[yapc 99]

yapc: yet another perl conference

University Center
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 15213
Thursday and Friday
June 24-25th,

yapc | talks | location | sponsors | fees
hotels and accommodations | directions | promotional materials | registration
schedule | pittsburgh.pm.org | perl mongers | cmu.edu

Pictures from YAPC 1999

Pictures from YAPC 1999 from many people!


A YAPC Diary

Uri Guttman has written down some of his Thoughts in a Diary of YAPC 1999.

What the heck is yapc?

yapc is "yet another perl conference," with apologies to The Perl Conference. This is an inexpensive conference with its roots in the Perl Mongers perl users groups.

While The Perl Conference plays an important role in the Perl community, there are some things that fall through the cracks at such a large, relatively corporate conference. Attendance fees of $1,000 or more are prohibitive, especially to students (though there are deep student discounts); furthermore, the conference is on the West Coast, incurring travel expenses for those in the east, on top of the conference expense. Finally, yapc is driven from the bottom up, organized by and for perl users -- a grassroots conference.

It can also be thought of as a smaller, regional version of TPC in the Eastern USA, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. While CMU is hosting it this year, we hope to move it around the East and have it hosted by various Perl Monger groups.

We've had great feedback so far, and the list of attendees is growing -- Larry Wall has agreed to give our opening plenary talk, and Randal Schwartz, Mark-Jason Dominus, Joseph Hall, Chris Nandor and other luminaries far too numerous to enumerate will be attending, and likely speaking. You might want to take a look at our current schedule.


The first yapc will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CMU has been most gracious about all arrangements; an academic environment like this is one of the bastions of free speech, the humanities, and technical innovation that make it possible for us to have open discussions.

University Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

see the campus map ( GIF JPEG PDF )


A list of talks with abstracts is available, featuring an opening by Larry Wall, and including presentations by

Elaine Ashton, Greg Bacon, Sean Burke, Peter Braam, Mark-Jason Dominus, Jonathan Eizenzopf, Mike Fletcher, Joseph Hall, Dick Hardt, Benjamin Holzman, Steve Jenkins, Rosie Jones, Kevin Lenzo, Michael McClennen, Joe McMahon, Kevin Miller, Brad Murray, Chris Nandor, David Nicol, Jon Orwant, Les Peters, Jeff Pinyan, Robert Rhode, Randal Schwartz, Michael Schwern, Barry Slaymaker, Steve Snodgrass, Jon Steffy, Adam Turoff, and Chris Winters (phew!).


We're looking for some help in making this the best possible cheap conference. If you or your company want to help out, contact Kevin Lenzo. Volunteering, presenting, and just plain attending are also encouraged. Thanks!

We have the following sponsors:

SCS dragon logo
Carnegie Mellon University
School of Computer Science

Without the CMU SCS, none of this would have been possible.

[Addison-Wesley Longman Logo]
Addison-Wesley Longman, source of several excellent Perl titles, technical, and scholarly books. They stepped in quite early.
[O'Reilly Logo]
O'Reilly and Associates, font of Perl wisdom.
[Manning Logo]
Manning Publications, a publishing house with some very interesting forthcoming perl titles as well as a fine set of programming and computer science books.
[The Perl Journal Logo]
The Perl Journal, the finest quarterly Perl publication on the planet.
[ActiveState Logo]
ActiveState Tool Corp., a major contributor to All Things Perl
[Told You So Consulting]
Told You So Consulting has donated service and server for the registration, among other things.

Registration and Fees

Registration for YAPC 99 is now closed. NOTE: There will be NO on-site registrations. We are at capacity now.

Registration is at:


If you want to send a check, make it to YAPC 99/ CMU SCS and sent to

YAPC 99 / Kevin Lenzo
Robotics Institute, CMU
Smith Hall 200, 5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science has made funds available so that CMU Students registration will be free; however, there will be no free lunch -- just free coffee, snacks, and materials for CMU students if you pre-register and list CMU as your affiliation, and note your student status. Your email address must be a valid CMU email address.

Hotels and Accommodations


The tentative schedule outline is here; however, you may actually be looking for the talks.

Directions, Maps, and Pittsburgh Info

Materials to Post and Hand Out

We're hoping some folks will be interested in putting up or distributing some fliers for the conference in their local workplaces and gathering spaces.

Kevin Lenzo
Last modified: Fri Jul 2 10:30:27 EDT 1999