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SV: Some ideas for NPW2008 in Stockholm

Lemonnier, Erwan
May 22, 2007 07:32
SV: Some ideas for NPW2008 in Stockholm
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> I'd say the academic world needs a bit of input from us hackers on "how to get things done". So it's a good idea.

Which is precisely what could win us a number of attendees from the academia.

> NPW has been and, IMHO, should continue to be a workshop focused on the application of Perl and not too heavily on
> internals, syntax and semantics despite the fact that I too find that interesting. Seriously? how many professional
> programmers (- academia) actually cares extremely deeply about it unless they are really interested in it.

I agree with Claes. The workshop is first of all for Perl programmers, and we would anyway have a hard time gathering enough material to run a workshop only dedicated to dynamic stuff.

But we could have it as a theme, and run say one track that kind of focuses more on Perl6, parrot and dynamic stuff the Perl way. There already exists many talks given at previous workshops/yapcs that would fit in there (I am thinking of the kind of talks Audrey Tang, Jonathan Worthington or Leopold Tötsch sometimes give).

That I think would be enough, especially if it can win us the support of Stockholm's university/kth.

What we have today is a number of motivated contacts at DSV, the computer science department common between Stockholm's university and KTH. I have met 3 persons there, all teaching a variety of courses ranking from 'introduction to programming'-level to advanced courses on dynamic languages. Read: they have contacts with a wide range of students. That, together with Claes's suggestion of low fees for students (or none at all? If we get the rooms for free...) could bring us quite many attendees.

Furthermore, one of them, Tobias, has the right contacts to obtain support from the university. According to him it shouldn't be a problem getting access to some rooms provided the workshop can be of interest to students (that's the motivation for the university) and especially if it is in june (when most students have left campus), over a week-end and we can plan in the dates a long time in advance.

Of course, all this is still very undefined yet. But it gives us an idea of what can be done :)

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