Issue #70 - 2012-11-26 - Announcing the Regex Maven for Android

latest | archive | by Gabor Szabo

Hi,

Great news! I have released my first mobile application. Well, this is still only a skeleton. There are only 4 pages, but it is very promising. :) By the time you read this, I might be able to release a new version, which is slightly better. OK I admit. If you install it in the next 24 hours, I have chance of winning a Nexus 7. See 'Regex Maven for Android' below.


Announcements

Announcing the Regex Maven for Android

This application (will) help you learn or improve your knowledge of Regular Expression. It has (or will have) a tutorial, a cheat-sheet and a quiz. Currently available for Android, but once it has reasonable content, I am planning to release it to the iPhone as well.


Articles

Cool things you can do with Perl 5.14

Mauke introduces 3 modules using pluggable keywords that are available from version 5.14 of Perl: Quote::Code - quoted strings with arbitrary code interpolation; Switch::Plain - a simple switch statement for Perl; Function::Parameters - subroutine definitions with parameter lists. This is nice. Just a few days ago I was searching CPAN for solutions to declare parameters for a subroutine in Perl. I have not seen this one.


Web

Scraping pages full of JavaScript

The main (or only?) drawback of the pure-perl web scrapping modules such as Web::Scraper, is their lack of JavaScript parsing capability. Viacheslav Tykhanovskyi (vti) uses WebKit and its Gtk3::WebKit binding to bridge the gap.


DevOps

Upcoming Presentations on Pinto and Stratopan

As Jeff Thalhammer writes, Pinto is a turnkey solution for managing custom repositories of Perl modules. Stratopan is a hosted service built upon Pinto. If you are interested in presentations, you can get them in Los Angeles and in Thousand Oaks. (Sometimes they have pizza!). There is also a link to the video recording of his presentation, in case you cannot attend those Perl Monger meetings.


How Perl is seen?

Repainting the Monastery

Do you use Perl Monks? What do you think about the look-and feel? Is this something you would be happy to use to show how nice and modern is Perl? Tudor Constantin thought otherwise and came up a new design based on Twitter Bootstrap. I am not sure it will make a difference, but I think it would be good to repaint the Monastery.


Databases

The next Galileo will allow database upgrades

Galileo is a CMS written by Joel Berger, but the main point of interest in this article is how he found out - without a lot of SQL knowledge - the way to handle changes in the schema. It is frightening. Especially on a live, public facing system. How can you make drastic changes to your database, without interrupting service? If you are already using DBIx::Class, then DBIx::Class::DeploymentHandler can help you.


Fun

Play Perl project

Vyacheslav Matyukhin has started to work on an open source project. In his description it is a gamified todo-list and a social network for Perl developers. I don't yet understand what is really the objective of the project, but if you'd like to get involved in developing an open source web application, this might be a good opportunity. The technology behind it certainly sounds interesting: Perl Dancer, MongoDB, Twitter Bootstrap, Backbone.js and Ubic.


Grants

Adding tests to and refactoring the perl debugger - Grant Report #5

Shlomi Fish reports that his grant is almost finished. He needs the blessing of the Perl 5 Porters, but your input could be useful as well.


Perl 6

The Rakudo Codebase: Visualized! (Partially)

You might need giant papers if you'd like to print these, or a 42 inch screen if you are into saving the trees.


Weekly collections

Perl 6 changes - 2012W46

The Perl 6 quick update by Konrad Borowski.


Past events

Austrian Perl Workshop 2012

Thomas Klausner (Domm) describes how did APW go for him. There were 25 people, some of them new to the Vienna Perl Mongers. It seems they had fun, which is not surprising to me, and they plan to do it again next year.

Speaking at the LPW

Dave Cross gave 3 talks at the London Perl Workshop.

London Perl Workshop 2012

Tudor Constantin was also in London.


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.

OSDC Australia

December 4-7, 2012, Sydney, Australia

Quack and Hack Europe

December 7-8, 2012, Paris, France

Israeli Perl-Workshop 2013 (ILPW)

February , 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

German Perl-Workshop 2013

March 13-15, 2013, Berlin, Germany

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