Issue #133 - 2014-02-10 - More Perl events

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Just a reminder, from now on the Perl Weekly newsletter only includes newly added events and the other events are listed on the web site. This is to avoid boring you with the same links again and again. Yet there are 4 new events added at the bottom of this edition. (Partly because they were left out by mistake earlier, partly because they are newly scheduled). In any case, you'll find evens all over the world, but especially around Europe.


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Articles

Perl and Me, Part 9: That's Why I Failed Recess

It is Buddy Burden again, explaining how Perl is the language that Gets Shit Done, but probably a lot more importantly, he explained his process of finding candidates for employment. I know not many companies work that way, but I think it is great. I love it!

Why you should use getcwd and not cwd

I keep using the cwd() function from the Cwd module when I need the current working directory, but I think David Golden has a point. I should just change the habit and start using getcwd().

Parsing HTML with Perl

An article by A. Sinan Unur using regexes and HTML::TokeParser::Simple.


Testing

Making our training material public

Curtis 'Ovid' Poe, who runs the company called 'All Around the World' with his wife, has released some of their test-training materials under the Creative Commons by-nc license.


Code

Introducing warnings::MaybeFatal

Last week we saw some discussion about the problems FATAL warnings can cause. In response to that, Toby Inkster created a module that will leave run-time warnings alone and only turn compile-time warning into exceptions.

3 ways to include data with your Perl distribution

Use __DATA__, Use FindBin to locate the data file, Makefile.PL / Build.PL and use File::Share. See the explanation of David Farrell.


Databases

Debian, MariaDB, Perl and DBD::mysql

Ron Savage describes how he installed DBD::mysql and used it to access MariaDB.


Web

Dancer In Chains

Yanick Champoux writes: Something that Catalyst has and Dancer doesn't is chained routes. But he cannot leave it that way, can he?

CPAN Stability++

Before every release, John Napiorkowski checks if Catalyst with all of its 117 dependencies can be installed on a clean Perl. Spoiler: it can be.


CPAN

What's new on CPAN - January 2014

An excellent compilation by David Farrell of some of the newly released modules on CPAN.

Lessons learned publishing my first CPAN module

Ali Anari from Crowdt:lt while creating and upload WebService::NationBuilder to CPAN.

Set::Jaccard::SimilarityCoefficient v0.5.1

As Mark Leighton Fisher explains: the Jaccard Similarity Coefficient is a simple measure of how similar 2 sets are.

Iterating over all CPAN releases

This is mostly for researchers, who, for some strange reason, would like to research the content of ancient distributions uploaded to CPAN.

mtools v2.0.0 - Now with pmtools::new_pod_iterator()!

pmtools aka. Perl Module Tools is a collection of command line tools that can show you the location of a module, the version number, etc.

Perl Module Release: RPC-XML 0.78

After a long break, finally Randy J. Ray has released a new version of his module and even blogged about it!. The next day the CPAN Testers sent him fail reports, which lead to some interesting bug hunting. (I hope he'll post about that too).


Fun

Adopting URI::Title

It is a really great description of how BooK found an unmaintained module, got ownership in a nice way and released a new version of the module.

Renaming Nikon photograph files with Perl

One of the tools that I saw have brought people to use Perl was Image::ExifTool. Martin Evans show a simple use-case.


Grants

Google Summer of Code 2014

The Perl Foundation wants to participate in the GSOC again. It is looking for mentors!

Grants Committee Changes

Daisuke Maki has replaced Renée Bäcker.


Moose

Looking for Moose in all the Wrong Places

How to use (or avoid) the before and after method modifiers of Moose.


Videos

Vim for Perl Development

I have been using Vim for many years, but watching this video taught me so many new things. Presented by Doug Miles at the Phoenix Perl Mongers meeting.

Code Attributes

Finally I understood what the attributes on functions can do. They are like decorators in Python, but way more powerful. Presented by Steve Baker at the Phoenix Perl Mongers meeting.


Hardware

Other

Perl vs Python 2013, some actual stats..

Matthew Wilson (diakopter) invested quite some time to compare stats on Perl vs other programming languages. Especially Python. Does not look good. So what does this mean to you? reddit.

The Popularity of Perl in 2013

My collection of some numbers. Most interesting are the Google Analytics graphs from blogs.perl.org, MetaCPAN, and search.cpan.org.


Training

Polyglot pattern matching in London

Damian Conway will run a class called Understanding Regular Expressions in London on 12th March. See the description and the link to registration.


Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

Stringification in classic Perl OOP

As part of the series describing the class Object Oriented System of Perl, this article shows operator overloading.

Class method and alternative constructor in classic Perl OOP

The 3rd part of the classic OOP series.

The ternary operator in Perl

Do you know what is the real name of the ternary operator?


Events

QA Hackathon 2014

March 13-16, 2014, Lyon, France

DBIx::Class Themed Hackathon

April 2014, Swindon, UK

YAPC::EU 2014

22-24 August, 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

Swiss Perl Workshop 2014

5-6 September, 2014, Flörli Olten, Switzerland

Perl-related events

In the following cities: Lyon (FR), Hannover (DE), Swindon (UK), Utrecht (NL), Poznan (PL), Prague (CZ), Kiev (UA), Orlando (FL/US), Sofia (BG), Flörli Olten (CH)

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