Issue #484 - 2020-11-02 - What after Hacktoberfest?

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Finally the fun is over and the immediate question that comes to mind is, what next? Well as is tradition, the next big thing is "24 Pull Requests" and for that we have to wait another month. It is a nice break before you start the marathon again. I haven't had much fun with Hacktoberfest this time. How about you? Please do share your story with us when you get time.

Around this time every year, we hold the London Perl Workshop. But the reason that you all know, it has been skipped this yeah. I am already missing the fun day where I always meet great minds. I pray that we can get back to normal soon and start attending these annual meetings. Talking about events, we missed the European Perl/Raku event that was supposed to be happening in Amsterdam this year. I hope we will get the opportunity meet next year.

If you are looking for a fun challenge to keep you busy then why not try the The Weekly Challenge. You will find plenty there to keep you busy all week. Please don't forget to share your experience with us.

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

Mohammad S. Anwar


The Top 10 Programming Tasks That Perl Is Used For

In today's cloud-centric age, Perl remains a highly valuable and versatile tool. To prove the point, here's a countdown of the top ten most common tasks that Perl is used for. You can (arguably) accomplish these more easily with Perl even today!


In this section we show some collected stats. 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 222 uploads to CPAN of 149 distinct distributions by 77 different authors. Number of distributions with link to VCS: 109. Number of distros with CI: 53.


Number of posts last week: BPO: 6; DevTo: 4; 0; PerlAcademy: 0; PerlHacks: 0; PerlMaven: 1; Reddit: 19; TPF: 1;


Amusewiki 2.500

by Marco

Marco realeased Amusewiki 2.500 and shared the notable changes in the latest release.


Setup GitHub Actions for CPAN modules

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Gabor added another article to his collection. Do you want some fun with GitHub Actions?

Finding Squares in Matrices

by Toby Inkster (TOBYINK)

Toby finally found the time for the weekly challenge. Check out his work using Zydeco.

Adventures in Perl

by Samir Parikh

Samir was looking for fun with Perl and shared his thoughts.


Add line numbers to code snippets

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Flavio shared a tip to add line numbers to code snippets.


Monthly Report - October

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

It is time for my monthly report. Keeping the tradition un-interrupted.

Perl Weekly Challenge

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

The Weekly Challenge - 085

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome a new week with a couple of fun tasks "Triplet Sum" and "Power of Two Integers". If you are new to the weekly challenge then why not join us and have fun every week. For more information, please read the FAQ page.

RECAP - The Weekly Challenge - 084

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Enjoy a quick recap of last week contributions by the Team PWC - dealing with the "Reverse Integer" and "Find Square" tasks in Perl and Raku. You will find plenty of solutions to keep you busy.

Perl Weekly Challenge 084

by Adam Russell

Adam only had time to do the Reverse Integer task.

Four Corners with Raku

by Arne Sommer

Arne is showing off his task analysis skills brilliantly in this blog post. Must Read.

Four Corners Off A Twenty: Get One, Reverse and Repeat

by Colin Crain

Colin's creative writing is at its best. You don't want to miss it.

PWC084 - Reverse Integer

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Flavio continued his daily blog posts with yet another one sharing his solution to Reverse Integer.

PWC084 - Find Square

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Flavio discusses the Find Square task with great detail in this blog post.

Perl Weekly Challenge 84: Reverse Integer and Find Square Matrices

by Laurent Rosenfeld

Laurent's blog has been inspirational to all new members of PWC. Great work, keep it up.

Weekly Challenge #084 Task #1 :: (Raku)

by Myoungjin Jeon

Myoungjin shares even the tiniest bit in such detail. You don't want to miss it.

Weekly Challenge #084 Task #2 :: (Raku)

by Myoungjin Jeon

Myoungjin's blog post is full of pictorial explanation. And in-depth analysis of the task as always.

Perl Weekly Challenge 84: Reverse square

by Roger Bell West (FIREDRAKE)

Roger is back with another comparative analysis of the weekly tasks. Must Read.

Perl Weekly Challenge 084

by Samir Parikh

Samir's first blog post for the weekly challenge. Welcome aboard.

Weekly Challenge 084

by Simon Green

Simon's short and sweet blog post is on the spot.

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.


2020.43 Release And Star

by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

Weekly collections

The corner of Gabor

A couple of entries sneaked in by Gabor.

Getting Started with GitHub Actions and CircleCI

Presentation of Olaf Alders and Mark Fowler during the Conference in the Cloud


Silicon Valley Perl - Better Than Grep

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:30 PM PST

Purdue Perl Mongers

Wednesday, November 11, 2020; 5:30 PM EST

Houston Perl Mongers Online Meeting - Process Management Modules in Perl.

November 12, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Berlin Perl Mongers - face to face?

Wednesday, November 25, 2020; 7:00 PM GMT+1

Toronto Perl Mongers Online Meeting

Thursday, November 26, 2020; 7:00 PM EST

Perl Jobs by Perl Careers

Better than Chocolate Chip Cookies! Europe Based Remote Perl role

As an online tech publication with over 40 million readers around the world, they know a thing or two about keeping it fresh. Always on the cutting edge, their writers discourse on software, hardware, space, cloud services, culture, and electronics. Basically, they’re experts on all the cool stuff you want to know about, so why not join them?

If it was Good Enough for Mozart - Perl role in Vienna

As one of the largest product and price comparison platforms in German-speaking countries, they know all about finding the best products at a price that would make Mozart shout, “Wunderbar!” They want to find a Perl programmer who thrives on delivering quality content, well-executed user information that’s easy to understand, and is as committed to transparency and excellence as they are.

Business Casual has a Whole New Meaning. Perl role in South Germany

Online shopping, socializing, working—it’s a digital world now, which is perfect for our client. As an international IT company managing millions of domains for retail and corporate customers in nearly every country in the world, they’re busier than ever—and they need a few senior Perl developers to help them continue to thrive.

This Company is No Shop of Horrors! Perl in Australia

These DNA-dynamos are looking for someone whose modern Perl skills are complemented by an interest in genome technology and bioinformatics. They are searching for a candidate who is familiar with modern tooling and might have experience with Ansible, AWS, and Linux containers. Toss in a dash of MySQL, Postgres, and Solr, and they would be eager to meet you.

Bored of jobs that don't matter? Be a Perl developer and save lives! - Cambridge, UK

This web-app saves lives, and literally pushes forward medical science. Your work will be used by the NHS, research labs, and healthcare providers worldwide to diagnose patients, organize research, and make the world a better place.

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