topics that caught my interest over the course of the year: a review of cool (and uncool) changes in Perl, the best modules you're not using, stupid optimization tricks, tools for handling catastrophic program failure, git scripts you'll become dependent on, numbers stations, Zork, productivity tools, and who knows what else.

I will stand in place and let lightning talks strike over and over, until I am reduced to cinders.

You get to witness the ordeal, and you might just learn a thing or two.

Ricardo Signes is the current project manager for Perl 5, a maintainer of the CPAN toolchain, part of the Moose development team, and a frequent contributor of other free code to the CPAN. He likes to talk about code almost as much as he likes to write it. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and works at, where he spends his days trying to cope with the horrors of email.

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  • mark p.

    talk including lexical subroutines skipped last night:

    January 24, 2014

    • David G.

      To clarify, that link is Ricardo's "Postcards from the Edge" talk from YAPC::NA

      January 24, 2014

  • mark p.

    what is the deal with all the.. at-the-risk-of-sounding-ridiculously-like-che-guevara-love and joy around perl? why isn't there any laughter around other programming languages?

    January 24, 2014

  • David G.

    For those who can't attend, our host, Sam Kaufman, will attempt to stream the talk here:

    1 · January 23, 2014

    • Joey P.

      Looks like Sam linked to the wrong youtube video in his comment, here's the correct one­

      1 · January 24, 2014

    • Sam K.

      Hah whoops, deleted my comment pointing to a little kid explaining how to edit videos on youtube

      January 24, 2014

  • martinheinsdorf

    A world-class speaker.

    3 · January 23, 2014

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