Issue #634 - 2023-09-18 - Perl v5.39.1

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Hi there,

Only recently we had a big bang release of Perl v5.38 with experimental class feature. Now in a quick succession we have another release Perl v5.39.1. Thanks to the entire team responsible for the release. These heroes work behind the scene for days/months for the improvement of the language. Yet, I rarely see anyone giving them credit on public platform. We should not just mention them in the pod but instead celebrate each one of them more on various public platforms. Having said, we need volunteer for the job. Do we have volunteer for the task?

Few days ago, I had an email from someone senior with lots of experience with Perl saying "2023 is the year the language died for him". I wonder how can someone just gave up on the language you loved all your life. For me personally, Perl will remain my core strength and I will continue to improve my knowledge with every release. It is OK if you learn some new languages to be in the job market but please keep Perl your first choice.

Yesterday, when I was done with Asia Cup 2023 final cricket match between India and Sri Lanka, I watched this documentary, The Great Hack, on Netflix. It reminded me data is the new oil now a days. Perl is known to be good at data processing, so why are we behind others in this field?

By the way, India won the final for the 8th time. I am so proud of Team India. I am now looking forward to the World Cup 2023 to be held in few months time in India.

Enjoy rest of the newsletter.

Mohammad Sajid Anwar


Fun with dates

by Robbie Hatley

The day-of-week for any day in the year range 1-5000000 Julian. (Doesn't do BC yet; I need to make some changes to the algorithm first.) It also does conversion between Gregorian and Julian.


Of Go, C, Perl and fastq file conversion Vol III : pledging allegiance to the flag

by Christos Argyropoulos

Continue with the multipart blogs, here the discussion is about regex engine maps to a finite state automaton, we should be able to rewrite the parser without regular expressions, using flags to keep track of the part of the record we are at.

Of Go, C, Perl and fastq file conversion Vol IV : gone in 60 seconds (or less)

by Christos Argyropoulos

In the final part of this series, we will test the performance of the four parsers, in a scenario emulating the batch analysis of sequencing data.

Get more from you constants with constant::more

by Ruben Westerberg (DRCLAW)

Do you play with constants in Perl often then do check this post, you would love it.


CGI::Tiny & Dispatch::Fu - nearly a perfect match

by Brett Estrade (OODLER)

CGI::Tiny is a very nice, Perlish way to construct CGI scripts these days. It is perfectly suited as a replacement to and is quite at home in a shared hosting environment.

The Weekly Challenge

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The Weekly Challenge - 235

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome to a new week with a couple of fun tasks: "Remove One" and "Duplicate Zeros". 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 - 234

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

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


by Ali Moradi

Unequally Common

by Arne Sommer

Sharing is Caring

by Avery Adams


by Lubos Kolouch

Perl Weekly Challenge 234

by W Luis Mochan

More Frequent Frequencies

by Matthias Muth

Duplicates and triplets

by Peter Campbell Smith

PWC 234

by Stephen G Lynn


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by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

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