Issue #68 - 2012-11-12 - Austrian Perl Workshop: 16-17 November in Vienna

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Hi,

It seem this week was especially low on articles, or maybe just my collector broke down? Anyway, I did find a few interesting articles and even published one of my own. As you can see I also started to experiment with more contextual titles. Do you like them?

If you are near Vienna, check out the link at the bottom of this newsletter and visit the Austrian Perl Workshop.


GUI

wxPerl on Raspbian

Mark Dootson (wallasey) explained how to build wxPerl for Rasberry Pi.


Testing

CPAN Testers Summary - November 2012 - Kick the Amazon SimpleDB

In this monthly report, Barbie showed us what is the problem with Amazon SimpleDB, and how that interferes with the CPAN Testers. 496,784 reports are missing!

Test::Pretty supports prove!

This is a quick announcement with examples and a few screenshots.


Learning from other languages

Function as Constructor and other First-Class Class Questions

chromatic compared the way the object constructors are called in Perl and in Python and suggested a way to have it Perl as well. I am not sure if patching Perl in all kinds of strange ways is the right thing to do, but it might be worth thinking about it.


The popularity of Perl?

Perl Monks in numbers?

Last week there was a post about the number of Perl-related questions on Stack Overflow and how that grew in the last 12 months. In response to that I asked how were the numbers of the Perl Monastery. There were some interesting responses in the thread.


Business Applications

Business::CyberSource API is stabilizing as of 0.7.x

While personally I'd need more detailed explanation, it is still interesting to read some of the notes Caleb Cushing (xenoterracide) made, explaining the API changes. This module can potentially become a very important piece of software to make it easier to build business ready web sites with Perl.

Sparklines in Excel::Writer::XLSX

Some beautiful screenshots of an Excel file. Who would have thought?


Configuration Management

Automating server build-out with Module::Build

While every company I've seen has its own special way of handling components of applications, I think they are also very similar. That's why I think the explanation of Mike Doherty (Hashbang) who works at Pythian, can be interesting for others as well. Hopefully reading this will save you some time down the road.

ExtUtils::MakeMaker generates Makefile on child directories

Tokuhiro Matsuno was surprised to see, that calls the Makefile.PL recursively in subdirectories as well, but found the solution to stop it from doing so.


Tutorial

Sorting arrays in Perl

This is a simple explanation of sort and the sorting functions one can use to sort a list of numbers. (disclaimer: this my article on the Perl 5 Maven site.)


Google Code-In

Google Code-In 2012

It is unclear to me if the dead-line is already over or not, but even if it is over, I am sure listing further ideas for small (few hours long) projects could help once The Perl Foundation is accepted in GCI.


Perl 6

Lots of improvements coming in the Rakudo November release

Jonathan Worthington explained a few of the changes in Rakudo. The one I most liked was the lexically scoped operators. Basically you can change the grammar of the language within a block. Shall we say DSL?


Other

Dada Mail v6.0.0 Alpha 1 Released

Dada Mail is a mailing list manager.

Updated Data::Domain and new Test::InDomain

Data::Domain is an input verification module, especially for web applications, while Test::InDomain is a wrapper around the former allowing writing specialized tests of deep data structures.

Plastering 'endorse' buttons all over the (coder)wall

Yanick Champoux has two topic in this blog entry. The other one is about GitStore that allows you to use Git as a versioned data store. Right from your Perl script.


Weekly collections

Past events

YAPC::Europe 2012 - The Survey Results

Less responses to the survey, but more attendees to the conference. Still getting older but less UK. Read more details in the report Barbie posted.


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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