Issue #148 - 2014-05-26 - Conference Season is On

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This week has a lot of conference-related material: videos from the Nederlandse Perl Workshop, report from the Czech Perl workshop, the happy news that the Mojolicious conference is, in all likeliness, going to have a 2015 edition, and some noise about the upcoming YAPC::NA. Hopefully, those echoes will tempt some of you to come and join the fun! ~ `/anick

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Chris Williams

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

Chris Williams (aka BINGOS) is another of those elder members of the Perl community. He maintains an impressive number of modules deadling with the testing toolchain, the Windows environment, Dist-Zilla and the asynchronous POE framework. He's also one of the most, if not THE most, active CPAN tester. Neil Bowers points out in an article this month that Chris reported his twentieth million smoke test, an accomplishment that is quite awe-inspiring.


CPAN Testers on Twitter

All the cool kids are doing it. And now, at least one cool tookit is doing it as well. CPAN Testers now has an official Twitter account.

CPANdeps and cpXXXan scheduled downtime

by David Cantrell (DCANTRELL)

Usually, we announce new things. This time, however, David Cantrell warns us that CPANdeps and cpXXXan are going down (but only on the 28th, just long enough for a data center move)

YAPC::NA Wiki - Who Is Staying Where

If you are going to YAPC::NA, consider adding your arrival/departure times to this wiki, to facilitate meet-ups and cab sharings.

Mojoconf 2014 is done; What about 2015?

Mojolicious had its own conference in 2014, and Salve J. Nilsen brings us tidings that it'll happen again next year.


Automatic variable highlighting in vim: the easy way

Remember the Vim function that Ovid brought to our attention last week? confuseAcat revisits it, and proposes some improvements.

Prototypes and the call checker

Peter Martini has a look at this old two-edged sword that is Perl's sub prototypes.

Thank you, Chris Williams (aka BINGOS)

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

The CPAN testing network could be argue to be the awesome marrow that is one of the prime factors that makes the CPAN skeleton so strong. But, of course, this testing network is not run magically by elves. Neil Bowers takes time to tip his hat to Chris Williams, who reported this month his 20th million test report. Yes, that's two-zero-zero-zero-zero-zero-zero and zero.

Mastering Perl 2nd Ed

Nikos Vaggalis reviews brian d foy's Master Perl's book.

How to contribute to the Perl 5 repo

by David Farrell (DFARRELL) is an awesome site giving small tasks to learn a vast array of languages, and providing a nice feedback system. David Farrell shows how easily one can contribute to and expand the list of Perl exercises.

Spelunking: why 'while(){ }' is my new favorite perl-ism

Here is a feature that you probably didn'y know about. Not content to merely having unearthed this gem, Peter Martini also sleuthes around and finds out exactly since when, and why, this feature has been lurking in the depths of Perl's guts.

Foswiki update May 2014

Foswiki is revving up for its 1.2 release.

GPW2014 & NLPW2014 Survey results

by Barbie (BARBIE)

Ooooh, statistics! Barbie shares the survey results of both the Deutscher and the Nederlandse Perl workshops.

First Czech Perl Workshop

by Herbert Breunung (LICHTKIND)

Lichtkind reports on the first Czech Perl workshop.


YAPC::NA or not?

YAPC::NA is almost upon us (only one more month to go), but the communication channels of the conferences have been rather quiet. To the point that Laufeyjarson muses aloud if he should go. For once, the comments shouldn't be skipped as Chris Prather, one of the organizers, explains the silence, and issues reassurances that the conference is still happening.


One package perl pm file

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

While you can put more than one package in one .pm file, Gabor Szabo reminds us that we don't necessary want to do that.

A new BackPAN index (generator)

Good news for module repository wranglers everywhere: Neil Bowers and Barbie joined forces, and a new index generator for the BackPAN, or a mirror following its structure.

Licenses and the repository links on CPAN (May 2014)

Gabor plays the number game and sees how many of the new distributions advertise their licenses and repository urls.


by Thomas Klausner (DOMM)

Like App::TimeTracker? The Trello organizer web service as well? You're in luck: domm just extended the former to work with the latter.


Help me name Veure!

Ovid is working on his sci-fi, mmorpg browser-based game, and he needs your help for the hardest task of them all: find the right name for the thing.



by Sawyer X (XSAWYERX)

Sawyer X at NLPW::2014::Utretcht, being his awesome, profane, wonderful self. (20 min)

More Awesome Things You've Missed in Perl

Paul Fenwick gave this talk in 2012 at the Perth Linux User Group. (80 min)

Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials


Perl-related events

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