Issue #241 - 2016-03-07 - All Software is Legacy

latest | archive | by Neil Bowers
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A good mixture of all sorts of topics this week, and my favourite of them is Lee Johnson's All Software is Legacy.

Oh, and if you appreciate Tony Cook's work on Perl 5, why not add a supportive comment to the post about his grant request.

Neil


CPAN News

What's new on CPAN - February 2016 Tweet Facebook Google+
by David Farrell (DFARRELL)

David's selection of new modules released to CPAN in February. I don't have a use for it, but I love the name of Regexp::Parsertron.

Not so new shiny things: LWP::Protocol::PSGI Tweet Facebook Google+
by Kieren Diment (ZARQUON)

Kieren describes how testing web applications got much easier for him when he discovered LWP::Protocol::PSGI. Aristotle pointed out Plack::Middleware::MockProxyFrontend in the comments.

On YAML and YAML::XS inconsistencies Tweet Facebook Google+
by Reini Urban (RURBAN)

Reini points out some problems with YAML modules for Perl 5. In a follow-up post he describes his thoughts so far on what to do about it.

Alien::Base and Module::Build Tweet Facebook Google+
by Graham Ollis (PLICEASE)

If you've a module based on Alien::Base, then you should read this, including the comments.

Fixing prereqs in dist.ini automatically Tweet Facebook Google+
by Steven Haryanto (SHARYANTO)

Perlancar's lint-prereqs script can be used to check whether your distribution has (the right versions of) all the right prereqs, and if you're using Dist::Zilla it can even fix up your dist.ini. I've never had any problems using [AutoPrereqs], but I know that not everyone does.


Perl 5

P5P Mailing List Summary: February 15th-29th Tweet Facebook Google+
by Sawyer X (XSAWYERX)

Two for the price of one! Two weeks worth of P5P in a single summary, so lots of bug fixes and lots of new bugs reported.

Perl curio: Dereferencing blocks Tweet Facebook Google+
by Lukas Mai (MAUKE)

Lukas points that that the dereferencing curlies in @{$foo} are introducing a code block, so you can do whatever you like in there, as long as it results in an appropriate reference.

Perl::Critic exclude some policies - fix others Tweet Facebook Google+
by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Gabor walks through running Perl::Critic at a certain level, while excluding some policies that you might not agree with, or be ready to deal with yet.

The flip-flop - chic for geeks Tweet Facebook Google+
by Andrew Solomon (ILLY)

Andrew shows how to use the flip-flop operator in Perl, and links to further reading from other Perl bloggers.

MacPorts openssl versus Perl Tweet Facebook Google+
by Tom Wyant (WYANT)

Tom found that a failure with LWP::Protocol::https was due to an upgrade from 1.0.2f to 1.0.2g of OpenSSL. He shows how you can downgrade a MacPort. You should be aware of the security issues announced this week (the most widely reported being the DROWN attack), which affected older versions of OpenSSL.


Perl 6

Digging into the performance/reliability work Tweet Facebook Google+
by Jonathan Worthington (JONATHAN)

An update on Jonathan's latest grant work on performance and reliability of Perl 6. The bulk of it was making object accessors a lot faster.

Finding the most common n-grams in Russian using Perl 6 and HabrHabr Tweet Facebook Google+
by Rob Hoelz (RHOELZ)

Rob builds n-gram frequency data for Russian, based on text from a Russian tech blog site, in Perl 6.


Hacking

The Taskwarrior's Kusarigama Tweet Facebook Google+
by Yanick Champoux (YANICK)

Yenzie has started using Taskwarrior to manage his todo list, and already he's written a plugin system for managing Taskwarrior hooks.

A tar anomaly Tweet Facebook Google+
by Sinan Unur (NANIS)

Sinan noticed that a certain distribution fails to install on Cygwin, and tracked it down to this: if a tar file has foo and foo.exe, then when you extract from the tar file you'll get foo but not foo.exe. See here for example discussion.

lickcreator – my new project Tweet Facebook Google+
by Rohan Almeida (ROHAN)

Rohan has started working on project called lickcreator, a music notation tool for guitarists. He'll be writing about it on his blog.

Shadowcat Commercial Products Tweet Facebook Google+
by Mark Keating

One of a series of posts by Mark, celebrating 10 years of Shadowcat. This one describes some key systems they've developed, some of them which are only used internally.


Opinion

Perl - The Secret Workhorse Tweet Facebook Google+

Jeff, who works for ActiveState, thinks Perl is a bit of a dark horse, used by lots of companies, and under-scored on various programming language charts. Plenty of people are just getting on and doing things with Perl.

All Software is Legacy Tweet Facebook Google+
by Lee Johnson (LEEJO)

A great article from the current maintainer of the CGI module, where he takes us through history of CGI, and uses it to illustrate some points about the definition of legacy.


Grants

Maintaining Perl 5 - Grant Extension Request Tweet Facebook Google+
by Karen Pauley

Tony Cook has requested an extension of his grant for working on Perl 5.

Migrating blogs.perl.org: Third Progress Report Tweet Facebook Google+

An update on the project to convert blogs.perl.org to a new blogging system from Evozon.


Not Perl

Automating Deployments: New Website, Community Tweet Facebook Google+
by Moritz Lenz (MORITZ)

Moritz is writing a book about deployment, and has created a place for discussing the topic as well.

What it means to be an open source leader Tweet Facebook Google+
by Jum Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst is the CEO of RedHat, which isn't your typical open source organisation. Here is presents what he thinks makes an good open source leader, a key element of which he believes is seeing yourself as a catalyst and not a commander.


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