Issue #180 - 2015-01-05 - Welcome to Night Vale

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After the slow week during Christmas, we have now tons of articles.

Neil Bowers kicked off his CPAN Pull Request Challenge and a lot of people have joined.

Enjoy your week!

Gabor Szabo


Announcements

Djet Tweet Facebook Google+
by Kaare Rasmussen (KAARE)

Djet is a Node Based Content Management System written in Perl. If you are confused like I was, don't worry. The 'node' in the name does not refer to Node.js, but more like the vertex in graph theory. I am not sure, but I think the code behind PerlMonks is also based on the same idea, of everything is a node.


Articles

A use for the scalar reverse (maybe) Tweet Facebook Google+
by brian d foy (BDFOY)

The 'reverse' function of perl can easily trick people as it behaves differently in scalar and list context. In this article brian discusses some use cases when the scalar version of this function might be useful.

Makefile.PL as a modulino Tweet Facebook Google+
by brian d foy (BDFOY)

A modulino is a program that can act like a module, or a module that can be directly executed. While doing his CPAN Archeology brian turned his Makefile.PL into a modulino and shows how you could do that too.


Perl Maven Pro

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

Moose constructor Tweet Facebook Google+

The beginning of a new series covering many advanced topics in Perl. This one starts the Object Oriented Programming with Moose section.

Moose: Testing the constructor Tweet Facebook Google+

Using Moose to write classes in Perl is fun, but it is much more fun if we can even write unit-tests for our application.


Testing

How to Go Wrong Testing HTML and Why It Took Me Forever to Fix It Tweet Facebook Google+
by Dave Rolsky (DROLSKY)

Now with the CPAN Pull Request challenge going on, it is very interesting to read why a module author has delayed accepting a pull-request and how it lead to the creating of HTML::Differences that can find real differences between two HTML snippets.

Test-Simple release plan Tweet Facebook Google+
by Chad Granum (EXODIST)

The Test-Simple distribution is the heart of all the testing in the Perl ecosystem. Changing it and releasing it to the CPAN can break the installation process of every Perl user around the worl. Helping Chad by testing it before he releases to everyone will surely make him happy.


Code

Perl Scripts Tweet Facebook Google+

A bunch of interesting Perl script examples


Web

RESTful APIs with Bedrock (part IV) Tweet Facebook Google+
by Rob Lauer

Bedrock, or OpenBedrock is a web development framework that allows you to embed SQL code in HTML. To me it looks like something left here from the previous century, but I am impressed that Rob Lauer, the author keeps running the project and keeps writing blog-posts about it!

New Dancer2 release en route to CPAN: 0.158000 Tweet Facebook Google+
by Sawyer X (XSAWYERX)

Dancer2 is faster than Dancer and some parts of it got even faster with this release.


CPAN

Bring out yer distributions! Tweet Facebook Google+
by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

Lots of people have signed up to the CPAN challenge Neil announced so he also needs the other part of the equation. Modules that need to be fixed.

Pull request ideas Tweet Facebook Google+
by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

If you particiapate in the CPAN challenge of Neil, then you might wonder what kind of improvements could be considered in a module. Don't worry, Neil has already prepared a list of ideas and if you have others, you can comment on his blog.

Pull request etiquette Tweet Facebook Google+
by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

Some ideas how to make sure the pull-request you send has a higher than average chance to get accepted.

My CPAN Cleaning, Day 2457023.500000 Tweet Facebook Google+
by brian d foy (BDFOY)

As you upload newer and newer versions of your module to PAUSE and thus to CPAN, the old onese linger around taking up space and possibly confusing people. brian has this annual (or is that bi-annual?) ritual cleaning up his directory, removing the old versions. This time he goes further and makes sure modules he has on CPAN have their proper GitHub repository and other useful features.


Fun

Downloading Welcome to Night Vale podcast episodes Tweet Facebook Google+
by Sawyer X (XSAWYERX)

Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast from a fictional town somewhere in the south of the US. Sawyer wrote a script to download all the episodes.


Grants

Improving Devel::Cover Grant Completed Tweet Facebook Google+
by Paul Johnson (PJCJ)

The full report of Paul Johnson on his grant and his work towards making Devel::Cover even more awesome than it was previously.

Call For Grant Proposals (January 2015 Round) Tweet Facebook Google+
by Makoto Nozaki

You can submit your grant proposal to The Perl Foundation till 14 January. The grants will be decided till 30th January.

Act Voyager ---- long story Tweet Facebook Google+
by Theo van Hoesel (VANHOESEL)

Theo van Hoesel reports on his progress with the Act grant. Act is the application that handles the user accounts of most of the Perl-related conferences, workshops, and hackathons.


Perl 6

Is 2015 going to be the year of Perl 6 ? Tweet Facebook Google+
by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

I have been on-and-off Perl 6 for quite some time, so after the news about Larry Wall talking about Perl 6 being production ready in 2015 I started to wonder if I should start wrting about Perl 6 again. Judging by the comments on Reddit there are quite a few people who prefer to spew hatered than to be constructive. We'll see.

Continuous Integration for Perl 6 modules using Travis-CI Tweet Facebook Google+
by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Travis-CI does not support Perl 6 yet, but with this binary version of Rakudo Star you can hook up your GitHub repository and get it smoke-tested by Travis-CI.


Other

The Popularity of Perl in 2014 Tweet Facebook Google+
by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Some stats about the most frequently visited Perl-related web sites including pageview data from the biggest Perl-related web sites.


Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

Advanced usage of Getopt::Long for accepting command line arguments Tweet Facebook Google+

Boolean on/off argument; Negatable boolean arguments; Incremental or counting arguments; arguments with optional value



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