Issue #126 - 2013-12-23 - Happy Birthday to Perl - White Camels

latest | archive | by Gabor Szabo

Hi,

it is just about Christmas and while a large chunk of the world does not celebrate it, I am sure many of the readers of the Perl Weekly have a few days off around the holiday. I have received vacation auto-responders last week already saying that they will be back in the office on January 7. Now that's a vacation!

Anyway, this week we celebrated the 26th birthday of Perl, and the White Camel award winners were announced. There is a World wide Perl competition run by the DFW Perl Mongers. I just found out about the Perl Oasis West, that is just a month away in Tampa, FL, and I saw that the next Russian Perl conference announced to be held in Kiev, Ukraine. (No, I don't want to get involved in the Europe-Ukraine-Russia political debate.)

I was hoping people will slow down and go on vacation, but instead of that, tons of articles.

Enjoy!


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Announcements

Perl is 26 Today

On 18th December Perl celebrated it 26th birthday. In his article, chromatic points out the important role Perl played in the development of programming languages. It was posted to Hacker news. You can spend a whole afternoon digging through it.

The 2013 White Camels

The White Camel Awards recognize outstanding, non-technical achievement in Perl. Every year it is awarded to 3 individuals or teams. This year the recipients are Thiago "maluco" Rondon, Fred Moyer, and the Dijkmat team: Wendy and Liz. Reading the 'reasoning' behind the awards is always very inspirational.

World wide Perl competition

The Dallas/Fort Worth Perl Mongers (DFW.pm), have started a hackathon or code-competition. You are invited to check out the task and the rules and get started. The dead-line to finish the project in January 8th. So you have all the Holiday time, if you are in an area where this is Holiday time, to work on the project and WIN!

Perl Oasis West

Perl Workshop in Tampa, Florida, USA. January 25th, 2014,

YAPC::Russia 2014

14 June, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine


Advent Calendars

The advent calendars are ending today or tomorrow, but the articles remain there, for all of you to read during the Holidays, and beyond.


Articles

Misunderstanding Context

It is always interesting to see when Dave Cross analyzes how people on the outskirts of the Perl community think about specific subjects related to Perl. I am not sure though, how would that look like like if people who are closer to the center of the onion explained what they know (or think to know) about these subject in Perl. I am sure I would be caught red-handed many times if I was writing about these.


Releases

Code

Moving PPI to GitHub encourages some new activity

Adam Kennedy was one of the most prolific CPAN authors until he changed jobs and country. He has over 200 modules in a giant Subversion repository that finally will be moved to GitHub. This is great. It will allow easier contribution, and hopefully more of his modules will get new maintainers.

Universal way to get memory usage of a process

Celogeek shows an example how to get the memory usage of a process using Proc::ProcessTable.


Fun

How I learned to plot a Mandelbrot set

Fractals are always nice to look at. It is even nicer when it is done by Dmitry Karasik using the bridge between PDL (the Perl Data Language) and Prima (the Perl GUI toolkit).

What?! CUDA::Minimal... works?

It's great that it is minimal and that it works again, but what is CUDA? David Mertens explains: CUDA is a great framework for writing parallel applications that run on (capable) nVidia video cards.

Perl and Me, Part 3: A Møøse once bit my sister

Bare feet Buddy Burden continues to explore his relationship to Perl.


Videos

Hacker Interviews: Larry Wall

32 minutes in the home of Larry Wall. An interview conducted by Jonathan Schiefer.


Other

Maintaining possibly unused modules

Philippe Bruhat (BooK) explains his participation in the CPAN Once a Week contest, which in itself would need more attention, and calls upon you to send him personal e-mails indicating that you are indeed using his module.

LPW2013 Survey Results

Barbie has just published the survey report. I was really surprised to see my name there. Flattering.


Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

Blogging with Riji

Riji that means diary in Chinese is a simple blog tool using Markdown. This is an introduction to using it.


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.

German Perl Workshop (GPW 2014)

March 26-28, 2014, Hannover, Germany

YAPC::NA 2014

June 23-25, 2014, Orlando FL

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