Issue #55 - 2012-08-13 - YAPC::EU in less than a week in Frankfurt

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in case you have not heard about it yet, the next major Perl event is going to be next week in Frankfurt, Germany. For details check the bottom of this newsletter where I usually list the 3-4 nearest Perl event.

This week we saw the release of perl 5.16.1 and the packaging of Strawberry Perl. There was also a very interesting mail on the Perl 5 Porters mailing list coming from an enthusiastic Perl developer. It's nice to see some people thanking the perl core developers for their hard work.

Next week I am going to send the weekly from Frankfurt. Till then, enjoy the articles:

Gabor Szabo



Marpa v. Perl regexes: a rematch

by Jeffrey Kegler (JKEGL)

How fast can you find balanced sets of parentheses in a string of parentheses? That's the benchmark Jeffrey Kegler ran again with the latest version of Marpa. Plenty of links also included to the earlier results and to an explanation: What is Marpa?

Should my Perl release process be yours?

by brian d foy (BDFOY)

brian d foy goes philosophical on why you should use the exact same process as he does. Or why should you not do that. In any case, it is up to you to decide.

Blio - my blogging 'engine'

by Thomas Klausner (DOMM)

Thomas Klausner (domm) has released his blogging 'engine' which is similar to so many other - static page engines. You are not expected to try it.

CPAN modules for checking credit card numbers (LUHN check)

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

A new awesome comparison by Neil Bowers. This time he took a look at 9 modules, including one from the Acme namespace which quite surprised me. vs Templates

by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

Do you use the HTML generating capabilities of After reading the article by Dave Cross you might reconsider.


What is your release process?

This is the article, and the discussion that followed it, that triggered the article by brian d foy. Steven Haryanto explained his process and a few people chipped in with theirs.



From ODT to POD with Perl

An explanation how to take an Open Office document, and extract the text from it using XML manipulation.


How to create Origami envelopes using Perl

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

I love it when people do nice things with Perl. I don't mean nice code, but nice results. Like in this case Flavio Poletti took a nice images, manipulated it a bit and created a printable PDF. All that using Image::Magick.


Devel::Cover Grant Report for July

by Paul Johnson (PJCJ)

One question stands out: Are you using Devel::Cover on anything else than *nix or Windows? If yes, please contact Paul Johnson ASAP! He needs your input. - Actually even if you are using it on Windows or *nix you can contact him and thank him for his work!


To gdb or not to gdb

by Rocky Bernstein (ROCKY)

Another post from the series of Rocky Bernstein covering the writing of the new debugger. In this article he is discussing the question how much he should follow the established standard of gdb, and how much he can go on new, maybe better directions? He also helps us a bit to look around and see what happens in two different implementations of Ruby: MRI and Rubinius.


DC.PM Podcast Moved

Zachary Zebrowski let us know about the new location of the podcasts from the Washington D.C. Perl Mongers. He also mentioned, that the software used to create the podcasts is now available on GitHub. I don't know the podcast recording market, but it would be awesome if this was turned into a product that random people - and not just Perl programmers and Linux sysadmins - could use.


Perl 6

Perl 6 subroutines

This Perl Maven article gives you a little taste in the world of subroutines and signatures in Perl 6 along with slurpy arrays. You even get a glimpse at the reduction operator.

Perl 5 to Perl 6 - Scalars

In this article I tried to tackle some of the most common string functions of Perl 5 and explain how they changed, or not, in Perl 6.


Perl School

by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

Dave Cross ran a free Perl course in London. This is his conclusion how it went and how he is going to improve, both the content, and the commitment from the students. IMHO charging money can create some commitment and makes people value the course more. Even if it is a small amount.

Lausanne classes

by Damian Conway (DCONWAY)

Damian Conway returns to Lausanne and London, and who knows where else.

Weekly collections

Perl 5 Porters Weekly: July 30-August 5, 2012

I especially liked the 'Perl Saves SysAd Bacon' part.

The self promotion section

Enlightened Modern Perl or useful Perl?

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

OK, this is not the only link from my sites, but this one is without technical content. It is a dilemma I have. You might want to share your opinion.


I usually list the next 3-4 events here. The list of all the events can be found on the web site. If your Perl event is not listed there, please let me know.

YAPC::EU 2012

August 20-22, 2012, Frankfurt, Germany

Moving to Moose Hackathon

August 25-30, Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, near Stavanger, Norway

YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2012

September 27-29, 2012, Tokyo, Japan

Portuguese Perl workshop (PTPW)

September 28, 2012, Braga, Portugal

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