Most Perl conferences have a theme or motto of some sort attached to the conference. Our theme for 2012 is “The Wild Side of Perl”. If we can get enough talks to fill it, we’d like to have an entire track about the wild side of Perl.
What is the wild side? Well here are the categories we think would fit into the wild side:
- Hacking - Though it’s not talked about much, Perl is used to find and exploit computing resources on the net. Sometimes it’s just something simple like captcha cracking. Sometimes it’s used in spam. Sometimes it’s used for much more severe hacks. Other programming cultures have embraced this dark side of their culture so they could learn from it. It’s time we did too.
- Perl 6 - Perl 6 is the wild new cousin of Perl 5, and many of the cool new features that we have in Perl 5 were ported from Perl 6. Having some talks about Perl 6 can only help Perl 6 gain reputation, while sparking ideas in those of us who love and continue to evolve Perl 5.
- Real World Apps - In the Perl community we often tend to focus more on the code (the Schwartzian transform), the modules (anything on CPAN), and best practices (testing, Modern Perl). For whatever reason we don’t have a culture of showing off the cool stuff we have released into the wild. So come tell us about your porn site that that serves 23 trillion visitors per second. Or show off your video game that pushes the limits of creativity. Or demonstrate a web app that provides a new solution to an old problem. Or impress us all with a system administrators utility that helps thwart hackers. You could even show us how you’re using Perl to analyze the data generated by your shiny new gene sequencers. Whatever the app, we want to see what it is that you’re doing and learn about how you did it.
- Insert You Here - We’re absolutely positive that you’ll come up with more categories about the wilds of Perl. So don’t feel like you have to fit into one of the categories above. If you’re working on something cool that you think you’d like to show off at YAPC, please do. We want to hear you.