Damian Conway


Speaker, Author, and Trainer, Contributor to the Perl community

Damian Conway holds a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

A widely sought-after speaker and trainer, he is also the author of numerous well-known Open Source software libraries and developer tools, as well as several books and series of articles on programming. Between 2001 and 2010 was Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia.

Other technical areas in which he has worked and published include: developer education, presentation skills, programming language design, language paradigms, software engineering, testing and debugging, documentation systems, natural language generation, synthetic language generation, emergent systems, image morphing, human-computer interaction, geometric modelling, the psychophysics of perception, nanoscale simulation, and parsing techniques.

YOW! West 2015 Perth

Everything You Know About Regexes Is Wrong


For most programmers, regular expressions are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma shrouded in line-noise. So most sensible programmers either don’t use them at all (and are thereby forced to reinvent worse wheels…badly), or else they fall back on an “evolutionary programming” approach: find an existing regex that looks like it might do, then randomly permute its “genome” over and over again until it appears to work.

In this talk, we’ll go back to basics and discover that regexes mostly aren’t what you think they are, mostly don’t work the way you were taught they did, and mostly shouldn’t be created the way everyone tells you to.

More usefully, we’ll also talk about what regexes really are, how they actually work, and see how normal programmers can make use of their existing software development skills to construct correct and efficient regexes…without selling their souls or losing their minds.

Presentation Aikido


The best, most effective presentations capture the audience quickly, hold their interest effortlessly, educate and entertain them in equal measure, and sometimes even inspire them. This class explores simple and effective techniques for achieving those goals in any kind of presentation.

The first half of the course focuses on preparation, content selection, delivery techniques, and handling questions (or the lack thereof). The second half of the course is an in-depth tutorial on improving the “look and feel” of presentation materials–especially Powerpoint/Impress presentations. In particular, it demonstrates practical techniques for making your slides not suck.