Stas Bekman in Barcelona
Stas Bekman, of mod_perl fame, came to Barcelona on July and gave a four-hours seminar, organised by Barcelona.pm. We had dinner afterwards. I wasn't sitting near him and the restaurant was a bit noisy, so unfortunately I couldn't talk with him too much.
Going to YAPC::Europe
I plan to go to the YAPC::Europe, in Braga this year. The perfect excuse to do a trip with the motorbike with my wife :-).
Ruby is in the radar again, partly due to Rails. I read the second edition of the Pickaxe (the first book I read from cover to cover in PDF), and subscribed to ruby-talk again. Wow, Ruby as project has advanced a lot since I did an immersion back when 1.6 was stable. Particularly documentation is much much better.
I am looking forward Agile Web Development with Rails, whose last heard publishing date is the 9 of August.
Executing External Programs in Halk
One of the many constraints in the design of Halk is that the execution of programs has to be safe, which for me implies avoiding the shell altogether. Since another requirement is that it has to run on Windows this reduces the choices to Python 2.4 (subprocess), or Java 1.5 (ProcessBuilder).