Tuesday night is always a fun night at OSCON, and this year looked at setting new expectations for the future. The evening started off with the Presentation of the Google Open Source Recognition awards, which gave some nice money and trophies to important, yet unrecognized members of the open source world.
Following this, Larry Wall gave the annual “State of the Onion” speech, which I’m sure will be posted on “Perl.com”:http://www.perl.com before too long. His speech this year was themed on the family, and how Perl was like a child that was just maturing out of the teenage years. While much of the speech was humorous as always, he made very valid points as to how Perl has been changing, especially as she enters the Real adult world in terms of her peers and parenting. He had a very interesting graph as to the development of the Perl6 language, and made specific points as to the state of Perl6, including just how many test cases it now passes, and how much of it will be workable by Christmas, actually right along the expected timeline (amazing).
Following Larry, the “Perl Mongers”:http://pm.org gave out their White Camel awards, the first of which going to the creator of “Perlcast”:http://www.perlcast.com
After the White Camels, Kathy Sierra of “Passionate Users”:http://headrush.typepad.com/ presented on *Creating Passionate Users*. While slightly edgy 😉 her presentation had many great points about what makes any project/community/etc be more than just “not suck”. She talked about the importance of making your users have a true passion, and what that would do for them, and you. I’m quite interested in ==reading the book she mentioned== now. A coworker had just finished that and highly recommended it. Also, the best image of the night goes to “Cognitive Seduction”:http://headrush.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/mouseonshoulder.jpg
Finalizing the night, “Damian Conway”:http://damian.conway.org gave his “Davinci Codebase” presentation. This extremely well written presentation was a humorous display that took the davinci code, and integrated more geek puns and jokes than you can imagine. The really tricky part is how he got some of the strange math and cryptography examples to work so well together, such as the reverse crypted text, that was readable, but when crypted, gave other phrases, then once again could be read in a different direction. or the prime number when ‘unzipped’ turned into said crypted text. gah, it was scary.