Issue #67 - 2012-11-05 - Strawberry Perl 5.16.2.1 released

latest | archive | by Gabor Szabo

Hi,

I am still very busy. I ran a Perl and Python course last 2 weeks and now another Perl course.

So you can enjoy the Perl news without a lot of extra commentary:


Announcements

Perl and Google Code-In

The people behind the Perl participation in the Google Code-in are looking for project suggestions and mentors.


Articles

Using Perl and Google Chromium's CLD to identify the language of a text

Beyond the actual use of Lingua::Identify::CLD, Cosimo Streppone tells us the story how the tests of this module started to fail after upgrading Ubuntu, how he contacted Alberto, the author of the module and how he responded within a few hours. I know there are many cases when CPAN authors, just as other open source developers, are not responsive, so I think it is important to show also the cases when things go way better than they would in a commercial situation.

I Stopped Parsing XML Thanks To XML::Rabbit

Apparently chromatic likes XML::Rabbit.

Interface Driven Design

An unusual article in the Perl world discussing design of various modules. For example, if you needed non-blocking http request, could you replace LWP::UserAgent by AnyEvent::HTTP::LWP::UserAgent in a third party module? How should the modules be designed so this will be possible?


Interviews

Perl 6 and Parrot - In Conversation with Moritz Lenz

An interview of I-Programmer with Moritz Lenz first addresses the relationship between Perl 5 and Perl 6, then discusses Perl 6 mutable grammars, and how Parrot might aid language development.


Discussion

vim-perl needs your help

Andy Lester has collected all the Perl-related vim snippets that were flowing around, but now he needs someone to help him, or to take over the project. If you are a vim user, this is your chance to give back (more) to the community!


Releases

Web::Query 0.10 contains incompatible change.

Web::Query changed from throwing exception to returning false. Interesting in light of the recent discussion about autodie that elevates false returns to exceptions in the built-in functions.


Graphs

Perl Stackoverflow Reports: First Year

An interesting graph showing the number of posts on Stack Overflow tagged with 'Perl'. It's growing. I wonder how does that compare to other programming languages on Stack Overflow, and how does that compare to the number of posts on Perl Monks.

Updated: Visualizing Perl 5 release history

Looking at this graph I wonder, why are most of my clients still using Perl 5.6 and 5.8? What went wrong?


Slides

Chicago.PM Report - Scripting Git With Perl

preaction is using the Git::Repository Perl module to create releases both at Double Cluepon and at Bank of America. The comment section is also interesting. It shows how blog posting can lead to interaction between CPAN authors and users.


Perl 6

Macros progress report: D2 merged

I am totally confused by this. There are {{{ }}} thingies that are called 'unquotes', closures, psychology and 75-year old wine and Russian tundra.


Weekly collections

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.

Austrian Perl Workshop

November 16-17, 2012, Vienna, Austria

London Perl Workshop (LPW)

November 24, 2012, London, UK

OSDC Australia

December 4-7, 2012, Sydney, Australia

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