Issue #56 - 2012-08-20 - community and language

latest | archive | by Gabor Szabo

Hi,

I am writing this while still in Perl. This beautiful German village is near Schengen, where the 'Schengen Agreement' was signed. In the last 3 days several members of the Perl community meeting for the Perl Reunification Summit or PRS, organized by Liz Mattijsen and Wendy G.A. van Dijk. There is already one report by Moritz Lenz (see below) and I am sure many more will follow.

YAPC::EU in Frankfurt is starting today. More than 300 people are expected in the middle of the heat wave.

On an unrelated note, we have more than 3800 subscribers now! Thank you all!

Enjoy the articles:


Articles

Community Analytics via Mailing Lists

Awesome graphs created by John Wang to allow us to see the change in number of post and number of posters on the Perl, Python and other mailing lists. If you look at the main graphs, they will seem to be more or less staying at the same level in recent years. If you take in account that some of the lists that are growing are the automatically generated e-mails (e.g. build reports) then you will see the human participation is dropping. Both on the Perl and Python mailing list. More work is needed on this, and on other analyzis, but I think this is beautiful.

$_ the default variable of Perl

I thin $ is way overused by newbies in Perl, probably due to lack of understanding of when it should be used. In this Perl Maven article I tried to explain it.

Simple CGI Perl script to send form by e-mail

While CGI is not 'cool' any more it is still very useful and it is still used by lots of companies. In this article I tried to help one of the readers of the Perl Maven site who asked me how to send an e-mail containing data submitted on a web page.


Discussion

Ricardo is pushing for smart match changes

The smart match ~~ opeartor has been changed already once, but it is still broken. What should happen? This is a discussion that started in the Perl 5 Porters list and spilled over to blogs.perl.org. It is certainly important that people who don't follow the development of perl itself, but are using the smart match operator would read this and voice their opinion.


Testing

Code

Backing up Berlios.de

Optimizing download with caching and compression using WWW::Mechanize.


Fun

Finding Perl material online

Kirk Kimmel build a small custom search using Google that will try to improve your perl related searches. Check also the comments where Dave Cross linked to his solution.


Tech Tips

Perl 6

Perl 5 to Perl 6 - Arrays

Helping people with Perl 5 experience to learn what's new and different in Perl 6.

#perl6 highlights; week ending 2012-08-18; dedicated to piers cawley

Raiph Mellor started to create a weekly report on what's going on on the #perl6 IRC channel. I think this is a very important step towards showing the world that Perl 6 makes progress.

Perl 6 files

Reading and writing files.


Weekly collections

Perl 5 Porters Weekly: August 6-August 12, 2012

One note: send love letters to individual Perl 5 porters (or CPAN authors).

#perl6 highlights; week ending 2012-08-18; dedicated to piers cawley

Raiph Mellor started to create a weekly report on what's going on on the #perl6 IRC channel. I think this is a very important step towards showing the world that Perl 6 makes progress.


Perl Reunification Summit (PRS)

This was a 3-day even between 16-19 August 2012 in Perl, Germany (near Schengen). The reports will be included here.

Quo Vadis Perl?

A report from the event by Moritz Lenz.


YAPC::EU

YAPC::Europe day -1

If you'd like to give a lightning talk, read this!


Events

I usually list the next 3-4 events here. The list of all the events can be found on the web site. If your Perl event is not listed there, please let me know.

YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2012

September 27-29, 2012, Tokyo, Japan

Portuguese Perl workshop (PTPW)

September 28, 2012, Braga, Portugal

Italian Perl workshop (IPW)

October 11-12, 2012, Bologna, Italy

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