Issue #161 - 2014-08-25 - Yet Another YAPC Properly Concluded

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As we speak, the 2014 edition of YAPC::EU came and went. Already we have some blog entries reporting on the event, as well as the announcement that Granada, Spain will be where the 2015 edition will be held. Also this week, Toby Inkster goes all out in a series of blog entries revealing all the awesome secrets of Type::Tiny. Enjoy! ~ `/anick


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Announcements

Dancer2 0.150000 has been released

Dancer2 has a new release out, codenamed "LoonyPandora" in honor of contributor and friend James Aitken who recently passed away. This release comes with some pretty substantial changes dealing with the main context object and the way Dancer and PSGI apps relate to each other.

New Grant Manager

Makoto Nozaki announces that Mark Jensen has joined the Perl Foundation Grants Committee has a grant manager.

Swiss Perl Workshop -2 Weeks

Sad that YAPC::EU is over? Don't be! The Swiss Perl Workshop is happening in two weeks.


Articles

Who has the best package manager? Part one

We all know: the language is only half of the story. The other half is the vast ecosystem of add-ons, modules, plugins or packages. David Farrell explores how the package managers of Perl, PHP, Python, Node.js and Ruby fare against each other.


Discussion

The last few GSoC commits (Pencils down)

The Google Summer of Code is winding down. Talina Shrotriya gives us her last thoughts as she enters the last week of the program.

OPW Ending for Beginning

The 2014 edition of the Outreach Program for Women is now over. Pattawan gives us here her last report for it, as well as what the near future has in stock for her.

YAPC::Europe Day 1

Léon Brocard reports on the first day of YAPC::EU.

YAPC::Europe 2014, day 1

Perl blogger Tobez reports from the YAPC::EU front-line.

YAPC::Europe 2014, day 2

Tobez reports on day 2 of YAPC::EU.

YAPC::Europe Day 2

Leon Brocard narrates his second YAPC::EU day.

Please don't use ::Tiny unless it meets the ::Tiny criteria, thanks!

Dan Muey would like not to see the ::Tiny namespace get out of hand.


Testing

CPAN Testers: CPAN Testers Summary - July 2014 - Imaginos

Barbie summarizes what happened in the world of Perl testing in July.

Mock Testing Net::Gnats

Offline testing of modules interfacing with external services is always tricky. Richard Elberger shares his adventures in mocking the external components of Net::Gnats.

Testing Dancer Applications

Yanick compares a few of the modules available to test Dancer/Dancer2 applications.


Code

Language design: Exploiting ambiguity

Jeffrey Kegler talks about Marpa, and how it can deals with ambiguous grammar definitions.

File::Which comes with its own 'multiwhich'

Sinan Unur released App::multiswitch last week-end, as part of CPAN Day. Later on, he realized he might have reinvented a wheel already included in File::Which's trunk. Oops.

Type::Tiny Tricks #2: Types Are Objects

Toby Inkster points out that Type::Tiny types are objects by themselves, and can be used outside of attribute definitions for, e.g., validate any value you might care for.

Type::Tiny Tricks #3: One-off Coercions

So you have a generic type, and one attribute is kinda of that type, but also could be coerced from a value in a special, snowflaky unique way? Toby Inkster shows you how Type::Tiny deals with those one-off special cases.

Let's talk about Time::Moment and round-trip of strings

Christian Hansen takes a moment (haw, haw, ... okay, I'm sorry) to discuss the round-trip parsing speed of this new time module. And it's pretty darn fast.

Perfect Hashes and faster than memcmp

A simple hash won't do? Don't worry: Reini Urban has *perfect* hashes for you.

Type::Tiny Tricks #5: Wrapping Moose/Mouse Type Constraints

Toby Inkster demonstrates how to have a peek on the validation of any defined type is done.

Type::Tiny Tricks #6: Tricks with Tuples

For types that are arrays of specific sizes, Type::Tiny has the concept of 'Tuples'. Toby Inkster shows how to use them.

Type::Tiny Tricks #7: Tricks with Dicts

Type::Tiny, this small fountain of marvels, refines the definition of hash into two types: maps and dictionaries. Toby Inkster shows here when and how they apply.


Perl Maven Tutorials

How to break lines with max width? (wrap)

Splitting a string into pieces with a max length but without breaking up words. Manually and using Text::Wrap. (article + screencast)


Weekly collections

Events

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