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"Last week I attended my first O'Reilly Open Source Software/ Perl Convention at the Monterey Conference Center. The first two days featured in-depth tutorials; the second two, conference sessions and the exposition booths. Sprinkle in some keynote addresses and some informal Birds-of-a-Feather sessions and you've got the makings of a good show...."

"The tutorials and conferences were given by some of the most knowledgeable people in the business. In other words, Tom Christiansen teaches about Perl; Eric Allman teaches about Sendmail; Eric Raymond talks about hacking memes, etc. Many other highly esteemed names from the open source community were also in attendance. I attended Tom Christiansen's and Mark-Jason Dominus' advanced Perl tutorials. The Birds-of-a-Feather sessions in the evenings were very casual and intimate, filled with dialog. Overall, the program was rich and diverse, with general topics like State of... sessions on Python, BSDs, PHP, Mozilla, etc., and some very specific topics like Parse::Vipar, an IDE for writing parsers."

"Reminisces of the past and yearnings for the future were depicted during keynote speeches. Andy Hertzfeld gave Tuesday's keynote address, looking back along the road we've travelled. Larry Wall followed on Wednesday with the "State of the Onion" Perl address. On Thursday, Tim O'Reilly with Gregory Benford, an astrophysicist/science fiction author, peered into the crystal ball of things to come."

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