Issue #168 - 2014-10-13 - Some Berry Good News For Windows Users

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This week we have something that is bound to make our Windows-using brethren happy: berrybrew, a perlbrew/plenv equivalent for Strawberry Perl, by David Farrell. We also have a few nice grant reports. And, in the everlasting fun department, Sinan's playing with quines lead to dark archaeological discoveries about 'open' and 'autodie'. Enjoy! Oh, and if you are based in Canada, happy Thanksgiving! ~ `/anick

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Hello berrybrew, the Strawberry Perl version manager

by David Farrell (DFARRELL)

Windows users, prepare to squeal in glee. David Farrell introduces his berrybrew, a Strawberry Perl version manager (think perlbrew/plenv, but for the Windows platform).


10 ways of implementing Polymorphism

by Caleb Cushing (XENO)

Caleb Cushing reviews the -- fittingly -- many ways that can be used to implement polymorphism.


Travis-CI Helpers for Perl

by Graham Knop (HAARG)

Want to harness the full power of Travis-CI for your Perl projects? Graham Knop has a few helper tools that will assist you on your quest for the Continuous Integration Grail.

Perl Maven Pro

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

Multiple expected values - testing dice

How can you test a function such as dice() that is expected to return a whole number between 1 and 6? How not to test it?

Implementing 'is_any' to test multiple expected values

Refactoring the test script, creating a test function.


Building Ansible Modules with Perl and Mojolicious

by Marcus Ramberg (MRAMBERG)

Ansible is one of those snazzy tools that automate the installation and management of software/configuration/all the things on armies of machines. It's written in Python, but works well with components written in anything else. Marcus Ramberg shows us how his Perl scripts interfaces with it using Mojolicious.

Elasticsearch Custom Scoring

Elasticsearch default scoring doesn't quite do it for your special case? Despair not, for Mateu shows us here how to tweak the scoring algorithm in any way we want.

Why was documentation for open FILEHANDLE removed from perlfunc?

by Sinan Unur (NANIS)

Mistake, or sinister conspiracy to mask Perl's terrible secrets? Sinan Unur unearthed hidden lore about the 'open' function from Perl's git history.

A bug in Perl's autodie

by Sinan Unur (NANIS)

While crafting a Perl quine, Sinan Unur came across a very peculiar corner case bug of autodie.

The Hacker News API

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

Neil Bowers released a Perl interface to the Hacker News API. It's new, it's basic but, and that's the important part, it's there and working; patches will eventually take care of the rest.

Synchronizing Opera bookmarks with Perl, Org, and git

A little bit of glue can do wonders to tie systems together. Here, perlancar shows us a script he's using to turn his browser's bookmarks in a git-monitored syncable Org document.


How does open 0; print <0>; turn every Perl program into a quine?

by Sinan Unur (NANIS)

In the scientific world "now that's funny..." usually announces a major breakthrough. In the Perl world, as Sinan Unur illustrates, it's typically a harbinger of golfing fun.


Tony Cook's Grant Extended

Tony Cook will be able to dedicate 400 more hours on the noble task of maintaining Perl 5, Karen Pauley reports.

Final TPF Devel::Cover grant report

by Paul Johnson (PJCJ)

Paul Johnson reports on his awesome Devel::Cover work (tl;dr? just go to and stare at the covered beauty of it all).

Perl 6

2014.40: Weekly changes in and around Perl 6

by Timo Paulssen

timotimo reviews what happened in the world of Perl6 this week.

Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

MetaCPAN Task::Kensho

Screencast about Task::Kensho, the list of recommended modules.


Perl-related events

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