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The Perl Mongers Group for Houston, Texas, USA.
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As usual, we will meet in the lobby between 6:30 and 7pm and head up to the room at 7.

Todd Rinaldo will present this month. According to Todd:

In this talk, we're going to dive into the basics of how Perl data structures work under the hood.

To get maximal value out of this talk, it's my expectation you'll have a basic understanding of perl variables and a passing knowledge of basic C such as arrays, structs, and unions.

We'll cover among other things:
- Stashes
- SVIV, SVPV, etc.
- Hashes
- Arrays
- GVs
- COW
- PL_strtab

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We will be trying something different again this month. Several members of the group have agreed to attempt the Orange County PM coding challenge (http://oc.pm.org/may_challenge.html) this month.

The idea is that we should all make an attempt to solve the challenge and anyone who wishes can demonstrate their attempt at this Thursday's meeting. At a minimum, we should get to see how other people approached an interesting coding challenge.

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The group will be performing live code reviews of a small number of modules. Some of the members will drive reviews with different focus.

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At the April meeting, Todd Rinaldo will tell about a recent visit to p5hack and lead a discussion on what is coming to Perl.

The meeting will be held at Hostgator, on Thursday, April 13, starting at 7pm.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

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Our next meeting is this Thursday, March 9 at cPanel. As usual, we
will meet in the lobby and head up to the meeting at 7pm. This month
will be a bit difference, with a combination of presentations and
discussion about keeping ourselves healthy and functional.

- Robert Stone will lead a discussion on physical health
- Jocelyn Kirby will present on friends and levels of communication
- G. Wade Johnson will lead a discussion on burnout
- Other topics as the group decides

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"I've been doing some work with the Zodiac Killer's Z408 Cipher (I'm tons of fun at cocktail parties!) which is a Homophonic Substitution Cipher. Namely, creating a new Crypt::Z408 module and experimenting with a way to brute force generic Homophonic Substitution Ciphers which may or may not bear fruit." -- Robert Stone

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Reini Urban has agreed to talk about the cperl project.

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This month we will be doing short talks. So far, we have four people who have volunteered to speak:

- Jocelyn Kirby
- Julian Brown
- Robert Stone
- G. Wade Johnson

If things go well, we may have others as well.

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Based on the input so far, we'll be meeting Thursday for food and socializing at Hughies Tavern and Vietnamese Grille, 1802 W. 18th Street.

Nominally, we'll be there from 7pm to 9pm. I'll try to get there earlier to reserve a table for us under my name. (They don't take reservations.)

Come out for food, drink, and conversation (possibly, but not necessarily about Perl).

I look forward to seeing you there.

G. Wade Johnson

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Last month, Mark Allen did a great job of introducing many functional programming concepts. The discussion after the meeting showed quite a bit of interest.

Now you're probably thinking, "The concepts are great and they seem to make a lot of sense. How does this apply to my day-to-day code?".

So, this month, I'm going to pick up where Mark left off. Let's get into more nuts and bolts of applying functional programming techniques. We'll touch on a few concepts, but the focus will be on techniques you can use tomorrow morning in code.

We'll meet in the lobby between 6:30 and 7, and go up to the meeting room when it's time.
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