Issue #581 - 2022-09-12 - What to write about?

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Hi there!

People often tell me that they don't know what to write about or that they are too new to Perl to blog about anything. Let's see.

Last week I posted this article about ANSI command line colors with Perl. It hardly has anything to do with Perl, but I needed it and it can be a useful to others as well. Actually it originated from a discussion I had with my son who is using Python. So first I wrote the article ANSI colors using Python and only after that I converted it to Perl.

It did not require any deep knowledge, definitely not that of Python or Perl.

So if you would like to try writing articles, there are plenty of such small subjects one can cover.

After including the link in the previous edition of the Perl Weekly, Thomas Köhler contacted me saying that he would do it differently and then he posted a short article showing how would he use ANSI colors in Perl including a link back to the original article.

This is excellent.

So here is a suggestion: If you don't have an idea for an article, pick one of the Perl Maven posts and write a different solution or extend the subject and send a link to us, the editors of the Perl Weekly.

Enjoy your week!

Gabor Szabo


ANSI Colors and Perl

by Thomas Köhler

A response to another article on using ANSI colors in Perl.

Release 0.3.0 of my Perl Dist::Zilla GitHub Action

by Jonas Nielsen

The release is long over due and the first in two years.

Release 0.7.0 of Ebirah

by Jonas Nielsen

Ebirah is an experimental Docker project for Dist::Zilla. This release contains a minor improvement from Alceu Rodrigues de Freitas Junior.

Create a Daemon in Perl with Schedule::Cron

by Nicholas Hubbard

A daemon is a program that runs in the background for an indefinite period of time. An important daemon on Unix-like operating systems is the cron scheduler that can be configured to perform tasks periodically.


Interviews with Perl Developers

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

I was doing a lot of cleanup work on my files and on the Perl Maven site and look what I found. Some nice memories!

TPF Grants


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 - 182

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome to a new week with a couple of fun tasks "Max Index" and "Common Path". 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 - 181

by Mohammad S. Anwar (MANWAR)

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

Perl Review - Perl Weekly Challenge - 175

by Colin Crain

Perl Solutions Review by Colin Crain.

These Sentences Are Getting Hot

by Adam Russell

Good use case of DBD::CSV and nice little story around it. Keep it up great work.

Hot Sentence

by Arne Sommer

Raku powerfull file operations in action and make the end result so compact. Cool work as always.

An Orderly Sentencing

by Colin Crain

Colin is back with magical regex once again. I just love it. Thanks for sharing.

Back In The Saddle

by Dave Jacoby (JACOBY)

Welcome back to blogging, we missed you. Nice hack of using DATA block, very smart. Well done.

Perl Weekly Challenge: Week 181

by Jaldhar H. Vyas

A well structured solutions both in Perl and Raku, specially the regex one. Thanks for sharing the knowledge with us.

The Weekly Challenge 181

by James Smith

Compact and elegant solutions as you would expect from James. Incredible.

PWC181 - Sentence Order

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Raku method chaining in action. I just love it. Thanks for sharing.

PWC181 - Hot Day

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Clever use of split, map, sort and grep. Very brave attempt. Keep it up great work.

Perl Weekly Challenge 181: Sentence Order and Hot day

by Laurent Rosenfeld

Once again, we got the glimpse of guest languages, not as many as we used to. Thanks for your contributions.

Alphabetical and days hotter sentences

by Peter Campbell Smith

Short and sweet, logical reasoning. Nice attempt.

Perl Weekly Challenge 181

by W Luis Mochan

Luis should be declare the master of Perl one-liner. Every week we see cool one-liner. Keep it up great work.

PWC 181

by Stephen G Lynn

Making good use of CPAN to solve the task. Smart move. Well done.

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.


Getting help for git

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Published 2 new entries in the Git on Windows video series.

Weekly collections


What's new in Perl 5.036 (group discussion)

Tuesday Sept 13th, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

In person - co-host with Charlotte Python; stream TBD

Wednesday, Sept 28, 2022; 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Ovid+LeoNerd on Corinna - OO in Perl5 Core (live but virtual)

Tuesday Oct 11th, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Perl Jobs by Perl Careers

Adventure! Senior Perl roles in Malaysia, Dubai and Malta

The last few years have been sorely lacking in adventure. When your biggest thrill is a masked-up trip to the grocery store, you know life has taken a turn for the mundane. Clever folks know that if you’re lucky, you can earn a living and have an adventure at the same time. Our international client is looking for senior Perl developers with passion, drive, and an appreciation for new experiences.

Senior Perl Developer with Cross-Trained Chops. UK Remote Perl Role

The best senior developers know that variety is the spice of life. Sure, you’ve got Perl chops for days, but that’s not all you can do — and that’s why our client wants to meet you. They’re looking for senior Perl developers, Node engineers, and those with mighty Python and SQL skills to lead their team.

Perl Developer and Business Owner? Remote Perl role in UK & EU

Our clients run a job search engine that has grown from two friends with an idea to a site that receives more than 10 million visits per month. They offer a fully remote Perl position for those within two hours of London’s time zone. Must have a solid understanding of Object-Oriented Perl (perks if that knowledge includes Moose), SQL/MySQL and DBIx::Class.

Someone left the awesome job machine on again… UK remote Perl job

The client is interested in anyone with experience building web apps in Perl, using one of the major Perl frameworks. If you’re a crack-hand with Catalyst, a Mojolicious master, or a distinguished Dancer, they want you. You’ll be deploying apps your work to AWS, so experience would be handy, and the company’s big on testing, so they’d like you to know your way around Test::More.

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