A total of 11 people attended the first session of Perl Seminar NY
Tuesday, December 12, 2000, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Thanks to member
Guinevere for arranging use of her company's conference room and
presentation equipment and to all who showed! We were a diverse
audience: a consultant/trainer, an attorney, a social worker, an
advertising studio production manager -- hey, Perl is not just for
We began with a discussion of the hopes and expectations individuals
held for the group. As mentioned above, some of our members are not
full-time ITechies. Others are, but not necessarily in pro-Perl
environments. These members need a place to "talk Perl shop" and get
the feedback on our coding which we can't get on a day-to-day basis.
Other members, in contrast, work in pro-Perl environments, while
others still are very advanced Perl programmers, having posted
modules on CPAN. We will try to accommodate the learning needs of
this entire range of participants. After all, regardless of what
level of Perl expertise you have, you will improve by having to
present your coding to a knowledgeable audience and get informed
feedback. What the group actually does on a month-to-month basis will
be determined largely by how many members we have and how much energy
we want to put into it.
Logistics: We want to meet monthly, but the location we met this
month (a) may not be available next month and (b) couldn't
accommodate many more participants than we had tonight. Contact
or myself jkeen@...
if you have
suggestions on meeting space.
Communications: We all recognized the need to have a mailing list
specifically for the group, especially for posting info re events and
for follow-ups on presentations. It was suggested and agreed that
the quickest way to get mailing capabilities was to set up a free e-
group at www.egroups.com. It was quick; I've already done it. The
21 individuals who either attended tonight or who e-mailed me in
response to earlier postings have been sent an invitation to join the
group. Anybody else, follow this link:
While we'll try to make sure
that all important announcements for Perl Seminar NY are cross-posted
to ny.pm, if you're interested in the Seminar please sign up at
egroups so you don't miss any important messages.
Note: in the egroups registration process you fill out a form that
enables you to post to the group from any of several e-mail
addresses, i.e., either your official e-mail address, or a web-based
e-mail address if you're away. You can also select to receive mail
from the group either as individual e-mails, a daily digest or simply
reading it by going to egroups on the web. As it currently stands,
this e-group is classified "public."
Mark M. has also made a generous offer to set up space on his server
where we can post coding. Once we get the logistics down we'll post
that site and Mark will explain how to make use of it.
Since it's getting late, I won't summarize the coding presentations
which Mark and I did at Session 1. I'll try to do that in a few
days. Thank you very much.