Issue #646 - 2023-12-11 - Festive Season

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Hi there,

December is normally the busiest month of the year as we get to participate in two events i.e. 24 Pull Requests and Advent Calendars for many programming languages e.g. Perl, Raku, The Weekly Challenge. As mentioned in the weekly newsletter by Gabor Szabo, there is an aggregation of Advent Calendars managed by Len Jaffe.

In the last edition of newsletter, I requested for sponsor. To my surprise, I have had few offers came through. It is still early stage of discussion. I am hopefull something positive will come out of it. I am keeping fingers crossed.

Have you contributed to Perl Advent Calendar 2023?

If not then you should and share your real life experience with Perl. You can find the details on GitHub repository. I missed the deadline last year but this year I really didn't want to miss the train. Luckily, thanks to Olaf Alders and team, my contribution got accepted and merged. It is now allocated Day 10 in the calendar.

Enjoy the fesive season and look after yourself.

Mohammad Sajid Anwar


This week in PSC (126) | 2023-11-30

Three Perl releases have been published this past week, containing patches for security issues CVE-2023-47038 and CVE-2023-47039.

Bruce Gray Candidacy for Board Membership

by Amber Krawczyk

Presenting Bruce Gray as a candidate to join the Board with voting on 15th Dec 2023.

Ruth Holloway Candidacy for Board Membership

by Amber Krawczyk

Presenting Ruth Holloway as a candidate to join the Board with voting on 15th Dec 2023.


Rust Maven

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Rust is, in a way, orthogonal to Perl. It is a rather verbose language with a steep learning curve. However it is much faster than Perl and can be cross-compiled and easily distributed. It provides memory safety though it takes time to get used-to the ownership model. On the other hand it makes it rather easy to write threaded applications. I've been writing about Rust for a while on the Rust Maven site. You are invited to subscribe to the Rust Maven newsletter!


Building a Micro-SaaS in 30 Days

by Lester Hightower

Real life example of building Micro-SaaS project. Highly recommended.

Is Perl a write only language?

by Christos Argyropoulos

Use of Perl in the field of Bio-Informatics. Encouraging story to share.

System Thinking

by Herbert Breunung (LICHTKIND)

Although not Perl sepcific but the topic is worth sharing. Please do checkout.

Advent Calendar 2023



Revisit Perl programming after 20 years

Using Perl to code a generative language model.

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 - 247

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome to a new week with a couple of fun tasks: "Secret Santa" and "Most Frequent Letter Pair". 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 - 246

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Enjoy a quick recap of last week's contributions by Team PWC dealing with the "6 out of 49" and "Linear Recurrence of Second Order" tasks in Perl and Raku. You will find plenty of solutions to keep you busy.

Meet The Champion - BarrOff

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Little late though, finally we have interview with the champion, BarrOff is public now.

Meet The Champion - Peter Meszaroa

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Please checkout the interview with the latest weekly challenge champion, Peter Meszaros.

Out of Linear

by Arne Sommer

Bonus solutions this week as we got not just Raku but many more. Thanks for sharing.

Random use of algebra

by Bob Lied

Perl one-liner is showing off the power. Nice work, keep it up.


by C.-Y. Fung

Graphical representation to present the internals. Kudo for your effort and well done.

Make It Unique

by Dave Jacoby (JACOBY)

Discussion styled post is so fun to read. Always pleasure, highly recommended.

Recurring Lotteries

by Jorg Sommrey

Nice cool new format blog post thorough discussion. Keep it up great work.

Perl Weekly Challenge 246: 6 out of 49

by Laurent Rosenfeld

Classic one-liner in Raku is must to watch out. Thanks for sharing.

Perl Weekly Challenge 246: Linear Recurrence of Second Order

by Laurent Rosenfeld

Keeping the solution simple and straight forward both in Perl and Raku. Highly recommended.

Brute Force Math!

by Luca Ferrari

Use of brute force method can be handy at times. Keep it up great work.

Perl Weekly Challenge 246

by W Luis Mochan

Perl one-liner by one of the masters of one-liner. Thanks for your contributions.

25 or 6 out of four… ty-nine

by Packy Anderson (PACKY)

Just love the different approaches to solve a task. So much to learn from it, thanks for sharing.

Lotteries and sequences

by Peter Campbell Smith

Keep it sweet and simple to get the job done. Cool attempt.


2023.49 Venting This AD

by Elizabeth Mattijsen (ELIZABETH)

Weekly collections

The corner of Gabor

A couple of entries sneaked in by Gabor.

Programming language popularity on Reddit

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

I was interested how different programming languages are doing on social networks and social platforms. This time I looked at the popularity of the Subreddits.

Perl Jobs by Perl Careers

Perl Programmer Opportunity - Join a Prominent Tech Publishing Powerhouse in the Philippines

Our UK-based client is a global leader in the enterprise technology publishing industry, providing audiences worldwide with stimulating perspectives and unique news on enterprise tech that matters today and tomorrow. They are currently seeking a passionate and exceptional Perl programmer based in the Philippines to join their team.

Adventure Awaits! Senior Perl roles in Malaysia, Dubai and Malta

Clever folks know that if you’re lucky, you can earn a living and have an adventure at the same time. Enter our international client: online trading is their game, and they’re looking for Perl People with passion, drive, and an appreciation for new experiences.

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