Issue #614 - 2023-05-01 - Why not Perl?

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Hi there,

Few days ago, I found this article, Why Perl? shared on Facebook. To be honest, there was nothing new in the article, same old bits discussed. Depending on who you ask the question, the chance you might get crispy answer. Well here we have one by Flavio Poletti.

In my career of over 25 years, I have been part of team building robust application using Perl in the nearly every domain under the sun. At my current work place, I got the opportunity to work on a really huge system mostly built using Perl. Having said, I do agree that not many people talk about the power of Perl. We should all take the collective responsibility and make sure we don't miss a single opportunity to promote Perl.

Did you know that Perl Toolchain Summit 2023 is back?

Altough I am not as active on social platforms as before, I hardly seen any news about it. I just happen to see some activities on GitHub by a friend of mine and realised the big event is back after a gap of 4 years. One of the participant, Paul Johnson already shared the event report if you are interested. I am hoping few more in coming days by other participants.

Perl is rarely discussed in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), right?

Now we have a project, PerlGPT supported by The Perl Foundation. We should all promote the project and help in any possible ways.

Similarly there was another big news about latest release of PDL 2.083.

Last but not least, in few weeks time we are going to have a much awaiting release of Perl v5.38. I am confident it would silence the negative voices. Till then enjoy the rest of the newsletter.

Mohammad Sajid Anwar


This Week in PSC (105)

The Perl Steering Council met up in person in Lyon for the Perl Toolchain Summit 2023.

RSRU Release 3.2

by Lord Feck

A static catalogue website and blog builder written in Perl.


The Perl Toolchain Summit 2023

by Paul Johnson (PJCJ)

The first event report made public by Paul Johnson.

Dot Your Environment

by Mikko Koivunalho

Find out more about Env::Dot ...

Why Perl?

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Find the answer to the most common question ....


Tracciatore - starting point

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Work in progress on data collection API.

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 - 215

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome to a new week with a couple of fun tasks: "Odd one Out" and "Number Placement". If you are new to the weekly challenge, why not join us and have fun every week? For more information, please read the FAQ.

RECAP - The Weekly Challenge - 214

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

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

Meet The Champion - Solathian

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Find out more about the champion Solathian.

Meet The Champion - David Ferrone

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Find out more about the champion David Ferrone.

Bagging Scorepoints

by Arne Sommer

Nice use of Bag and cool comparison with regular hash. Something new for everyone as always. Keep it up great work.

Perl Weekly Challenge #214 - Rank Score

by Avery Adams

Love the narratives, plain and simple. Every bit explained in details. Well done.

PWC 214 (1) Rank Score, (2) Collect Points, (3) ..., (4) Profit!

by Bob Lied

Cool little introduction to indirection but in-depth discussion. Worth checking out, thanks for sharing.

PWC214 - Rank Score

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

No question this week, just the solutions in Perl and Raku. Nice attempt, keep it up.

PWC214 - Collect Points

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Brute force to get the job done this week. A rather long winded solution. Thanks for sharing.

Another one rides the bus!

by James Smith

You are never short of solutions. This week too, we got simple and complext solutions to the task. You pick your favourite.

Perl Weekly Challenge 214

by W Luis Mochan

Using sort and map can be deadly combination as shown by Luis. Thanks for sharing knowledge with us.

All about points

by Peter Campbell Smith

Peter made the task appears simpler and easy to follow by his simple discussion. Bonus you get to play with his solution. Well done.

A Rank Collection

by Roger Bell West (FIREDRAKE)

Nice comparison and discussion of different languages. Too good to miss it, highly recommended.


2023.17 ReleasePeriod

by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

Weekly collections


The Perl and Raku Conference 2023

July 11-13, 2023, Toronto, Canada

Perl and Koha

August 14-18, 2023, Helsinki, Finland

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