Issue #204 - 2015-06-22 - Randal Schwartz is getting old

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Some weeks there are clear themes in the Perl-related blog posts, such as just after a YAPC or major release. And then other weeks are all over the place. That's a good thing, I think.

WebAssembly is probably of interest to many readers, as a possible new compilation format for the web.

But my favourite entry this week is about Daniel Stenberg's dedication to the cURL project: 17 years and still going strong!


Neil Bowers


Net::Amazon::EC2 now with v4 signature support

by Mark Allen (MALLEN)

Mark has uploaded a developer release of Net::Amazon::EC2 to CPAN with support for AWS4 signatures. He's keen to get feedback from AWS users.

Perl hacking

Mojo::DOM vs Web::Query

by Dave Jacoby (JACOBY)

Dave compares Mojo::DOM and Web::Query for web scraping, and finds that the code he has to write is almost identical. Apparently Mojo::DOM was slightly faster.

Separate data and behavior with table-driven testing

by brian d foy (BDFOY)

brian shows the benefits of creating data-driven tests, and talks through some of the ways you might do this.

From Digikam to a Digital Frame

by Yanick Champoux (YANICK)

Yanick uses digiKam to manage his digital photos, and his wife has a digital photo frame. He takes us through the code he uses to get tagged photos from one to the other.

Better Performance Through Transposition

by Tom Legrady (TDL)

This is just one in a series of blog posts looking at Perl's performance math(s) operations.

TwittElection at OpenTech

by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

Dave gave a talk about the TwittElection site, which he created for the recent UK general election. He's posted his slides and notes from the talk.

Perl 5.22 testers needed

by Andreas Hüttel (AKHUETTEL)

The Gentoo linux distribution is looking for volunteers to help test their Perl 5.22 package.


YAPC::NA 2015 Wrap-up and More New (PSGI!) Modules

by Joel Berger (JBERGER)

Joel's perspective on this year's YAPC::NA.

Perl v5.22 adds hexadecimal floating point literals

by brian d foy (BDFOY)

An overview of hexadecimal floating point literals, which were introduced in 5.22, and some of the gotchas you need to be aware of.

Quick Links

Randal Schwartz is getting old (I know, this probably isn't news for most of us, but let's humour him, ok?); Ovid posted a tip for git stashers; Yanick has hacked on his script for creating cheatsheets.


Swiss Perl Workshop: The Programme

by Larry Wall

The Swiss Perl Workshop runs from Thursday 27th August to Saturday 29th August. A Perl 6 hackathon will run throughout, keynotes and talks are on the Friday, and Larry Wall will be there.

YAPC::EU early-bird dead-line is today

Today is the last day to buy your YAPC::EU pass at the discounted price.

Not Perl


Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Mozilla have started working on a compiled code format for web browsers. Where languages currently compile down to Javascript, in the future they could compile down to WebAssembly. See also this post by Abel Avram

A new resource for the javascript community, which includes a list of curated Javascript news.

Make a burn-up chart in Google Sheets ... the easy way

by Nik Silver

Nik explains how you can track progress against stories in Google sheets, and produce a burn-up chart.

17 Years of curl With Daniel Stenberg

Not Perl, and not even in the last week, but I came across this today. What struck me is the line that Daniel "has spent at least 2 hours every day for the past 17 years working on and maintaining curl (~13k hours)". Read more about Daniel and cURL on his blog. Now that is dedication to an open-source project!

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