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.

See also:


26 May 2010 - Technical Meeting
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: The Victoria
Address: 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN
Details: See our technical meetings pages for further details,
Links: Technical Meetings

The Talks

Barbie - CPAN Testers 2.0 - "I love it when a plan comes together"


The CPAN Testers have been using an SMTP report submission structure since it's inception in 1999. In more recent times the report submissions, thanks to a very enthusiastic volunteer community, and the stability of many automated smoke bots, have increased to 10k-20k submission per day. The servers have been suffering as a consequence. Although often discussed, a move to a HTTP submission system had no clear roadmap. That changed in December 2009.

This talk takes a look at the motivation for change, what has changed and why we're in great shape to be reporting for another 10 years and more.


Richard Wallman * - Accelerated web development with Catalyst


The Catalyst framework can allow quick and easy development, deployment and maintenance of Perl web applications - this short presentation introduces Catalyst, from concepts to launch

* = Guest Speaker