Dave Cross

Recent Writing

  • Slideshare Stats
    For many years (since the end of 2007, apparently) I’ve been uploading the slides from my talks and training courses to Slideshare. This morning I got an email from them, telling me that they had made their analytics pages freely available. I don’t know if this is a permanent change or a special offer, but the link (which will only work for logged in users) is http://www.slideshare.net/insight. There’s a lot of information there and I look forward into digging into it in a lot more detail. But I thought it would be interesting to share the list of my top ten... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Slideshare Stats
    For many years (since the end of 2007, apparently) I’ve been uploading the slides from my talks and training courses to Slideshare. This morning I got an email from them, telling me that they had made their analytics pages freely available. I don’t know if this is a permanent change or a special offer, but the link (which will only work for logged in users) is http://www.slideshare.net/insight. There’s a lot of information there and I look forward into digging into it in a lot more detail. But I thought it would be interesting to share the list of my top ten... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Dev Assistant
    A couple of days ago, I updated to my laptop to Fedora 21. One of the new features was an application called DevAssistant which claimed that: It does not matter if you only recently discovered the world of software development, or if you have been coding for two decades, there’s always something DevAssistant can do to make your life easier. I thought it was worth investigating – particularly when I saw that it had support for Perl. Starting the GUI and pressing the Perl button gives me two options: “Basic Class” and “Dancer”. I chose the “Basic Class” option. That... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Dev Assistant
    A couple of days ago, I updated to my laptop to Fedora 21. One of the new features was an application called DevAssistant which claimed that: It does not matter if you only recently discovered the world of software development, or if you have been coding for two decades, there’s always something DevAssistant can do to make your life easier. I thought it was worth investigating – particularly when I saw that it had support for Perl. Starting the GUI and pressing the Perl button gives me two options: “Basic Class” and “Dancer”. I chose the “Basic Class” option. That... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Perl Recruitment Thoughts
    Not many weeks go by when I don’t hear of another Perl-using company that has been evaluating alternative technologies. In most cases, it’s not because they think that Perl is a bad language to use. The most common reason I hear is that it is becoming harder and harder to find good Perl programmers. On Quora I recently saw a question asking what job opportunities were like for Perl programmers. This is how I answered: Right now is a good time to be a Perl programmer. Perl is losing mindshare. Very few new Perl programmers are arriving on the scene... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Perl Recruitment Thoughts
    Not many weeks go by when I don’t hear of another Perl-using company that has been evaluating alternative technologies. In most cases, it’s not because they think that Perl is a bad language to use. The most common reason I hear is that it is becoming harder and harder to find good Perl programmers. On Quora I recently saw a question asking what job opportunities were like for Perl programmers. This is how I answered: Right now is a good time to be a Perl programmer. Perl is losing mindshare. Very few new Perl programmers are arriving on the scene... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Martha Wainwright – Queen Elizabeth Hall
    (No video from the night  – but this is one of the songs that Martha sang) Why this gig? I’ve always know about the Wainwright/McGarrigle dynasty in American folk music. I’ve seen Loudon Wainwright and the McGarrigle sisters at various Cambridge Folk Festivals over the years. I’ve never really investigated the next generation. So I decided to put that right. Support Support was from Addi Brownlee, who was rather wonderful. More than a drop of Suzanne Vega about her – which is no bad thing. I don’t think she’s often in the UK, so it ‘s worth keeping an eye... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Mediaeval Baebes – Bush Hall
    (No video from the night, but here are some photos from the night over the studio version of one of the songs they played) Why this gig? Because you should always be open to trying new things. I know next to nothing about the Mediaeval Baebes. But I do have one Miranda Sex Garden CD. Support No. Just two sets of the Baebes. Headline It wasn’t until I walked into the hall and saw the decorations on the microphone stands that I realised I had gone to a Christmas show by accident. Christmas shows aren’t really my thing at all,... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 1970-01-01
  • James – Brixton Academy
    Why this gig? I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for James. I’ve never bought their albums but I’m constantly surprised how many of their singles I love – right back to the original version of “Sit Down” which was on heavy rotation on Greater London Radio (best radio station ever – still sadly missed) many years ago. I saw them at the Brixton Academy eighteen months ago and really enjoyed it, so when I saw they were returning to the same venue I really wanted to be there. Support The support were Starsailor and that’s another reason... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Paper Aeroplanes – Union Chapel
    Why this gig? I discovered Paper Aeroplanes playing at my local pub a couple of years ago and thought they were absolutely wonderful. I haven’t been able to see them as much as I would have liked since then, but when they announced a date at the Union Chapel, I knew I had to be there. Support Two support acts. Firstly, Lewis and Leigh, a rather lovely folk/country duo from Wales and the US. Really enjoyed their set and I’ll be looking out for them in the future. Then there was Stu Larsen, who is an Australian singer. I enjoyed... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 1970-01-01
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain – Troxy
    Why this gig? If you know anything about my musical taste then you will realise that this was a no-brainer. The Jesus and Mary Chain were an important part of my 1980s and the chance to see them play their classic album Psychocandy live is not to be missed. Support A band called Amazing Snakeheads. Very loud. Very pointless. Headline These “play the album” shows can take various formats, but bands generally start with the album in question and play some other stuff afterwards. The Jesus and Mary Chain don’t agree with that approach. They want Psychocandy to be the... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 1970-01-01
  • LPW & Perl Web Book
    Return to the Kingdom of the Blind from Dave Cross Last Saturday was the London Perl Workshop. As always, it was a great day with a fabulous selection of talks. As always, I’m desperately waiting for the videos to appear so that I can see the talks that I was forced to miss because of clashes. I spoke a couple of times. In the morning I ran a two-hour training course entitled “Perl in the Internet of Things”. The slides are up on Slideshare. And, towards the end of the day I gave a lightning talk called “Return to the... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Jim Moray – St Pancras Old Church
    (Can’t find any video of the night, but this is one of the songs he sang) Why this gig? I’ve seen (and enjoyed) Jim Moray a few times over the last couple of years. But he’s always been a support act of a guest star. I thought it was about time I saw one of his gigs. And St Pancras Old Church is always a nice venue for a folky gig. Support The support act were called the Captain’s Biscuits. They’re a pretty standard folk trio – two women singing and a man on guitar. It’s really nice. Headline As... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 1970-01-01

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