Issue #19 - 2011-12-05 - Advent calendars all over the place

latest | archive | by Gabor Szabo

Hi,

The season of the Advent calendars started. I thought to collect a list of them but Andrew Grangaard beat me to it, so I am going to link to his blog post instead.

Even without the Advent calendars, there were so many interesting posts this week I had a hard time to choose. I had to leave out a number of good ones, in order to keep the list at a manageable size.

Last week my son attended his first Taekwondo competition. It is awesome but also frightening. The whole 'game' is about kicking the other one. Preferably in the head...

Anyway, enjoy the writing...


Headlines

Perl Advent Calendars, 2011 edition.

Andrew Grangaard (low level manager) collected links to a number of Perl related Advent calendars. His blog can be a good starting point to explore Dancer, Catalyst, Perl 6 or a number of other topics in English. For the more adventures, and for the natives of the respective countries, there is a long list of Japanese and even a Korean Advent calendar.


Articles

Augmenting the Perl debugger for fun and profit

Mithaldu, who is also known as as Christian Walde, explains why it is good to let your debugger skip on internal calls and how to do that using his brand new DB::Skip.

Goodbye // I'll miss you

John McNamara, the author and maintainer of various Excel related modules explains why did he revert his decision, and started to support perl 5.8.2 as well. I think all the corporate users owe him big thanks. Me included.

Google Code-in - Fit the Second

Mark Keating (MDK) reports on the progress of TPF in the Google Code-in after two weeks of work. In a nutshell: things are looking good but more students, mentors and tasks are needed.

How to Parse HTML

I am very impressed by the persistence of Jeffrey Kegler in explaining what is Marpa and showing how it can be used. This time he picks up a piece of real world HTML code and shows how to parse it and how to deal with missing tags.

Visualization of the Mojo class tree

A nice picture by Marcus Ramberg showing the class hierarchy of Mojo and Mojolicious.


Discussion

How do I get a unique Perl Interpreter ID?

Sebastian Willing pointed me to this discussion on Perl Monks


Testing

Controlling Test Parallelism with prove

If you like taking a nap while your tests are running don't read this! chromatic shows two very interesting features of the prove command that might allow you to save as much as 80% of the time spend running tests.

Temporary Directory Handling in Tests

For parallel testing, you need to make sure two tests won't try to access the same part of the file system. File::Tempdir is a good solution but chromatic needed some more features.

Test::NoWarnings 1.04 - Immediate warnings with :early pragma

Adam Kennedy, who is now maintaining Test::NoWarnings, allows us to see the warnings as they happen, instead of at the end of the test script. This can be an improvement for debugging.


Code

exec's portability

A very interesting question by Shlomi Fish regarding the different behavior of exec and command line parameters on Windows and Linux, and a very nice explanation by Aristotle Pagaltzis.

New 1.33 release of Perl DBD::ODBC

Martin Evans details what's new in DBD::ODBC.

DBD::SQLite 1.35 released

Adam Kennedy details the content of this new release.


Podcasts

DC Perl Monks Podcast

Zachary Zebrowski (japharl) writes that the DC Perl Mongers have started to publish a podcast of their monthly meetings. An idea some other PM groups might want to follow. Maybe even making videos? Am I now greedy?


Perl 6

Perl 6 Advent Calendar

Instead of linking to the individual posts, let me point you directly to the top of the Perl 6 Advent calendar.


Other

Memcached statistics (stats command)

Sebastian Willing collected some information on how to get statistics from memcached using Cache::Memcached.

London Perl Workshop

Unfortunately O'Reilly's Josette Garcia couldn't be at the London Perl Workshop so Dave Cross posted his report on her blog.


Events

Saint Perl 2011 Conference

December 18, 2011, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

The Perl Oasis

January 13-15, 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA

Perl Workshop in Israel

February 28, 2012, Ramat Gan, Israel

German Perl workshop

March 5-7, 2012, Erlangen, Germany

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