Technical Meetings

The technical meetings are a monthly event, that aims to provide the Birmingham Perl community with an educational night of talks. If you wish to attend, please feel free to come along and listen in.

Talks Wanted: If you would like to do a talk, whether a 5 minute lightning talk, a 15 minutes talk or longer, please let us know and we'll add you to the schedule. If we are unable to add you to the schedule for the next meeting, we will give you priority at a future meeting.

Guest Speakers: Are you visiting Birmingham at some point in the future, and would be willing to give a talk? Or are you based outside of the West Midlands, but would be willing to make a trek over to see us and present a talk? If so, then I'd love to hear from you. Drop me an email with details of when you are in Birmingham and the talk you would like to present. I'll then arrange a schedule and confirm.

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22 August, 2007 - Technical Meeting
Time: 6.30pm onwards, talks at 8pm
Venue: The Victoria
Address: 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

A selection of talks regarding Perl and related subjects. Entry is free, and newcomers are welcome. See our meetings page for further details.

Note that food is served until 7.30pm, with a selection of main meals, hot/cold bagettes and sandwiches, starters and desserts. As there is more space, we'll probably eating and drinking first in the back bar. Talks start around 8pm in the upstairs function room.

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The Talks

Mike Kemp * - Cleaning up with Ajax


This talk covers off the basics of Ajax security (and other 'Web 2.0' concerns) and explores some attack vectors


Power Point Slides

Brian McCauley - UseNet Gems


Gems are small items of high value and/or great beauty typically found in a mass of worthless material. Usenet is the original global distributed discussion group network. Usenet, mailing lists and other online forums are a major part of the Perl social scene, providing an extensive free resource of expert (and not so expert) advice on a range of technical issues in and around Perl. This talk explores briefly some of the rules and pitfalls of social interaction in a technical discussion forum and then looks at some "Gems" where often seemingly simple questions have revealed surprising and/or fascinating things about Perl.

Brian McCauley (NoBull) is a programmer in various languages (including not as much Perl as he'd like) for the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. He has been a regular contributor to Perl Usenet groups for many years. A member of and a YAPC regular since 2003, he became a Director of Limited when it was incorporated in 2006 in order to organise YAPC::Europe::2006.

This is the talk Brian will be presenting in Vienna next week.


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