EuroOSCON Day 2

Very late, but here’s a summary of what I did at EuroOSCON on the second day (Wednesday). The keynotes started with Rael Dornfest talking about how “Annenuation is the new Aggregation”. He was followed by Red Hat’s Michael Tiemann talking about quality management. We then had Jason Matusow from Microsoft nicely illustrating how, hard as… Continue reading EuroOSCON Day 2

ActiveRecord Does It Wrong

I’m listening to the keynotes on the final day of EuroOSCON and David Heinemeier Hansson is talking about the secrets of Ruby on Rails. He talks about how they promote “convention over configuration” and how that means that you don’t have to describe the same object attribute multiple times. This is a great idea, but… Continue reading ActiveRecord Does It Wrong

EasyJet (part 2)

EasyJet had one last surprise for me. My plane from Stansted was delayed by over an hour. I was supposed to arrive in Amsterdam at about 17:00 local time. I finally landed at about 22:45 and eventually got to my hotel just before midnight. Which wouldn’t have really been a problem, but there were some… Continue reading EasyJet (part 2)

Enterprise Perl

I’ll be speaking at the LinuxExpo Conference in London on October 5th. The subject of my talk is “Enterprise Perl”. Here’s the blurb. Perl has always been used by some of the largest and most successful companies in the world. In this session we will take a look at what makes Perl so useful to… Continue reading Enterprise Perl


Just back from Opentech, so here are a few random notes. I’ll hopefully fill in more details later. I started by listening to Danny O’Brien talking about “Living Live in Public”. Danny discussed his theory of how the geek world has a weird kind of celebrity where you can be incredibly famous to a very… Continue reading Opentech