Issue #659 - 2024-03-11 - The big chess game

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My father was a chess player. In his best time he was sometimes called "the best non-Russian chess player". He survived WWII and the Holocaust in a Hungarian forced labor camp and in Russian POV camp. When he got back to Hungary all he wanted to do is get back to chess. He did not want to care about 'politics'.

In the 90s he often lamented that he did not pay enough attention to what went on in Hungary in the 50's. That he was not aware of the communist atrocities in Hungary and neighboring countries.

I have been publishing the Perl Weekly for more than 12 years. In the first 9-10 year I think I have never mentioned anything besides Perl or related technologies. I wish I could keep focusing on technology only. Unfortunately I don't have that luxury any more.

Frankly, if we paid more attention to what's going on outside of Perl and outside of technology in general, maybe we would not be in such a bad situation.

On a related subject, I hear Garry Kasparov was added to the list of 'terrorists and extremists' by Russia.

We can't change the past - well, some do it anyway by lying about history - but we also cannot claim we did not know. We want to bring them home!

Have a better week!

Gabor Szabo


Pointless personal side projects

by Dave Cross (DAVECROSS)

I think only a very little subset of programmers have such side projects and an even smaller subset write articles about these projects. For most people programming is a 9-5 job. It is not that others aren't as good or don't enjoy programming. It is just that they might have different hobbies, or no time for hobbies at all. Comment on Reddit or on

Some guidance how to set this up

A very non-descriptive title for some logging/debugging advice.


A little confused about cpan

How to remove packages?



The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge by Mohammad Sajid Anwar will help you step out of your comfort-zone. We pick one champion at the end of the month from among all of the contributors during the month.

The Weekly Challenge - 260

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

Welcome to a new week with a couple of fun tasks "Unique Occurrences" and "Dictionary Rank". 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 - 259

by Mohammad Sajid Anwar (MANWAR)

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

Banking Left Into the Parser Zone

by Adam Russell

Do you know yapp? Want to quick introduction? You have to checkout this post.

Day Parser

by Arne Sommer

Raku making good use of built-in support for Date. Raku rocks !!!

What We Did On Our Bank Holiday

by Dave Jacoby (JACOBY)

You will fall in love with Perl again when you see it's regex power. Keep it up great work.

Holiday Parser

by Jorg Sommrey

Don't you love CPAN? Well it is the USP of Perl. Checkout how CPAN helped solve the task.

too much work to do!

by Luca Ferrari

Using regex type of Raku make code looks clean and elegant. Well done.

Perl Weekly Challenge 259

by W Luis Mochan

Do you want to learn regex grammar then checkout this post. Cool work.

I Have a Date With a Parser

by Matthias Muth

Magical Perl regex in action. No one can beat Perl in regex. Cool work.

Ba-a-nking Day! Ba-a-nking Day! That’s all I really wanted to say…

by Packy Anderson (PACKY)

Date::Names of Raku is used to solve this week task. Thanks for sharing knowledge with us.

Dates and parsing

by Peter Campbell Smith

A thorough solution to the Date task is not to be missed. Highly recommended.

Banking Parser

by Roger Bell West (FIREDRAKE)

This week Raku is the lucky language to be discussed with the power Date object. You also get seamless discussion as well.

Bank Holidays and Line Parser

by Ryan Thompson

This is what I was missing for so long. What a quality post we have. Thanks for your contribution.

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