Talks

Below are many of the talks & presentations given at Birmingham Perl Monger Technical Meetings. All slides are the copyright of their respective authors and no part should be reproduced without the express permission of the author. To request copyright permission please email webmaster@birmingham.pm.org.

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Author Title Abstract
Barbie Web Link The Future of CPAN Testers

A short talk about the forthcoming projects for CPAN Testers, progress so far, and what and how you can get involved, to help make the CPAN Testers project bigger and better than it already is.

Barbie Web Link Creating Excel Spreadsheets with Template Toolkit

A brief introduction to Excel::Template and Excel::Template::Plus. In a recent project I needed to write a plugin that could output the data as an Excel file. Previously I've done this talking directly to Spreadsheet::WriteExcel. However, these two new distributions help to provide the templating power of Template Toolkit, and interact with your choice of spreadsheet engine on your behalf.

Barbie Web Link Introducing the UK Co-Ordinators

At the 2013 London Perl Workshop, six of the UK Perl Monger group leaders got together to talk about colaboration, guidance and supporting each other's groups. Out of this came the UK Co-Ordinators. This is a quick introduction to who we are, why we started it, and what you can do to get involved.

Barbie Web Link Smoking The Onion - Tales of CPAN Testers (YAPC::Europe 2011)

This talk looks at the larger CPAN Testers ecosystem, and aims to show how both users and authors can reap benefits. It looks at why CPAN Testers is useful and how you, as an author or a user, can obtain information from the various analysis sites to make informed judgements. The talk also covers some of the metrics and future plans for CPAN Testers.

Barbie Web Link Perl Jam - How To Organise A Conference (and live to tell the tale)

This was a short Lightning Talk given at YAPC::Europe 2011. The talk was used to promote the book 'Perl Jam' as well as the YAPC Conference Surveys.

Barbie Unknown File Type Validating Web Pages with Test::XHTML

An introduction to Test::XHTML, and its underlying validator Test::XHTML::Valid. This talk takes a walk through the APIs of both packages and poses a few questions regarding future development.

Barbie Web Link An Introduction To Maisha Maisha is a command line micro-blogging tool written in Perl. This talk consists of an overview of how Maisha came to be, a look at some of the moving parts, and a brief look extending the plugins.
Barbie Web Link How To Be A CPAN Tester (YAPC::NA 2008) Based on the 2007 version, this talk looks more at the community of CPAN Testing than the actual tools used. With the wiki containing so much information now, this talk gives a much better overview of the CPAN Testers experience.
Barbie Web Link How To Be A CPAN Tester (YAPC::NA 2007)

This was the presentation given in Houston in 2007, as a introduction to CPAN Testers and the toolchain. Originally it was planned that David Golden and Barbie would present, but unfortunately David Golden had to cancel his attendance.

Barbie Unknown File Type Testing With Perl

On CPAN, the Perl code repository, there are over 100 testing distributions, many looking at a distinct aspect of testing. This talk takes a selection of the most valuable testing distributions and highlights how to get the best out of your test suite. Code examples of test suites and demostrations of running test suites included.

Barbie Unknown File Type Testing With Selenium An quick introduction and explanation as to what Selenium is about, how it works and why it's useful. The talk includes a short run through of the installation required and a live demo featuring a basic example of the application working.

A revised version from the one seen in 2007, with updated content.

Barbie Unknown File Type Preparing For CPAN This talks joins two previous shorter talks, and looks at what is needed to package a distribution ready for CPAN, what to package, considerations before packing, and some common pitfalls you might encounter. This talk was written for YAPC::NA::2007.
Barbie Unknown File Type Selenium - An Introduction to Web Testing

An quick introduction and explanation as to what Selenium is about, how it works and why it's useful. The talk includes a short run through of the installation required and a live demo featuring a basic example of the application working.

Barbie Unknown File Type Graphing With Perl An introduction to some graph/chart modules in Perl, with examples of the different flavours of line graphs, bar charts and pie charts you can create.
Barbie Web Link Smoking The Stats An update on the CPAN Testing Stats. (lightning talk)
Barbie Web Link So Damn Kludgy A Software Development Kit for Perl is long over due. This talk explains why. (lightning talk)
Barbie Unknown File Type Development Coverage An introduction to Devel::Cover.
Barbie Unknown File Type The Great White North Adventures of a Rush fan in Toronto! ... or tales from YAPC::NA::2005
Barbie Unknown File Type Project: yacsmoke (YAPC::Europe::2005) What is CPAN Testing, how to use 'yacsmoke' and how to become a tester.
Barbie Unknown File Type Preparing For CPAN (YAPC::NA::2005, YAPC::Europe::2005) Common mistakes found during CPAN testing.
Barbie Unknown File Type "Wyt ti'n medru siarad Saesneg?" and why you need a phrasebook (YAPC::NA::2005, YAPC::Europe::2005) An introduction to phrasebook design patterns and the Data::Phrasebook distribution.
Barbie Unknown File Type Striving For Perfection (version 3) (LPW) What is CPAN Testing and how it benefits you.
Barbie Unknown File Type From Module To Distribution A brief look at how to create a distribution, what to include, what to automate and how to release it.
Barbie Unknown File Type Boys & The Black Stuff A talk about conferences.
Barbie Unknown File Type The Perl Auctioneer (yapc2004) Accessing eBay from Perl.
Barbie Unknown File Type Book Searching with Perl An introduction to WWW::Scaper::ISBN and how to write a ISBN scraper driver.
Barbie Web Link Striving For Perfection SBLUG talk - a look at what CPAN testing is all about
Barbie Web Link An Introduction to Perl SBLUG talk - a quick look at the past, present and future of Perl
Barbie Unknown File Type Extended Testing A short talk about 4 useful testing modules.
Barbie Unknown File Type Some Perl Special Variables A short talk about some of the useful Perl special variables.
Barbie Unknown File Type Striving For Perfection A short talk about CPAN Testing and how it makes life better.
Barbie Unknown File Type Cool File & Directory Modules A look at some of the cool modules that handle file I/O in Perl.
Barbie Unknown File Type A Continental Perl Adventure A look at the tutorials and talks from the YAPC::Europe::2003 conference in Paris.
Barbie Unknown File Type Calendar::List An introduction to a new module.
Barbie Unknown File Type Validating Parameters A look at some CPAN modules that can do CGI parameter validation.
Barbie Unknown File Type Class::Phrasebook A simple look at how Class::Phrasebook can help you.
Barbie Unknown File Type An Introduction To Regular Expressions A basic talk about how to create simple regular expressions.
Barbie Unknown File Type The Perl Auctioneer My initial experiences of accessing online auctions & LWP.
Barbie Unknown File Type An Introduction to NMS A quick look at the what, why and where of the NMS project.
Barbie Unknown File Type YAPC::Europe::Munich::2002 A run though of the tutorials and talks of this year's YAPC::Europe conference in Munich.
Barbie Unknown File Type Devel::Debug An explanation of the proposed Devel::Debug module. [to be deleted]