Israeli Perl Workshop 2012 Survey Results

The following survey results are a simple presentation of the raw data. No attempt has been made to analyse the data and compare with previous years. See forthcoming PDFs for more in depth analysis.

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Demographics (required)

These questions will help us understand who our attendees are.

Attendees:

Attendees: pie chart

CountDescription
40Responded
41No Response
81Total
49Response Percentage

Age Band:

Age Band: pie chart

CountDescription
0under 20
520 - 29
2530 - 39
740 - 49
150 - 59
260 and over

Job Type:

If your position covers many roles, please base this on your most senior responsibility. Also base this on the role you perform, rather than your job title. For example, a 'QA Developer' would be a 'Developer' role, and 'Information Manager' would a Manager role (Technical or Non-Technical depending upon your responsibilites)

Job Type: pie chart

CountDescription
0CEO/Company Director/Senior Manager
0Non-Technical Manager
3Technical Manager
0Technical Architect/Analyst
23Developer
5Engineer
3SysAdmin
1Student
0Lecturer/Teacher/Trainer
0Human Resources
1Researcher
1Unemployed
3Other

If 'Other' please enter your professional job role or title:

  • bioinformatician
  • SCM manager

Industry:

If you or your company undertake work within mulitple industry sectors, please select the primary one you are currently working within.

Industry: pie chart

CountDescription
0Automotive
1Education
4Engineering
3Finance
0Government
5IT Services
13Internet/Web
0Legal
0Logistics
0Media/Entertainment
0Medical/Healthcare
0Property
3Research
0Retail
7Telecommunications
0Travel
0Unemployed
4Other

If 'Other' please enter your industry sector:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • communications
  • Image Processing

Region:

Please note this is the region you were a resident in, prior to attending the conference.

Region: pie chart

CountDescription
37Israel
3Europe
0North America
0South America
0Asia
0Australaisa
0Africa

The Perl Community, YAPCs & Workshops

These questions are designed to help us understand our attendees level of involvement in the Perl community.

How do you rate your Perl knowledge?

CountDescription
8Beginner
19Intermediate
13Advanced

How many previous Perl Workshops have you attended?

CountDescription
21Never attended one

The following matrix lists, for each workshop, how many times an attendee has attended a particular workshop, with the total number of appearances of each.

Attended Workshops12345678910total
Israeli Perl Workshop55421-----40
any American Perl Workshop2--1------6
any European Perl Workshops-------1-118

How many previous YAPCs have you attended?

CountDescription
28Never attended one

The following matrix lists, for each conference, how many times an attendee has attended a particular conference, with the total number of appearances of each.

Attended YAPCs123456total
YAPC::Europe--11-113
YAPC::Asia1-----1
any Other YAPC event1111--10

Do you plan to attend a future YAPC/Workshop?

CountDescription
26Yes
9Maybe
2Don't Know
2No

If no, could you tell us why?

Particularly if this is your first dedicated Perl event, we would like to understand why you would not be able or interested in attending another event like it.

  • Almost no benefit whatsoever. The only benefit I could think of is meeting people, knowledgeable people, that might be more inclined to help me when I will need it.
  • Perl is not my major language at my job.

Are you a member of a local Perl Mongers user group?

CountDescription
24Yes
16No

If not, do you plan to find one or start one?

CountDescription
6Yes
4Maybe
4Don't Know
4No

What other areas of the Perl Community do you contribute to?

CountDescription
7I'm a CPAN Author
1I'm a CPAN Tester
4I'm a Perl project developer (eg Rakudo, Catalyst, TAP, Padre, etc)
5I have a technical blog (e.g. on blogs.perl or a personal blog)
9I use or contribute to PerlMonks or other Perl related forums (e.g. Stackoverflow)
5I use IRC (e.g. #perl, #yapc, or #london.pm)
8I contribute to Perl mailing lists (e.g. P5P, Perl QA, etc)
2other ...

If 'Other' please enter your area of contribution

  • basic user
  • NONE

Israeli Perl Workshop 2012

Regarding the Israeli Perl Workshop 2012 specifically, please answer the following as best you can.

These questions are used to try and identify areas of the conference that did and didn't work, with the aim of giving future organisers an opportunity to improve on all aspects of the conferences experience.

When did you decide to come to this conference?

CountDescription
14I'm now a regular Israeli Perl Workshop attendee
1After seeing promotion on social networking sites (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc)
4I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague
7I was recommended to attend by friend/colleague
3After seeing a link or advert on a Perl specific site
0After seeing a link or advert on a non-Perl site
7After reading an email sent to a mailing list I was on
1After seeing other promotions online/in the press
3other ...

If 'Other' please let us know when

  • email
  • i want to keep coming if i am able to.

Were you a speaker?

CountDescription
25No
6No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences
6Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences
3Yes, and it was my first time as a speaker

Note that "similar conferences" includes other Workshops and YAPCs, as well as Linux, Open Source or large technical events.

If you were a speaker, would you have been able to attend if you hadn't been speaking?

CountDescription
10Yes
4No

If you weren't a speaker, would you consider speaking at a future conference?

CountDescription
13Yes
10No
8Ask me later

What was your motivation for coming?

CountDescription
13the list of speakers
21the quality of the talks scheduled
3to be a speaker
25to meet with Perl/project co-contributors
26to socialise with Perl geeks
2to visit Ramat Gan/Israel
1other ...

If 'Other' please let us know your motivation for coming

  • my team also went there

What aspects of the conference do you feel gave value for money?

CountDescription
31the talks / speakers
11the conference venue
2the city of Ramat Gan
4the hallway track
23the attendees
20the organisers and staff
1other ...

If 'Other' please enter your suggestions

  • The conference did not cost anything.

Did you have holiday planned around your workshop attendance?

CountDescription
30I came just for the workshop
1several days before only
01 day before only
2several days before and after
01 day after only
0several days after only

Were there any talks you wanted to see, but missed due to clashes in the schedule?

CountDescription
14Yes
26No

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.

  • Generating vector graphics with Perl and SVG
  • Time Management In Software Projects
  • Dotan Dimet/CGI.pm - the only web development framework you'll ever need
  • Stefan Hornburg/Modern PerlCommerce
  • David Tabachnikov/Time Management In Software Projects
  • Sawyer X/Writing readable Perl while standing on one leg
  • I missed some talks due to my work constraints (all after lunch).
  • Just about all of them :)
  • Many of those in the other room.
  • SVG Generation
  • the bioinformatics and java talk
  • Ubic; SCM; Writing readable Perl.
  • Wasn't aware there will be a video recording of one of the tracks, otherwise I would be able to collect them all! ARRRRGH!
  • Why must CGI die

Were there any speakers not present, who you would like to have seen at the workshop?

CountDescription
6Yes
26No

If 'Yes', which speakers?

  • ABS
  • first time, so i can't answer
  • Gabor
  • Larry Wall (again), Gaal Yahas & Guy Keren
  • Many Israeli and International speakers who did not come.
  • Time Management talk

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 26 9 - - -
Web site 22 14 1 - -
Registration process 34 5 1 - -
Directions/Maps 18 12 5 2 -
Content of the talks 13 22 3 1 -
Schedule efficiency 13 20 7 - -
Social events 15 8 - - -
Facilities 20 17 2 - -
Staff 31 8 - - -
Overall experience 22 17 - 1 -
Value for price 26 7 2 - -

Key:
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?

  • a link to all presentation in the site or through the mailing list could be great
  • Hi, The workshop was great. I personally prefer Hebrew talks, so I think it could have been better to separate the tracks by language (one Hebrew track and one English track)
  • I felt welcome and learned a lot from some of the lectures. Other lectures were very specific and as a beginner I found it hard to follow. I don't think this needs to be changed as the conference is for a mixed audience. Vegan food was a delight!!!
  • It reinforced my views about conferences: a waste of time, except for the mingling! When subjects new to me were presented, I didn't understand a word. (Example: What the hell is "Sugar"? Why is it called that?) When subject in which I have experience were presented, I didn't learn anything new. And those areas where I was somewhat familiar with, I was quickly left behind. As I said, a waste of precious time...
  • More or less a match with my expectations.

Future Israeli Perl Workshops

Looking forward to future events.

Next year, would you prefer

CountDescription
82 full days of 1 track
271 full day of 2 tracks
32 shorter days with 2 tracks?

What kinds of talks would you prefer at future Israeli Perl Workshops?

CountDescription
2More beginner level talks
9More intermediate level talks
13More advanced level talks
13It's about right
1No preference

Are there any topics you would specifically like to see featured?

  • Maybe it will be good to give a lecture regarding how to debug a Perl program
  • OOP
  • Perl application deployment. Perl on MS Windows related issues.
  • Statistics and scientific programming with Perl.