Issue #136 - 2014-03-03 - YAPC::NA - Early Bird Registration Payments extended!

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Hi,

there are 14 Perl related events listed for the coming months. Two in the US; the rest in Europe. Have you heard about them? Have they made any announcements? Are you going to attend? Can you help them reach more people?


Announcements

Mojoconf 2014 - Call for Papers / Call for Speakers

Another call for speakers for the Mojolicious conference that will take place between May 23-25, 2014 in Oslo, Norway. The deadline is in less than 2 weeks.

Early Bird Registration Payments extended!

Of YAPC::NA till March 7th 2014. Hurry up!

GitPrep 1.5 is released - Improve HTTP repository access, and display README in subdirectory

GitPrep, written by Yuki Kimoto, is an open-source GitHub clone written in Perl. It needs both your testing - just use it! - and your contribution. (code, docs, UI, etc.)


Articles

Perl levels up with native subroutine signatures

v5.19.9 the latest development release of Perl edging toward 5.20 already has an experimental feature called 'signatures'. It will let you declare sub f($name, $email) {} eliminating the need to deal with @_. It is still far away from what Method::Signatures provides, but at least it will be part of the language.

In Praise of Perl 5

Chris Travers show 3 examples from code where HTML is embedded in Perl to using Moose, and explains how malleable Perl is. To quote him: "Perl isn't just a programming language, but a toolkit for building programming languages inside it."


Testing

Announcing Test::mongod

As explained by the author, Jesse Shy, this will launch a throw away instance of MongoDB in the /tmp directory to make it seamless to write tests.

Easier Database Fixtures

Ovid improved DBIx::Class::EasyFixture eliminating half the lines you had to write for setting up some data in a database for testing.

My Favourite Test::* Modules

Toby Inkster recommends the following: Test::More 0.96, Test::Fatal, Test::Warnings, Test::Requires, Test::Deep, Test::LongString, and a few more.


Code

Towards Type::Tiny 1.000000

The original intention of Type::Tiny written by Toby Inkster was to provide a framework for attribution to Moose-style class builders, but can also be used for sub parameter validation, switch-like statements, tied arrays, and probably more. Now that it is getting closer to its major release, Toby is looking for more use-cases that might bring in more test-cases to the unit tests of Type::Tiny. That will help in ensuring stability of the API after the 1.0 release.

Significant newlines? Or semicolons?

Jeffrey Kegler explains that the DSL of Marpa, which is written in itself, can be understood without requiring significant white-spaces, and without an end-of-statement mark.

Finding my computer

Salvador Fandino is finding his computer by ssh-ing to all the 512 IP addresses in the network of his employer. Will he be terminated for attempted break-in? Or will he be able to find his own computer?


CPAN

The CPAN new dist a month contest

Several ways to encourage yourself to upload new releases to CPAN. By Neil Bowers.

What's new on CPAN - February 2014

Just as last month, now again David Farrell provides a list of interesting changes on CPAN.


Grants

New Rules of Operation - Grants Committee

Makoto Nozaki, the new head of The Perl Foundation Grants Committee has announced the new rules. 1) Calls for grants will be every 2 months. 2) Grant limit is up to 10,000 USD. 3) Some other, minor issues.

Call for Grant Proposals

The application deadline is March 14th. Acceptance by March 31st.


Videos

Building Scalable, Distributed Job Queues with Redis and Redis::Client

Mike Friedman at YAPC::NA 2012 - 32 min talk.


Perl 6

Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

As a side note, the Perl Maven site passed daily 6,000 visits for the first time on February 25.

How to get Help for Perl?

Just a list of channels where people can ask for Perl. My hope is that there will be localized versions of this page, pointing out resources, in the respective languages. So if you are a native speaker of some language other than English, please help.

Bug in the for-loop of Perl? - B::Deparse to the rescue

Have you ever had disagreement with Perl? How have you settled it? This article show a use-case of B::Deparse that can tell you what Perl thought about the code you wrote.


Events

Perl-related events

In the following cities: Lyon (FR), Hannover (DE), Cluj (RO), Swindon (UK), Utrecht (NL), Silver Spring, (MD/USA), Poznan (PL), Prague (CZ), Oslo (NO), Paris (FR), Kiev (UA), Orlando (FL/US), Sofia (BG), Flörli Olten (CH)

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