I also added a new feature to ACT. We now have a slides page which lists all URLs of slides in one convenient page, see here. The code is far from perfect, but Maddingue still merged & deployed it during the conference (thanks!).
The game of this YAPC was The Great Dalmuti. rGeoffrey brought an English version and I had a German one. It's a real simple & fun game, especially if you get a group of six to eight people.
Things I learned at YAPC::Europe 2013 in Kiev, in no particular order:
The new WLAN-Spots at VIE are well-designed and quite usable.
Even though the (old) buildings look a lot like those in Vienna, Kiev looks (or feels?) more like Berlin because it has very wide roads, wide sidewalks and lots of trees. It also pays off to enter the courtyards. Some of them are very beautiful semiprivate parks, some offer amazing views off hacked together balconies...
In Kiev, ice cream is sold by the gram.
At least on Sunday, there are very few cars in Kiev. Those that do drive around seem very loud (because of the cobblestones), very expensive and very deadly (they go rather fast).
If there is a YAPC happening, you're bound to meet some fellow hackers at strange places in the city.
Booking.com still doesn't like ZeroMQ for semi-valid reasons. But they are also using a two year old release (2.*), and a lot of their issues might have been solved in 3.2. So I'm still going to continue to ignore Steffens and nperez advice to ditch ZeroMQ. ➢➢
A river cruise is a fantastic way to organize the social event. It was really nice.
Even though we know a lot about parallelism, forking, etc, we still totally suck at forming efficient real life queues.
Anti cyclic behavior helps getting a proper lunch by avoiding said queues (for the price of missing the last 5 minutes of a talk).
The first telecommunication technology (in the Victorian area) wasn't the telegraph but railways. ➢➢
When storing a past event, always convert it into UTC and store it that way (I knew that). But when storing a future event (esp. if it's more than a year in the future), store it in the local timezone and only convert to UTC on the given day. This way you can properly handle the changes to time zones and/or daylight savings that might happen in the meantime. ➢➢
AnyEvent CondVars have two methods begin and end which can use instead of send to better handle nested setting of condvars. ➢➢
Managers love bling, unless the want a rowboat and get a cruise ship. ➢➢
"The leather guy" seems to be the Slovenian word for graphic designer. ➢➢
This years Austrian Perl Workshop will very likely take place on the first weekend in November in Salzburg. Thanks Denis!
There is a very nice vinyl shop in Kiev called Diskultura. I spend nearly two hours there browsing through their selection and talking with the guy working there about weird Austrian and Ukrainian music.
At YAPC::Europe you are constantly surrounded by people more intelligent and/or more crazy than you. Which is my main reason for attending :-)