Issue #166 - 2014-09-29 - A Mild Case of Shellshock

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The main tech news of the week has to be the Shellshock exploit. Does it affect Perl? Fortunately, not that much (David Farrell has the details). In other news, a new version of DBD::SQLite will soon be released, a new Perl book is in the making, and Perl will be participating in the next iteration of the OPW -- all providing us with delightful reasons for looking forward to the months ahead. Enjoy! ~ `/anick

Yanick Champoux


Announcements

Outreach Program for Women - Winter 2014 / 2015

by Karen Pauley

A new edition of the Outreach Program for Women is rolling in, and Perl is happily involved, Karen Pauley reports.

Next stable DBD::SQLite to be released in late October

by Kenichi Ishigaki (ISHIGAKI)

A new release of DBD::SQLite is coming this October, warns Kenichi Ishigaki. If you maintain a program using SQLite, it might be a good idea indeed to test your codebase against the current trial release. Just sayin'.

Breakfast, Lunch, Band & Social Event for Free

by Stefan Hornburg (HORNBURG)

There will be food! And social events! And live music! Announces Stefan Hornburg, regarding the upcoming Dancer conference.

DWIM Perl for Linux 5.20.1-2 released

DWIM Perl is a binary Perl distributions with 'batteries inside'. It is core Perl + a few hundred of the most commonly used modules.


Perl Maven Pro

The Perl Maven Pro subscribers receive two new articles and screencasts every week. The last week these were the two screencasts:

Testing timeout with cmp_ok

When can cmp_ok be useful.

Using 'like' to test without exact values

An introduction to the 'like' function provided by Test::More


Articles

Shellshock and Perl

by David Farrell (DFARRELL)

By now everybody knows what the shellshock exploit is (or wonders why herds of sysadmins all over the world have been running around, arms flapping in abject panic, for the last few days). But what does it means for Perl? David Farrell has the answer.

Book Report - September 2014

by Toby Inkster (TOBYINK)

Toby Inkster is working on a Perl book, targered at intermediate-level programmers. The book-crafting is still in its early stage, but it looks very promising.


Discussion

My first Perl Mongers meeting

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

This month's meeting of the Thames Valley perl mongers counted one presence in their midst. A young neophyte going by the name of Neil Bowers...

YAPC::Europe 2014 Survey results are online

by Barbie (BARBIE)

Barbie shares the survey results for YAPC::Europe 2014, and points out some of the most interesting statistics.

What is the Perl community?

by Herbert Breunung (LICHTKIND)

lichtkind gives his personal answer to the question that is currently making the rounds.

Perl's Problems

by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

There is no light without darkness. No feast without heartburn. No language without, ah, irritating parts. Dave Cross muses on what he thinks are Perl's own hercules's heels.


Testing

Test::More has lots of crazy new development that's breaking my modules

by brian d foy (BDFOY)

The new maintainers of Test::More have released some new trial version of the ubiquitous testing module. brian d foy asks: should cpan testers be testing, and reporting failures, of modules using these versions? A fair question, and it turns out that there are pretty good arguments for and against reporting against the bleeding edge.

CPAN Testers & pre-requisite reporting

by brian d foy (BDFOY)

"Reporting test failures of alpha releases: good or bad?" The discussion sparked by brian d foy continues here.


Code

A pre-release of Pod::Readme is available on CPAN

by Robert Rothenberg (RRWO)

Potentially interesting for CPAN authors: Robert Rothenberg's POD-to-README generator now has a pre-release available on CPAN.

Extended Rules to support Modern Perl in Atom symbols-view package

by Krasimir Berov (BEROV)

Thanks to Krasimir Berov, the Perl ctag support in GitHub's Atom editor just got a little bit moderner.


Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

Cloud automation at Digital Ocean using Perl

How to use the API of Digital Ocean to start a new Droplet, do something and then shut it down again.

CPAN, mcpan, MetaCPAN

A 2 min long screencast on searching for Perl modules on Google and how to arrive to the respective page on MetaCPAN.


Events

Perl-related events

In the following cities: Hancock (NY/USA), Itapema (SC/Brasil), Salzburg (Austria), Barcelona (Spain), London (UK)


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