Issue #130 - 2014-01-20 - Perl QA hackathon is looking for sponsors!

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let me first thank Yanick for putting together the previous two issues while I was on winter vacation, and sorry to those who are currently being cooked in the southern hemisphere...

There are also a couple of things that need your further attention in this post. Namely, Upasana looking looking for an answer regarding Perl newbies, and Philippe Bruhat (BooK) looking for sponsors for the QA Hackathon.

You can now also see the schedule of the Perl dev-room at FOSDEM in Brussels. I wish I could attend...

Anyway, enjoy the articles!

Gabor Szabo


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Announcing UAV::Pilot::WumpusRover::Server v0.1

by Timm Murray (TMURRAY)

For those who like to play with flying saucers. Or, in this case, 4-wheel saucers.

Coming full circle, 15 years later

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

After 15 years, Neil Bowers has just released a new version of HTML::Summary.


Dist::Zilla and line numbering

by Ricardo Signes (RJBS)

Some improvements to Dist::Zilla to make bug reports of your module be more specific.


Perl and Me, Part 6: Perl Is Engineering and Art

by Buddy Burden (BAREFOOT)

Recently I was reading the Learning Python book and found a page titled 'Python Is Engineering, Not Art'. In the disguise of trying to explain the difference between Perl and Python it just bashes Perl. I sent it to bare-feet Buddy Burden, and he included an extensive post about this in his series about his journey in the world of Perl.

Ditching A Language

by Curtis 'Ovid' Poe (OVID)

Ovid explains why replacing the programming language and rewriting your whole application might not solve all your problems after all, and how much can it cost you. Maybe your job?

How to Rewrite Software without Destroying Your Business

It is mostly aimed at managers, but the writing of chromatic can provide a good list of talking points when your managers starts to talk about rewriting a piece of software.

Is Perl really short of newbies?

A bothering question that comes up every now and then. This time Upasana, who is also a newbie to Perl, and the Perl community (she started to learn Perl in December 2011), raises the question. Please, give her a hand with your opinion.


Testing Random Dice Rolls

by Curtis 'Ovid' Poe (OVID)

Ovid shows how to check if the dice you are rolling (with your computer program) are cheating, or if the randomization works correctly.

Support the Perl QA Hackathon 2014 in Lyon

by Philippe Bruhat (BOOK)

The Perl QA Hackathon is a wonderful annual event for improving Perl, the CPAN ecosystem and the whole community. (I attended two of them.) Participants and organizers invest a lot of time and energy in it, but there are also expenses. The organizers are looking for sponsors to cover these expenses.


Tool tip: looking at a module's source

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

A little bash script from Neil Bowers that can be replaced by just typing perldoc -m Module::Name

Tie::File don't while(<>)

I am not sure if I'd recommend using Tie::File any more, but as I was just about to write some examples using tie, I think this suggestion of Jesse Shy should be also shown. It certainly is an interesting piece of Perl.

CPAN Release Perl::Critic::Policy::logicLAB::ProhibitShellDispatch 0.03

A good opportunity to remind people to use Perl::Critic. The lint of Perl.

Lexical closures with END blocks warn, but Just Work

by David Mertens (DCMERTENS)

So what does the END block do in Perl? Where can you put it? Will it warn when creating a closure? What is a closure anyway?


Dots and Perl

by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

A fun article by Dave Cross explaining the various operators in Perl that are created by putting dots together. Before you click. How many can you count?


Maintaining the Perl 5 Core: Report for Month 2 (Nov 2013)

by Dave Mitchell

This is the, now irregular, report of Dave Mitchell.

Pinto TPF Grant Progress Report: January 2014

by Jeffrey Thalhammer (THALJEF)

Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer is almost done with the grant. See the new release of Pinto.


All about Catalyst – interview of Matt S. Trout (Part 1 of 3)

by Matt S. Trout (MSTROUT)

A surprisingly useful explanation of the MVC (Model View Controller) pattern and the RESTfull interface of Catalyst.

Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

Static and state variables in Perl

Version 5.10 of Perl introduced the state keyword, but even before that you could create static variables. Private variables that retain their value between function calls.

How much memory do Perl variables use?

Devel::Size provides the functions to check the size of variables. This articles shows some of the results.

How to freak-out your co-workers with a for loop?

Some documented, but strange behavior of arrays in a for loop.


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.

Perl Oasis West

January 25th, 2014, Tampa, Florida, USA

Perl dev-room and booth at FOSDEM

February 1-2, 2014, Brussels, Belgium

German Perl Workshop (GPW 2014)

March 26-28, 2014, Hannover, Germany

Polish Perl Workshop 2014

16-18 May, 2014 in Poznan, Poland

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