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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Schedule

28 July, 2004 - Birmingham.pm Technical Meeting
Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
Venue: QPC
Address: 1st Floor, Leonard House, 318-321 Bradford Street, Birmingham B5 6ET
Details: A selection of talks regarding Perl and related subjects. Entry is free, and newcomers are welcome. Apres meeting debrief at The Old Fox on Hurst Street. See our meetings page for further details.
Links: Technical Meetings

The Talks

Tim Williams * - An Introduction to Open Source

Abstract:

This talk briefly describes the history of free software and open source, from Richard Stallman's founding of the GNU project through to the Open Source Initiative and Linux, and the commercialisation of open source.

Resources:

Aaron Sloman * - Overview of the SimAgent toolkit

Abstract:

The SimAgent toolkit provides a range of resources for research and teaching related to the development of interacting agents in environments of various degrees and kinds of complexity. It can be run as a pure simulation tool, or installed in a robot with a sufficiently powerful on-board computer, e.g. running linux. It was originally developed to support exploratory research on human-like intelligent agents, but has also been used for student projects developing a variety of interactive games and simulations.

Resources:

Jon Brookes - Another Brick in the SmoothWall

Abstract:

a gentle introduction to the installation and use of SmoothWall - an open source Linux dedicated firewall - together with a discussion of how it may be extended to use SquidGuard.

Resources:

SmoothWall

* = Guest Speaker

Meeting Sponsor

Questions Media Group
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For the past two years, Birmingham Perl Mongers' technical meetings have been graciously supported by The Questions Media Group, who have supplied the meeting room and technical equipment free of charge. Without their support it is unlikely we would have presented the number of talks we have.

For information on The Question Group and The Questions Publishing Company please click the image links in the company logo on the left. Further company related links are listed below.