Dave Cross

Recent Writing

  • Hazel O’Connor – The Bedford
    Why this gig? Because it’s not often that one of idols of your youth plays in the pub at the end of your road. Seriously, there’s no way I wasn’t going to be at this show. Support No support Headline Hazel O’Connor has a stripped-back backing band which consists of two women. One of them is Clare Hirst, formerly of the Belle-Stars, playing sax and the other is Sarah Fisher who has played with people like the Eurythmics. So there’s a lot of talent on stage. With a line-up like that, you might expect that the night would be heavily... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 2014-08-12
  • Perl Usage
    In my last blog post, I posted a graph showing that out of 135 companies at a recent Silicon MilkRoundabout recruitment event, only one said that they were using Perl. That has led to some interesting discussions that I’d like to address here. I should make it clear that I wasn’t presenting my graph as evidence that Perl is dead. Of course you can’t leap to conclusions like that from what I learned at one recruitment event. I do, however, think that the situation is pretty grim. But firstly, a few points that people made to me in response to... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-08-10
  • Perl Usage
    In my last blog post, I posted a graph showing that out of 135 companies at a recent Silicon MilkRoundabout recruitment event, only one said that they were using Perl. That has led to some interesting discussions that I’d like to address here. I should make it clear that I wasn’t presenting my graph as evidence that Perl is dead. Of course you can’t leap to conclusions like that from what I learned at one recruitment event. I do, however, think that the situation is pretty grim. But firstly, a few points that people made to me in response to... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-08-10
  • Programming Language Usage
    Back in May, I spent an afternoon at Silicon MilkRoundabout. Silicon MilkRoundabout is a recruitment fair for techies. It’s specifically aimed at people who want to work for start-ups around the Old Street area (although they aren’t particularly stringent about sticking to that – for example, the BBC were there). We were given a booklet containing details of all of the companies who were recruiting. Those details usually included information about the tech stack that the companies used. Over the weekend, I went through that booklet and listed the programming languages mentioned by the companies. The results speak for themselves.... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-07-28
  • Github, Travis-CI and Perl
    Last night we held a London Perl Mongers Technical Meeting. It was organised by Sue Spence and the venue was sponsored by Rick Deller of Eligo. Much fun was had and much knowledge was imparted. Alex Balhatchet spoke about Test::Kit. Andrew Solomon talked about training people in Perl. Thomas Klausner introduced OX and AngularJS. And Mike Francis talked about using Web::Simple and Web::Machine to build a REST interface to a database – only to be told that Tim Bunce had just released a module that solved all of his problems. Oh, and I wittered on a bit about using Perl... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-07-25
  • London Perl Workshop
    The London Perl Workshop 2014 has been announced. It will be at the University of Westminster (the usual location) on Saturday 8th November. That’s a few weeks earlier in the year than it usually is. The theme for this year is “The Internet of Things”. You can find out more about the workshop, register and propose talks at the web site. Hope to see many of you there. Many thanks (as always) to Mark Keating for organising the workshop. The post London Perl Workshop appeared first on Perl Hacks.... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-07-25
  • Annie Eve – Lexington
    Why this gig? Because Annie Eve is great and if there’s any justice in the music industry, she won’t be playing tiny venues like this for very much longer. Support The support was Jay Brown. I’d never heard of her before, but I really enjoyed her songs. I’ll be looking out for her again in the future. Headline Playing to that church full of record industry people last September obviously paid off – Annie’s first album is coming out later this month. So there’s a lot of new stuff played tonight. And it’s all really good. She’s been growing as... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 2014-07-21
  • Chvrches – Somerset House
    Why this gig? Because it’s Chvrches and they’re one of the best bands around currently. And because I’ve never been to one of the summer shows at Somerset House before. Support Support is from Emilie Nicolas. From the set-up as she walked on stage with her band, I worried that they might be a bit of a Chvrches clone band, but I was wrong. She was a lot more soulful than Chvurches – at times reminding me of Lorde, Banks or Goldfrapp. It was all pretty enjoyable stuff. I won’t be going out of my way to see her again, but... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 2014-07-17

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