You may have noticed that to bring together YAPC::NA 2012 I’m bringing in some outside help. Skilled people like Russell Betts, Sarah Bownds, and Ryan McCombs who couldn’t write a single line of Perl code to save their lives. There are still many more like them to follow.
One thing I don’t think we do well as a community is ask for help. We’re a ridiculously smart bunch of people who believe we can solve any problem that is presented to us. That is true when it comes to computing challenges. And some of us even bring other skills like singing, writing, teaching, public speaking, and business. But most of us don’t have those skills, and don’t ask for them when we need them.
I’m hoping that by starting this tradition of bringing in outside experts we can learn as a community to get the help we need to build a better Perl. A better Perl isn’t just about better code, it’s about being better at everything that we do.