Issue #63 - 2012-10-08 - Endorsing Perl skills

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Hi,

I loved Cesky Krumlov and it was nice to be back in Prague after so many years. Prices are much higher than last time I visited, but the town is beautiful, and the clock is still working. We also had very good weather which made walking around very plesant. If you have the time, I'd recommend visiting Prague!

In the meantime, go read the articles:


Announcements

German Perl-Workshop 2013 @ Berlin

It will take place on March 13-15, 2013


Articles

An Overview of Lexing and Parsing

Have you ever wondered what is Yacc and Bison? Maybe Lex and Flex? Have you heard of Marpa? Do you know the job of a lexer and a parser? Do you know how to turn a grammar into a real language? Ron Savage explains all that.

An example using Mojo::DOM for rewriting HTML

Joel Berger shows the power of Mojo::DOM that can use CSS3 seletors using a very simple and clear example.

Smoked Modules, Montreal-style

Yanick Champoux extended his previous idea of testing the Dancer plugins, to test any set of Perl modules and to be extensible.

tie() in perlito5

Perlito allows compiling Perl to Javascript and running it in your browser. I think it can be very useful as an educational tool, or, if it had easy access to the DOM in the browser, you could write your front-end code in Perl.


Discussion

Building DWIM Perl for Linux

This is the first step in my attempt to (re)build the Perl distribution that will contain everything you will ever need to build Perl applications.


Releases

Introducing Devel::SizeMe - Visualizing Perl Memory Use

Tim Bunce finished just enough of the code to give a presentation at YAPC::Asia that you can watch after reading the description how this tool tries to help understanding the memory use of Perl applications.


Survey

Newcomer experience and contributor behavior in Perl and other FOSS communities - Survey

Kevin Carillo from New Zealand is doing a research on Free/Open Source Software communities. He is asking us to complete his survey.


Code

Localize Your Perl modules with Locale::TextDomain and Dist::Zilla

It is probably only interesting to people who are writing applications where there is an actual interaction with users, but such application are also written in a modular way. So knowing how to make it easier to translate the text displayed by your application is a good thing.


Grants

2012Q4 Call for Grant Proposals

The Perl Foundation offers grants between $500-$2000 for projects that need a little financial help. The dead-line to submit your proposal is 31 October 2012.

Fixing Perl5 Core Bugs: Report for Month 31

The report of Dave Mitchell contains a couple interesting issues with the regex engine of perl. For example you probably knew that using $` or $' will make your regexes slow. Did you also know that using these variables can make your regexes correct? It has been fixed now. (I'll let you guess which part was fixed.).

Improving Perl 5: Grant Report for Month 13

This is the report of Nicholas Clark.


Perl 6

Sums of Fourth Powers

Some interesting Perl 6 code examples by Solomon Foster (colomon). For example, operations on infinite ranges.


Other

Endorsing Perl skills

I think LinkedIN provides a great platform to find potential employees, employers, clients or service providers. For a long time it had a feature where you could recommend people by writing a few lines of, well, recommendation. Now they have a new feature that makes it much easier to endorese people. It is only a click away. brian d foy explains the new feature and recommends that you use it. I am not sure how to really encourage people to do that, but I do think it can be an important factor in finding good Perl developers. I'd also recommend to watch the linked presentation of Rachel Botsman.


Training

Perl School 2

Dave Cross finished the second run of his Modern Perl training class in London. This time he charged a little money and more people turned up to his class than the previous time when the training was free.


Weekly collections

Past events

A Glimpse of YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2012

Daisuke Maki (lestrrat), the main organizer of YAPC::Asia looks back at the event and provides and overview. There are links to pictures and videos as well!

YAPC::Asia 2012 by Jonathan Worthington

It's always a lot of fun reading the reports of Jonathan.

YAPC::Asia 2012 - Tokyo by Karen Pauley

Karen reveals the secret how YAPC::Asia works so well.


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.

Italian Perl workshop (IPW)

October 11-12, 2012, Bologna, Italy

OSDC France

October 12-13, 2012, Paris, France

Nordic Perl workshop (NPW)

October 13-14, 2012, Stockholm, Sweden

YAPC::Brasil 2012

October 19-20, 2012, Sao Paulo, Brasil

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