[Linux-aus] PyCon Australia 2014's dinner speaker: Paul Gampe!

Clinton Roy clinton.roy at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 20:03:40 EST 2014

Before we introduce our important dinner speaker, we just want to make sure
you know about our DjangoGirls workshop, a free programming workshop for
women running during the conference sprints (
http://2014.pycon-au.org/media/news/51)    We'll have some other workshops
to announce later in the week, stay tuned.

Now for the main course (no, we don't have a comedy sponsor)

Netwhois. logfilerotate. logfileradius. What do these three things have in
common? They were all written in Perl by Paul Gampe to solve problems faced
by ISPs in the 90s. Those are problems he would know about, being the man
who connected Japan to the internet.
 Paul Gampe’s dinner talk is entitled “The Rise and Fall of Perl: Lessons
for Python from an old Perl guy”. Paul will share war stories from his long
career in open source software, illustrating how Perl got big by being the
language of choice for solving a wide range of software problems. Paul
believes that Python now fills that role, and sounds a cautionary note,
warning that “If you forget where you came from, you might wind up like

He will also draw on experience gained through his involvement with Open
Source Industry Australia (OSIA), especially in preparing a response to the
proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Paul knows first-hand about the need to
be ever vigilant of the complexity of these multilateral agreements that
have immense challenges for an economy such as Australia’s, which needs to
preserve the existing flexibilities and freedoms Australians enjoy under
our own legal frameworks.

Paul Gampe currently directs information management, security, applications
and software development, communications technology and service management
for Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service (DCaaS) provider, NEXTDC
Limited. Before that, Paul was Vice President of World-Wide Engineering
Services and Operations for Red Hat, where he directed a global function
delivering software engineering services and pioneered development of Red
Hat’s Asian language products. You might have seen him at linux.conf.au
talking about how to make money from open source software.
Registrations for PyCon Australia 2014 are open and tickets going strong ).
Book your
conference ticket today! http://2014.pycon-au.org/register/prices

=== About PyCon Australia ===

PyCon Australia is the national conference for the Python Programming
Community. The fifth PyCon Australia will be held on August 1--5, 2014
in Brisbane, bringing together professional, student and enthusiast
developers with a love for developing with Python. PyCon Australia
informs the country’s Python developers with presentations, tutorials
and panel sessions by experts and core developers of Python, as well
as the libraries and frameworks that they rely on.

To find out more about PyCon Australia 2014, visit our website at
http://pycon-au.org or e-mail us at contact at pycon-au.org.

PyCon Australia is presented by Linux Australia (www.linux.org.au) and
acknowledges the support of our Platinum Sponsors, Red Hat, and
Eventbrite; and our Gold sponsors, Google Australia and Netbox Blue.
For full details of our sponsors, see our website
Clinton Roy
``Chief'' ``Organiser''
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