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2015 Boston.PM Calendar History[edit | edit source]

Tech Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at MIT

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Todo: split 2015/2016 archive

December 8th, 20115 Perl 6 Grammars - It's a RegEx, a Parser, and a Dessert Topping (Perl 6 is almost here: Part 3)[edit | edit source]

We have two short, recent videos each with example code on one of the key improvements P5→P6, moving Parse-Rec-Descent into the guts as P6 Grammars.
This is possibly the feature that will drive earliest Perl6 production deployments. (IIRC, years ago Dan told us it already happened!)
Demos Explained -

  • App::p6tags - Generate editor tags for perl6.
  • Syntax colorizing code in a presentation with P6

( If anyone knows of a demo of logic programing or 'Eliza bot' in Perl6 grammars, let me know so we con include it. -- bill )

Autumn Theme: Perl 6 for Xmas is "Sixmas"[edit | edit source]

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"Get Ready To Party" (Perl 6 is almost here: Part 2)[edit | edit source]

Tue 11/10/2015 E51-376[edit | edit source]

*​Larry Wall* (appearing by tape delay)
Continuing our season series for the December 2015 launch of Perl 6.0.0 ...
this is an introduction to Perl6 by comparison to Perl5 and Tolkien, Larry's 2015 conference talk.
It was the pre-announcement of the "yes *this* Christmas" release.

Tuesday October 13, 2015 7:30-9:30pm @ MIT E51-376[edit | edit source]

"Perl 6 - A Dynamic Language for Mere Mortals" (Perl 6 is almost here: Part 1)[edit | edit source]

Author - Ovid (Curtis Poe).(appearing by tape delay)

Abstract[edit | edit source]
This month presents a recorded talk by Ovid (Curtis Poe) with live code examples prepared and demonstrated by Bill Ricker. Ovid describes his talk as, "Perl 6 is a great language, but sometimes the enthusiasts talk about the crazy, scary things you can do with it. In this talk, I discuss how easy it is to really use."

We'll have working examples in live Perl6 (Rakudo Perl 6), both copied from the main presentation to play with immediately on our screen, for kibitzing and tinkering, plus some other examples to try.

Program notes:
  • We're planning to have several Perl 6 talks this Fall/Winter, building up to the Perl 6 formal release at Christmas, including:
    • P6 Regex & Grammars
    • P6 Concurrency and Asynchrony
    • If you have any Perl 6 code to share, maybe as a mini talk before main talk, or as an intermission, if it fits with a scheduled p6 talk!
  • Anyone with things to talk about at future meetings, contact Bill and/or Tom.

About the Speaker[edit | edit source]

external image me_and_daughter.jpgOvid (Curtis Poe) is founder of All Around The World, a Perl consultancy based in France. He specialize in large-scale, database-driven, heavily tested applications written in Perl. His published works include the book 'Beginning Perl", co-authorship of the book "Perl Hacks", and multiple technical articles. His testing modules ship in the Perl core.

Tue 09/08/2015[edit | edit source]

Perl 5.22 new features[edit | edit source]

Checking out what's new in the newest stable Perl 5. (& lightning survey of latest Modern Perl developments )

Tue 08/11/2015 SOCIAL[edit | edit source]

Social for Ronald Kimball[edit | edit source]

Ronald Kimball, former Boston.PM "Facilitator" (=leader; 1999-2008) is relocating out of state. Current and former habitués of Boston.PM will gather at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston on our usual Second Tuesday to send him off in style. There will be schwag.

Please RSVP on the mailing list so URI has an accurate headcount to get us a reservation.

Current and former habitués of Boston.PM are invited to gather at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston on our usual Second Tuesday to send Ronald, our former Facilitator, off in style.

Ronald wrote :
As Uri mentioned on the announcement list, we would like to have a social meeting on Tuesday, Aug 11, so that I can say goodbye to all of you, because I am moving to Minneapolis next [this] month!
As an extra enticement, I will be bringing some unclaimed Perl Monger shirts from 2006.
(It's been a while since I made it to a meeting, so, for those of you who may not remember me, I was the leader of from 1999 to 2008. :)

Location: Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston. 130 Brighton Avenue (at Harvard Ave).
When: Tuesday, Aug 11th, 7ish if not sooner ? til whenever ?

Tue 07/14/2015 E51-376 - NO MEETING[edit | edit source]

Tuesday June 9th, 2015 7/7.30-9.30pm @ MIT E51-376[edit | edit source]

Federico Lucifredi resumes his hardware and Perl seriesMedium-2452663566_12438cf29f_z.jpg[edit | edit source]

A few years ago it was discovered that common SD memory cards contain a micro controller that can be reprogrammed. In this talk Federico hacks "some hardware to see if we can get to the CPU on an SD card. Any automation in Perl, of course :)"

(SD card image by Andreas)

About the Speaker[edit | edit source]

external image federico_lucifredi.jpgFederico Lucifredi was the maintainer of the man suite, the primary documentation-delivery tool under Linux, a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University, and the Ubuntu Server Product Manager at Canonical. He is a frequent speaker locally for and Boston Linux/UNIX, often on "hardware hacking" topics.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00 PM
Topic: Social Gathering
Location: Redbones was too full of Tufts Seniors celebrating last finals, so we went to blue shirt across the square.

Scheduling didn't come together for a speaker this month, so we are opting for a social gathering at
REDBONES, in Davis Square, Somerville. Known for their barbecue (see Yelp). Join us for some food and to chat about Perl and whatever else.

Tuesday, April 14[edit | edit source]

"fREW: Miscellaneous Debris: Docker, DBIC, and Dogma"[edit | edit source]

Time: 7:00p - 10:00p
Location: MIT, room E51-376
Speaker: Axel "fREW" Schmidt

Prolific CPAN author "fREW " Schmidt will share his Miscellaneous Debris:

  1. Docker
  2. Tools (vim, zsh, more)
  3. DBIC and DBIC Helpers
  4. drinkup (an interesting tool I wrote)
  5. Dogma (my take on other people's dogma and what I think it should be)

Notes & Slides[edit | edit source]

About the Speaker[edit | edit source]

Axel "fREW" Schmidt authored or maintains 50 CPAN modules, including Catalyst::Action::REST and DBIx::Class::Helpers

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March 10, 2015[edit | edit source]

Net::AMQP::RabbitMQ and RabbitMQ[edit | edit source]

Speaker: Mike Stemle, Jr.
Video(youtube) Slides (pdf)

Mike Stemle, Jr. discusses his experiences at ThinkGeek working on and using Net::AMQP::RabbitMQ, an interface library to RabbitMQ , an open source message broker that implements the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP).

Abstract[edit | edit source]

Being a Perl Shop is hard sometimes, and as a result you sometimes miss out on some of the super-awesome third party support that other - some would say, weaker (but of course we wouldn’t say that, we’re classy) - languages enjoy. So I had to get my hands dirty. As such, I contributed to the development of the Net::AMQP::RabbitMQ module so that we at ThinkGeek could properly integrate our Perl applications with this MQ server.


I will walk you through a very high level of the integration itself, some of the challenges we faced, and how we overcame them. I’ll also go through some of the improvements I’ve made as part of the team of people maintaining the Net::AMQP::RabbitMQ module. BEWARE, however, this talk is not for the squeamish. There will be guts. perlguts, and they’ll be everywhere.

About the Speaker[edit | edit source]

Mike Stemle.jpeg
Mike Stemle, Jr. is a Sr. Software Engineer with more than 16 years of professional software experience. He’s worked in early social media, telecom, advertising, e-commerce, and billing. He’s written things as small as the first ever web message board for and other things as big as billing systems processing more than 100K transactions per hour.

Hailing from Fairfax, VA he fights the good fight along side his good pal, Timmy, and all of the amazing folks at ThinkGeek, Inc. Mike is naturally low in cholesterol, and only to be used as directed.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

You can find out more about Mike Stemle, Jr. here:

February 10, 2015[edit | edit source]


January 13, 2015[edit | edit source]

Topic: Review of 2014 Advent Calendar and Releases
Date: Tue 01/13/15
Time: 7:00p - 10:00p
Classroom: E51-376
Speaker: B.Ricker & Greek chorus

Highlights from various Perl advent calendars and similar postings over the holidays that aim to make you aware of both popular and obscure CPAN modules. Sources include:
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Advent Planet (aggregates other advent calendars)
Perl Advent Calendar
and blogs. See Presentation Bookmarks


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