Perl and the Internet of Things

What is it?

The London Perl Workshop is a free one-day conference in central London, UK. LPW is the UK's Premier Perl Event and so is also known as the United Kingdom Perl Workshop (UKPW). In 2014 it will be held on Saturday 8th November at Westminster University's New Cavendish Campus (see map at foot of page).

How Can I Attend, or Present a Talk?

If you would like to come then please log in and register, if you have attended an Act event recently you will probably already have a login otherwise you will need to create a new user first. You can do this by using the links in the navigation menu to the left of this text.

If you would like to speak then please submit your talk here as soon as possible - the earlier you submit, the more likely your talk is to be accepted.

Is There a Theme?

The theme for the London Perl Workshop will be Perl and the Internet of Things. It will focus on using Perl to control a wide variety of connected devices. We will consider a 'thing' to be a hardware item, a physical device, a virtual device or a service (especially if it is a service that remotely affects hardware).

We have already confirmed that Hakim Cassimaly, co-author of Designing the Internet of Things will be attending the event and giving a special workshop on hardware connected devices powered using Perl. We hope also to have Adrian McEwan (the book's other author) attend.

We welcome the submission of talks, discussions, presentations and workshops using other languages, or that have seperate technical or engineering objectives. The strength in developing is knowledge from a wide variety of sources. If you use another programming language or system to connect physical and virtual devices together and want to submit or attend the event then we would be honoured to welcome you. If you are connected to a UK Hackspace and wish to attend and display then please approach the organisers with ideas of your requirements.

Speakers are invited to talk on any subject that relates to this theme, though we will also accept talks on other subjects. We will accept talks from people of any age, background or circumstance, the London Perl Workshop is an inclusive event and we would love to have you attend.

This year we hope to have access to three Workshop rooms and would like to run as many workshops as possible to introduce new users to the world of connected devices, the literal 'Internet of Things'. We would also love to refresh the skills of those wishing to engage with the latest developments in the Perl and other languages. If you wish to submit a workshop please use the same submission form as the talks, please note that workshops will be 60, 120 or 240 minutes in length.

Proposal Deadline: Friday 24th October 2014
Speaker Notification: Monday 27th October 2014

Watch this space for updates, or check the feed.

Latest News

13/10/14 2nd Quadrant Join the London Perl Workshop

It is our great pleasure to announce that 2nd Quadrant, one of the driving forces in the world of PostgresSQL development and support, has joined the list of Sponsors for this year's London Perl Workshop.


2ndQuadrant is the world’s leading authority on the open source PostgreSQL RDBMS, backed by team experience that collectively is unrivalled. Many of our team are significant contributors to the development of PostgreSQL, with many features found in the current version of the software developed by 2ndQuadrant staff. In fact, more than 10% of the core code has been produced by us and we are the only company to contribute major features into all of the last 10 releases.

We have an unrivalled reputation for providing expertise and services that are focused on customer needs and the highest levels of satisfaction. As a company providing PostgreSQL professional services we’re trusted by some of the biggest global enterprises from every sector but are equally accessible to smaller organisations who need assistance.


There is an extra bonus in that Josette Garcia, formerly of O'Reilly, who has attended many of the London Perl Workshop events is now community manager at 2nd Quadrant and will be representing them at the conference.

We welcome 2nd Quadrant to our event and look forward to seeing them and Josette on the day. If you see Josette please make sure to say hello and thank her for the generous participation of 2nd Quadrant.

09/10/14 Floss UK sponsor with a treat

FlossUK join the ranks of this year's community sponsors at the London Perl Workshop with a broad approval of the event and our aims and a special treat.

One lucky workshop attendee will win a free attendance on Dave Cross' Intermediate Perl Course. To win you must be able to attend and grab a free raffle ticket on the day. Winner will be drawn from a hat at the closing ceremony.

Intermediate Perl - 11th & 12th November 2014

Venue: Ambassadors Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX

2 day Intermediate Perl (including practical sessions)

NOTE: All delegates will need to bring a laptop with a recent version of Perl installed.

Description: This course is aimed at people who have written a little Perl and who want to add another dimension to their Perl knowledge. This will take you from being “someone who uses Perl” to a “Perl programmer”.

Course Outline:

  • Types of variable
  • Strict and warnings
  • References
  • Sorting
  • Reusable code
  • Object orientation
  • Testing
  • Dates & times

  • Templates
  • Databases
  • Further information

Tutor: Dave Cross is the owner of Magnum Solutions Ltd, an Open Source consultancy company based in London. In 1998 he started which has grown to be one of the largest Perl Mongers groups in the world. He nominally led the group until September 2001. Between August 2002 and June 2006 he was the Perl Mongers User Groups Co-ordinator for the Perl Foundation. Dave is a regular speaker at Perl and Open Source conferences and is often invited to present tutorials alongside the main conference. He is the author of "Data Munging with Perl" (Manning, 2001) and a co-author of "Perl Template Toolkit" (O'Reilly, 2003). Dave lives in SW London. The rumours about gold-plated cats were never true.

This is a great opportunity to advance your Perl skills from a well respected tutor.

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