We started of the day with the Welcome presentation by Nathan Torkington, and what better way to feel more welcome than to appear on the big screen, nice :D . Some nice keynotes, nothing too new, but we got to see Gnome's new special User-view Glasses that show exactly how a common user looks at pop-up warning messages :D , anyway, the rest of the day was not 100% great, I'm seriously regreting both the Drupal API presentation and the Mozilla as a Development Platform .. maybe tomorrow my choices will be better :) .
On the bright side, the PHP 5: The Year After was nice to clear the air (the Perl lobby is strong here ;) ) , and I'm getting more and more convinced that what PHP needs is to "network" like Perl does, I still don't find it inferior to Perl in power (or Python, or whatever) so that's one side of the formally eternal question that I don't accept, what I do see, and this explains somethings :) is that the Perl people are more of a group, they take pride in it, Larry Wall, Damian Conway, Nathan Torkington (and the rest of the Perlers that I have been talking too) ooze that community building sense, and I don't think PHP has the same, and that, for me, drives a lot of things .. but hey :D , each to it's own, this is no about PHPSource, PerlSource or even HaskellSource :D it's about OpenSource and about learning, and I'm certainly doing that :D
The Phillip Torrone presentation on DIY was amazingly fun and I got a free copy of Make Magazine so I got something to show for it :D also, and back to the PerlQuestion, José Castro's lightning talks were also brilliant, on a side node, come on Lisbon.pm, London.Pm can't stay ahead for ever :D ). To finish the conferences, we watched a Zimbra presentation and again I was impressed :D , we'll see how it evolves, but I might actually scrape a Linux Box just to substitute my companies email system one of these days :D
Now, it's a bit of resting time, and then ... we'll see :D