Issue #143 - 2014-04-21 - Perl-Operated Boy

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Along the song by Psyche Corporation, there are also four Perl 6-related articles this week. Including a game.

The Dutch Perl Workshop is this Friday! Don't miss it!


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Articles

Is a strong caution about Heartbleed worth the disruption to distributions with a declared dependency on Crypt::SSLeay?

Sinan Unur has been quite busy discussing the fallout from the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug and how it relates to Perl.

Introducing fsql and chart

Two command-line utilities to help you slice/dice and visualize data from CSV files on the console.

I still hate email

Not exactly Perl, but if you are into sending e-mails, then you might want to read this from Ricardo Signes.


Testing

CPANdeps pass/fail display now working again

CPANdeps lets you see the test results of all the dependencies of a given module in a single page.


Code

Sending email in Perl

It's funny to see a web-site titled 'PHP Developer' publishing articles on how to do things in Perl. This one is using Email::Sender::Simple and Email::Simple to send an e-mail.

Learning the Perl Debugger: Lesson 3

In this part we see the use of s - step in, n - step over, r - step out, and c - continue running.

Passing arguments

Sebastian Willing compares 8 different ways for passing arguments to a function checking their speed.


Web

Codecube.io Now Supports Perl

Codecube.io is another web site that allows you to run arbitrary code via the web page. Now, thanks to Eric Johnson, it also supports Perl.


CPAN

Adopting DateTime::Format::Mail

More than 10 years after Iain Truskett, the original author of this module has passed away, and after it changed hands several time, BooK (aka. Philippe Bruhat) adopts the module. The little we can do to preserve the memory of the people who have contributed to the Perl world.

Release often

Maybe releasing a CPAN module every day is crazy, but Neil Bowers puts his hand on something that is extremely difficult to do and very valuable: persistence. He has decided to release a new version of a CPAN module every day, but he also offers a bunch of less involved tasks that us, mere mortals, can stick to. So if you'd like to reach something just make sure you make a step every day. An alternative to this idea came from Eric Johnson recommending to write code every day.

Maintainer's Notes on rt.cpan.org

Did you know, that you, as a CPAN author, can put a banner text on the top of the RT pages of your modules? That can be a very good way to tell users of your code how, and where to submit bug reports.


Fun

Perl-Operated Boy (full song) by Psyche Corp.

Filk/parody of Coin-Operated Boy by Dresden Dolls. Lyrics included! Psyche Corporation


Windows

Strawberry Perl 5.18.2.2 released

Updated external libraries - especially openssl-1.0.1g with a fix for heartbleed bug. Updated perl modules


Parrot

Perl 6

Racing to writeness to wrongness leads

Jonathan Worthington writes about C# and how he implemented threading in Perl 6 running on top of the JVM. It isn't easy to read, but as usual it is filled with sentences like this one: 'If anything, we want such inevitably unreliable programs to reliably fail, not reliably pretend to work.'

New Perl6 game: RetroRacer

Tadeusz Sosnierz has written a car-racing game in Perl 6. Has the speed of Perl 6 improved so much that you can already play racing games?


Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

How does the world wide web work?

A building block for a series of articles about web development using Perl. This one provides some background.


Events

Perl-related events

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