I have been saying for quite a long time that we should market our conferences and events more to non-Perl developers.
I think we as a Perl community could greatly profit from having some fresh input from other communities, and the other communities might realize that Perl is a nice, beautiful language (family) which you can use for sane (and crazy) things. BTW, a big ++ to Barcelona.pm for their Perl & Friends event on November 9th!
So I'm interested in what kind of topics the talks cover, and how many of those might be of interest to non-Perl devs. Therefor I've downloaded the PerlCon 2019 schedule, massaged the HTML a bit using vim0 into a tab-separated file, and wrote a small script to calculate1 some stats.
I have classified the talks using my gut feeling based on my impression of the talk (if I attended) or a quick skimming of the abstract or the slides. If you feel that I misclassified a talk, please send me a pull request / patch.
- Perl 5: 40% (775 min)
- Perl 6: 24% (470 min)
- General: 24% (460 min)
- Other Tech: 11% (215 min)
This means that approximately ⅓ of the PerlCon talks should be of interest to non-Perl developers (plus several of the ones labeled as 5 or 6).
Which IMO again proves that we should really try to market our conferences to other communities!
0 and learned how to do non-greedy matches in vim regex:
1 It's rather simple Perl 5, and probably one could do all of the calculations in a spreadsheet, but I guess there's a reason this is posted in the context of a Perl conference :-)
I guess the only lines that might need explaining are
my $raw_duration = $row; my ( $fh, $fm, $th, $tm ) = $raw_duration =~ /(\d\d):(\d\d)–(\d\d):(\d\d)/; my $dur = ( ( $th * 60 ) + $tm ) - ( ( $fh * 60 ) + $fm );
Instead of parsing the time slots ("12:30-12:50") into some Time module, I just convert the hours to minutes and then subtract the stop-time from the start-time.
Of course I later found this page which has the duration listed, but I was already done with my script, so meh.