Issue #552 - 2022-02-21 - Outreachy and TPF

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Welcome to my personal 98th and overall 552nd edition of the Perl Weekly newsletter. I can't wait for the day when I reach the 3-digits number.

Today, I would like to talk about the Outreachy program and its association with TPF. Few days ago, I came across a Facebook post by a friend of mine sharing the news TPF (The Perl Foundation) is looking mentor and project for the year 2022. Please check out the official announcement. I have been following the work done as part of the Outreachy program. In the past, it has supported Open Food Facts, a very popular Perl based project. To be honest, I find the application process to submit project idea is not smooth. It would be a big help if The Weekly Challenge (Perl & Raku) get the support too. As some of you associated with the project knows it is currently built using Hugo and hosted on Github. I have been planning to get it over to pure Perl template web based solution e.g. Dancer2 and hosted by real hosting service e.g Digital Ocean. As we grow bigger with times, I find it hard to manage the contributions on GitHub. It takes longer now to process comparatively. If it ever get approved, I can offer to be a mentor to the selected candidate.

There was a good news shared last week about Perl warning i.e. "signatures are experimental" is going to disappear for ever with the next major release. I always wanted to have this feature in my Perl. I can't wait for the next release to use it. Do you want to know more about it? Please checkout here for more information.

Do you need help with Perl related queries?

I highly recommend, the two Facebook groups (members only), The Perl Community (run and managed by Curtis Poe) and Perl Programmers (run and managed by Will Braswell).

For parents of school going kids in England, welcome to the daily routine after a week long break. I know it is tough, specially if you have to cover two different schools in the morning rush. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter

Mohammad Sajid Anwar


Ticket to Write - thoughts

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Only Flavio can do it, he has shown it time and again. I love his story telling quality.


by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Nice introduction to Gitolite. I must confess, I didn't knew about it before. Thanks for sharing.

Some tricks for prettier xs

by Leon Timmermans (LEONT)

XS is notorious of being the bad boy. Leon presenting XS and showing the other side of it. Great effort Leon.

Using Perl Hashes, grep and map to Solve Hangman

by Samir Parikh

Interesting take on grep and map. Detailed discussion of the game of Hangman from the lens of Perl.


Please help test big pull request for DBD::Oracle

by Dean Hamstead (DJZORT)

Do you use DBD::Oracle? If yes then please give it a try.

How Much Memory Is My Program Really Using?

by David Farrell (DFARRELL)

Interesting blog talking about shared memory, resident memory and virtual memory. Lots of fun facts.

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 - 153

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome to a new week with a couple of fun tasks "Left Factorials" and "Factorions". 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 - 152

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Enjoy a quick recap of last week's contributions by Team PWC dealing with the "Triangle Sum Path" and "Rectangle Area" tasks in Perl and Raku. You will find plenty of solutions to keep you busy.

Perl Review - Perl Weekly Challenge - 148

by Colin Crain

Perl Solutions Review by Colin Crain.

Challenge 152 Task #1 - Summing up minimums

by Alexander Pankoff

Short and precise blog by Alexander. Thanks for sharing.

Challenge 152 Task #2 - Untangling the rects

by Alexander Pankoff

Loved the blog title, very creative. Keep it up.

Triangular Rectangle with Raku

by Arne Sommer

Kudos to Arne for taking the pain to represent the task analysis using diagram. Keep it up great work.

The Path in the Pyramid

by Colin Crain

Thank you Colin for bonus blog every week. Every blog of him brings fun topic. You don't want to miss it.

Who’s Masking the Mask?

by Colin Crain

Personally I enjoy the blog for its literature value. However you can't underestimate it's technical aspect. Highly recommended.

Functional Paths: Weekly Challenge #152 Pt. 1

by Dave Jacoby (JACOBY)

Dave is very clever and I enjoy his interpretation of the week 152. Cool. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

Think Inside The Box: Weekly Challenge #152 Pt. 2

by Dave Jacoby (JACOBY)

Dave always come up with unique and creative blog title every week. I appreciate the effort put in the blog creation.

PWC152 - Triangle Sum Path

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Flavio show off his Raku skill with one liner, I am impressed. Thanks for sharing.

PWC152 - Rectangle Area

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Lots of calculation with the power of Raku is the right mix. Keep it up great work.

The Weekly Challenge #152

by James Smith

James ability to make task appears simple and then solve it accordingly. Keep it up great work.

Perl Weekly Challenge 152: Triangle Sum Path

by Laurent Rosenfeld

Two compact solutions this week, specially triangle sum path. Thank you for sharing the knowledge.

Perl Weekly Challenge 152: St. Valendtine's sums and triangles

by Luca Ferrari

Cool demo of Raku class. Nice example to show the power of Raku. Keep it up great work.

Perl Weekly Challenge 152

by W Luis Mochan

Luis one liner in Perl fun but the solution to the rectangle area is even cooler. Great work as ever.

Lots of angles this week

by Peter Campbell Smith

For me, the highlight of Peter's blog is his task analysis skill. Simply love it. Thanks for sharing.

The Weekly Challenge 152: Triangles, Rectangles, and Objects

by Roger Bell West (FIREDRAKE)

Roger shared the power of JavaScript and I must admit it looks elegant. Keep it up great work.

Triangles and rectangles

by Simon Green

Nice packaged solution in Perl and bonus Python too. Blog is usual short and compact. Thanks for sharing.


2022.07 Unsigned Released

by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

Weekly collections


Developing a caching plugin for LWP::UserAgent and HTTP::Tiny

Wednesday, February 23, 2022; 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Perl Jobs by Perl Careers

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NLP is all right by me! Perl, Python, NLP role in Amsterdam

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A Gem of a Perl role. Remote within UK & EU

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Is your Python as good as your Perl? Perl/Python role in London

This role is for a Senior Developer who is equally comfortable with Perl AND Python. If you’re stronger with Perl than Python or vice-versa, you should be willing to brush up on your knowledge until you’re fluent in both. You’ll use server-side code, client-side code, databases, and websites to develop their software platform.

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