Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2011
Regarding Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2011 specifically, please answer the following as best you can.
When did you decide to come to this conference?
| 11||I'm now a regular Pittsburgh Perl Workshop attendee|
| 5||After YAPC::NA 2010 in Columbus, Ohio|
| 0||After joining the Facebook event group|
| 0||I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague|
| 4||I was recommended to attend by friend/colleague|
| 0||After reading an ad in a magazine|
| 2||After seeing a link or advert on a Perl specific site|
| 0||After seeing a link or advert on a non-Perl site|
| 2||After reading an email sent to a mailing list I was in|
| 2||After seeing other promotions online/in the press|
| 7||other ...|
If 'Other', what else helped you decide?
- $WORK sponsored, so they wanted to have someone present.
- ACT conferences lis
- apeiron told me to
- as soon as I realized I could get the time off of work
- Blackwell invited me
- google search for perl info
- Noticed a holiday put me in the vicinity at the right time
Were you a speaker?
Note that "similar conferences" includes other Workshops and/or YAPCs, as well as Linux, Open Source or large technical events.
| 2||No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences|
| 11||Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences|
| 3||Yes, and it was my first time as a speaker|
If you were a speaker, would you have been able to attend if you hadn't been speaking?
If you weren't a speaker, would you consider speaking at a future conference?
| 7||Ask me later|
What was your motivation for coming?
| 15||the list of speakers|
| 13||the quality of the talks scheduled|
| 12||to be a speaker|
| 23||to meet with Perl/project co-contributors|
| 25||to socialise with Perl geeks|
| 11||to visit Pittsburgh|
| 5||other ...|
If 'Other' please let us know your motivation for coming
- Because of Tom's kick ass coffee!!!!!!!!!!!
- last year was great, so I wanted to do it again
- learn more about the perl community and perl issues.
- Seemed silly not to come, since I was so close anyway
- Wanted to visit the PPW for quite some time.
What aspects of the conference do you feel gave value for money?
| 27||the talks / speakers|
| 23||the conference venue|
| 16||the city of Pittsburgh|
| 21||the hallway track|
| 23||the attendees|
| 5||other ...|
If 'Other', what else did you think was value for money?
- everything...this workshop is a bargain!
- great swag too
- phat lewts
- Tom's coffee
Did you have holiday planned around your workshop attendance?
| 20||I came just for the workshop|
| 1||several days before only|
| 7||1 day before only|
| 0||several days before and after|
| 3||1 day after only|
| 2||several days after only|
Were there any talks you wanted to see, but missed due to clashes in the schedule?
If 'Yes', which talks did you miss?
There are always conflicts in the schedule, as it's difficult to know what everyone would like to see. However, if you could list a few talks that you missed, it would give speakers an idea whether it would be worth updating their talks for furture events.
|2||A Dominus Chrestomathy by Mark Jason Dominus|
|2||Baking in transparency by Matt Simmons|
|2||Bringing Perl to a Python/Matlab fight by Joe Kline|
|2||InfoSec: The Advanced Persistent Adversary and You by Brad Lhotsky|
|2||Intro to Dancer by Mark Allen|
|2||Postmodern Module Packaging by Ingy döt Net|
|2||Usability testing by Jure Kodzoman|
|1||A Brave New Perl World by Stevan Little|
|1||Demystifying pack and unpack by Walt Mankowski|
|1||Devops with Perl at Linode by Mike Greb|
|1||Managing Large Deployments or How Dev and Ops Can Live Happily Together by Cory Watson|
|1||Off the Beaten Track by Ted Rodgers|
|1||Programming WebGUI: WebGUI 8 as a Web App Framework by Scott Walters|
|1||Scripting Things - How to use Perl to interface with devices by Hans Scharler|
|1||The Art and Science of Debugging, Some Techniques by Brock Wilcox|
- All of Sunday.
- I wish I could have gone to the entire hardware hacking session, it was awesome. I ended up leaving for some other talks and wishing I had just stayed in the hacking session. Other than that, I would have loved to have gone to all the talks. Hard to make a specific list.
Were there any speakers not present, who you would like to have seen at the conference?
If 'Yes', which speakers?
|2||Matt S Trout|
- Lots, but that would be true anywhere
- Most of the ones you mentioned canceling as a result of YAPC::Asia. :-)
What kinds of talks would you prefer at future Pittsburgh Perl Workshops?
| 1||More beginner level talks|
| 3||More intermediate level talks|
| 5||More advanced level talks|
| 20||It's about right|
| 4||No preference|
Are there any topics you would specifically like to see featured?
- It would be cool to have a 50 minute beginner style talk on how to begin programming object oriented Perl for people who are just beginning to use OO or who want to start using it. Also I'd like to see a 20 minute talk on using perl -d.
- Just in a general sense, I would really like to see more talks that take a specific problem and show how perl was used to address the challenge.
- More around the space where hardware and Perl meet. Hans Scharler did a really good job.
- Perl 6
- Talks at Perl conferences seem to fall into one of two categories: either pure engineering, with a lot of good code without a lot of discussion of real-world applications; or specific coverage of real-world applications (like the Linode or debugging talks) that are mostly on the "soft" side. Both of these are great, but it'd be nice to see more code in the presentations that are light on them.
- The sys admin track was great, I'd like to see maybe more implementation details (i.e. actual code or configs).
How do you rate the workshop?
How would you rate your overall satisfaction of the following areas of the workshop?
|Choices || 1|| 2|| 3|| 4|| 5|
|Newsletters/Updates || 12|| 11|| 3|| -|| -|
|Web site || 18|| 10|| 4|| -|| -|
|Registration process || 20|| 9|| -|| 1|| -|
|Directions/Maps || 16|| 9|| 5|| 1|| -|
|Content of the talks || 16|| 13|| 3|| -|| -|
|Schedule efficiency || 19|| 12|| 1|| -|| -|
|BOFs || 8|| 5|| -|| -|| -|
|Social events || 16|| 7|| 1|| -|| -|
|Parking || 16|| 5|| 1|| -|| -|
|Facilities || 27|| 3|| -|| -|| -|
|Food service || 21|| 10|| -|| -|| -|
|Accommodation || 15|| 8|| 1|| 1|| -|
|Staff || 29|| 3|| -|| -|| -|
|Overall experience || 23|| 8|| 1|| -|| -|
|Value for price || 26|| 5|| 1|| -|| -|
1 = Very Satisfied
2 = Somewhat satisfied
3 = Somewhat un-satisfied
4 = Very un-satisfied
5 = N/A
Would you like to expand on any strong views?
- another enjoyable year, i wish i could have made the afternoon talks on sunday but travel got in the way. Personally i'd like a bit long break during the day if it is nice to enjoy the weather and campus but i will take that on my own.
- As with other Perl workshops (YAPC::NA), the wiki isn't kept up to date or complete often times, but I'm willing to help out with this next year (as I've mentioned to Robert).
- Great food - the breakfast idea rocks!
- I didn't know if it was safe to park across the street from CMU. It wasn't very explicit whether I could or not the first day so I used a parking garage a mile away.
- I greatly appreciate the low-cost for unemployed. This workshop gave me a chance to mingle a little with perl hackers, learn a little about perl, talk to some recruiters, gain insight into what people are doing with perl and helped be decide to continue my efforts in developing perl skill and how I want to direct these efforts, and I gained some motivation and look forward to possibly attending next year with a plan and prepared to get more out of it.
- I really just come for the coffee.
- It was difficult to determine where to park my rental car in relation to the venue. An annotated campus map would have been great: "Workshop is here", "Closest Parking is here and here". I did like how parking was free on the weekends and saw that on the venue details.
- It would have been nice if there had been a bit more Perl-specific content in the Devops track.
- The site at CMU was fantastic.
- The talk density was weak. Fewer breaks and more talks!
- This is my second time attending PPW and I couldn't be happier with it. Location, venue, social events...everything is just great!
- You all did a great job! Thank you so much, especially to the lady who helped us get registered. She was awesome and very friendly.
Also, I was happy to see an unsweetened tea option this year. This is such a small thing and really not a big deal but I would like to see more diet drink / water / artificial sweetener options if possible. As a diabetic I usually bring my own so it's no big deal [for me] but I figured it was worth mentioning.