[Israel.pm] YAPC::Tokyo::2010 report

Shmuel Fomberg semuelf at 012.net.il
Mon Oct 18 07:12:24 PDT 2010

Hi All.

I just put the presentation on slideshare:

See you around,

On 16/10/2010 15:18, Shmuel Fomberg wrote:
> Hi All.
> A bit longer report from the YAPC:
> It started on Thursday evening, with social gathering - that actually
> meant lectures on social networks websites and programming against / for
> them. And there were beers outside.
> I have brought my wife and son to this gathering, because I though that
> it will be like YAPC::EU's social gathering. I was wrong.
> Anyway, the lectures were in Japanese, and I could not see them anyway
> because my son demanded attention.
> Another difference between the YAPC EU and that one is that in Pisa
> groups of programmers setteled in corners and started spontaneous
> hackingtons. there was a feeling in the air of 'start coding, now'.
> In Tokyo it had more company-like feeling. At the maximum someone sat
> alone and worked on something. no more then that.
> Of course, everyone twitter / bloged in the event. later I found a
> complete translation of my slides in Japanese on the web, apparently
> made on the fly.
> Almost all the people of the conference were Japanese. there were a few
> foreigns who living in Japan, and just two people from outside - Larry
> Well and another one. It was no mode YAPC::Asia as the conference that
> Gabor did in Israel is YAPC::MiddleEast. but whatever.
> The day of the conference itself, started with an introduction of the
> conference, (we have 500 people! YaY! whatever.) and the a presentation
> of Larry Well about languages and of course he had to show a few lines
> in Perl 6. (he took some examples from the rosetta stone, and show the
> difference between languages)
> After that the different presentations started. Btw, it seen that the
> fashion today is presentation of white text over black background.
> Most of the presentations were of course in Japanese, and I struggled to
> understand what they are talking about. But when I did, it was quite
> interesting.
> And then the time for my presentation come. I got the small room, (there
> was the huge auditorium, the very big room, and the small room that can
> barely fit a hundred people, I think) luckily.
> There was a break before my presentation, so I had time to connect my
> laptop, calm myself, be ready for it. and then thirty seconds before the
> start, Larry Well entered. Oh shit.
> Actually in the presentation itself we wasn't seen so interested, and
> mostly played with his laptop. he was probably there just because it was
> in English, and was already tired of incomprehensible presentations, but
> still.
> Beside him was Dan Kogai (the guy that do Perl's Unicode), and one
> weired guy who was dressed as Ninja and collected signatures from CPAN
> Authors. Over-all I think there were about fifty people.
> Of course I was stressed and finished in about half an hour. (I had
> forty minutes)
> After the presentation I went to another one (about writing parsers in
> Perl) and then went home, as Shabbat was drawing near.
> Well, that's it.
> See you around,
> Shmuel.
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