Issue #171 - 2014-11-03 - Happy brithday DBI!

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Hello there!

as you can surely tell, there have been some changes in the Perl Weekly. First of all let me welcome Neil Bowers, the newest addition to the Perl Weekly editors. I am sure it will be a lot of fun for him and for you, the reader who will see different styles of editing. This time in British English. I hope my spell-checker won't 'fix' his words.

In order to make it easier to distinguish who is the editor, the From address is now set to the current editor, and you will also see a small avatars of the person to the right of this text. Somewhere there =>

In addition we started to include little avatars of the authors. I hope this will make the whole newsletter more personal. We can't always find a real picture of the person, but we'll try. If you see an article without an image, and you can help finding one (80x80), please send it to us.

Lastly, for today, if you would like to submit an article or want to send a comment to all the editors, please send it to the new address.


Gabor Szabo


We are Hiring a Senior Perl Software Developer - Grant Street Group

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Managing Boilerplate with Import::Base

by Doug Bell (PREACTION)

Copy-pasting code snippets is very unpleasant. The Modern::Perl module addresses this issue, but introduces some other possible problems. Import::Base makes it easy to create modules similar to Modern::Perl that will import a number of other modules to fit your preferences. This might not be a good idea in a publicly released module, but it might be useful in a closed environment, such as an in-house project of a company where you supposed to have better control over the code anyway.

Reporting mismatched delimiters

by Jeffrey Kegler (JKEGL)

You probably have already encountered the case when Perl reports a syntax error and provides a friendly suggestion: 'Might be a runaway multi-line "" string starting on line 5'. Apparently, in the general case it is quite hard to notice when delimiters don't match up. Jeffrey Kegler explains how this can be done using Marpa.

Perl Maven Pro

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

Add some acceptance tests using

In this project there is already a working application so we can write test checking that working application so we'll have some tests ready by the time we write the clone.

Rename the SCO cloning project

This is more of an exercise in using Git than coding in Perl.


PPI 1.219_001 - please test - breaking ->prototype changes and parse improvements

by Christian Walde (MITHALDU)

Mithaldu (aka. Christian Walde) is asking everyone involved to test the release candidate of PPI.


Geekuni Dancer Web Development Course

Geekuni is the web-based training environment developed by Andrew Solomon. In this introductory article Nikos Vaggalis tells us about his experience learning to use the Dancer 2 web framework.


20 years and counting

by John Scoles (BYTEROCK)

Do you want to be nostalgic? Apparently DBI is 20 years old.


Maintaining the Perl 5 Core: Report for Month 12

by Dave Mitchell

This is the regular report of Dave Mitchell.

November 2014 Grant Votes

Are you interested in getting a grant from The Perl Foundation? It is time again to submit your proposal.


The Final YAPC::Asia Tokyo in 2015

by Daisuke Maki (DMAKI)

Daisuke Maki (lestrrat) writes that he is going to organize the biggest ever YAPC::Asia, which as you might know is not specifically a Perl event. It will also be the last one of its type. Unless of course someone steps up to organize more. It will take place on 20-22 August, 2015 in Tokyo.


StackOverflow - Number of Perl questions by month

by Miguel Prz (NICEPERL)

Miguel Prz (niceperl) (the guy who has the weekly report about Perl on StackOverflow), created a graph showing the number of Perl-related questions. (It would be even more interesting to see that compared to the number of Python/PHP etc. related questions, and the total number of questions.) From this graph it seems that the summer of 2013 was the peak for Perl. On Stack Overflow.

Stats of 7 Perl-related web sites

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Two weeks ago I created this small table based on the numbers from Google Analytics. The number of monthly users on was 429,479. On it was 86,013.

Perl 6


Veure Update: Missions

by Curtis 'Ovid' Poe (OVID)

Veure is an MMORPG created by Curis 'Ovid' Poe in Perl with some nice images.

What does int a, b, c do in Perl?

by Sinan Unur (NANIS)

Strange question that appeared on Stack Overflow explained by Sinan Unur.


Upcoming Training in London

by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

Dave Cross is running several course in the next couple of weeks in London. 'Intermediate Perl' and 'Advanced Perl Techniques' 2 days for each course.

Weekly collections

Perl Maven Tutorials

How to process command line arguments in Perl using Getopt::Long

Accepting command line arguments is a very common taks in command line scripts. People who are not familiar with one of the @ARGV processing modules will write a lot of unnecessary and buggy code unwinding the values from @ARGV. This article covers one of the most commonly used module to handle command line arguments.


Perl-related events

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