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 July 2009 - Technical Meeting
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: The Victoria
Address: 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

This is a YAPC::Europe Preview night, with both Barbie and Brian practicing their talks before they present them at YAPC::Europe in Lisbon in a couple of weeks. If you're attending YAPC::Europe, come along and see some extra talks you can add to your schedule.

See our technical meetings pages for further details.


The Talks

Barbie - The Never Ending Jigsaw


AKA .. "Building and Extending a Plugin Architecture"

Many frameworks and applications implement a plugin architecture due to its ability to add or extend functionality beyond its core use. This talk will show how to use 'Module::Pluggable' to easily build a plugin framework into an application, taking a look at a three different distributions on CPAN that already implement plugins.

Barbie - The (Abridged) Statistics of CPAN


This a lightning talk planned for YAPC::Europe.

A 5 minute look at some of the statistics of CPAN, helping to prove how it has grown over the last 10 years and continues to grow.

Brian McCauley - Introduction to regular expressions


A quick start introduction to the world of regular expressions, through special characters, quantifiers, character classes and other neat tricks.

An explanation of the Perl s/// m// and qr// operators.

Assumes no knowledge of regular expressions.

Brian McCauley - Data::Iterator::Hierarchical


The Data::Iterator::Hierarchical module. What it is why I wrote it and bit about my experiences getting it ready for CPAN.

Data::Iterator::Hierarchical allows nested loops to iterate in the natural way over a sorted rowset as would typically be returned from an SQL database query that is the result of naturally left joining several tables.

* = Guest Speaker