Jan 262015
 

The Perl Perl Quality Assurance Hackathon 2015 has been confirmed, this year it is between the 16th-19th April in Berlin.

There is an interesting article about the details and why it is important, including a call for donations to help support this valuable work.

Jan 202015
 

FOSDEM 2015 is a free event that offers open source communities a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It is hosted at the ULB Campus Solbosch, Brussels on Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February 2015.

You can see the Perl Track schedule here.

Jan 082015
 

Test::Simple, Test::More and Test::Builder are going to be upgraded, with some breaking changes.

Chad ‘Exodist’ Granum goes into details about what and why. It is important that the developer releases are tested by as many people as possible. If you have tests then it is very likely one of these modules will be in play somewhere, so please test the developer releases and send feedback.

Dec 012014
 

It’s 1st December, so it’s time to start opening your Advent Calendar. But which one to choose? Over the last few years, the Perl community has been producing so many Advent Calendars that it can sometimes be hard to keep up.

Which is why Len Jaffe has built Advent Planet. Each day’s entry has links to all of the Geek Advent Calendars he can find. And it’s not just Perl Advent Calendars – Len also includes links to sites covering Ruby, Java and “Miscellaneous” topics.

Sounds like a great way to start every December morning.

Sep 262014
 

The Shellshock bug affects the Bash shell.

Though Perl it self is not directly affected, some web servers (such as Apache) that run Perl are, additional if Perl shells out: system(), backticks, qx etc, that may then instantiate bash which would be a potential attack vector.

Perl tricks has a good write up.

Your best protection is upgrading Bash on your operating system as soon as patches are available, or switching all accounts to an alternative shell (such as ‘sh’, or ‘zsh’) until there is.

Be aware there were 2 releases of bash to fix this, as the first was not complete.

Sep 262014
 

DWIM Perl for Linux is a binary Perl distribution including perl and a bunch of CPAN modules. It was created to make it easy to get started with Perl without the need to think about the installation of additional modules. Batteries included.

I have been working on this for quite some time, and I think I finally found a path that will make it easy for me to create future versions of this distribution.

This is the first public release in this new era.

If you have a Linux machine – any Linux machine – it would extremely useful if you could try this and report any problems you might run into.

Sep 222014
 

Perl 5.20.1 has been released, this is the latest stable version of Perl.

Changes include performance enhancements and various bug fixes.

Perl 5.20.1 represents approximately 4 months of development since Perl 5.20.0 and contains approximately 12,000 lines of changes across 170 files from 36 authors.

Aug 292014
 

@yapceu has posted a link to the start of videos from the conference.

YAPC::EU 2014 was the biggest conference in Europe, dedicated to the Perl programming language.

http://www.yapc.eu/ lists other Perl conferences and workshops around Europe.

Aug 202014
 

This years YAPC::EU is taking place in Sofia, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (22nd to 24th of August).

They are planning to have live video steams so even if you can’t attend you can at least see the great talks.

Jun 242014
 

YAPC::NA 2014 is on, and streaming!

You can see live streams, as well as uploads of the videos from the first day. Some one is working hard to get such a fast turn around.

Make sure to check out the other days either live or shortly after.

YAPC::NA 2014

The Yet Another Perl Conference is a high-quality, inexpensive technical conference with its roots in the Perl Mongers user groups. The conference celebrates the Perl programming language and is meant to be accessible to anyone, regardless of experience, yet valuable to even the most skilled of programmers. Each year the conference attracts hundreds of programmers from around the world, including luminaries such as Larry Wall, Allison Randal, and Tim Bunce.