Issue #22 - 2011-12-26 - Perl 6 and MetaCPAN contest

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Hi,

This is the last issue of the Perl Weekly for 2011, number #22 since I started it in August. The subscriber list steadily grew to be well over 2000. Mostly with your help.

It was a joy putting these issues together. The small number of unsubscribes and the large number of clicks indicate that most of you have also enjoyed receiving this newsletter.

In the next year I'll have to find new ways to promote the newsletter, so it can reach an even larger audience. I shall ask your help in this next year.

In the meantime enjoy your Holidays...


Headlines

FOSDEM 2012 Perl dev-room: Call For Speakers

Claudio Ramirez (nxadm, El-Che) writes: FOSDEM is the biggest free and non-commercial European event organized by and for the community. The Perl community has a growing presence at this event that helps promoting Perl and distributing knowledge. It would be awesome to see some of you offer a talk there.

The 2011 Perl 6 Coding Contest

The thing is that this contest can be interesting to anyone who like programming and likes challenges. If you are a 'Perl 5 fan' or a Pythonista, forget about it for a minute. What if this was a Haskell contest? Yeah, I know, you would want to do it as that's one of the coolest language. Writing in Perl 6 is even more interesting. See the announcement of Carl Mäsak

Not a designer? Get involved with the MetaCPAN logo contest anyway!

Olaf Alders offers $400 and eternal glory for the winner of the contest. IF you are not a designer, tell a friend of your.

Citrus Perl Release 12

Mark Dootson wrote about the new release of Citrus Perl which was especially designed to build and distribute desktop applications written in wxPerl.


Articles

Introducing nginx-perl

Alexandr Gomoliako announces the first public release of perl embedded in the Nginx web server. I have not tried Nginx yet but I should.

Trying Marpa to parse CSS

I am sure some of you are already fed-up with Jeffrey Kegler constantly writing about Marpa. So I am happy to tell you that this time it is Wolfgang Kinkeldei who shows how he used Marpa to parse CSS.

STF - A Distributed Object Store

lestrrat writes about Livedoor, his employer releasing STF, their internal distributed object store under and open source license. This sounds interesting.

TWiki I/O Architecture Explained

In the Perl community we mostly talk and read about modules and how to use while in corporations they mostly care about large and complex applications. I think it is very important to read about large and complex open source applications such as Twiki. I'd be very interested in how do they do development and testing of the whole system.

Sanitizing supposed UTF-8 data

Jon Jensen wrote how he had to convert strings in various encodings, some of them even mangled to UTF-8. He used Encoding::FixLatin and found a few other useful modules for when you need to convert legacy data to UTF-8.


Discussion

Beginning Perl - Sneak Peek

Ovid shows how he is explaining recursive subroutines in his new book.


Testing

one more reason to dislike mutability

Usually we see examples on how things should be written so it is very educational that Ricardo Signes (RJBS) shows us an example of a failure. Based on the comments it seems that this particular issue has biten many good programmers.


Code

Sending a simple email: the current 'modern' way

Steven Haryanto shows how to send e-mail using Email::Sender.


Slides

Perl 6

Perlito version 8; Perl5 and Perl6 compilers

Flavio S. Glock (fglock) announces a new version of Perlito: Perlito is a compiler collection that contains both a Perl 5 compiler and a Perl 6 compiler.


Other

The Perl 5.15.6 Epigraph

Dave Rolsky has released Perl 5.15.6, the latest development version of Perl. Each release includes an epigraph. Dave explains his choice.

7 Curated Weekly newsletters for programmers, sysadmins and what's in between

I posted a list of 7 + 2 newsletter. The JavaScript Weekly and the Ruby Weekly that inspired the Perl Weekly and a few others that had the same inspiration.


Training

Public Perl Training Courses in London in February

Dave Cross is running Public Perl training courses again.


Events

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

DC-Baltimore Perl workshop

April 14, 2012, Catonsville, MD, USA

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