Issue #155 - 2014-07-14 - There Be Cobwebs In Those Coffers

latest | archive | by yanick

This week, we have echos of the next conferences coming out way (YAPC::EU, the Perl Swiss Workshop, the next London.pm meetings). We also have some updates of the financial state of some of Perl's foundations and, alas without surprises, it seems we are running on a very lean budget -- perhaps a reminder to us all to poke our $workplaces and see if they can't help in some way to keep the ecosystem alive and well-fed. ~ `/anick


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Announcements

Swiss Perl Workshop in Two Months

Planning to attend the Swiss Perl Workshop? Now might be a good time to register, as the event is drawing close...

Where will YAPC::Europe 2015 take place?

Curious to know what are the cities in the race to host next year's YAPC::EU? Well, don't waste any time, click the link already!

P5CMF Needs some love

Dan Wright warns us that the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund is running low on gas. Companies that rely on Perl to do the job, now would be a good time to chip in...

Grants Committee Budget

Makoto Nozaki gives us the low-down on the Perl Foundation Grants Committee; how much money they currently have, how the rest of the year looks like.

Perl Training and donation to TPF

Need Perl training, and willing to help TPF at the same time? Gabor Szabo has a proposition for you.

London Perl Mongers Meeting

Dave Cross lets us know what's coming up at the London.pm meetings. (sneak peak: lots of good stuff, that's what is coming)


Articles

Seven years of blogging

the site's statistics, he draws a list of his best hits, as well as his own favorite entries.

I went to YAPC::NA in Orlando!

Ricardo Signes gives us the second part of his YAPC::NA debriefing.

See you at YAPC::EU!

YAPC::NA is over, long live YAPC::EU. Alex Balhatchet and a contingent of Nestoria's devs are preparing themselves for the trip to Sofia, Bulgaria.

Community: helping each other

Neil Bowers testify of the synergy between CPAN authors, and how we are more as a group than the sum of our parts.

Some statistics from Debian package tags

Steven Haryanto gathers some interesting stats on Debian packages and the languages in which they are based.

Why Learn Perl? Interview 4 - Emma Howson, Graduate and Emerging Perl Dancer

Andrew Solomon interviews Emma Howson, a young, nascent Perl developer (and author of the PerlAdventures blog which appears here from time to time).

The perversity of traditional Perl's dereferencing syntax

Perl's new postderef syntax looks funny, but there is a reason for it. Aristotle explains the devil that lies in the details of the deadly dereferencing drama.


Discussion

Amazon & Ebay

Using Interchange for your e-commerce? You might want to keep an eye on Stefan Hornburg, as he's starting a project that will allow Interchange to interface with Amazon and Ebay.

Metabase down?

gvl has problems reaching metabase.cpantesters.org. From the comments, it seems that the problem isn't with the server, but could be born out of an IO::Socket::IP bug.


Testing

Rex meet Rspec

chenryn has a stab at porting rspec, a type of testing framework to ensure a host's configuration conforms to what is expected, to Perl.

Finding unused variables in your Template stash

Ovid offers us the first draft of a cruft-busting tool that aims to detect variables that are pushed to the templates but never used.


Code

Tell me more, tell me more

Mark Fowler announces a new version of Test::DatabaseRow. With the next version comes an easier way to tell the tests to open wide the gates of verbosity.

Benchmarking several ASCII-table-generator modules

Steven Haryanto compares modules producing text-based tables. And yes, some metrics are presented in text-based tables themselves. Yo dawg.

A Ringleader Proxy for Sporadically-Used Web Applications

Yanick plays around with a proxying service to manage his herd of sporadically-used toy web applications.

HTML pro-parsing tips

"Parse HTML? Easy, let me write a regex!" NO! Stop right there, and go read David Farell's tricks and recommendations to sanely parse HTML instead. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

Perl virtual tables for DBD::SQLite : ready to test

Laurent Dami continues on his quest for Perl-based virtual table support for SQLite. This time around, he has a working prototype to share with us.

Because Sometimes Lightspeed is Too Slow

Tiny::Type is still too sluggish for you? You're mad. And so is Toby Inkster, who wrote a XS version of the module that gives a 300% boost to an already lean speed demon.

Non-blocking Mojolicious apps are even easier now!

Joel Berger raves about the new features of Mojolicious, and of the doors they open (or, at least, make much easier to pass through).


Fun

Fun with image transformations in Perl

Sinan Unur is having fun swapping pixels between classic paintings using GD::Image.


Weekly collections

Videos

First Time CPAN Contributor

24 min talk by Adam Dutko at YAPC::NA 2014

What's new in Mojolicious 5.0

19 min talk by Sebastian Riedel the author of Mojolicious. (pls note: Sound starts at 2:15)


Perl Maven Tutorials

Fetching data from YouTube using Perl

14 min screencast and article


Events

Perl-related events

In the following cities: Sofia (Bulgaria), Tokyo (Japan), Flörli Olten (Switzerland), Hancock (NY/USA), Itapema (SC/Brasil), Salzburg (Austria), Barcelona (Spain)

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