YAPC::NA 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
165Responded
280No Response
445Total
37Response Percentage

Age Band:

Age Band: pie chart

CountDescription
1under 20
2420 - 29
7930 - 39
4440 - 49
1350 - 59
460 and over

Job Type:

Job Type: pie chart

CountDescription
20CEO/Company Director/Senior Manager
1Non-Technical Manager
11Technical Manager
15Technical Architect/Analyst
74Developer
18Engineer
9SysAdmin
4Student
2Lecturer/Teacher/Trainer
0Human Resources
2Researcher
3Unemployed
6Other

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)

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

  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Homemaker
  • self-employed
  • Warehouse Associate

Industry:

Industry: pie chart

CountDescription
1Automotive
19Education
2Engineering
15Finance
10Government
21IT Services
55Internet/Web
0Legal
3Logistics
5Media/Entertainment
5Medical/Healthcare
1Property
5Research
1Retail
6Telecommunications
2Travel
3Unemployed
11Other

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

If 'Other' please enter your industry sector:

  • 3D Software
  • Ads
  • Homemaker
  • HPC
  • Insurance
  • Neuroscience
  • Publishing
  • Publishing a trade magazine
  • travel / finance
  • Trucking

Region:

Region: pie chart

CountDescription
143North America
8Canada
2South America
8Europe
1Asia
3Australaisa
0Africa

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

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
17Beginner
59Intermediate
89Advanced

How many previous YAPCs have you attended?

CountDescription
77This was my first YAPC
Attended YAPCs12345678910111213...20total
YAPC::NA18151685354121-3...1337
YAPC::Europe141113-11-1---...-63
YAPC::Asia411----------...-9
YAPC::Australia / OSDC::Australia2------2-----...-18
YAPC::SA / YAPC::Brazil11---1-------...-9

How many Perl Workshops have you attended?

CountDescription
96Never attended one
Attended Workshops123456789101112131415total
Pittsburgh Perl Workshop158323----------63
Frozen Perl Workshop9102------------35
Perl Oasis Workshop4431-----------25
any European Perl Workshops62-1-1---1----145
Other Perl Workshops12-1-11---------26

Do you plan to attend a future YAPC/Workshop?

CountDescription
125Yes
34Maybe
4Don't Know
2No

If no, could you tell us why?

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

  • Addiction? :-) Seriously, YAPC is always informative and enjoyable.
  • Friendly conference full of excellent information. Two thumbs up. :)
  • I am very low income. It's all about money.
  • I primarily use another language at work, and it was just due to the proximity that we could justify sending me to a conference for a language I use <20% of the time. That said, I did thoroughly enjoy it and felt it would help with my perl programming!
  • I'll definitely attend if it is in easy driving distance again.
  • It costs a lot to travel, so I don't know if I can get time off and expenses covered.
  • Positive energy with just the right amount of Star Trek references. :)
  • the biggest reason is that the conference just scratched the surface of meeting my needs. see other comment sections for details. the second biggest reason is that the majority of the speakers were not very good at communicating their information. just because someone authors a package does not mean they are the best person to educate folks about it. please consider recruiting people who are better at (and enjoy) educating others. some of these speakers were very uncomfortable in this role, and it showed.
  • The biggest stopper is location. I can't get work to send me and I'd rather use my vacation time to spend having rest and fun with my family. Unless it's within driving dist. of Madison, WI, I probably wouldn't attend.
  • The conference seemed more like a bunch of old friends hanging out with other people on the fringes. I don't mean to say that people were unfriendly or rude; I am more referring to the antics and inside jokes. Also, I didn't find the talks particularly useful; many talks that I attended has no clear purpose or were extremely basic.
  • The YAPC crowd seems to a self-selecting group, which is fine and expected. Personally, I didn't connect with many of the people; largely, they were of a different sort than myself - different personalities with different priorities.
  • Travel/training budgets constantly in decline. I would certainly be interested in the availability to view sessions remotely.

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

CountDescription
87Yes
78No

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

CountDescription
17Yes
38Maybe
8Don't Know
19No

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

CountDescription
73I'm a CPAN Author
8I'm a CPAN Tester
41I'm a Perl project developer (eg Rakudo, Catalyst, TAP, Padre, etc)
49I have a technical blog (e.g. on blogs.perl or a personal blog)
50I use or contribute to PerlMonks or other Perl forums
68I use IRC (e.g. #perl, #yapc, or #london.pm)
48I contribute to Perl mailing lists (e.g. P5P, Perl QA, etc)
23other ...

If 'Other' please enter your area of contribution

  • Answer Perl questions on Stackoverflow
  • antisocial.... i dont get involved.. (sorry)
  • Experts Exchange and LinkedIn
  • I am a speaker at confs
  • I answer questions on Stack Overflow about Perl
  • I convert my new employees to use Perl and they are happy after.
  • I do co-organize Perl Monger meetings, Perl Workshops and YAPC::Europe
  • I organize Perl Mongers meetings
  • I tweet #perl
  • I write Perl books :)
  • making Perl 6
  • Marketing Manager for TPF, Director/Secretary of EPO, general admin and conference organiser
  • misc. open-source projects
  • none
  • occasional patches and bug reports to CPAN authors
  • Perl Foundation Work
  • perl marketing
  • Stack Overflow
  • stackoverflow
  • Submit bug reports/patches to OS projects.
  • Teach coworkers
  • TPF

YAPC::NA 2012

Regarding YAPC::NA 2012 in Madison, WI specifically, please answer the following as best you can.

When did you decide to come to this conference?

CountDescription
54I'm now a regular YAPC::NA attendee
4After YAPC::NA 2011 in Nashville, NC
15After reading a YAPC::NA blog post
0After joining the Facebook event group
19I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague
23I was recommended to attend by friend/colleague
10After seeing a link or advert on a Perl specific website
2After seeing a link or advert on a non-Perl website
10After reading an email sent to a mailing list I was in
2After seeing other promotions online/in the press
24other ...

If 'Other', what else helped you decide?

  • After having enough time and money to attend.
  • after hearing several great things about it (hearsay)
  • after I got work to pay for it.
  • After my talk was accepted :)
  • after reading of it on IRC
  • after seeing where it would be
  • After YAPC::EU 2011 in Riga
  • Always wanted to go and finally got work to pay for it.
  • Can't remember
  • finally convinced management to send us
  • have been aware of conf for years, finally got to go!
  • I default to attending
  • I live in Madison
  • I'd been out of the loop for a while and I was able to get work to sponsor my attendance
  • I've wanted to attend a YAPC for quite some time now but never been able to
  • it was time
  • Location was close to me
  • Mentioned by a colleague
  • Our company wants to get more involved in the Perl community
  • perlmonger group
  • Signed up early on as soon as I heard registration was open, been wanting to go to YAPC again for a while. But in the end, I was unable to go. :(
  • staff member
  • Wanted to attend YAPC::NA for a while, decided after seeing location
  • When I decided that I would like to see what speaking at a YAPC would be like.

Were you a speaker?

CountDescription
91No
25No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences
38Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences
10Yes, and it was my first time as a speaker

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

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

CountDescription
50Yes
10No

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

CountDescription
69Yes
21No
32Ask me later

What was your motivation for coming?

CountDescription
82the list of speakers
104the quality of the talks scheduled
40to be a speaker
100to meet with Perl/project co-contributors
125to socialise with Perl geeks
20to meet Larry Wall
11to meet JT
53to visit Madison, WI
30other ...

If 'Other', what else motivated you to attend?

  • cheap price
  • Closest I get to a vacation
  • Co-worker recommendation
  • connect with Perl developers doing web development, see whether I liked Mojolicious and Dancer; wish somebody had talked about Catalyst
  • education
  • employer paid the travel costs
  • hallway++
  • I felt obligated as the organizer emeritus
  • I live in Madison, WI
  • it was close to where I live (Chicago)
  • job fair
  • learn learn earn
  • networking, keeping up on my speaking skills
  • Recruiting
  • s/Asheville/Madison/
  • see what a YAPC is like
  • The list of tpoics
  • the spouses event was a nice touch
  • to connect with ActiveState folks about ActivePerl bugs
  • To get a feel for the people who are driving people forward, other than what comes across via blogs and irc
  • To get more involved in the Perl community
  • to meet old WebGUI people (including JT)
  • To recruit for my company
  • to surround myself with knowledgable people and try to learn
  • to visit Minneapolis, MN post-YAPC
  • training
  • watch and learn about running a large YAPC::NA

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

CountDescription
150the talks / speakers
35the conference bag
54the tshirt
46the job fair
77the conference dinner
99the conference venue
103the city of Madison
72the hallway track
127the attendees
10other ...

If 'Other', what else did you think was value for money?

  • enjoyed vim vs emacs and other jokes
  • lightning talks
  • Live and fast archive access to videos was the KILLER feature. I would pay full conference fees for access to the videos without physical attendance.
  • Perl Testing class
  • rjbs running D&D!
  • s/Asheville/Madison/
  • Streaming
  • that awesome wifi!
  • The Hardware Hackathon

Did you have holiday planned around your conference attendance?

CountDescription
124I came just for the conference
6several days before only
31 day before only
15several days before and after
51 day after only
7several days after only

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

CountDescription
99Yes
59No

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.

CountDescription
12When Wrong is Better by chromatic
11Introduction to the Perl Data Language by David Mertens
9Interactive Data Analysis with Prima and PDL by David Mertens
8The Essential Perl Hacker's Toolkit by Stephen Scaffidi
8CPAN Workshop: See one, do one, teach one by brian d foy
8Data::Printer - A New Look on Dumping Variables by Breno de Oliveira
7Intro to Mojolicious by Glen Hinkle
7Advanced Modulinos by brian d foy
7Perl Testing 101: 82% of What You Need to Be a Competent Perl Tester by James E Keenan
6Statistics and data mining with Perl Data Language by Maggie Xiong
6Becoming a Polyglot by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa
6Code Fast, Die Young, Throw Structured Exceptions by John Anderson
6DBIx::Class - the whirlwind overview by Frew Schmidt
5Intro to Dancer by Mark Allen
5Get More Out Of Your Meetings by Abigail
5A Test-Driven Developer's Cookbook by Belden Lyman
5Building Scalable, Distributed Job Queues with Redis and Redis::Client by Mike Friedman
4Baby XS to get you started by Joel Berger
4Pair Programming and Code Review by Nathan Gray
4Refactoring Perl code by Gabor Szabo
4Perl 5: Today, Tomorrow, and Christmas by Ricardo Signes
4Fundamental Unicode by Nick Patch
4Migrating an Enterprise across 14 Perl Releases by Steffen Mueller
4Practical Tools for Perl Emergencies by Josh Jore
4The Perl from Ipanema by Breno de Oliveira
4Introduction to Git by Randal Schwartz
4Putting the ideas together, a hands on tutorial of modern Perl by Jacinta Richardson
4Messaging, interoperability and log aggregation - a new framework by Tomas Doran
4Perl for Big Data by Martin Holste
4Dependency Injection with Bread::Board by Jesse Luehrs
4Utils are Your Friends by Steven Lembark
4Perl + Pathfinder == <3 by apeiron
429 ways to get started in open source today by Andy Lester
4The Lacuna Expanse by Graham Knop
4Transforming URLs into rich content with Plack, AnyEvent, and Javascript by Lee Aylward
4Moose 101 by Sawyer X
4The Secret Diary of a Small Perl Shop by Chris Prather
3Unicode Regexes by Tom Christiansen
3CHI: Universal caching for Perl by Jonathan Swartz
3Exceptional Exceptions by Mark Fowler
3Creating And Managing A Private CPAN With Pinto by Jeffrey Thalhammer
3Stackato - Bringing the Cloud Back Home by Ingy döt Net
3Introduction to writing Perl Documentation by Mark A. Stratman
3Building a DevOps process using Meister and Perl by tracy ragan
3There's More Than One Way To Run A Project: The Apache Way by Noirin Plunkett
3DuckDuckGo and Perl by Torsten Raudssus
3The State of the Acmeism in 2012 by Ingy döt Net
3Stop Making The Web Harder Than It Is; Real-world REST, HATEOAS, and Hypermedia APIs with Magpie by Kip Hampton
3Perl SDL Games and Hacks by Scott Walters
3STF - Serve Billions Of User Uploaded Media On PSGI and Commodity Hardware by Daisuke Maki
2Modeling Physical Systems with Modern Object Oriented Perl by Joel Berger
2Best of two worlds - Drupal and Modern Perl happily married to build content driven web portal by Maxim Grigoriev
2Perl in a Trading Environment: A Multi-Pronged Success Story by Sean Blanton
2Date, Times, Perl, and You by Dave Rolsky
2Custom Facebook Integration by Juan Natera
2Tweakers Anonymous by John Anderson
2Put your Doorbell on the Internet by Robert Blackwell
2Embrace your Community by Mark Keating
2(Ab)using the MetaCPAN API for Fun and Profit by Olaf Alders
2Large-scale deployments with Pogo at Yahoo! by Mike Schilli
2Dynamic HTML 5 using jQuery for Perl Programmers by Pete Krawczyk
2Why my()? by Bruce Gray
2Web Security 101 by Michael Peters
2The State of the Acmeism in 2012 by Ingy döt Net
2REST in the trenches - Jackalope part duex by Stevan Little
1[LT] White Camel Awards by Karen Pauley
1HTML forms with FormHandler by Gerda Shank
1[LT] CHI::Driver::Ping by Scott Walters
1What's New in Perl by Ricardo Signes
1[LT] How tmux Changed My Workflow by apeiron
1The Perl Foundation Review 2011 - 2012 by Karen Pauley
1Being A Perl Release Manager by Abigail
1[LT] Open Advice by Noirin Plunkett
1[LT] Web::Simple: A Perl Web Nano-Framework by Andrew Rodland
1[LT] Diversity in Open Source Communities-It's not *all* bad news by D Ruth Bavousett
1NoiseGen: Generate Sound With Perl. Blips and Beeps. by Brock Wilcox
1[LT] My Madison Experience by Sawyer X
1Dyn and Perl by Matthew Horsfall
1[LT] Testing Scripts by Randal Schwartz
1Distributed Processing Applications with Helios by Andrew Johnson
1Move over PRS: Interactive classrooms with Perl by A. Sinan Unur
1[LT] ack to the future by Andy Lester
1Perl NLP: Stemming and Lemmatizing by Tom Christiansen
1[LT] tidyall, your all-in-one code tider and validator by Jonathan Swartz
1Damian's UTF broadcast
1Dancer: Getting to Hello World by R Geoffrey Avery
1Perl 6 Lists and Arrays vivified: lazy, infinite, flat, slurpy, typed, bound, and LoL'd by Patrick Michaud
1MetaCPAN API and Android by Sterling Hanenkamp
1Distributed Daemon Discovery by Matt Trout
1What I Learned Teaching Perl for Advocacy by john Napiorkowski
1You, Me and Opendata by Thiago Rondon
1[LT] I'd like to be downsized. by Casey West
1[LT] Perl & CPAN by Mark Keating
1Hands-on Stackato Workshop with Ingy & Jan by Jan Dubois
1Perl, Medical Research and Maple Syrups by Kartik Thakore
1[LT] Better is better by Jonathan Rockway
1[LT] What Perl should steal from Erlang by Mark Allen

Additional comments:

  • 144, 112, 89, 125, 157, 110, 126, 30, 44, 94, 31, 97, 50, 82, 80, 91, 24, 155, 20, 113, 8, 179, 28, 37, 7, 96, 136, 46, 58, 147, 85, 143, 163, 26, 150, 92, 107, 142, 63, 49, 111, 78, 75, 139, 115, 158, 103, 154, 53, 146, 64, and most of the hardware hackathon. Big list, I know. What can I say? It was an awesome event :)
  • A lot of them on Thursday afternoon. I think there were 4 or 5 I wanted to attend. There were only one or two other times that there was really a choice between 2, so I think overall this was not a problem.
  • A lot? My schedule also included work so I missed all lightning talks, Linode party, welcome banquet, most of the Perl foundation party, Thursday night and all of Friday.
  • A lots of tutorials
  • All of the talks on the Thursday due to manning the booth at the Job Faire
  • Don't recall now, but I've been catching up with posted videos and slides.
  • don't recall. I always want to be 2 places at once though...
  • Er... lots of them. But that's because there was so much good stuff :)
  • far too many to list. this is a good problem to have :)
  • Hard to remember, but there was one or two times when I thought "darn!"
  • I don't recall what it was, but I plan to be at YAPC::EU in Frankfurt and the conflict was easily resolved by picking the talk which was less likely to be repeated there.
  • I was able to watch them online!
  • I don't remember now
  • Just about every block had a talk that I missed. Sorry for being so vague. The good thing is that hopefully most of them will be online so I can go back and watch them again.
  • Kip's REST talk, possibly others; this is less relevant because things were recorded and published this year.
  • long list.....
  • Many, many. I'm afraid I'd have to say that almost every slot had a conflict for me.
  • more than I can count.
  • Often wanted to see more than one
  • Ones during my talks :-)
  • The "101" category didn't work as intended: too many intermediate people showed up, so the talks were too basic. The "wild" category didn't work because the speakers weren't as good as the normal talks. I suggest future categories: "instructional/training", "overview of project/module", "exploring new ideas", etc. I think that those categories would make it easier for people to identify which talks are most appropriate for them.
  • Pretty much every talk I saw had another talk I wanted to see. Fortunately I expect many to be available online.
  • Sorry, can't remember off the top of my head.
  • The schedule had Andy Lester, brian d foy, and Ricardo Signes all at the same time. They're all well-known and we had to choose one.
  • The streaming definitely helps and having quick access to a video archive would even sweeten the pie (eventually this should be nearly instant replay possible)
  • There were a lot of close calls, but there always are at such conferences. I wish I could have seen the Mojolicious talk, and one of the later exception handling ones.
  • There were several time slots during which I was interested in several sessions. Choosing is always a little difficult!
  • There's a list. Because of the recordings, sometimes, I chose the talks least likeley to be allowed to be recorded
  • Too many to list. A lot of them were interesting on paper but you can only be in one room at a time. I would like for the video to come out quickly so that I can watch all the good stuff I missed.
  • Too many to name, I really should have attended more on testing, but I was too excited to get the new stuff (as usual)

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.

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

CountDescription
62Yes
81No

If 'Yes', which speakers?

CountDescription
33Damian Conway
16Mark-Jason Dominus
3Tim Bunce
2Damien Conway
2Audrey Tang
2David Golden
2Dave Cross
2Allison Randal
2Marc Lehman
2Simon Cozens
1Rocco Caputo
1Sukria
1Yuval Cogman
1John Siracusa
1Piers Cawley
1Carl Masak
1Goro Fuji
1Daisuke Murase
1Leon Timmermans
1Chip Salzenberg
1Jose Castro
1Chris Marshall
1Matthew Horsfall
1Merijn Brand
1Hans Dieter Percy
1Sam Vilain
1Philippe Bruhat
1Jesse Vincent
1Alberto Simoes
1Barbie
1Adam Kennedy
1Jon Rockway
1Nicholas Clark
1Devin Austin
1Jonathan Worthington
1Tobias Leich

Additional comments:

  • Damian Conway ( the video about Regex::Debugger was good, but seeing him in person would have been great )
  • Damian Conway (I enjoyed his tele-presentation very much!)
  • Damian Conway (sorry, a prerecorded video doesn't count).
  • Damian's a ripper of a speaker, but I suspect he might be flat out like a lizard these days.
  • It'd also be nice to have some more non-Perl-specific talks at YAPC (git, programming methodologies, etc., just for some variety).
  • Speakers from other languages/disciplines would be interesting as well.
  • It is a dynamic grassroots event, if they weren't there then I wouldn't have asked for them to be there.
  • Marc Lehman--I have a bug to file and I want to do it in person!
  • Maybe a couple of celebrities were missing, but I would have liked to have seen multiple talks given by the speakers that are known to give great talks.
  • Of course I would like to see the legendary Damian one day.
  • Perl's Dr. Evil, Damian Conway

What kinds of talks would you prefer at future conferences?

CountDescription
9More beginner level talks
20More intermediate level talks
34More advanced level talks
86It's about right
14No preference

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

    • Graphics
    • Network programming
    • Non-blocking I/O; event loop style programming
    • Higher order/functional Perl
    • Tutorials/Getting started with contributing to the Perl core.
    • A road map of how to get from Perl programmer to Perl-core programmer, including navigating the politics involved with the process.
    • Computer science related topics, algorithm design, information theory.
  • Accounting/ledgering.
  • Advanced Perl internals, which are hit-or-miss at YAPCs. Perhaps I opted to see a different talk, though. While frameworks are very useful, sometimes it is fun to see some different things under-the-hood.
  • As i mentioned above, i attended the conference to "catch up" my knowledge of perl. Unfortunately, i found only two sessions that did this. i'd love to see more talks about things that have changed in perl in the past 10 years. i'm not alone... i spoke with other folks who use perl a lot more than i do who also wanted this. during the sessions, i felt like i was maybe the only one in the room who didn't know what Try::Tiny is, but in speaking with others (again, who use perl a lot more than i do), they didn't know either. many of us are stuck around perl circa 5.4 and want to get caught up. i'd like this with both the core language, and perhaps more importantly, with core and other packages. there are so, so, many packages available now. i'd also like to attend a session on OO perl. i don't use OO perl, and it seemed like most of the sessions assumed that everyone did (and assumed that everyone used Moose, which i had never heard of).
  • big data
  • Bioinformatics with Perl doesn't really have a forum, YAPC is the natural place for it. Some sort of hands-on Perl6.
  • compiler
  • distribution of self-contained "desktop" apps, integration with other programming languages/environments
  • How to use CPAN modules
  • I get irritated that some presenters (for 101 track) just assume the listener just knows how to do things, like understand all the switches available on a cpan module. I don't, that's why I go to the 101 sections, but I'm still confused afterwards.
  • I have a particular interest in web frameworks, and I'd love to see two or more of these compared and contrasted... the very definition of a framework does not necessarily imply a given feature set, so it would be great to have a better sense of what problems each framework targets and how those problems are solved differently, not addressed at all in some cases, etc...
  • I think a few longer talks about specific features/modules/problems would be good. I like some of the OSCON 2012 line up
  • I would like to see a talk on mentoring, and the responsibilities a developer has to get more involvement, and mentor young developers.
  • I'd like to see more on community management.
  • I'd love to see some talks about Perl's forgotten builtins like format, and the secrets of pack/unpack.
  • I'm waffling between "It's about right" and "More advanced level talks"
  • Implementing a web server system on Plack ... a step-by-step example, preferably using Apache as the server and Dancer as the development platform. I don't understand which/how to use Plack middleware, and need it to Just Work.
  • It's a good mix, but I would like to see more non-Moose-dependent material featured.
  • Its hard to find presentation powerpoint and other if you are not intensive user of twitter... Its will be very fine to have a direct link right on the home page "Click here to download presentations."
  • jQuery (the talk that was supposed to be about it barely touched on it) as well as Ajax and other interactivity. Not everyone who uses perl is or wants to be a developer or contributor. I just want to be a better USER/PROGRAMMER.
  • Moose (more than just a cursory glance, delve into the cool features, show performance numbers, delve into MOP, etc) Optimizing with XS (real examples with performance numbers) Detailed look at contributing to Perl itself (high-level overview of each of the main components, how to get involved, how to get a commit bit, etc)
  • Moose internals
  • More about contribiting to CPAN. More about debugging ( memory/speed/etc) More about community
  • more about perl, the language, not about perl the library framework.
  • More diversity in speakers and diversity in topics.
  • more module building, more Mojolicious, more regex,
  • more on graphics/gui development more on web/html5/ajax/session/authentication management
  • More on parallel processing. The few talks that I went to that addressed parallel processing seemed to do it in a rather trivial manner.
  • More on Perl async and deployment (seems to be a big problem for a lot of companies) Maybe more stuff on helping Perlers perform social activities like blgging and similar outreach.
  • More talks about database subjects.
  • Non-web/IT stuff. The talks made it seem like Perl was only used for backend web work and system administrative tasks. Those talks not related to web work tended to be so basic that they would be of no interest to anyone currently developing in that area.
  • Parallel programming
  • Perhaps covered at earlier conferences, but async loops
    • Perl & Arduino/domotica
    • Perl 6
    • Perl 5 & Perl 6 cooperating
    • Perl Success Stories
  • Perl 6
  • Perl 6 (but not until Christmas)
  • Perl internals
  • Plack
  • Plack, PSGI, Migrating away from BerkeleyDB
  • Project/team management, optimization and profiling, perl6, perl5 core.
  • See above. I'd love to go to something like "Go for Perl Programmers". I know a lot of Perl stuff, so a lot of the Perl talks are about things I already know, or are on topics that are not of interest to me (like scientific programming). That said, I don't think people who've been to 10 YAPCs are in the best position to dictate what should be offered at future YAPCs. YAPC should focus on being valuable to new attendees first.
  • Talks that cover multiple modules you may not know about that are cool / useful.
  • There seem to be many 101s and some "super-power" talks, but some more "getting stuff done (with X module|for this task)" would be excellent. Also, its my line, but I want to see more Perl-for-science.
  • Where Perl is interacting with businesses and jobs. How is Perl utilization stacking up compared to other programming languages.
  • XS/C/C++ interaction. How to navigate the Perl source code.

How do you rate the conference?

How would you rate your overall satisfaction of the following areas of the conference?

Choices 1 2 3 4 5
Newsletters/Updates 95 50 1 - -
Web site 78 67 17 - -
Registration process 85 54 9 3 -
Directions/Maps 94 44 8 - -
Content of the talks 91 58 8 2 -
Schedule efficiency 88 61 7 1 -
BOFs 34 29 11 1 -
Social events 86 49 11 - -
Parking 29 26 8 2 -
Facilities 105 48 2 1 -
Food service 85 52 10 2 -
Accommodation 85 39 2 - -
Staff 133 20 - - -
Overall experience 130 26 3 - -
Value for price 137 16 2 - -

Key:
1 = Very Satisfied
2 = Somewhat satisfied
3 = Somewhat un-satisfied
4 = Very un-satisfied
5 = N/A

The Conference Fee

In order to help future organisers gauge an appropriate conference fee, how much would you (or your company) have paid for a conference ticket? Feel free to provide an answer for all rates, where corporate rate would be paid for by your company (including a Master Class place), standard rate would be the regular price paid by attendees in paid employment, and lastly the concession rate for anyone who holds proof that they are in fulltime education or are unemployed.

Corporate Rate:

CountFee
2$ 100
3$ 150
1$ 175
1$ 185
11$ 200
4$ 250
1$ 285
7$ 300
1$ 350
5$ 400
1$ 499.95
14$ 500
2$ 700
1$ 800
3$ 1000

Standard Rate:

CountFee
1$ 50
20$ 100
1$ 120
7$ 125
15$ 150
1$ 175
19$ 200
5$ 250
4$ 300
1$ 350
1$ 400
3$ 500

Concession Rate:

CountFee
1$ ?
2$ free
1$ 5
1$ 10
1$ 15
2$ 20
4$ 25
1$ 35
2$ 40
20$ 50
2$ 60
2$ 75
1$ 80
1$ 85
1$ 90
11$ 100
1$ 200

How did you pay for the conference fee?

CountDescription
30N/A - I was a speaker
4N/A - I was a sponsor
86My company paid
35I paid out of my own pocket
0I wasn't able to attend