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Thursday
Dec 11, 2014
Portland Perl Mongers
Free Geek

Join us at Freegeek for this month's installment of PDX.pm.

As always, join us for beers at the Lucky Lab after the meetup.

Thursday
May 8, 2014
Portland Perl Mongers - Hack Night
Free Geek

Hack night at PDX.pm! Bring a project or a module to work on. The floor is open if you have anything to demo. If you don't find us at Freegeek, stop on by Lucky Lab Brew Pub.

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Thursday
Jun 13, 2013
Portland Perl Mongers – Simple Questions Should Have Simple Answers + pdx.pm governance
Free Geek

speaker: MichaelSchwern

If a developer ever says “it’s really simple”, run and do not look back.

Developers often throw around terms like “easy” and “obvious” but what do they tell them about what to do to make something “easier” and “more obvious”? What does it tell them about whether somebody else will find something “easy” and “obvious”? Not a lot.

Giving simple questions simple answers tells how to take action to make things easier and more obvious to the casual user. Embracing the task of providng simple answers rejects the fallacy that complex implementations mean complex answers. It creates a new relationship of respect between the user and the developer; a good user can ask a simple question illuminating what people want to do, and a good developer fulfills the user’s desire for a simple answer. What does it mean to be simple?

  • How do you find it?
  • What are its benefits?
  • What happens when you don’t seek simplicity?

pdx.pm governance

Before the presentation, we'll have a short discussion about the future of the monthly group meetings as Eric Wilhelm is no longer able to be the sole organizer.

As usual, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub.

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Thursday
Jan 12, 2012
Portland Perl Mongers – AMGSP2012 (Schwern rides a pail Moose)
Free Geek

7th-ish Annual-ish Michael G Schwern pdx.pm Presentation

Presentation details to be determined. (Rumored to be about small, furry creatures with antlers aka OOSE.)

As usual, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab.

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Wednesday
Aug 10, 2011
pdx.pm : Dependency Injection strategies with perl
Free Geek

pdx.pm : Dependency Injection strategies with perl

notbenh - Dependency Injection:

  • What are you talking about?
  • ... oh that, I did that all the time in java/ruby/??? so you can do that in perl!?
  • So what are some patterns for non-moose solutions?
  • What else can you do with this stuff?

If you have specific questions/aspects that you would like me to focus on please feel free to contact me pre-meeting at ben.hengst { at } gmail.com

As always, social time and drinks at the Lucky Lab Hawthorne (3 blocks north) post talk.

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Wednesday
Apr 13, 2011
pdx.pm Portland Perl Mongers
Free Geek

topic: Mock::Quick speaker: Chad 'Exodist' Granum

Mock::Quick: (CPAN, Github) Is a modern mocking library taking advantage of modern Perl interface design.

Topics include: * Quickly throwing together a minimum object to shove somewhere * Mocking a quick, but strict object * Takeover an already loaded class redefining and restoring specific methods * Generate a mocked class that prevents the real one from loading * Anonymous package mocking for a reusable mock * Collecting usage data * Brief overview of internals (the more you know! -=*

Mailing List info: http://pdx.pm.org/kwiki/index.cgi?MailingList

IRC info:

pdx.pm on irc.perl.org

More info on the wiki: http://pdx.pm.org/kwiki/index.cgi?February2011Meeting

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Wednesday
Feb 9, 2011
pdx.pm Portland Perl Mongers
Free Geek

The plan is to have a series of Lighting talks around the topic of "Worst Useful Hack".

Though our only scheduled speaker has come down with the sick so it might just end up being social hour... though if you have any ideas you would like to share please feel free to bring them up on the mailing list or on irc.

Mailing List info: http://pdx.pm.org/kwiki/index.cgi?MailingList

IRC info:

pdx.pm on irc.perl.org

More info on the wiki: http://pdx.pm.org/kwiki/index.cgi?February2011Meeting

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Wednesday
Dec 8, 2010
Portland Perl Mongers: Three Talks for the Price of One
Free Geek

We will be having three lightning-ish talks at PDX.pm this month.

Perl and Parrot in Google Code-In : Highlights and How To Get Involved

-- Jonathan "Duke" Leto

Tool::Bench : A Generalized Benchmarking Framework for Just About Anything

-- Ben Hengst

Graphics in Software Documentation : Why The Void?

-- Otto Hirr

Please come by and be sure to come hang out afterwards at the Lucky Lab social hour, just a few blocks away.

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Wednesday
Oct 13, 2010
PDX.pm - Practical Lists / Utilities pulled from Fennec
Free Geek

The monthly meeting of the Portland Perl Mongers

peaker: Chad Granum

Chad will give 2 shorter talks in a row. The first talk will deal with lists, what they are, how to use them. The second talk is a short presentation on several useful tools/utilities that started as part of the Fennec project but have been pulled out for general use.

Practical Lists Chad will define what a list is and how it differs from an array. He will cover tools such as grep and map, as well as some List::Util functions. He will explain how you may start using lists in more places when you understand how they work.

Utilities pulled from Fennec Fennec was a large undertaking, it also required implementing a few new ideas. Many of the new ideas are useful outside of the Fennec project. Chad will cover the following until he runs out of time:

Exporter::Declare Method::Workflow Child Exodist::Util Devel::CallerStack

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Wednesday
Jan 13, 2010
PDX.pm How to Lie Like a Geek [Michael Schwern]
Free Geek

How to Lie Like a Geek speaker: Michael Schwern

Geeks have a special relationship with The Truth. Nothing is more important than correcting a falsehood, no matter how small, and nothing is more odious than not telling The Truth. Unfortunately, in speaking The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth, the meaning is often mangled and the end result is the opposite, a lie.

We’ll examine some ways geeks lie while telling The Truth, to themselves and to others, and hopefully achieve better communications, easier to understand interfaces and maybe some personal enlightenment.

Some examples include: Lies by omission, lies by precision, lies by irrelevancy, lies by design, lies with statistics and that most dangerous of words “should” as in “the user should have realized”.

There will be cake. http://tinyurl.com/mermtx

As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the LuckyLab

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Wednesday
Jul 8, 2009
Portland Perl Mongers - PDX.pm
Free Geek

CPAN and Core Q&A

Bring your questions (and answers) about how things work under the hood and behind the scenes.

Possibly some entries for the Euler/shootout challenge.

As usual, meetings are followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab.

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Wednesday
May 13, 2009
Perl Mongers: QA Panel / Tool Expo
Free Geek

PDX.pm meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:53pm, typically at Free Geek. Meetings are free-of-charge for all PortlandPerlMongerMembers. The cost for non-members is $2,000,000,000.00 per person.

What tools and techniques do you use to keep your project shiny and well-oiled? Bring a sample for show-and-tell, or just a few things to say about it.

Please see the kwiki link for the latest details about this meeting. Our panels always lead to interesting and surprising discussion.

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Wednesday
Dec 10, 2008
PDX.pm: Getting Involved with Rakudo (A Flavor of Perl 6)
Free Geek

This will be a guided "hack session" about getting involved with the development of Rakudo, the first fully-featured Perl 6 implementation, which runs on the Parrot Virtual Machine. There will be a briefing at the beginning of the meeting to bring everyone up to speed and clarify any confusing terminology.

Then we will break into groups and learn-by-hacking on whatever interests the participants. You must be interested in doing something with Perl 6/Rakudo, start now!

The end of the meeting will be a short wrap-up where people voice there experiences working on Rakudo (what needs to be made easier? what rocks? what sucks? what do you want to work on next time?).

PDX.pm normally meets at 7-till-7 (6:53pm) at FreeGeek for roughly an hour or so, then walks a few blocks to the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub for social hour.

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Wednesday
Aug 13, 2008
PDX.PM - What I Learned, Ate, or Drank During OSCON
Free Geek

Come talk about what you did at or near OSCON. Free-form discussion, followed by beer at the Lucky Lab.

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Thursday
Jun 14, 2012
Portland Perl Mongers – /usr/pdx/bin/perl -More::Beer
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

In celebration of having already executed one successful emergency rescheduled meeting replacement beer-drinking social hour this month, we'll be starting 22 minutes later and roughly 0.7 furlongs norther than the usual time and space.

I will put out a pdx.pm sign. We might be out back depending on how crowded and noisy it is. You can also probably find us with or near the weekly hackathon folks.

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Wednesday
Sep 14, 2011
Portland Perl Mongers -- "Last of the 2nd Wednesdays" Social
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Note the (temporary) location change. This is possibly the last of the meetings on 2nd Wednesdays and a break from Free Geek while we figure out the keys/space issues.

We'll be discussing all things Perl and generally socializing in or near some tasty beverages. If you are new, look for the pdx.pm t-shirts[1].

Feel free to bring a laptop if you have some code or Perl questions to share or work on. (Or if you have no laptop, just bring the code/url.) I would also like to hear your ideas and proposals for future meeting topics and presentations.

The other meeting was last Thursday (Sept 8th), also at the Lucky Lab, where we began voting on whether to move the meeting to 2nd Thursdays. You get one vote for each time you show up (vote for both days or one twice.)

Rumor has it that the classroom at Free Geek is being redone into rows of desks with a whiteboard and projector -- which makes 2nd Wednesdays more viable, though the meeting room might still be a better space for us.

[1] My shirt is often purple. There was talk on irc.perl.org/#pdx.pm of getting a '$_' bat-signal to shine on the ceiling, but no volunteer yet.

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Thursday
Sep 8, 2011
Portland Perl Mongers -- "Now on 2nd Thursdays" Social
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Note the new date and (temporary) location change. This is a trial run at changing to 2nd Thursdays and a break from Free Geek while we figure out the keys/space issues.

We'll be discussing all things Perl and generally socializing in or near some tasty beverages. If you are new, look for the pdx.pm t-shirts[1].

Feel free to bring a laptop if you have some code or Perl questions to share or work on. (Or if you have no laptop, just bring the code/url.)

The other meeting will be next Wednesday (Sept 14th), also at the Lucky Lab. You get one vote for each time you show up (vote for both days or one twice.)

Rumor has it that the classroom at Free Geek is being redone into rows of desks with a whiteboard and projector -- which makes 2nd Wednesdays more viable, though the meeting room might still be a better space for us.

[1] My shirt is often purple. There was talk on irc.perl.org/#pdx.pm of getting a '$_' bat-signal to shine on the ceiling, but no volunteer yet.

This event overlaps with PDX Hackathon! Some type of tech user group jousting may occur.

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Thursday
Jul 2, 2009
PDX.pm Perl 5.10.1 Codesprint
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Codesprint for learning about Perl 5 development, git and getting 5.10.1 out the door. This is our first codesprint, so things are still a bit up in the air.

Useful stuff:

5.10.1 blockers: http://tr.im/perl5_10_1_blockers

Using the Perl git repo: http://perl5.git.perl.org/perl.git/blob/HEAD:/pod/perlrepository.pod (short and sweet)

How to hack the Perl internals: http://perl5.git.perl.org/perl.git/blob/HEAD:/pod/perlhack.pod (kinda scary)