Issue #490 - 2020-12-14 - Elevator Pitch Day

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Hi there

The term "Elevator Pitch Day" was coined by one of the respected members of Facebook Perl Programmers group. I like the idea behind it as described in the post. The core idea is to invite members to organise a virtual meet-up to discuss all those awesome startup idea out there. It would be nice to find out who we can get to attend that has money/connections/resources to try and make it happen. Would you be interested in joining us? I am definitely up for it.

I came across another hate blog post. I am tired of such crap - although I don't see it quite as regularly as before. I was happy to see few big names responded with facts and figures. We should continue promoting the idea of putting Perl in non-Perl blogging sites. I have seen a big rise in recent weeks as far as the weekly challenge is concerned.

Lets change the topic and talk about positive vibes. Dave Cross wrote an inspiring blog post where he shared the story behind his new module Plack::App::DirectoryIndex. I am confident it would inspire others to contribute to CPAN. Another blog post recommended by Dave talks about how to get started with Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

A couple of weeks ago, I requested the Dancer2 core team to get Advent Calendar 2020 going in the weekly newsletter. I am so happy to see it happening finally. Thank you Jason Crome for The Twelve Days of Dancer, 2020 Edition. It is no longer a secret that Dancer2 is one of my favourite web application frameworks. Talking about Dancer2, why don't you join the Perl Dancer Course run by Gabor Szabo? It is yet another source of quality material for all Perl lovers. I am confident you will enjoy it.

Last, but not least, enjoy the festive season, keeping a safe distance.

Mohammad Sajid Anwar


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    In this section we show some collected stats. Let's figure out which numbers could be interesting. The scripts are in the bin directory of the Perl Weekly Git repository.

    CPAN uploads

    Last week there were a total of 269 uploads to CPAN of 154 distinct distributions by 93 different authors. Number of distributions with link to VCS: 132. Number of distros with CI: 57. Number of distros with bugtracker: 92.


    Number of posts last week: BPO: 4; DevTo: 6; 0; PerlAcademy: 2; PerlHacks: 0; PerlMaven: 1; Reddit: 25; TPF: 2;


    The Twelve Days of Dancer, 2020 Edition

    by Jason A. Crome (CROMEDOME)

    Jason announced the Advent Calendar 2020 for Dancer2.

    Discussion - https any time soon?

    by Martin McGrath

    Is there a plan to get support for https?

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    by Ben Bullock (BKB)

    Ben started an interesting discussion about putting debug information in a test script.

    Perl Weekly Challenge

    The Weekly Challenge by Mohammad Anwar will help you step out of 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 the month among all the contributors during that month. The monthly prize is kindly sponsored by Peter Sergeant of PerlCareers.

    The Weekly Challenge - 091

    by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

    Welcome to the new week with couple of fun tasks - "Count Number" and "Jump Game". 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 - 090

    by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

    Enjoy a quick recap of last week contributions by Team PWC dealing with the "DNA Sequence" and "Ethiopian Multiplication" tasks in Perl and Raku. You will find plenty of solutions to keep you busy.

    Perl Review - Perl Weekly Challenge - 088

    by Colin Crain

    Perl Solutions Review by Colin Crain.

    Perl Weekly Challenge 90

    by Aaron Smith

    Aaron with his Biochemistry background taught me something new: that DNA has direction.

    Perl Weekly Challenge 90, Part 1

    by Abigail

    Abigail made the DNA task more fun by reading the sequence from STDIN.

    Perl Weekly Challenge 90, Part 2

    by Abigail

    Abigail's presentation of the results of Ethiopian multiplication is very elegant and verbose,

    Perl Weekly Challenge 090

    by Adam Russell

    Interesting to read Adam's reference to YAPC 2009 with regard to the DNA task.

    Task 2 - Ethiopian Multiplication

    by Andinus

    Andinus shows the power of Raku when dealing with the Ethiopian Multiplication task.

    Sequenced Multiplication with Raku and Perl

    by Arne Sommer

    Arne has been one of the biggest supporters of the Weekly Challenge. This was another week when he gave us Perl and Raku solutions.

    DNA Fragments Are Multiplying Exponentially in North-East Africa

    by Colin Crain

    Colin's blog is always fun to read. It is never short of fascinating facts beyond the power of Perl and Raku.

    Multiplication and DNA: Perl Weekly Challenge #90

    by Dave Jacoby (JACOBY)

    Dave made use of deadly combinations of scalar, grep and split. Please do check it out.

    PWC090 - DNA Sequence

    by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

    One might say there is not much to talk about in DNA task. I would recommend Flavio's blog post to disprove that point.

    PWC090 - Ethiopian Multiplication

    by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

    Straight to the solution without any discussion.

    Solving Perl Weekly Challenge 090 -- DNA Sequence and Ethiopian Multiplication

    by Kang-min Liu

    Kang-min made good use of Raku's power and made the DNA task look too easy.

    Perl Weekly Challenge 90: DNA Sequence and Ethiopian Multiplication

    by Laurent Rosenfeld

    Laurent once again came up with compact solutions. You even get a bonus Scala solution this time.

    Weekly Challenge 090

    by Simon Green

    Congratulations to Simon for becoming the Champion. Thanks for blogging on and promoting the cause.

    Perl Weekly Challenge 90

    by W Luis Mochan

    Luis tried the rarely-used bit operator for mathematica operation. Fun to read always.

    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.


    2020.49 Shaped Shaping Up

    by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

    Weekly collections

    The corner of Gabor

    A couple of entries sneaked in by Gabor.

    Perl Dancer Course

    by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

    I started it 10 days ago. It was not easy, but so far I have managed to make some progress and record at least one video every day. In the last week, my two courses were the best seller courses on Leanpub. I am quite happy with that and I hope they will remain there for the next week as well.

    Python Programming Bootcamp for Scientists

    by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

    This is an introduction to Python for people who have no programming background. It includes the basics and some tools that are needed for Data Science. I teach this course at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The link here is a coupon that will give a deep discount in the next couple of days. Leanpub offers a 45-day, money-back guarantee.


    Toronto Perl Mongers Online Meeting

    Thursday, December 24, 2020; 7:00 PM EST

    Berlin Perl Mongers

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021; 7:00 PM GMT+1

    Derrick Talks renv - Purdue Perl Mongers

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021; 5:30 PM EST

    German Perl Workshop 2021

    It will be in Leipzig on March 24-26 2021. CFP is open.

    Perl Jobs by Perl Careers

    Not your ordinary town! Perl job in Malaysia!

    The client is a financial company whose meteoric growth over the last twenty years means that they’re a solid investment for anyone looking to make a change in location for their career. They started with the idea that online trading should be available to all, and from there, they’ve built a company with multiple locations worldwide.

    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.

    Free Lunch? Yes, Please. Perl job in Vienna.

    One of the largest product and price comparison platforms in German-speaking countries is on the hunt for a Perl programmer who wants to use their skills to eradicate inflated prices. The successful candidate will relish the chance to join a team that attributes nearly two decades of success to an uncompromising commitment to transparency, objectivity, and quality content.

    If Jurassic Park has Taught us Anything, it’s that Science is Awesome! Perl in Australia.

    To make it to the inner circle, you need to have modern Perl skills. Ideally, you’ll have an interest in genome technology and bioinformatics. If you spend your weekends reading science magazines and think smarter crops are key to our future, they want to hear from you.

    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.

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