Issue #4 - 2011-08-22 - The 2011 White Camel Awards

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Most of the past week I spent at YAPC::EU in Riga. I tried to collect the reports (see below) but I am sure I missed a few. I also tried to include only one of the entries from each author. If you like their post, read the other ones as well.

In a recent blog post I asked my readers to add more comments to articles and to Tweet them or share them on Facebook. I'd like to ask the same from you. Make a point that every week you comment at least on one post and share at least 5 via your social networks.

You could even forward this newsletter to your co-workers.

Now to the articles...

Gabor Szabo


The 2011 White Camel Awards

This year the White Camel awards went to Leo Lapworth, Daisuke Maki and Andrew Shitov. Please congratulate them! - If you look at the website, please note, we are looking for help to create a nice design.

Parrot 3.7.0 'Wanda' released

The Parrot Virtual Machine provides the run-time for Rakudo, the most advanced Perl 6 implementation.

Catalyst 5.9 was released: (Less Code, More Plack!)

by John Napiorkowski (JJNAPIORK)

This release of Catalyst totally embraces Plack. Removes a lot of code and relies on Plack to provide the benefits. John Napiorkowski explains the importance of this release.

Perl 5 Core fund exceeds initial expectations

Recently several companies and Perl Monger groups have donated to The Perl Foundation to help funding the further development of Perl.


Three Perl cloud hosting platforms

by Viacheslav Tykhanovskyi (VTI)

Viacheslav Tykhanovskyi (vti) built a simple application in Perl and deployed it on 3 cloud services. (dotCloud, Stackato and Fluxflex)

2 talks at YAPC::EU by Barbie

by Barbie (BARBIE)

Barbie gave two talks at YAPC::EU: 'Smoking The Onion - Tales of CPAN Testers' and 'Perl Jam - How To Organise A Conference (and live to tell the tale)'. The latter is a book in progress you could help writing.

Padre 0.90 OSX dmg was released

Padre 0.90 was release and with that came the new binary package for OSX. More people needed to test drive it and to provide feedback to both Tom Eliaz, the packager and the developers.

Plack basics - talk at YAPC::EU 2011

Leo Lapworth (Ranguard), one of the new White Camels gave a very good talk about the basics of Plack at YAPC::EU. He already published the slides.

Templated Separation of (Business) Concerns

chromatic shows a little example using Template Toolkit explaining a bit on separation of concerns. Separating logic from content even within the templates.

Use a Task distribution to specify groups of modules

by brian d foy (BDFOY)

brian d foy writes: A Task distribution is like a normal Perl distribution in structure, but it doesn't actually provide any code. It lists as pre-requisites all of the modules or distributions that you want to install...


Allowing anonymous comments

In response to my blog post asking for more comments, more Tweets and more Facebook sharing, Kiran suggested that allowing anonymous comments would be an improvement. I don't agree with that but I recommend you add your opinion.


Wx::Scintilla 0.22 released - Latest Scintilla in a box

Ahmad M. Zawawi writes about his adventure bringing the latest version of Scintilla directly to the WxPerl world. Bringing the modern age to Padre. The Perl IDE.

Using DBI Effectively: bind_columns()

Code example on how to use the bind_columns method of DBI when accessing databases. I never used it myself and have not benchmarked it now so I don't know it is really faster. It certainly can make the code more readable in certain situations.

Creating Microsoft Word documents at Geneva courts of law with Perl only

by Laurent Dami (DAMI)

Laurent Dami (dami) introduces MsOffice::Word::HTML::Writer that is used at the Geneva courts of law to create Microsoft Word documents from HTML files. It only needs Perl so it can run on Linux machines as well.

Perl 6

Learning Perl 6 again with Carl Masak

by Carl Mäsak

Earlier Ahmad M. Zawawi contributed a lot to the development of Perl 6 but in the past year he was busy with other things. Now he rediscovers Perl 6 with the help of core Rakudo developer and overall nice guy Carl Masak.

YAPC::EU reports

YAPC::Europe 2011 Day 2

YAPC::EU report by Leon Brocard (Acme)

YAPC::EU 2011 - Tag 0 - in German by Renee Baecker

by Renee Baecker (RENEEB)

This is the opening of the YAPC::EU report series by Renee Baecker in German. You can find the rest of the articles linked on his blog.

YAPC::Europe 2011 report by Thomas Klausner (domm)

by Thomas Klausner (DOMM)

Learning about Plack, fixing bugs in Devel::Cover and giving 3 talks.

Beautiful Riga

by Laurent Dami (DAMI)

Laurent Dami (dami) writes mostly about the city where YAPC::EU took place and not so much about the conference itself.

Some thoughts on YAPC::EU 2011

Patrick Michaud the lead developer of Rakudo thanking to Andrew Shitov and his crew for organizing this event.

YAPC::EU 2011 by Uwe Voelker (Perl-Uwe)

The first entry of a series of blog posts with detailed information on what happened at YAPC::EU 2011.

YE2011::Day One

by Mark Keating

Mark Keating (MDK) - also known as the marketing director of The Perl Foundation describes his first day at YAPC::EU in Riga including some pictures. I hope he will also write reports on the other days as well.


London Perl Workshop (LPW2011): Dates and Call for Speakers 12th November 2011

This was announced a while ago but due to the other, closer events was left out from previous issues.

YAPC::EU 2012 will be in Frankfurt

During YAPC::EU 2011 in Riga, the Frankfurt Perl Mongers were announced as the winning team for the next conference. We heard a wonderful presentation about Frankfurt during the closing of event in Riga. This is the announcement from the organizers.

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