Issue #76 - 2013-01-07 - New Perl Mongers in Karlsruhe and Perl Oasis conference in Orlando

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Welcome to 2013! Let's start this year with a new Perl Monger group in Germany meeting on the 9th January and the annual Perl Oasis conference in Orlando, Florida that will be held between 11-13 January.

In another note, as Yanick is getting more involved in the creation of the Perl Weekly, I (Gabor) might need to start changing the way I write. For example should I start referring to myself in the third person? Or maybe we should each make it clear who is talking in the comments. The latter option sounds more personal. For now, I'll add this sig. to some of the entries. What do you think? ~ Gabor

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A wake-up call for WxPerl

by Steve Cookson

Just as 2012 ended Steve Cookson kicked off a thread with an emotional mail about the future of WxPerl, the Perl binding of the wxWidgets toolkit. Many people jumped on the thread. Some pessimistic, some optimistic. In any case, there seem to be some momentum for movement, so if writing desktop applications is your thing, then look at the thread, how you might get involved.


How to write a test description

by Curtis 'Ovid' Poe (OVID)

Too often, peeps eschew test descriptions in TAP suites. Ovid explains why this is sub-optimal, and how those descriptions can be leveraged to make tests as self-documenting as possible.


DBI 1.623 was released

Tim Bunce has announced the new released of the Database independent interface of Perl. See the list of bug fixes.

Git::CPAN::Patch -- Now with MetaCPAN Power!

The mechanics of Git::CPAN::Patch got a major tune-up. Net result for users? Faster, much faster cloning.

Sqitch: Trust, But Verify

Assumptions. Everyone knows what they make out of you and me. Well, rejoice, for David Wheeler announced that a new version of Sqitch is out, introducing a 'verify' command that will help to confirm that was supposed to be deployed really has been deployed.

DBD::Oracle v1.54 on its way to CPAN

New year, new release of DBD::Oracle. No new features this time around, but a fair amount of bug fixing.


Protect Against Accidental Logging of Sensitive Information

Ever cringed as you saw passwords being written in log files? Steffen Müller showcases Store::Opaque as a tool to use to ensure that this doesn't happen.

Picking Packages With Pass-through, Proxied Pinto

Pinto is a very nice tool to create and manage local Perl module repositories. Yanick investigates an alternate way of using it within a Dancer app to create a CPAN proxy.

Early Stratopan

Stratopan is a web based service providing the features of Pinto. Without installing Pinto.

News of Gitpan's demise might have been exagerated...

Something under Gitpan's ashes is moving... Want to accelerate the rebirth of that particulary shiny phoenix? Then hop to the Gitpan wiki, and see what you can help up with! - bridging CPAN and Debian, step1

What to know which packages are bundled in Debian? Lucky you, Jozef created a brand-new website to bridge CPAN and the Debian repository.


2012 Year End Report

by Dan Wright (DWRIGHT)

I think this is the first time I see a detailed annual report from The Perl Foundation. It is much needed. Thank you Dan Wright!. (And to be true to my never satisfied self, I'd like to see an even more detailed report regarding the sources of money and the actual spending. Which grant received how much etc.) ~ Gabor

TPF Devel::Cover grant report Weeks 30-32

I am not entirely sure why are these reports not published on The Perl Foundation web site, but let me link to the latest report. ~ Gabor

2013Q1 Call for Grant Proposals

This is the call for the smaller grants. There is a wish-list attached to the post, but of course you could come up with your own ideas.

Perl Mongers

Karlsruhe Perl Mongers

The first meeting of the Karlsruhe Perl Mongers will take place on 9 January 2013. Check out the German Perl Monger site for details.


How to convince Meta CPAN to show a link to the version control system of a distribution?

Last week I showed how to add the license field to the CPAN distributions. This time it is about the link to the version control repository. Apparently only about 50% of the distributions on CPAN have this information. I think it would be nice to increase that percentage. That might make it easier for people to contribute some fixes.

Code design

Abstraction Levels

by Arthur Axel "fREW" Schmidt (FREW)

How do you decide on the abstraction level when you design your API? fREW Schmidt asked. Do you let people override your methods or do you just create functions? When do you need to allow sub-classing and when is that an overkill?


Annual collections

As an add-on service for his weekly report, Miguel Prz created an annual report for the activities on MetaCPAN and on Stack Overflow.

Weekly collections

Perl Tutorial

Open and read from text files

Nothing extra. Just another part of the Perl 5 Maven Tutorial.


I usually list the next 3-4 events here. The list of all the events can be found on the web site. If your Perl event is not listed there, please let me know.

2013 Perl Oasis conference, Orlando, Florida

January 11-13, 2013, Orlando, Florida, USA

Israeli Perl-Workshop 2013 (ILPW)

February 24-25, 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

German Perl-Workshop 2013

March 13-15, 2013, Berlin, Germany

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