Issue #35 - 2012-03-26 - Perl books and economy

latest | archive | by Gabor Szabo

Hi,

I don't have much to say this week as I have been busy running Perl training courses, so let's get to the articles:


Perl books and economy

Should I buy that Perl book?

Another well written article by brian d foy, this time helping to figure out how to spend your limited resources on any of the alternatives to reach your goal?


Announcements

Nordic Perl Workshop 2012 - CFP

The date is not fixed yet (May/June), but the Nordic Perl Workshop will be in Stockholm, Sweden and you are requested to prepare your talks!


Articles

The Latest State of Perl ZMQ Bindings

Daisuke Maki (lestrrat) writes about his latest progress in Perl binding for ZMQ. This sounds very interesting and apparently there are people such as Ask Bjorn Hansen and Steffen Mueller who know exactly what lestrrat is talking about but I don't. Even after looking at the web site of 0MQ all I managed to get away with was the tag line 'The Intelligent Transport Layer'.

Sets operations

Flavio Poletti created a command line tool that can take files and act on their lines as elements of sets to find out union and intersect and even to subtract one from the other. It looks interesting though I'd like to see an explanation of the use case his co-worker had that prompted the creation of this tool.

Perl 5.16 and beyond

Dave Rolsky has written an article for LWN, and it is already publicly available. He describes the possibility to extend the syntax of Perl outside of the core and how this will help fixing the smart-match operator while retaining the old and not so perfect behavior for people who want that. (for backward compability). All this without messing up the core of perl. He also talks about some of the plans for the development of Perl.

Install a Stackato Micro Cloud in One Command

Ingy döt Net working at ActiveState shows the one commend you need and then explains in length what is Stackato, ActiveState, PaaS and why would you care. I am actually surprised that a corporation let Ingy write a blog post for them. In a positive way.


Discussion

Perl Teasing Challenge

In response to my question Tudor Constantin wrote down how he would go about introducing Perl in just a few hours. He takes the promotional aspect while I am not sure that is what *my* clients want to hear. Nevertheless he has a few interesting points in how to talk about Perl.

Begin with a single step

Unfortunately this post does not come with code examples but it illustrates how Perl and CPAN can help to create solutions for various problems. In this case they needed to know at any given time how many web requests they were getting, what type, what they were for, who they were for, who they were from, etc. and they needed it in graphs. In a nutshell they needed a specialized log parser and graphical reporter tool.


Grant reports

Fixing Perl5 Core Bugs: Report for Month 24

Dave Mitchell writes about his small progress in fixing core perl bugs in February.

Alien::Base Grant - Report #1

Joel Berger reports about his progress with grant he got from The Perl Foundation. This is a long and detailed report.

Cooking Perl with Chef - Grant Report #1

David Golden reports that most of the coding part has been finished and he is working on the cookbook and documentation.


Testing

Code

Hacking on Dancer

Curtis 'Ovid' Poe got excited about Dancer, added a new feature that helped him fix a bug in his own code. Then he points to search engine built by Ævar Bjarmason using Dancer. A search engine that comes with its source code.

Installing Oracle's BerkeleyDB and Perl's BerkeleyDB

Detailed, step-by-step instructions by Ron Savage.

Overriding insert in DBIx::Class

While this might not fit everyone, Anthony Pallatto describes how he made sure every insert to table A will trigger the insertion of a row in table B.


Fun

Learning Perl Challenge: Find duplicates

This time, brian d foy asks you to find duplicate files. Spoiler alert: there are several solutions in the comments.


Perl 6

Counting t4 configurations

I am not sure if I was in Thailand on a beach, I'd search for hexagonal games on my Android phone - especially as I don't have an Android phone - but Carl Mäsak did just that, which resulted in the 4th task in his Perl 6 challenge. If you like puzzles, this is the right place for you.


Other

Israeli & German Perl Workshop Survey Results

Barbie has published the results of the surveys he ran for both ILPW and GPW. Based on this the two workshops were roughly the same size but the attendees of the German Perl Workshop were older, more experienced in Perl, contribute a lot more to the Perl community and like beer more. I wonder how does that compare to the London Perl Workshop?

(xxi) stackoverflow perl report

Check out the top 10 posts collected by Miguel Prz (niceperl)


Events

DC-Baltimore Perl workshop

April 14, 2012, Catonsville, MD, USA

Dutch Perl Workshop

April 14, 2012, The Hague, The Netherlands

Perl Mova Workshop in Kiev

May 12-13, 2012, Kiev, Ukraine

YAPC::NA

June 13-15, 2012, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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