2006 Boston.PM Calendar History

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


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December 12, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Uri Guttman presented his mail filtering system, which uses Mail::Procmail, whitelisting, and some simple spam filtering.
Our YAPC volunteer committee presented their plans for the [New England Perl Workshop NEPW], to be held March 10, 2007 at Northeastern University.


November 16, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Uri Guttman gave a presentation on writing plug-ins in Perl.
Jerrad Pierce recruited volunteers for this year's Perl advent calendar.
Kenneth Graves followed up on his presentation from last month, with a script that solves a puzzle of putting unique 3-digit perfect squares (100, 121, etc.) into a crossword-style grid.

October 10, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Kenneth Graves walked us through his three versions of a Kokuro solver. starting with a simple but inefficient brute force approach and ending with one with optimizations and heuristics to make it nice and speedy.
Bill Ricker showed us his script for solving doublets, aka word ladders.

September 25, Monday, Special Tech Meeting MIT E51-315, 7:15 pm

Damian Conway gave his opentalk 2.0 and The DaVinci Codebase talks!
Uri Guttman organized a foil hat contest, so the audience could protect themselves from Damian's mind-warping influence.
Damian2006Mementos has more details about this exciting meeting, including a fun video of the judging of the foil hat contest and pictures of the winners.

September 12, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Jeff Barr from Amazon.com talked to us about Amazon Web Services.

from Ron's follow-up message -
Jeff Barr, Amazon's Senior Evangelist for Web Services, gave an excellent talk. We learned about all of Amazon's web services, including their newest ones, Mechanical Turk and Elastic Compute Cloud. There was also a lot of discussion about the Simple Storage Service (S3).
One of the examples for Mechanical Turk is the Sheep Market, for which a guy commissioned 10,000 drawings of sheep. http://www.thesheepmarket.com/
Jeff also told us that Perl is used extensively at Amazon.
Resources:
Amazon Web Services: http://aws.amazon.com
Jeff's AWS Blog: http://aws.typepad.com
Jeff's email address: <jbarr(at)amazon.com>

August 8, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Ronald J Kimball presented his Pachinko JAPHs, comparing the verbose code to the golfed code.
Uri Guttman talked about some things he's working on, including packaging Tiny Template and several projects involving event loops.

July 11, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Audrey Tang presented her YAPC Chicago talk, Deploying Perl 6

June 13, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

David Golden present Eversion 101: An Introduction to Inside-Out Objects.
Inside-out objects offer intriguing advantages over traditional Perlobjects, but at the cost of substantial complexity. This talk reviewspros and cons of inside-out objects and teaches the basics of how theywork. It includes three core concepts, four ways to make them and fivepitfalls to avoid. This presentation is adapted from the "What's Allthe Fuss?" tutorial given at Perl Seminar NY in January 2006 and isbeing previewed for YAPC::NA 2006.

May 9, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Ronald J Kimball dissected Ilmari Karonen's script that solves Sudoku puzzles using a regular expression.

April 28, Friday, Social Meeting Jasper White's Summer Shack, Cambridge, 7 pm

brian d foy was here!

April 11, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Bill Ricker showed us how he does GD-on-Map overlays and aligns points/lines on top of GD Charts.
Drew Taylor discussed a web-based timeline project that uses Catalyst, Class:DBI, JSON, and JavaScript.
Refreshments for this meeting were sponsored by Boston.pm member Greg London.

March 14, Tuesday, Tech and Social Meeting MIT E51-376, 7 pm

Duane Bronson presented some small scripts he has written.
Then we adjourned to Cambridge Brewing Company around 8pm

February 15, Wednesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15 pm

Graphing with Perl We had presentations on differerent ways of creating graphs with Perl, including GD::Graph and gnuplot. We also learned about Spreadsheet::ParseExcel, PDL, and Edward Tufte's work on information design concepts.

January 10, Tuesday, Tech Meeting MIT E51-376, 7:15pm

Personal Tools Potluck Bring a tool you've written that you'd like to share!
Ronald: Simple photo gallery script; Uri: tiny but powerful template library; Alex: handy webform processing script

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