Issue #121 - 2013-11-18 - Advent is getting closer

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Hi there,

Christmas is getting close and before that there is the tradition of creating Advent calendars. In the Perl world it means a series of articles, one article every day in the 3 weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a community project so you can also contribute an article or two. See the advent section for more details.

Enjoy!


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Announcements

Padre 1.00 has been released

Without a lot of fanfare Padre, the Perl IDE has reached it 1.00 release. Available on a CPAN near you.

Perl Redis Mailing List

Damien Krotkine became the maintainer of the Redis Perl module and started his reign by creating a mailing list for the Redis Perl users and developers.

The Stratopan Beta Is Here

Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer has opened the gates of Stratopan. (You might recall, it is the cloud-hosted version Pinto, that gives you control over all your Perl-dependencies so they will be upgraded only when you want them to. There is also a promise to get unlimited access to Stratopan for life if you sign up soon. I already have an account.


Advent

Perl Catalyst Request for Advent Season Articles!

John Napiorkowski calls upon the Catalyst users to submit articles for the Catalyst Advent Calendar.

Perl Advent Calendar

Ricardo Signes is working on the Perl Advent Calendar 2013. See the submission FAQ if you are interested in writing an article.

Dancer advent calendar 2013

David Precious put out a call for help with the Perl Dancer Advent calendar.


Windows and portability

Windows Shell to Perl Program

JT Smith writes about the MadMongers meeting where they took a bat file (a Windows shell script) and converted it to a Perl script. It became much longer, so besides having fun, I am not sure what is the advantage here. Unless they plan to wrap some of the functionality in modules so they become reusable and then the actual script becomes short again.

Don't Get Bent Out of Shape About Being Cross Platform

Timm Murray, who came out from the Wumpus Cave just to attend the MadMongers meeting, has his own opinion on how much one should invest in turning a script to be platform independent. Especially when there is no immediate need to run the script on other platforms.


Testing

CPAN Testers Summary - Nov 2013 - Pandemonium

Highlight: the server upgrade is now complete! Test reports are flowing again! - Thanks Barbie!

Porting Test::Class to the p5-mop

Ovid has reimplemented Test::Class::Moose as Test::Class::MOP


Code

A Stratopan quick start user guide

Now that Stratopan is out in public beta, David Farrell has quickly created a start-up guide with screenshots and explanation.

Context and the Comma Operator

Apparently I missed the Tiny Code Quiz Ovid posted last week, but now chromatic took upon the task to try to explain the seemingly (?) unexpected behavior of perl.


Videos

Larry Wall: 5 Programming Languages Everyone Should Know

6:13 minutes - part of the BigThink interview.

Introduction to the Perl Data Language (PDL)

51:22 min talk by David Mertens giving some 'simple' (as in simple astrophysics :) example, and then a bunch of resources to make it easier to get started. The approach is interesting as he keeps telling why is it better to use PDL than C, but only once does he mention the advantages of PDL over pure Perl.


Web

The way to write Ruby + Middleman application with Perl.

Middleman is ruby web framework that makes developing stand-alone websites simple. Yuki Kimoto shows an example using Mojolicious. One of the commenters points to a similar solution in Dancer, and yet another commenter points to Poet which is a modern web framework for Mason developers.

How to have several Catalyst apps behind one Apache server

Tara L Andrews uses Plack::Middleware::ReverseProxyPath and a shell script to solve this.


Other

Marpa's Advantages

Ron Savage has published the 2nd chapter of his Marpa Papers.

moving my homedir into the 21st century

Ricardo Signes tells us about the pair programming session he had with Ingy döt Net and Frew Schmidt, and how it lead him to switch from 'screen' to 'tmux'. He also talks about the dotfile manager he has started to use.


Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

Multi dimensional hashes in Perl

Perl only has one-dimensional hashes, but each value in a hash can be a reference to another hash. Or to an array. This, together with auto-vivification allows the creation of very flexible data structures.


Events

I usually list the next 3-4 events here. The list of all the events can be found on the web site. If your Perl event is not listed there, please let me know.

Nordic Perl Workshop 2013

November 23, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark

London Perl Workshop (LPW 2013)

Saturday 30th November 2013 at Westminster University

German Perl Workshop (GPW 2014)

March 26-28, 2014, Hannover, Germany

YAPC::NA 2014

June 23-25, 2014, Orlando FL

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