Issue #177 - 2014-12-15 - 'Tis the Season

latest | archive | by Yanick Champoux
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By now, it's fair to say we are squarely in Yulite territory and, as the countdown to the new Year is approaching the single digit fast, we can almost see 2015 at the horizon. To go with the seasonal mood, we have plenty of Advent calendars for you this week. And if the Holidays put you in an altruistic mood, we have a few articles hinting at projects where a helpful hand would be appreciated. Enjoy! ~ `/anick


Sponsors

We are Hiring a Senior Perl Software Developer - Grant Street Group Tweet Facebook Google+

We are a growing software company using open source software/modern Perl practices to build innovative e-payment, auction, and tax collection web applications. We are looking for talented, motivated professionals committed to flawless work and customer service.


Announcements

New Perl 6 community server now live, accepting signups Tweet Facebook Google+
by Moritz Lenz (MORITZ)

It's alive! www.p6c.org is online and officially opened for business!

Looking for new maintainer for Memcached::libmemcached Tweet Facebook Google+
by Matthew Horsfall (WOLFSAGE)

Memcached::libmemcached, just like Tiny Tim, needs some help. Will you be visited by the three ghosts of CPAN Past, Present and Yet To Be, and find in your heart the true meaning of co-maintenance?

whatcanidoforperl.org Tweet Facebook Google+

Want to help the Perl ecosystem, but not sure how. Fear not: a new site, whatcanidoforperl.org, is there to gently guide you toward your contributing destiny.


Perl Maven Pro

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

Is this IP in the given subnet? Tweet Facebook Google+

When trying to limit access to an application based on IP address, it should be easy to designate and then to check certain subnets as well.

Test for expected warnings Tweet Facebook Google+

A new entry in the Test automation with Perl series, testing if a function warns as expected.


Discussion

Proposed convention for todo lists on CPAN Tweet Facebook Google+
by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

Some peeps like to include a TODO list in their CPAN distributions, both as a reminder to oneself and as an inspiration for wannabe-helpers. Neil proposes here a simple Markdown format to standardize the practice.

int main in C and hard coded directory separators in Perl Tweet Facebook Google+
by Sinan Unur (NANIS)

In Perl-land, it's easy to lull oneself in the fallacy that all the world is UNIXish and do things like assuming that file path separators are always '/'s. Don't, Sinan begs of you, mostly considering that doing The Right Thing is not as hard as you might think.

Hi, New World! Tweet Facebook Google+

MetaCPAN has a new pair of hands on deck. Andreea Pirvulescu will be working on CPAN search engine for the next three months, as part of the Outreach Program for Women.

Perl Recruitment Thoughts Tweet Facebook Google+
by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

Dave muses on the where and how of recruiting good Perl developers.

Dev Assistant Tweet Facebook Google+
by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

Dave came across 'Dev Assistant', a tool that aims at helping neophyte developers into the many steps standing between the initial itch to the publication of a project. They support Perl, which is awesome, but they might need help to bring their Perl support up to Modern Perl standards. So... who feels like assisting the assistant?


Code

The Moose::Role Required "attributes" Bug Tweet Facebook Google+
by Curtis 'Ovid' Poe (OVID)

Annoyed that you have to punt 'with' statements at the very bottom of class declarations? Read on, as Ovid has a workaround for that.

Announcing WebService::Vultr v0.1 Tweet Facebook Google+
by Eivin Giske Skaaren (ESKAAREN)

Your e-sky is not overcast enough? One more cloud option opens to you as Vultr's API is now fully accessible via this new module.

Automated Internet Explorer screenshots using Win32::OLE Tweet Facebook Google+
by Sinan Unur (NANIS)

If you are doing web testing on Windows platforms, you'll loooove want Sinan has for you.

Controlling Firefox from Perl Tweet Facebook Google+
by brian d foy (BDFOY)

It's possible, with the help of a Perl module and a Firefox add-on, to have those two pieces of software talk to each other like best buddies. Web testing, browsing automation, javascript shenanigans, think of the possibilities...


Weekly collections

Advent Calendars

Perl Maven Tutorials

Migrating (the Perl Maven site) from Dancer 1 to Dancer2 Tweet Facebook Google+
by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

It took several days but finally the Perl Maven site is running on the new Dancer 2 framework. This article describes the issues encountered.

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