Issue #165 - 2014-09-22 - Perl 5.20.1 released

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for some of you this might be old news, but the 5.20 series of perl got its first bug-fix release. It is available in source code format and for Windows users the Strawberry Perl release is recommended.

Enjoy your week with your new version of Perl! ~szabgab

Gabor Szabo


Perl 5.20.1 is now available!

As usual, without any announcement outside of the Perl 5 Porters mailing list, the newest stable version of Perl has been released.

Strawberry Perl for Windows released

by kmx (KMX)

Soon after the official release by the Perl 5 Porters, kmx has released Strawberry Perl for Windows which core Perl + a bunch of interesting modules.

Perl Maven Pro

The Perl Maven Pro subscribers receive two new articles and screencasts every week. The last week these were the two screencasts:

TODO - testing a bug or a future feature

Have you ever implemented a test for a bug just to find out the bug won't be fixed in the current release? What do you do with the failing test then?

Test diagnostic messages using diag, note, and explain

Explaining diag(), note() and explain() that come with Test::More


Revitalizing the Perl Power Tools

by brian d foy (BDFOY)

The Perl Power Tools that is also known as the Unix Reconstruction Project has not been maintained for quite some time. Now brian d foy takes it into his hands.

Easily check your IP address with Perl

by David Farrell (DFARRELL)

David Farrell uses HTTP::Tiny and WWW::curlmyip to fetch the IP address as seen by the site and then uses Geo::IP to map it to a city.


Understanding Behavior Driven Development

by Curtis 'Ovid' Poe (OVID)

Ovid, who knows quite a bit about testing and Agile software development has just started to like BDD and Cucumber. He shows what is a good and a bad 'story' and how the good 'story' can be easily expressed in Test::Cukes, the Perl implementation of Cucumber.


Releasing NAP::Policy to the world

The various bits and pieces Net-A-Porter is using to standardize their Perl code. A pragma module, a set of Perl::Critic policies etc.


by Toby Inkster (TOBYINK)

A set of handy methods for working with classes and objects in Perl created by Toby Inkster. These are weird methods, all starting with a $-sign such as $class->$_new(%args) and $object->$_clone().


New Perl Catalyst Development Branch "Holland" Now Open

by John Napiorkowski (JJNAPIORK)

For the new release John Napiorkowski has moved the issues from Questhub to Github. You can also get an explanation why is this release called after a chicken?


Encourage user participation via a single-line patch to your dist metadata

by Peter Rabbitson (RIBASUSHI)

Are you a module authors? MetaCPAN can now drive visitors directly to the IRC channel where you provide support. Ribasushi explains what do you need to add to your META files in order to enable this feature.

Server move - phase 1

Some of the MetaCPAN servers have moved.

"I Do Not Want To Use Any Modules"

by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

Every day Dave Cross encounters someone who want to solve some problem without installing any module from CPAN. Here he tries to explain why is that a broken idea. IMHO the problem is that many people 'in the Perl community' (see elsewhere) are busy showing why the others are wrong, instead of trying to understand the real reasons behind not wanting to deal with third-party modules. See also the Reddit discussion.


What is "the Perl community"?

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

Neil Bowers tries to answer the above question, with drawings of layered onions and radiating suns, but I think there is another question: Why does it matter?

Act Hackathon

patch -p2

by Philippe Bruhat (BOOK)

The next edition of the French Perl Hackathon will be held in Lyon, from November 27 to November 30, 2014. The focus of this Hackathon is Act, the web application running most of the YAPCs and Perl Workshops.

Support the "Fund for Act development"

by Philippe Bruhat (BOOK)

Some of the people who would like to attend the Act Hackathon in Lyon will need help in financing their trip. This is your chance to help.



This is a new project by yours truly (szabgab), to statically analyze source code, to display in interesting ways, to collect 'common practices', to build an index of code expressions etc. It is at a very early stage, but if you are interested, you can follow the blog.

Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

Using Travis-CI and installing Geo::IP on Linux and OSX Travis-CI Geo::IP

Installing Geo::IP always involved several failed attempts for me, but that should not be the case any more. This article describes the steps to install Geo::IP. It also provides the rules you can add to your .travis.yml if your GitHub repository depends on Geo::IP.


Perl-related events

In the following cities: Hancock (NY/USA), Itapema (SC/Brasil), Salzburg (Austria), Barcelona (Spain), London (UK)

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