Issue #79 - 2013-01-28 - Perl at FOSDEM

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This week, lots of small things. Edited by Yanick.


Announcements

pause.perl.org moved

PAUSE has a new home. Everything went smoothly, biggest change: FTP access to PAUSE has gone bye-bye (uploads are done via HTTP/HTTPS).

Perl@FOSDEM2012: we will be there

FOSDEM. It's in Brussels. It's February 2nd and 3rd and there will be a Perl dev-room. Thanks to the heroic work of Claudio and Wendy and probably a few others, in a last minute call, they managed to put together a full day of rather interesting Perl-related talks to fill the dev-room. For details, check the post of Claudio and the links from his writing.

Perl 5.17.8 is now available

... and 5.18.0 is really not very far either. (at last news, it should be landing in May)

YAPC::NA 2013 in Texas, June 3-5.

Registrations and talk submissions are now open. Go.


Articles

the speed of Perl file finders

Want to find files on your system? Lots of files? Ricardo Signes offers a review of the hunter-killer modules out there, and how do they perform in function of the size of the haystack they have to wade through.


Discussion

Improving Perl's New Programmer Outreach

So, there's that concept that Perl is kinda undead flying around. And, as gothic literature taught us, the Coded Undead (also known as Nosferaturings) need a constant input of young blood if they don't want to crumble into dusty irrelevance. In a somewhat related spirit, VM Brasseur discusses how we could, and should, improve our outreach to new programmers to keep our continued existence on the road to sparkliness.


Code

Net::Statsd::Server, a Perl port of Flickr/Etsy's statsd

Cosimo Streppone shows us his Perl port of statsd, and how it can holds its ground against the original nodejs implementation.

Newsmill (aka an excuse to play with shinies)

By "guest-editing the Perl Weekly", Gabor meant "write a new database backend for it". And a web front-end. With HTML 5 shinies, and perhaps use a pet templating system while we are at it? ... Right?

Blio updates

Domm's blog engine, Blio, has been updated. Amongst the new features: automatic publishing via git hooks.

plenv - brand new perl5 installation management tool

A new install tool from tokuhirom, inspired by Ruby's rbenv.

Core Perl tickets requiring no C, perlguts, or OS expertise

You want to carve into your name into the very code of Perl, but fear your hack-fu is not strong enough? Balderdash! Here's a meta-ticket corralling a bunch of smaller tasks that don't require the mastery of eldritch technologies. Verily, only a wee bit of elbow grease stands before you and history, so hurry up!

Modules to be removed before 5.20.0

Forewarned is forearmed. Some core modules have received the black patch and shall disappear from the Perl core library before 5.20 is out. Do you know which ones?

Scraping the web (Web::Scraper) and CSS

Harvesting information off web pages. We all do it. Sometimes wholesale, sometimes cherry-picking information with regular expressions, sometimes being fancier with XPath. And how about using CSS selectors? Ulrich Habel shows us how.

Why Unicode Normalization Matters

chromatic reminds us why most grown men cry when Unicode enter the picture (which, nowadays, is pretty much constantly).

Profiling Dist::Zilla

Dist::Zilla is awesome, but a little bit on the slow side. Olivier Mengué asks us to help to optimize its plugins for speed, and provides a few tricks and tools to profile the beast.


Fun

Terminal Hero

The obvious Guitar Hero variation for hackers, courtesy of Macieja Ciemborowicza.

git-spark plots your commit history

Sometimes we come up with useful stuff. Sometimes, it's not that useful, but it still pretty darn cool. This command-line commit sparkline generator by Eric squarely falls under the latter category.


Parrot

Parrot 5.0.0 "Johnny Five Alive" Released!

The rise of the machines is upon us. And it's adorable. A new major version of Parrot, codenamed for the lovable cousin of the T-800, is out. Amongst other things, it now comes with yummy thread support.


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.

Israeli Perl-Workshop 2013 (ILPW)

February 25, 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

German Perl-Workshop 2013

March 13-15, 2013, Berlin, Germany

Swiss Perl Workshop 2013

March 22, 2013, Bern, Switzerland

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