In the desert without a camel

In the desert without a camel

By Stephen Scaffidi (‎hercynium‎) from Boston.pm, drinkers.pm
Date: Monday, 8 June 2015 13:30
Duration: 50 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English
Tags: devops fpm hadoop java packaging perlbrew puppet subterfuge

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This is the tale of a DevOps journey through a wasteland where Perl is a third-class citizen. In the Hadoop world, anything that doesn't run on the JVM is not exactly, um... welcome. And while I love where I work these days, Perl is looked down upon, and often considered a tool of "last resort"...

However, despite the title of this talk, I have managed to sneak in quite a lot of Perl by means of a solid DevOps ethos and a solid philosophy of systems management from bare metal up through end-user applications. Turns out, Perl really *is* the best tool for the job in a *lot* of the situations I deal with from day-to-day.

In this talk you will learn about the fundamentals of my approach, along with details of the tools and techniques I have employed in the administration of the data warehouse infrastructure of the world's largest travel-review company. You will also learn how to make it *much* easier to use Perl and CPAN code in places other people would consider it infeasible, and fall back to more "universal" tools like awk and bash.


Attended by: Dave Rolsky (‎autarch‎), Brad Lhotsky, Andrew Griffin, Jason Hall (‎Jayce^‎), Derek Clifford, John Karr, Garth Hill, Scott Gustafson, Jared Miller, Doyle Young, Stephen Scaffidi (‎hercynium‎), Fitz Elliott, Erik Peterson, James Dwyer (‎Jim‎), Graham TerMarsch, Jordan Adler (‎jmadler‎), Ben Wasley, Mark Gardner (‎mjgardner‎), Tom Christiansen, James E Keenan (‎kid51‎), Thomas Sibley (‎trs‎), Karl Boehnker, James Morgan (‎Ven'Tatsu‎), Kenneth Graves (‎kag‎), Jan Peterson (‎jlp‎), Paul Seamons, Joe Kline (‎gizmo‎), Yanick Champoux (‎Yanick‎), Arthur Schmidt (‎fREW‎), Robert Threet (‎RAT‎), Mike Weisenborn, Thomas Stanton (‎tstanton‎), Patrick Cronin, Stuart Johnston, J. Maslak, Liam McNerney (‎Lthemick‎), Jason McIntosh (‎jmac‎), Andy Bach, vroom, Chas. Owens (‎cowens‎), Josh Lavin (‎digory‎), Adam Rich, Sean Quinlan (‎spq_easy‎), Rikus Goodell, morgan jones, Peter Sandin, Nicolas Rochelemagne (‎atoomic‎), Michael LaGrasta, Ryan Chaudhry, Geoffrey Darling (‎Geoff‎), Paul Millard, Abigail, Samuel Smith (‎esaym‎), Armin Resch, Daya Nune, Allie Rogers, Don Silvia, Aran Deltac (‎bluefeet‎), Maxwell Cabral, Ben Grimm, Charles McGarvey (‎CCM‎), Ted Killilea, Ramchand Karumuri, James Stone, Michael South (‎msouth‎), Tim Howe (‎thowe‎), Maximilian Witte, Graham Ollis (‎plicease‎), Gabriel Munoz (‎gabriel‎), Norman Yamada, Daina Pettit, Dillan Hildebrand, Ryan Haudenschilt, Miller Hall, Joshua Miller, Drew Taylor (‎drewbie‎), Mike Greb (‎mikegrb‎), Dan Muey, Gary Norton, Chris Hamilton, Jeremy Koch, Matt Finkel,