Heading to YAPC::NA 2011

Last year, I stumbled across presentingperl.org and discovered Yet Another Perl Conference, and the other hackathons, meetups, and workshops that the Perl community organizes all over the world. I immediately wanted to attend, but I wasn't able to arrange to go. This year, I'm lucky to be working at DRDC for the summer, and they've given me time off to attend YAPC::NA 2011 in Asheville, NC.

I'll be in Asheville Sunday afternoon, so if you have any ideas for amusement, food, or a pre-conference meetup, I'd be happy to hear it. The conference runs Monday to Wednesday, and on Thursday, I'm heading to the Moose class Dave Rolsky is putting on. I've taken a look at the Moose documentation several times, but I've never really had cause to use it in any of my own projects. I can cargo cult with the best of them, but as more of the projects I use or contribute to use Moose, I find myself falling behind. I'm sure Dave can enlighten me.

I'm really excited to go to my first conference ever! I'll hopefully meet some of the people I've been working with, get a healthy dose of Perl Kool-Aid, and share my point of view of Perl as a language and a community as a motivated beginner. You might even see me giving a lightning talk... who knows!

Comment from Stevan Little - June 6, 2011 at 1:40 am

Pro-Tip: Check the YAPC::NA site wiki to see when people arrive, then lurk in the lobby and look for Perl t-shirts and laptops, you will most certainly find some. After that it is just a matter of introducing yourself and asking what people are doing, we tend to be a merry bunch and always willing to drag along another (especially a conference newbie).

Also, Dave runs a great Moose class, you will most certainly learn a lot from him.

Comment from Chris Prather - June 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Also sunday afternoon the organizers should be working on setting up. Swing past us and we'll happily point out the other people hanging around, or put you to work ... either one.