Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this conference for?


We will be running introductory and advanced tracks at the event. The introductory track is perfect for programmers that have little or no Perl experience. Meanwhile, the advanced track is suited for people that have already been using Perl for a while.

In 2008, we bring back our well praised "From Zero to Perl " track. This one-day special track, intended to complement our introductory track, will be led by world-class trainer, Daniel Klein, and will help bring you up to speed with Perl quickly.

We are also pleased to announce a new addition for 2008, "Maintaining Code While Staying Sane", taught by accomplished Perl author and past PPW keynote speaker, Peter Scott. This course will teach you how to tame your out of control Perl projects.

Is there an additional price for "From Zero to Perl" or "Maintaining Code While Staying Sane"?

Yes, due to the additional costs associated with these courses, there is an additional fee. Limited seating is available on a first-come first-serve basis. You must specify which course(s) you want to attend when you register.

If I attend From Zero to Perl or "Maintaining Code While Staying Sane", can I also go to other talks?

Both courses are one-day courses that runs concurrently with the workshop. You will not be able to attend any talks on the same day that you are attending a course, except for the keynote.

Can I pay half-price for only one day of the conference?

Sorry, due to the already very low costs of the event, it will not be possible for us to make provisions for people that will only be attending for one day.

How can I contact you?

You can contact the conference organizers by sending email to ppw-cabal at

Do I have to pick the track I want?

No, you don't need to schedule your sessions. On the day of the event, you can go to whichever sessions you want. In fact, this year we've improved the flexibility of the schedule so you can switch between introductory and advanced talks. Feel free to optimize your own schedule.

Keep in mind, "From Zero to Perl" and "Maintaining Code While Staying Sane" are one-day courses, and are designed to be attended from beginning to end.

What do I need to do to get the student discount?

On the day of the event, you must bring a valid student ID card along with photo identification.

When will you announce the speakers and schedule of classes?

The schedule will be announced a few weeks after the call for papers has concluded.

When will registration open?

Registration will open in August

What is this year's theme?

In the past years, PPW has adopted a yearly theme. However, we've found that this hasn't added as much to the conference as we would have liked.

Instead, "the point of the conference" is to provide programmers and students with great talks, focusing on pratical solutions in Perl to real problems.

Who are the Pittsburgh Perl Mongers?

We are a local branch of the Perl Mongers, a world-wide network of programmers that like Perl.

Why are you hosting this conference?

Perl is a very powerful programming language. While most commonly known for its applications in systems administration and web site development, Perl is useful for a lot more. Perl is presently being used to power some very large enterprise level applications. This conference is our way of getting the word out to people that didn't know how powerful it really is.

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