Issue #480 - 2020-10-05 - Hacktoberfest 2020

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I am sure you have all already started contributing towards Hacktoberfest 2020. I have noticed lots of positive noise about the event. If you haven't joined already then please don't waste any more time and join the event. If you are looking for opensource projects to work on then please check out the list prepared by

Have you checked out the latest interview with Damian Conway? It's part of's monthly interview series. I have already started working on the next interview with another Perl Ambassador. Please keep watching this space.

Curtis Poe shared the Kickstarter for Tau Station - The MMO BIBLIO-RPG.

Last but not least, please take care of yourself and your family. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter.

Mohammad S. Anwar


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This is a new section of some data we collect with scripts. Let's figure out what numbers could be interesting. The script(s) are in the Git repository of the Perl Weekly. See stats from the previous weeks.

CPAN uploads

Last week there were a total of 216 uploads to CPAN of 152 distinct distributions by 79 different authors. Number of distributions with link to VCS: 126. Number of distros with CI: 69.


Number of posts last week: BPO: 9; DevTo: 7; 1; PerlAcademy: 2; PerlHacks: 0; PerlMaven: 0; Reddit: 23; TPF: 2;


The Tau Station Kickstarter has gone live! (Oops)

by Curtis 'Ovid' Poe (OVID)

Curtis shared a blog post about Tau Station, the world's first Biblio-RPG.


Monthly Report - September

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

I have been publishing monthly reports for years now. It has become a ritual for me. I enjoy writing my monthly reports.


Where do you like bugs reported?

by Lady Aleena

Lady Aleena started a very interesting discussion. Please check it out and share your views.


Applying Operators to Coderefs

by Toby Inkster (TOBYINK)

Cool example showing how operators can be applied to coderefs by Toby.


An update to quenv

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Short blog post about quenv - quick environment

One year of posting on ETOOBUSY

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Finally completed one year of daily posting on ETOOBUSY.

Area of a triangle

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Interesting way to figure out the area of a triangle.

Blog: align master to commit

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Handy tips to align master.



Perl Weekly Challenge

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

The Weekly Challenge - 081

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome to a new week with couple of fun tasks "Common Base String" and "Frequency Sort". If you are new to the weekly challenge then why not join us and have fun every week. For more information, please read FAQ page.

RECAP - The Weekly Challenge - 080

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Enjoy a quick recap of last week's contributions by Team PWC dealing with the "Smallest Positive Number" and "Count Candies" tasks in Perl and Raku. You will find plenty of solutions to keep you busy.

Perl Weekly Challenge 080

by Adam Russell

Nice to see Adam back to regular blogging. It is always a pleasure to read his posts.

Raku Review - Perl Weekly Challenge - 079

by Andrew Shitov (ANDY)

Raku Solutions Review of tasks "Set Bit Count" and "Trapped Rain Water" by Andrew Shitov.

Challenge 080

by Andinus

Interesting discussion with regard to the task "Smallest Positive Number".

Positively Candy with Raku and Perl

by Arne Sommer

Arne once again came up with cool Perl and Raku solutions.

Dinner for a Tiny Number of Dictators

by Colin Crain

Creative blog post award must go to Colin. Always pleasure to read.

Weekly Challenge #080 Task #1

by Myoungjin Jeon

Cool use of Raku's MAIN().

Weekly Challenge #080 Task #2

by Myoungjin Jeon

Myoungjin has another blog post with Raku gems.

PWC080 - Smallest Positive Number

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Nice and simple solution to the Smallest Positive Number task.

PWC080 - Count Candies

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Thoroughly discussed the task in great detail.

Perl Weekly Challenge 80: Smallest Positive Number Bits and Count Candies

by Laurent Rosenfeld

Check out this mix of Perl and Raku solutions.

Week #080: "Smallest Positive Number" & "Count Candies".

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Mohammad continued playing with Perl and Raku.

Perl Weekly Challenge 80: missing numbers and jealous neighbours

by Roger Bell West (FIREDRAKE)

Roger presented different approaches to each task. Must Read.

The Weekly Challenge 080

by Simon Green

Cool minified solution to the task "Smallest Positive Number".

Perl Weekly Challenge #80

by Walt Mankowski

Perl and Python solutions discussed in this blog post.


2020.39 The Releaser

by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

Weekly collections

The corner of Gabor

A couple of entries sneaked in by Gabor.


Purdue Perl Mongers

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 5:30 PM EDT

Perl Jobs by Perl Careers

Frankenstein’s Monster is Just Misunderstood! Perl in Australia

This client’s mission involves developing cost-efficient genotyping technology and promoting the development of crops adapted to suit their environment. They care about doing great things, and they want their team to be as happy as the crops they breed.

The Cool Stuff You Wish They Taught in School. London based Perl Telecommute

Our client is a leading online tech publication with more than 40 millions readers worldwide. Their articles cover electronics, hardware, software, AI, space, cloud services, and culture. They know what’s hot in the world of computers, and they tell the world all about it in crisp, engaging articles.

Paging Dr. Perl

This organization is one of the world’s leading developers of medical diagnostic technologies and clinical software. They believe in security, wellness, and the importance of driving innovation to deliver patient benefit. You won’t be in a white coat, but it’s better than that—your work will be used by the NHS, research labs, and healthcare providers worldwide.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . .

The client bankrolling this exciting new mission is one of the UK’s leading estate agencies. With over 60 branches, they’ve got eyes everywhere. Their website is on fire, and that’s where you come in: they’re looking for a senior-level Perl programmer who is never shaken nor stirred, no matter the situation. If Modern Perl fits like a calfskin glove then this might be the role for you.

Seeking Senior Perl Developers for Global Domination

Our client is an international IT company managing over 4 million domains for retail and corporate customers in 200 countries. Hold up—200 countries? Talk about reach! To help achieve global domination, they’re looking for a few top-notch senior Perl developers whose experience with implementing APIs and protocols is only matched by their drive to design and develop domain software solutions.

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