Issue #120 - 2013-11-11 - Advent Calendar Season is Almost Upon Us

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The year is slowly drawing to a close. Advent calendars are being taken out of their moth ball-scented boxes, and some of us are trying to get ahead in term of New Year resolutions. For your pleasure this week, a wide variety of articles, going from the new release of dear old frameworks, to the exploration of new shells, to the interaction of Perl with Cloud Computing/Big Data via MongoDB, Iron.IO and Oozie. Enjoy! ~ `/anick


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Announcements

Perl-Critic Migration To GitHub Is Complete

Well, look who just moved in in the neighborhood... PerlCritic has moved its home to GitHub, announces Jeffrey Thalhammer. And y'all know what that means... Let the forking begin!

Perl Catalyst 'Hamburg' is now stable, Version 5.90050 is now on CPAN!

Catalyst development is rolling on. John Napiorkowski announces the release marking the end of the 'Hamburg' development cycle.

The Advent Season is Coming Fast

The Time of Eggnog draws nigh... Want to contribute to the tradition of the Perl Advent calendar? Then join the mailing list, and report to the master elf, Ricardo Signes.


Articles

15 Rules for Making Sense of Regular Expressions

Regular expressions are complex beasts. But there are ways to keep the insanity in check. For example, by following those 15 good tips.

Hardening Perl's Hash Function

The mechanisms behind the hashing functions of Perl, we want them safe, and we want them fast. Yves Orton shows us here the hard work that goes behind the curtain to give us both security and speed.

Storing Password in an easy and secure way using Perl

Gabor shiows how deal with passwords, and how the selection of the hashing algorithm can easily boost the system's security.


Discussion

A new blogs.perl.org or die trying

Kirk Kimmel tried his hand at setting a Movable Type site locally. He has... things to say about how it went.


Code

Running Perl Workers on Iron.IO

It's not in their documentation, but Iron.IO's cloud task processing service can run Perl programs. Carlos Lima did the detective work, and show us how to do it.

Teaching A Man To Fish

Yanick is trying the Fish shell. Not being POSIX-compliant, it doesn't work well with perlbrew off the box. That just won't do.

A Tiny Code Quiz

Think you know Perl? Ovid has an itsy bitzy little quiz for you...

Mojolicious Unicode Normalization Plugin Released

Unicode. Not only it's hard to wrap your head around it, but it turns out that there are more than one way to do glyphes. ... Wait, why does that sound oddly familiar? Anyway, now there's a nifty Mojolicious plugin that helps to keep that bedlam a little more normalized.

Contracts in mop

p5-mop is not bleeding edge enough for you? How about an implementation of contracts in it? That's what vti did, and he shows us how.

Gui Oozie Goodness

A walk through the creation of a (very) minimal graph-based web UI for Oozie, by Yanick.


Fun

MOPfuscation explained

The ultimate goal of computer science is, as we all know, to produce cool T-shirts. And blow minds. So it stands to reason that the first thing the Austrian Perl Workshop did with the bright new shiny p5-mop was an obsfuscated code-adorned garment. domm, very kindly, translates the arcane scribbling for us.


Slides and Videos

Floating Points Podcast: Perl and MongoDB

Mike Friedman talks about Perl and MongoDB with the fine folks at Huffington Post.


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