Issue #59 - 2012-09-10 - Farabi - a web based Perl editor

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I have to run to a client now, so I'll just let you read the articles....


Announcements

Farabi - a web based Perl editor

Ahmad Zawawi (aka Azawawi) a web developer and a core contributor to Padre has started to combine his expertise and created a web-based Perl editor. It is still only the basics, but I can see a lot of potential in that direction. Maybe even combined with Perlito that can run Perl 5 code in your browser.


Articles

Teaching Perl

Sam Hughes has been teaching Perl at his workplace and now he shares his thoughts with use. What things are especially shocking to Java developers when they learn Perl? What does TMTOWTDI do for them? Why are there constructs in Perl you should never use? - I found it quite interesting.

Hash your passwords!

fREW Schmidt is back with a new security related article with lots of code examples. If you are running any application in which you need to store passwords, fREW gives you an example how to do it in a way that is a lot more secure than some of the (recently cracked) major web-sites did.


Web

Sorry I can't dance, I'm holding on to my friend's purse

Wallflower allows you to create a static version of a dynamic web site built with modern, PSGI based web frameworks. What I think I loved the most from this introduction and explanation of BooK, is when he wrote he is a shy person...


Releases

Hypatia Released!

Hypatia is an API layer that sits between DBI and data visualization modules such as Chart::Clicker. It was written by Jack Maney, a mathematician turned Perl programmer.

PPMs for latest Wx rolling out.

Especially interesting for ActivePerl users on Windows, Mark Dootson has created new binary versions of Wx - the Perl binding of the wxWidgets GUI library.


Code

Calculating bank balance, take two: DBD::CSV

This is a guest post by Darin McBride on my Perl 5 Maven site, solving the CSV parsing question in a very different approach. I think putting in the extra complexity of using SQL might not be good for total beginners, but for people who already know SQL this might be a much better approach than the regular line-by-line parsing of CSV files.


Grants

I am quite happy seeing there are regular reports from TPF grants. This provides certain feeling of transparency within The Perl Foundation. We start to see where some of the money goes, and what things come out of that.

Improving Cross compilation of Perl 5

Jess Robinson is working on the compilation of Perl to make it easy to have the latest version of Perl running on Android.

Spanish Localization of the Perl Core Documentation

Enrique Nell and Joaquin Ferrero are reporting from the south of Europe, upgrading perl to 5.16.1

Adding tests to and refactoring the perl debugger

Detailed progress report by Shlomi Fish.


Moving To Moose Hackathon

Moving to Moose Hackathon 2012 Roundup

Apparently I missed most of the reports that came out from the Moose Hackathon. Luckily Toby Inkster linked to a few of them, so if you are interested you can read his report and check out the others too.


Perl 6

Perl 6 subroutines and home made operators

Do you know there is a .oO operator in my version of Perl 6? There is also a +- operator. Here is and article and a screencast how to create your own operators in Perl 6.

Who may I talk to?

Filip Sergot put together a list of Perl 6 related sites and project listing the main people who are running the specific entity. This list include both web sites and major Perl 6-related projects.


Other

First Draft 'Perl for Recruiters' Page on Google Docs

John Napiorkowski put together some general rules a recruiter could follow if s/he wanted to find a very good Perl developer, and maybe this could be a message to other developers: how to make it easier to find a Perl job. The problem is, that the majority of Perl developers do not participate in 'the community' and do not contribute to the open source code-base. I don't know if those people are better or worse Perl programmers than the ones who contribute. One thing is clear. It is harder to evaluate them. Assuming the evaluation is mostly about 'generated code' and not, for example 'ability to cooperate' or 'ability to follow instructions'. Certainly a subject worth exploring.

The most popular Perl web sites

I created a list of perl-related web-sites and checked their rankings using Alexa. Here you can see the most visited sites. A few people were missing their own sites from the list, but actually I was hoping for more people to complain and give me ideas what other sites to track.


Training

Perl School 3 (in London)

One of them is on 6th October, the other one is on 8th of December. Trainer: Dave Cross


Weekly collections

YAPC::EU

YAPC::Europe 2012 proceedings are online

This is PDF version of the booklet we got at the conference. There are a number of


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

OSDC France

October 12-13, 2012, Paris, France

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