Issue #522 - 2021-07-26 - Promote Perl

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I am sure many of you are aware of Outreachy. It all started with GNOME's Women's Summer Outreach Program (WSOP) in 2006. The idea was to encourage women's participation in Open Source projects. In 2009, the GNOME community revived the program to encourage more women to contribute to GNOME and renamed it to GNOME Outreach Program for Women. It became a very popular program in no time and successfully brought in more women into the fold. The program was further expanded with more organisations joining in e.g. Fedora, Mozilla, JBoss, OpenStack, Subversion etc. With the additions, in 2013, the program was renamed to the Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program. At one point, there were 16 organizations involved in this program. In 2015, the program was again renamed to Outreachy.

Did I mention Perl in the above discussion?

Well, in 2014, TPF sponsored an internship for Pattawan Kaewduangdee to work on MetaCPAN under the mentorship of Olaf Alders as a part of the Outreach Program for Women. There is another name that caught my eye, Upasana Shukla. I came across a blog post by Upasana where she mentioned how GNOME's Outreach Program for Women helped her get into the Perl fold. If you look at the list of interns from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka) it is amazing. In recent years, TPF has sponsored Open Food Facts projects for Outreachy. In 2020, Areesha Tariq, from Pakistan successfully got the internship to work on the Open Food Facts project. Please check out this blog post by Areesha sharing her experience. It didn't stop there, a few weeks ago, TPF announced another intern, Rosheen Naeem, again from Pakistan, to work on the Open Food Facts project. You should check out her recent blog post about her journey. It is very inspiring.

I would like to thank TPF for supporting the Perl projects and Outreachy.

I can tell you from my own experience, we have great talent in the Indian Subcontinent. I wish more and more organisations would come forward and sponsor interns from these regions. When I started The Weekly Challenge - Perl & Raku, (a.k.a Perl Weekly Challenge), I was hoping to tap into the talent pool from this region, specially young college students. As the tagline says "You do not have to be an expert" to take part in the weekly challenge. Although we do have handful of students from Russia in the team. I am glad that, at least, we have built a platform where geeks from around the world come and share their experiences every week. Maybe one day we will have sponsors to help us reach out to young talent and bring new energy into the Perl community. Sometimes I wonder why we have never had a Perl Conference on the Indian subcontinent just like we have here in Europe and America. It shouldn't be too hard to hold one as these days everything is online. We could invite guest speakers from across the globe to address the talent in the region. Is there anyone out there willing to help us orgranise Perl Conference?

A humble request to all fellow citizens of the United Kingdom, please don't listen to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister of the UK) and keep wearing masks in public and maintain social distancing.

Enjoy rest of the newsletter until then.

Mohammad Sajid Anwar


Released Giblog 2.0, and a movie "How to create your web site using Giblog and Perl"

by Yuki Kimoto (KIMOTO)

Announcement of the latest release of the Giblog web site creator app which is written in Perl.


Random Thought: Exposure of Perl in the Academic Circles

by Cheok-Yin Fung

A very nice collection about the usage of Perl in Academic Circles.

Brute forcing a puzzle

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Flavio came up nice little puzzle and showed the fun behind the scenes. Nice puzzle, could be a nice easy task for the weekly challenge.

A toy RSA implementation

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Although it says toy, in my opinion it is a serious talk. Thanks Flavio for sharing it with us. You made it look so easy.

Brute forcing "The monkey and the coconuts"

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Flavio is in a puzzle mood this week. It is always pleasure to read his blog. Enjoy.

More on monkeys and coconuts

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

More on the monkey and coconut puzzle. More fun and laughs.


IV vs PV serialisation

by Felipe Gasper

Felipe recently shared this post on Facebook which discusses a serious matter. Just wanted to present it to a wider section of the Perl audience.


The four noisy horsemen of Perl hate

by Mark Gardner

Mark continued his weekly blog fun and in this blog he discusses some good old complaints about the Perl language. It is a fun read.

The Weekly Challenge

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

The Weekly Challenge - 123

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome to a new week with a couple of fun tasks "Ugly Numbers" and "Square Points". 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.

RECAP - The Weekly Challenge - 122

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Enjoy a quick recap of last week's contributions by Team PWC dealing with the "Average of Stream" and "Basketball Points" tasks in Perl and Raku. You will find plenty of solutions to keep you busy.

Perl Review - Perl Weekly Challenge - 120

by Colin Crain

Perl Solutions Review by Colin Crain.

Challenge 122

by Andinus

Perl Weekly Challenge: Week 122

by Jaldhar H. Vyas

Perl Weekly Challenge 122

by W Luis Mochan

Weekly Challenge 122

by Simon Green

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.


Hacker Interviews: Larry Wall

Someone on Facebook shared this interview with Larry. Just resharing with a larger audience; nostalgic.


2021.29 Scheduled To 3

by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

Weekly collections

The corner of Gabor

A couple of entries sneaked in by Gabor.

Perl Jobs by Perl Careers

Change the world without leaving your desk! Remote Perl (or on-site) - UK, Switzerland, USA, CAN, SA

As a thriving multinational fundraising group our client works with thousands of charities to provide cloud-based management tools to connect with their supporters. These gurus of giving are seeking a mid-level and a senior Perl developer to join their team. Automated payment experience is a must-have!

Let’s get SaaSsy! Remote Perl role within US time zone

Our client is the world’s leading provider of award-winning intelligent SaaS solutions for clients ranging from first responders and engineers to manufacturers and educators. The successful candidate is a Perl developer with Catalyst and Dblx::Class.

What would your computer say about you? Perl, Python, NLP role in Amsterdam

Our client is the worldwide leader in machine intelligence for matching people with jobs, which is to say that when it comes to hiring, they know what they’re doing. They’re looking for a Natural Language Processing (NLP) Engineer who is passionate about Machine Intelligence and can evaluate NLP systems.

Pop Quiz and Your New Perl Role! 100% Remote within UK

This is the role for you if you want start-up vibes in an established company. Not feeling the urge to commute during these socially distanced times and beyond? Not a problem. The role is 100% remote-friendly for folks in the UK. The client is interested in anyone with experience building web apps in Perl, using one of the major Perl frameworks.

Let’s do an experiment! Perl role in Canberra, Australia

Cutting-edge bioinformatics company in Australia looking for a developer with excellent Modern Perl skills (ideally with Dancer), at least some familiarity with JavaScript on the front-end, and an openness to learning new things – there’s a learning curve regarding the domain knowledge, but they’ll be happy to teach you.

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