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Session

Parrot in the Real World
Dan Sugalski, The Perl Foundation

Track: Perl
Date: Thursday, July 29
Time: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Location: Salon F

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Like many other companies, Yarde was faced with a computer system written in an aging language whose antique runtime and creaky database was getting in the way of progress. Rather than tossing it all and starting fresh, a horribly expensive and risky option, we decided to do the next best thing--port the language to a runtime that didn't suck.

In this case, the runtime was Parrot, backed by a Postgres database. This session covers some of the decisions leading up to it, the issues we've faced, and where things are going from here. The system's moving on well and looking good. If we can do it (with only one person doing most of the work, in less than a year) so can you if you need.

Says Sugalski of his presentation: "It shows how easy it is to migrate a legacy system to something much more modern without having to completely rewrite the system--and Parrot makes it easier still."



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