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:


28 February, 2007 - Technical Meeting
Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
Venue: O'Neills
Address: 90 Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4DT
Details: A selection of talks regarding Perl and related subjects. Entry is free, and newcomers are welcome. See our meetings page for further details.
Links: Technical Meetings

The Talks

Jon Allen - Functional Programming - An Introduction


The Perl language supports many different programming styles. While procedural and object-oriented are generally the most common, complementing these with code written in the functional style can bring many advantages.

This talk introduces functional programming - no prior knowledge is required - and shows how functional concepts can be used to make your code easier to maintain, by simplifying complex algorithms and separating control flow from implementation.


Barbie - Using Phrasebooks - A Design Pattern


This talk looks at why using phrasebooks can make your life as a programmer easier, and how porting from one system to another can be as simple as changing a phrasebook. Using Data::Phrasebook specifically, the talk will cover how to use phrasebooks, how to manage and interchange phrasebook dictionaries and look at some of the applications that can benefit from phrasebooks (including some that already do, that perhaps you didn't even realise!)


Brian McCauley - Recursive Iterator - A Brainstorm


Perhaps not so much aimed at the beginner, as what I really want is the audience to brainstorm about the best API for a module given its basic semantics.


Jon Allen - Cross-platform GUIs with Perl


A live demo without the aid of slides!

* = Guest Speaker

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