Issue #467 - 2020-07-06 - Perl 7 release announced (STRICT EMBARGO Not for publication before June 24 9am EST (2pm BST)

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Hi there,

I was really surprised when I got an e-mail with the above title. Many things ran through my head, thought primarily it was the toothache that bothered me for some time already.

It came from an address that was unknown to me from a person I've never heard about. I was not sure if this is a joke, or if the TPF is trying to play in the corporate world. Again.

This seemed so unfitting for an open source community. I mean surely this move was discussed on the Perl Porters list which is public. Then why the secrecy? I felt left out. Again.

Well, as it turns out this was a secret mission. Was not discussed publicly on the Perl Porters list. Apparently in the hope of a big (marketing) splash. It seems that both the Perl 7 plan and the way it was announced got quite some negative feedback.

As others pointed out this is not how open source projects usually work. Let me add to that, I don't think big splashes alone have any lasting effect. Well, maybe the scars this caused will last.

On a much more positive note:

Have a nice and fruitful week!

Gabor Szabo


skfold - a Docker image

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Flavio responds to the question I asked 2 weeks ago about the ease of installation of skfold with 3 different answers. Which one do you like?


IntraMine is a new Perl-based intranet service suite for Windows that promises to deliver fast search of your hundreds of thousands of source and text files, with a file viewer to see search hits in context. Source is on GitHub.

Docker base images for Perl

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Check out ,perldi,the GitHub repository of Docker images for Perl developer

SVG documentation cleanup proposal

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

There are several modules on CPAN dealing with SVG and some of them has issues with their documentation.

SVG DOM tree visit

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

I have written about SVG extensively. I event maintained the SVG module for some time and now Manwar is the maintainer. So I am happy Flavio is playing with it.

Lucky Number Perl 7

by Enkidu

Perhaps the most Perlish thing to do would be to actually go and ask the Python community what they would do differently in migrating to python3. Learn from other people's mistakes.

Get a job

Perl Careers the interview with Pete Sergeant

by Peter Sergeant (SARGIE)

I am sure you have seen all the job posts at the bottom of the Perl Weekly. Now you can listen to the advice of Pete Sergeant who is behind the Perl Careers service. If you are looking for a Perl-job now, or you think that one day you might look for one, talk to him!

Perl 7

perl7 vs. raku: Sibling Rivalry?

by Stephen Roe

And that brought me to Sadness. To reflect that perl Osborned sometime around 2005. That broke the community in two - let's say the visionaries and the practical-cats. And it drove a mass emigration to Python. Ancient history.

On Perl 7

by Andrew Shitov (ANDY)

I completely agree that Perl 7 is a must thing. I completely disagree how it is being marketed now. There are two main problems. First, Perl and Raku are much further away from each other today, and the news are still biased towards the dominance of Perl over Raku.

Re: Announcing Perl 7

by Tom Ryder

I think not having discussed this in public risks setting a really bad precedent.

Re: Announcing Perl 7

by Craig A. Berry

Wow. I haven't been paying as much attention lately as I would have liked but it seems the biggest thing I missed wasn't actually discussed publicly.

Re: Announcing Perl 7

by Dave Mitchell

I want to be on the record that I extremely strongly oppose this change.

Re: Perl Weekly Issue #466 - Is Perl 7 the future?

by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

The announcement of "Perl 7", especially in the way this was handled by The Perl Foundation compared to the actual rename of Perl 6 to Raku, had given me big doubts about whether the future of Raku is actually with The Perl Foundation.


2020.26 Cloud Gone

by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

Perl Tutorial

A section for newbies and for people who need some refreshing of their Perl knowledge. If you have questions or suggestions about the articles, let me know and I'll try to make the necessary changes. The included articles are from the Perl Maven Tutorial and are part of the Perl Maven eBook.

Perl Weekly Challenge

The Perl Weekly Challenge by Mohammad Anwar will help you step out from your comfort-zone. You can even win the prize money of $50 Amazon voucher by participating in the weekly challenge. We pick one winner at the end of the month among all the contributors of the month. The monthly prize is kindly sponsored by Peter Sergeant of PerlCareers.

Perl Weekly Challenge - 068

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Don't miss the fun and try new challenges every week. For more information, please read FAQ page.

RECAP - Perl Weekly Challenge - 067

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Recap of last week challenge. There are plenty of great solutions.

Perl Review - Perl Weekly Challenge - 066

by Colin Crain

Perl Solutions Review by Colin Crain.

Raku Review - Perl Weekly Challenge - 058

by Laurent Rosenfeld

Raku Solutions Review by Colin Crain.

Numbers and Letters with Raku

by Arne Sommer

Arne continued playing with Perl and Raku this week. Always fun to read his blog.

Combinations in Raku

by Andrew Shitov (ANDY)

Andrew organised his contributions in a nicely laid out page.

CY's Take on PWC#067

by Cheok-Yin Fung

Cheok-Yin never misses the opportunity to suprise us. You can't afford to miss the blog.


by Donald Hunter

Donald being Raku fan, the blog shows his expertise.

Perl Weekly Challege - 067

by Jaldhar H. Vyas

Jaldhar is back with another blog.


by Javier Luque

Just like every week, this time also you find mix of Perl and Raku magic.

Perl Weekly Challenge 67: Number Combinations and Letter Phone

by Laurent Rosenfeld

I simply love the varieties of solutions both in Perl and Raku.

Perl Weekly Challenge 67

by Luca Ferrari

Nice to hear, Olivia is getting better. Enjoy his regular Raku magic.

BLOG: The Weekly Challenge #067

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Catching up last week blog with Perl and Raku solutions.

Perl Weekly Challenge - 067 (Task #1: Perl)

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Watch me solving "Number Combinations" task in Perl.

Perl Weekly Challenge - 067 (Task #2: Perl)

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Watch me solving "Letter Phone" task in Perl.


by Shahed Nooshmand

Shahed can never let you down with short and sweet blog with one-liner in Raku.


Live web sites with editable Open Source source code

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

One of the best ways to gain experience in web-programming before (and maybe even during) you get employed doing it, is to write your own project or to get involved in an Open Source project. So I created several list. One of them is a list of projects where the source code of a live web-site is available for everyone to inspect and get involved. Some of them already have a short explanation about the technologies involved.

Weekly collections

The corner of Gabor

A couple of entries sneaked in by Gabor.

The importance of blog writing to improve your employability

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Improve your communication and story telling skills so when the job interview comes you will be much better at it.

Why is marketing so hard for developers? - Feedback

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

In a nutshell: We programmers are spoiled with fast feedback loops while marketing, promotion, branding need a lot more time to bring us results.


Perl Jobs by Perl Careers

Variety is the spice of life! Perl Developer role in Dubai!

Not content with the status quo, you want to see the world. Explore the narrow alleys of the old city, barter for Baharat in one of the world’s largest spice markets, and spend weekends ankle-deep in the powdery white sand of Jumeirah Beach—all of this is in reach if you read on for our next big opportunity with a thriving international client in Dubai!

Not your ordinary town! Perl job in Malaysia!

Cyberjaya’s nearest neighbours and best pals are picturesque Putrajaya and buzzworthy Kuala Lumpur. After a work week that includes lunch breaks spent lounging in Cyberjaya’s 400-acre nature park you might already feel like you’re on vacation, but if not, why not go for a quick jaunt to experience the restaurants and nightlife of two of Cyberjaya’s closest cities?

Free lunch for a Perl developer in the world's most liveable city (Vienna!)

Very well-known and established e-commerce brand in beautiful Vienna, Austria looking for Perl developers, or experienced developers willing to learn Perl. Quite apart from free lunch and snacks, Western European holidays and pension scheme, the company’s located in beautiful Vienna.

We aren’t Mal-teasing—this is the Perl job you’ve been waiting for!

If you take this job, some might call you a thrill-seeker. Us? We’ll just call you smart, because who wouldn’t want to work in one of the world’s most beautiful places? A diving hotspot with over 50 dive sites, ample hiking, scenic cycling routes, and more kayaking opportunities than you can shake a paddle at, gorgeous Malta has it all!

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