Issue #24 - 2012-01-09 - The Perl Oasis in 4 days + YAPC::NA 2012 CFP + The Modern Perl book headed to the printer

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Hi,

Last week, I got some negative feedback for the job post being in the subject line. I hope that this one will be received better.

A few days ago I posted my TODO list for 2012. Including the publishing of this newsletter every week. So now I am committed for the next 52 issues :)

You remember the discount for my Beginner Perl Maven course ends today. So make sure you take advantage of it in time.

In other news, we are quickly approaching 2500 members. Thank you all for your support!

The posts:


Headlines

Beginning Perl - Table of Contents

Curtis 'Ovid' Poe is writing a new Perl book for Wrox. This is the table of contents.

The Perls of 2011

Breno G. de Oliveira (Garu) has posted a detailed and awesome overview of what happened in the Perl community in 2011.


Announcements

Submit your OSCON proposals this week

brian d foy gave a list of ideas what to talk about at OSCON.


Articles

perlformance

Renormalist, who also calls himself Steffen Schwigon, has been talking about a performance metric for Perl for at least two years. I am always amazed by people who can run a project with very little publicly seen result for such a long time and then come up with a comprehensive thing. As I understand having a standard way to measure the performance of perl can be important to some vendors. Hopefully, it will be interesting to people who are being involved in the development of perl as well.

Hunting down a memory leak

Sebastian Willing (Sewi) takes us on a tour of a simple looking Perl code that had a memory leak and shows us how to eliminate that.

Modern::Perl Updates

chromatic explained some of the new features of his Modern::Perl module and mentioned that the new edition of his Modern Perl book went to the printer and will be available soon.


Discussion

Stepping Up (or how to become a co-maintainer of a CPAN module)

Buddy Burden just became a co-maintainer of Test::File together with brian d foy and that of Method::Signatures together with Schwern. This was a good opportunity for him to reflect on the whole CPAN ecosystem thing and how easy it is - after all - to give something back to the community.

What! No Lexer?

Jeffrey Kegler writes about the apparent lack of a lexer in Marpa::XS.


Testing

I love CPAN Testers!

So do I. But see how Joel Berger could fix a bug in one of his CPAN modules, even before it hit the end users and without the need to install 20 versions of Perl.


Code

Minimal requirement to build a sane CPAN package

(szabgab) I encounter people who have already written a module or two and now they are considering uploading them to CPAN or just packaging them for easier distribution. In this article I show the minimal step for a simple pure-Perl module.

What you should know about signal based timeouts

Do you want to risk a seg-fault in your code? Leon Timmermans shows how safe and unsafe signal handles work and explains what are the problems with either of those.

Perl::Critic finds annoying little bugs in your code.

Andy Lester posted a use-case of a new Perl::Critic policy. It's always good to see Perl::Critic getting more fail-cases.

Perl Script to Convert an Audiobook (m4b) to mp3 files splitting on the chapters

From Jason L. Froebe - Tech tips and How Tos for Fellow Techies


Perl 6

State of Dancer on Perl 6

Apparently now that the Advent calendars are done the number of Perl 6 related posts also dramatically went down. This one is about Bailador, the Perl 6 implementation of the Dancer web framework.


Other

What do I need to learn to use WebGUI 8

You should really read the short post for this but if you don't have time for that, here is the hint: Template::Toolkit, Moose, Plack and nginx.

Ruby (and other) conference talks - API design talks

Steven Haryanto shared a link to ConFreaks, a web site with lots of recorded conference talks. Most of the conferences are Ruby related.

Google+ Page for YAPC::NA

JT Smith announced the Google+ page I created for YAPC::NA. If you are interested in updates about the Perl conferences and Workshops in North America, put this page in your circles. I'll re-post the YAPC::NA blog and I'll also post other, related items and about the Perl Workshops in North America.


Training

(Free) Public Perl Training Courses in London in February

Dave Cross is running Public Perl training courses again and now you can win a free entry.


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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